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REVIEW / Sony Bravia KDL-55HX853

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Pierre-Jean Alzieu
Pierre Anzil
Published on June 11, 2012
Translated by Catherine Barraclough
 
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SPECIFICATIONS

  • Screen size 55 inches
  • Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • HD compatibility (1080i/720p)
  • HD Ready certification
  • Brightness NC
  • Contrast ratio NC
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.
Our Recommended Settings
To access the screen settings, press 'Options' on the remote control then go to 'Picture'.

After trying and testing the various options in the internal menu, for watching films, we found the best settings were 'Custom' mode with the colour temperature set to 'Warm 1' and 'LED Dynamic Control' on 'Low' (this is in the 'Advanced Settings'). Everything else you can leave as it is.

For low-resolution sources (DVD, SD TV, etc.) set the sharpness to 60. Then again, a latest-generation games console will do a much better job of upscaling SD content than this TV.

For HD, there's no point upping the sharpness. In fact, you're better off dropping it to 50.

Our Readings (with the above settings):

Contrast: 4390:1
Black: 0.05 cd/m²
Gamma: 4.4 / 5
Delta E: 2.3
Average discrepancy across display: 6%
Viewing angles: 2.8 / 5
Power use: 153 W
Media player: 2.1 / 5

See also: How We Test TVs?

PROS

  • 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

CONS

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

CONCLUSION 5/5

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.
5 Sony Bravia KDL-55HX853 DigitalVersus 2012-06-11 14:52:00
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