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Sony KDL-55HX853 55" Full HD Smart TV - Black [Energy Class A]

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Size Name: 55-inch

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Energy efficiency class
A+ to F

On-mode power consumption
93 Watts

Energy consumption
129 Kilowatt Hours per year, based on the power consumption of the television operating 4 hours per day for 365 days. The actual energy consumption will depend on how the television is used.

Visible screen diagonal
55" / 140 cm

Product details

Size: 55-inch
  • Item Weight: 19 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 35 Kg
  • Item model number: KDL55HX853BU
  • ASIN: B007WZS7PQ
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 6 May 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,130 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Product Description

The sleek stand doubles as a home theatre system for sound with added oomph.
The sleek stand doubles as a home theatre system for sound with added oomph.
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The Reviews Are In

“The Sony KDL-55HX853 is a really positive start for the company’s new range of TVs - we like this a lot.”

“Like most Sony products, the KDL-55HX853 has had obvious attention paid to its ergonomics, and consequently is a pleasure to use.”

“Edges are smooth, textures are described explicitly and motion is managed with the sort of unshowy authority that’s the hallmark of a capable product.”

“One area where the KDL-55HX853 scores comprehensively over every one of its nominal rivals is sound.”

The Verdict: “So taken as a complete package, there’s very little fault to be found with the KDL-55HX853. It’s delivery of white tones could be punchier, sure, and it’s not the most accomplished upscaler of DVDs we’ve ever seen, but these minuses are far outweighed by everything the Sony does well - we’re particularly taken with its outstanding black-tone facility, its motion- handling, its looks and its sound.”

What Hi-Fi 5* Award

You've seen 3D, but wait until you've experienced it in full high definition.
You've seen 3D, but wait until you've experienced it in full high definition.
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“Sony gets its picture quality groove back."

“If you’re looking for a flatscreen with excellent image quality, a content-rich net portal and luscious design, then it’s a must-see.”

“If there’s better picture processing available at the moment, we haven’t seen it.”

T3 5* award

“Sony has pulled out all the stops to produce a sensational TV.”

"Somehow Sony also manages to deliver gorgeously vibrant colours and lovely bold whites in the same frame as the inkiest of blacks."

"Also mesmerising is how crystal clear and sharp pictures look."

"The word that best sums up our time with the 46HX853 can only be ‘wow’."

“The best LCD TV we’ve ever seen.”

10/10 Editor's Choice, Trusted Reviews


At a Glance

The clearest pin-sharp images
The smoothest blur-free action.
The smoothest blur-free action.
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Remarkable picture technology brings you detail so razor-sharp that the tiniest raindrop might blow you away.

The richest life-like colour

Stunning, true-to-life colours in deep and vibrant tones thanks to our advanced colour technology.

Non-stop entertainment

Choose from a huge selection of instant entertainment – catch up TV and whole TV series, sports and the latest films.

Big, bold audio

The sleek stand doubles as a home theatre system for sound with added oomph.

Smooth, real-life action

Our motion technology improves fast moving scenes. No more judder or blur, just crisp images and smooth movement.

3D at its best

You've seen 3D, but wait until you've experienced it in full high definition.

Choose from a huge selection of instant entertainment – catch up TV and whole TV series, sports and the latest films.*
Choose from a huge selection of instant entertainment – catch up TV and whole TV series, sports and the latest films.*
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The clearest pin-sharp images

Deep in the Amazon rainforest the camera picks out a rare species amongst the foliage. It's detailed scenes like this where the HX8 really gets to show off. All of our core range of TVs will improve detail, using our unique X-Reality picture technology. This means you see more in every scene, from the razor-sharp talons on the bird of prey to the intricacies of the jaguar's markings. However, if it's the best possible detail you're after then you’re in luck. The HX8 with Detail + uses our more advanced X-Reality Pro technology. This cleverly compares the scene on the screen with a built-in database of images to replicate minute details such as texture. This way, you'll see every drop of rain as it bounces off the rainforest canopy, exactly as the cameraman witnessed it.

The richest life-like colour

If you want to see things the way the director intended then excellent colour is vital. It must be life-like, which is where X-Reality picture technology comes in to play, enhancing colour as well as detail. But the difference between great colour and breathtaking, real-life colour is contrast – that's what sets the HX8 with Colour + apart from the crowd. You'll never miss the detail in the background of a creepy, dimly lit scene, or lose the striking contrast of a full moon on a pitch-black screen. Here comes the techie bit. Good contrast is all about where the LEDs that light the screen are positioned. Unlike LCDs and most LED TVs, our sophisticated local dimming method uses LEDs on not just one but two sides of the screen. These adjust in small clusters, giving much greater control over which parts of the screen are dark and light. That means brilliant whites to true, deep blacks and all the shades in between. Isn't it time you discovered what's lurking in the shadows?

Non-stop entertainment

The clearest pin-sharp images.
The clearest pin-sharp images.
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There's one place you'll find everything you need for a great night in – Sony Entertainment Network. Catch up on TV programmes you've missed with BBC iPlayer or watch whole seasons of your favourite TV series through Netflix. Settle down to watch Wimbledon or the athletics on BBC Sport. Even share that video of you crashing your mountain bike on YouTube. Or just pour yourself a drink, get comfy and choose a blockbuster film fresh out of the cinema from Video Unlimited. It's all there in one place. You just have to choose what to watch, when you want to watch it.

Big, bold audio

The sharp crack of a twig, the sound of a V8 engine revving, the gasp around the stadium as someone misses a penalty. Sound is the other dimension. The HX8 comes with a stand that contains built-in speakers, which you may have heard referred to as a soundbar. With a soundbar, you'll hear all the raw growling noise in your movie, and the subtle sounds too, so what you're watching comes to life with a bang.

Smooth, real-life action

Imagine you're looking at a flick book. If you only saw one in every few pages you wouldn't get the full story. It's the same when you're watching some TVs. If it cannot progress between different images, called frames, quickly enough the result is movement becomes juddery or blurred. On the majority of our TVs we improve the appearance of movement on the screen with our motion technology. This smooths the sequences between images and reduces blur. However, if you want fast-paced action like a high-octane tennis match, a sweeping shot of a vast landscape or anything involving 3D then you will want a TV able to move between frames at the maximum possible speed. The techie phrase for measuring that speed is "native hertz", and the maximum possible is 200. The HX8 boasts Movement + which is our simple way of saying it has the highest possible level of native hertz. So you can be confident of seeing every detail, every second, without any blur or judder.

The richest real-life tones.
The richest real-life tones.
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3D at its best

If you like to be on the edge of your seat while the action unfolds around you, there’s one way to do it. Full HD 3D. That’s clear, bright 3D pictures at the highest resolution. The HX8 uses a high-speed panel that’s four times faster than those used on TVs without 3D, so that you’ll get really smooth and vivid 3D pictures in any room at any time of day. None of the blurring you sometimes see on inferior 3D sets. If you love movies enough to want 3D at home, you’re going to want nothing short of a mind-blowing experience.

Planet and pocket friendly

Fancy saving a bit of money every month? TVs now come with an Energy Rating sticker that shows you how much energy they use, which is basically a reference for how much they are going to cost you on energy bills. An A or B energy-rated LED television uses up a lot less electricity than your average plasma. All of our TVs for 2012 are either A or B rated, which means you'll be saving money as you're entertained.

*Image for illustration purposes only. Video content available subject to change. All Rights Reserved. Broadband router required to access internet services. Sony recommends a minimum speed of 2Mbps for Standard Definition content and 4Mbps for High Definition content. Please contact your internet service provider for further information.

Box Contains

Television
Table Top Stand
Remote Control
2xAAA Batteries
AC Power Cord
Screws
Warranty Card
Instruction Manual


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Size: 46-inch Verified Purchase
We decided to upgrade our ten-year old TV to something a bit more modern recently and so (as is usual when choosing an expensive gadget) I spent many evenings reading reviews of all manner of TVs. A couple of weeks of this and my head was done in - way too many options, acronyms and features when all we were looking for was a nice family TV. So after the initial rush of storing 55"+ TVs in my wishlist, my search became a little more focused.

I used a TV size calculator (the Which website has a very good one) - which lets you plug in the size of the TV and will then tell you how far away you need to sit from it to be able to get the best viewing (or vice versa). We could have gone to 55", but went for the smaller size TV for a couple of reasons: cost and also because we have two young children and I'm not sure sitting a few feet from a relatively large TV will be good for their eyes or necks.

So after a bit more procrastinating, I had whittled down a shortlist to this Sony and the Samsung 6300 Samsung UE55ES6300 3D Full HD 1080p Smart 3D LED TV with Wi-Fi built-in and Freeview HD and 2 x glasses included (New for 2012). Both highly-rated manufacturers. In the end, the decision was made after a visit to the local John Lewis store. The Sony had a glass screen and the Samsung didn't - not sure what type of screen the Samsung had (seemed a little soft), but the thought of small kids poking their fingers into an expensive screen was frightening. The Sony's glass screen can take a fair bit of prodding and can be cleaned very easily. The Samsung also came with a whole load of "Smart" features, of which we would probably not use 99% of them.
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The Sony Bravia HX853 is a big investment but for those seeking the home cinema experience it offers quality in abundance.

Picture:

I don't think I've ever seen a picture quality as vibrantly colourful before. Having recently watched the Jubilee's pageant sailing up the Thames on BBC HD it was so wonderfully detailed that I could even put up with the BBC's inane coverage of the event. The TV runs in 1080p HD with Sony's dynamic detailing and colour technology producing something jaw-droppingly good. Watching the film Zulu on Blu-ray was even better than on our other Samsung widescreen as the vibrancy of the picture is made so much better. It will give films old and new a fresh appearance.

3D:

The Bravia's 3D technology works dynamically with the Sony active shutter 3D glasses to offer continuous high quality imagery. Having tested the 3D with a number of people it mostly got very positive marks. However some found that with too much 3D imagery happening on the screen (for example in Sharks 3D they used a shoal of fish as the foreground image in front of the shark) which meant some found it quite difficult to focus at times. This is likely down to your eyes trying to adapt to 3D. This kind of, perhaps excessive, 3D imagery is mainly subject to demonstrational pieces (like Sharks 3D) not regular films and overall the Bravia handles 3D extremely well (you can adjust the 3D levels in settings and this does help with the aforementioned problem). Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows looked stunning and the depth given to action scenes was amazing. The TVs brilliant colour and motion technology, adding the range of audio from the soundbar, produce a top quality 3D experience.
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Sony have always had a great name for televisions, a fact that's been eroded in the last two or three years by a series of lacklustre sets from the electronics giant. Admittedly most of the sets I've bought over the years have been manufactured by Sony, because generally I've found them to be reliable, and good performers. After reading a few positive reviews I decided to finally go for this one to replace my last set. I actually watch most films on a HC6000 Mitsubishi projector but a TV for occasional viewing of stuff is what I wanted in another room. Firstly the neatly packed TV is surprisingly light - around 19Kg for a 46" set with a speaker base is pretty good and a nice contrast to the memory of lugging a 50Kg 28" CRT set up the stairs to my bedroom! Setting it up takes 40 minutes or so and once unpacked involves bolting it to the sound base (unless you plan on attaching it to the wall - there are holes for this but you'll need to buy the bracket separately). The hardest bit here is laying it carefully face down (on something soft!) and then lifting it on to the base that you've just got ready - easier with two people but I did manage it alone. It must be said that the set looks fantastic and really stands out as a modern piece of kit in your living room - the black glass screen looks lovely even switched off! While the slightly tilted angle serves to give it a contemporary edge as well as facilitating the viewing angle of the average sofa-seated human. I'd say it actually looks nicer in the flesh than it does in the publicity photographs you may see on line.Read more ›
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