Sony Bravia KDL-60LX903 review

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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There's much to like about this top-of-the-range set – but some niggles annoy, too. Building the manual into the set itself (the so-called 'i-manual') is a good idea on paper, but can be infuriating in practice.

Then there's the handset, which takes some getting used to. A joypad, and central select button, is used to run through menu options and lists. Fair enough, but the joypad is itself surrounded by a further ring of buttons. The spacing is quite narrow, so it's too easy to activate the wrong function.

The remote is only partially-backlit; needless to say, none of the buttons in the region of the aforementioned joypad are.


In connectivity terms, it's nice that Sony has side-mounted two of the four HDMI ports, for convenient access – good news for gaming and camcorder enthusiasts. You'll also find a composite AV input there, in addition to the CI slot and USB port.

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Also well-designed is the clumsily-named Xross Media Bar, an onscreen menu system that has been developed from the PlayStation's. Here, all functions are grouped into basic categories. These are listed at the top of the screen: after waking it via the handset's Home button, select the relevant category and scroll downwards until the desired item appears.

The Xross Media Bar is access-all-areas; in addition to configuring picture and sound, it's used to select channels, AV inputs, multimedia and online content. Selecting content delivered via the internet is just as easy as selecting programmes received via an aerial. Unless, that is, you have to search for it; using a numeric keypad to enter words into YouTube's search engine can be a chore.

We're also annoyed that you can't jump through lists one page at a time. Sensibly, the handset dedicates buttons to key functions like the EPG, teletext (coloured buttons, including the all-important red one), channel up/down, volume, AV input/aspect ratio selection, subtitles, and standby. The remote will also operate other equipment, like DVD/Blu-ray players and AV amps.

The 60LX903, like most modern flatpanel TVs, supports HDMI CEC for one-handset control of your AV system. Other positives include responsive programme guide and digital text functions. The layout of the latter is neat and uncluttered and a popup menu gives you the opportunity to choose between eight programme genres (news, sports, drama, etc.) or switch to a category view.

Four of the latter are user-definable favourite, the other lists radio programmes. Odd that radio doesn't instead live in the genres list.

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
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
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
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand938 mm
Width with Stand1440 mm
Depth with Stand380 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
3D TechnologyShutter
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate200 Hz
Height906 mm
Width1440 mm
Depth64 mm
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 Address
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
  • AC Cable
  • Operating Instructions
  • Table-Top Stand
  • Remote Commander
  • 2 x Regular size 3D Glasses
Weight (Approximate)42.80 kg