Review: Sony Bravia KDL-55HX853

Our score: 5/5
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June 11, 2012 2:00 PM
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Published: June 11, 2012 1:52 PM
By Pierre-Jean Alzieu / Pierre Anzil
Translated by: Catherine Barraclough
This model is the 55'' version of the 40'' Bravia KDL-40HX853 TV that we tested in our labs. For more information about the ES800, please therefore go to our review of the Bravia KDL-40HX853.

Everything we said in the 40HX853 review holds true for this model—the only thing that's different is the screen size!

Sometimes manufacturers fit the different sized models of a given television with panels from different sources. In such cases, our comments are only valid for a specific size of a given TV, fitted with the panel that we originally tested. Contrast, black levels, colour fidelity and ghosting are all subject to change from one panel to another. When different panels are used, we'll be sure to let you know about it!

Manufacturers who do use the same panel in all the various sized TVs sold under a given model number can expect the same results across the whole range. The only factor that could be prone to slight variation is the brightness, producing a slightly different contrast. However, according to our own tests, and assurances from manufacturers, the results of one TV can accurately be applied to other sized models in the series when the same panel is used.
5/5 Sony Bravia KDL-55HX853 DigitalVersus 2012-06-11 14:52:00


  • High contrast
  • Accurate colours: average Delta E = 2.3
  • Effective Motionflow XR 800 Hz function
  • Great 3D picture quality (hardly any crosstalk)
  • Low power use: 153 watts
  • Wider than average viewing angles


  • Glossy screen
  • The model we tested had some clouding issues
  • No 3D glasses included
  • Media player not compatible with many file formats


The Sony Bravia HX853 delivers excellent picture quality in 2D and 3D, with high contrast, accurate colours, a near-perfect gamma and great responsiveness. However, even though the dynamic backlighting improves clouding (light patches leaking through into dark images), it still remains slightly visible.