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Sony Bravia KDL-52HX903 review

Sony's debut 3D TV is pricey, but has tricks up its sleeve

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Given that the 52HX903 is fairly chunky by today's standards, its audio is underwhelming. It stands up to everyday TV stuff OK, but as soon as it's pushed hard with a robust film soundtrack, trebles start to sound distinctly tinny, the mid-range sounds thin and unconvincing and bass becomes largely non-existent.

Three grand is, without question, a considerable ask for a 52in TV, especially one that asks you to cough up an extra £150 minimum for its 3D features, and still more if you want to add Wi-Fi.

Against this, though, is the simple fact that the set produces 2D pictures that frequently look nothing short of magnificent, and good, if flawed, 3D pictures with the 3D transmitter attached.

Plus, the set looks a million dollars and has some of the best multimedia capability around.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyBRAVIA HX903
3D Type3D
Brand NameSony
Screen Size132.1 cm (52")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)42.90 kg
Backlight TechnologyDirect LED
VESA Mount Standard300 x 300
Operating Power Consumption201 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Height with Stand807 mm
Width with Stand1263 mm
Depth with Stand400 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Height775 mm
Width1263 mm
Depth67 mm
ColourBlack
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Surround Sound
Product SeriesHX903
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesTeletext, Channel Labeling, Auto Program, Favorite Channel Selection, Sleep Timer, Picture in Picture, Picture and Picture (PAP)
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelKDL-52HX903
Product NameBRAVIA KDL-52HX903 52" LED-LCD TV
Product LineBRAVIA
Manufacturer Part NumberKDL52HX903
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

The HX903 is built to deliver a cinema quality viewing experience in your home. Sit back, relax and let the high performance Full LED picture technology amaze you as films, games or favourite TV shows become epic entertainment.

Package Contents
  • BRAVIA KDL-52HX903 LED-LCD TV
  • AC Cable
  • Operating Instructions
  • Table-Top Stand
  • Remote Commander
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)36.90 kg