Sony Bravia KDL-60LX903 review

  • £4500

This monster 60-inch 3D LCD TV is big and clever, but will cost you an arm, leg and maybe a kidney or two

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For

  • Sheer picture scale
  • Excellent 2D performance
  • Integrated Freeview HD tuner
  • Lots of power-saving modes
  • Full HD resolution and 1080/24p support
  • Powerful networking and unusual features

Against

  • MotionFlow needs adjusting for natural pictures
  • Given the price, more pairs of 3D glasses should be supplied
  • Only one Scart socket
  • DLNA player doesn't cater for DivX and some other popular codecs
  • 3D pictures spoiled by flicker and ghosting

If money is no object, or the viewing of TV or movies is an all-consuming passion, then this feature-packed giant is definitely worth considering. It will grant you a sense of scale that can only be bettered by a visit to the cinema or a home projector (both of which are more hassle than a self-contained TV).

Unless you've been in outer space these past few months, you'll know that the current big thing is 3D. This is the latest development, in an industry that runs at an ever-faster pace.

We were happy with 4:3 TVs for 50 years until the late 1990s ushered in the widescreen era. Five or so years ago, flat panels and HD ready (followed shortly threafter by full HD) became de rigeur. And now we have 3D, the modern implementation of which is a rapid departure from the crummy red-and-green anaglyphs that older readers might remember.

Today, the upper echelons of the key TV players feature at least one 3D set. Sony is no exception, and its prestige 'Signature' range is topped by the new KDL-60LX903 that we'll examine here.

LED-backlit LCD is the underlying technology here, which is interesting because Sony's arch-rival, Panasonic, has gone to great lengths to point out that only plasma is fast enough to support active-shutter 3D, the technology employed here. Also available in a 40in version, the full HD 60LX903 is equipped with just about every gizmo that Sony could squeeze into it.

In addition to 3D you get a Freeview-HD tuner, plenty of connectivity (including four 1080p/24-capable HDMI ports with CEC device-control), networked multimedia, Sony's Internet-delivered Bravia 'widgets' and a panoply of proprietary technologies including Motionflow 200Hz with Image Blur Reduction, GigaContrast and an Intelligent Presence Sensor.

Add to this a smart 'monolithic design' (that, to be quite frank, doesn't seem radically different to any other high-end glossy-black flatpanel TV currently doing the rounds), and the 60LX903 represents quite an enticing package

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG2), DVB-T (MPEG2)
Video Signal StandardHD Ready 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyBRAVIA LX903
3D Type3D Ready
Brand NameSony
Screen Size152.4 cm (60")
Aspect Ratio16:9
EthernetYes
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)49.80 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 300
Standby Power Consumption190 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand938 mm
Width with Stand1440 mm
Depth with Stand380 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
3D TechnologyShutter
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate200 Hz
Height906 mm
Width1440 mm
Depth64 mm
ColourBlack
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Surround Sound
Product SeriesLX903
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesPicture in Picture, Picture and Picture (PAP), Child Lock, Sleep Timer, Favorite Channel Selection, Channel Labeling, Auto Program, Teletext
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelKDL-60LX903
Product NameBRAVIA KDL-60LX903 60" LED-LCD TV
Product LineBRAVIA
Manufacturer Part NumberKDL60LX903
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Switch on the LX903 and you no longer simply watch TV: you're drawn into an exciting new world of Full HD 3D entertainment. With a beautiful, minimalist Monolithic Design, access to online content and intelligent features, the LX903 will redefine your viewing experience.

Package Contents
  • BRAVIA KDL-60LX903 LED-LCD TV
  • AC Cable
  • Operating Instructions
  • Table-Top Stand
  • Remote Commander
  • 2 x Regular size 3D Glasses
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)42.80 kg