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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The elliptical speakers of the 60LX903 are tucked away in its base, and fire downwards as opposed to directly towards the viewer – hardly an ideal situation, but there's little else you can do with the design of flatpanel TVs.

Early displays had side-mounted speakers (generally optional) that were connected via spring-clip terminals. Your own speakers could be attached here, provided that they had the right electrical characteristics.

What a pity that the 60LX903 doesn't provide such connections, enabling you to make the most of the onboard 2x10W digital amplifier. There's a definite need; given the price, sound quality is a bitter disappointment. Even with the treble control at maximum, there's a distinct lack of sparkle.

Little bass is apparent, which is perhaps not surprising given those tiny drive units; with the bass control turned up, cabinet rattle and other unpleasant effects rear their ugly heads on occasion. There's also a noticeable mid-band colouration, which spoils dialogue with an unpleasant thrum.

Stereo separation is superior to that of the average flatpanel TV, largely because the size of this set means that the left and right speakers are spaced apart by a metre or so. And, provided the source isn't too bass-heavy, distortion at high volume levels isn't quite as bad as it could be.

Gimmicks – virtual-surround and a sound enhancer – are of little worthwhile benefit. If you want decent TV sound, then, an external audio system is essential. But how do you connect it? An optical digital audio output is provided, but - headphones apart - there's no dedicated analogue output (although you could probably obtain these signals via the single Scart socket).

Value

Impressive though the KDL-60LX903 is, it's very expensive. Much of what's on offer here is available in much cheaper sets, though few offer the impact or scale of this Sony flagship's monster 60in screen.

With suitable adjustment, pictures are very impressive. The accompanying sound is a disappointment; we've heard better from a budget iPod dock. Fine it may be for the odd soap or news headlines, but the on-board audio system just doesn't cut it in entertainment terms.

Then there's Sony penny-pinching attitude when it comes to 3D glasses. If you're interested in this monster TV, try to get the dealer to throw in some extra pairs as a deal-clincher. And if you don't already have a home-cinema audio system, consider buying one of these and press for a discount if you're buying the TV at the same time.

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