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Sony Bravia KDL-55NX813 (KDL55NX813) review

Sony adds a slick, 3D ready TV to its chic NX line

For

  • Excellent 2D and 3D pictures
  • Useful online content
  • Great Xross interface

Against

  • No 3D transmitter built in

Sony has bolstered its line of 3D ready TVs just in time for Christmas with another handsome Monolithic Design.

The KDL-55NX813 55-inch set joins the stylish NX range at the premium end and, as such, comes loaded with built-in Wi-Fi, a Freeview HD tuner, LED backlighting and online goodies galore.

It's 3D ready, too, but you'll have to fork out again for the transmitter and glasses. It sounds like Sony playing Scrooge, but the (sound) reasoning is that not everyone wants to pay for 3D.

Without the plastic transmitter perched on top, this set certainly looks like a slick, high-end proposition. It's not as thin as Samsung and LG's flagship models, but is significantly slimmer than other bulky Bravias, while the Monolithic Design, characterised by the flush-fitting glass screen, still looks stylish. This latest model has a narrower bezel, too, so more of that black expanse translates into picture.

A smart glass pedestal stand is included in the box, but you've probably also seen the NX TVs advertised with a long aluminium plinth. The TV slots into this and reclines at an angle of 6° to suit fashionably low-slung TV tables, which is what gives this range its classic look. A new version with a powered 2.1 speaker system built in has just been released, and given the disappointing sound of the puny TV speakers, it's a logical upgrade.

So instead of 3D glasses and fancy stands, the hefty price buys you a latest generation full HD LCD panel with dynamic edge-mounted LED backlight. Unlike the 'full array' LED illumination of Sony's flagship HX903, the LEDs are deployed at the sides, but, crucially, still enable local dimming, thanks to what Sony calls dynamic backlighting. The good news is that it works and the picture quality here is in the top bracket as a result.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyBRAVIA NX813
3D Type3D Ready
Brand NameSony
Screen Size139.7 cm (55")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)32.20 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard300 x 300
Operating Power Consumption180 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
RMS Output Power26 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand800 mm
Width with Stand1276 mm
Depth with Stand323 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate200 Hz
Height770 mm
Width1276 mm
Depth32 mm
ColourBlack
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Surround Sound
Product SeriesNX813
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesSleep Timer, Picture and Picture (PAP), Picture in Picture, Auto Program, Favorite Channel Selection, Channel Labeling
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelKDL-55NX813
Product NameBRAVIA KDL-55NX813 LED-LCD TV
Product LineBRAVIA
Manufacturer Part NumberKDL55NX813U
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Marrying impressive technology to stunning looks, this BRAVIA TV redefines your living room experience. Discover immersive 3D pictures and seamless connectivity to a world of online entertainment, all in one beautifully design object.

Package Contents
  • BRAVIA KDL-55NX813 LED-LCD TV
  • AC Cable
  • Operating Instructions
  • Table-Top Stand
  • Remote Commander
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty5 Year
Weight (Approximate)26.90 kg