Sony KDL-46HX853 review

Sony finally blows our telly-loving socks off

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Best in Class


  • Elegant design
  • Awesome 2D picture quality
  • Good online content
  • Excellent value


  • A little crosstalk with 3D
  • A few operating issues
  • SEN loads slowly
  • Very rare backlight 'blocking'

With the latest TV ranges from Samsung and LG already out and attracting mostly positive critical notices, the pressure on Sony's debut TV for 2012 really couldn't be any greater. Especially with Sony's TV business contributing spectacularly to the brand's latest round of cataclysmic operating losses.

Still, the noises coming out of Sony about the 46-inch KDL-46HX853 are all promising. There's been much talk of 'getting back to what Sony does best' and 'putting quality ahead of compromise', along with assurances that the sort of mistakes that have riddled the past couple of generations (at least) of Sony TVs will not be allowed to happen again.

To back up these fine words, the KDL-46HX853 - which is the top-level 46-inch model from Sony's new range - comes packing some significant heat. Its enjoyed a slinky redesign, for a start, without losing touch with the Monolithic aesthetic Sony has been following for a couple of generations.

Sony has also (thankfully) revamped the interface for its online services and added a few bits of significant new content to what was already one of the best online video platform around. But perhaps most significantly of all, pretty much every aspect of the KDL-46HX853's picture quality - from its video processing through to the way it controls its edge-based lighting system - has allegedly undergone a profound round of improvements.

The set also, naturally, fits perfectly into a modern multimedia household thanks to its DLNA support, integrated Wi-Fi, aforementioned video streaming capabilities, and playback of plenty of multimedia file formats via its USB ports.

Alongside the 46HX853 can be found a 55-inch version, the cunningly named KDL-55HX853, and a 40-inch version, while a step down Sony's new range you get to the HX753 series, which we'll hopefully be checking out soon. This comes in 32-inch, 40-inch, 46-inch and 55-inch flavours.

Given its flagship status, the most direct rivals for the KDL-46HX853 would have to be Samsung's ES7000 and ES8000 ranges, along with LG's LM860V series and Panasonic's new WT50 series.

We haven't fully tested all of these rival series yet, but we've seen enough to know that they each represent some pretty stiff competition for Sony's hopes for the KDL-46HX853. So without further ado, let's start finding out if the KDL-46HX853 really does have a shout at turning Sony's TV fortunes around.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyBRAVIA HX853
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelA
Brand NameSony
Screen Size116.8 cm (46")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)21.60 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Operating Power Consumption130 W
Standby Power Consumption250 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio1,000,000:1
RMS Output Power30 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand663 mm
Width with Stand1097 mm
Depth with Stand255 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports2
Energy Consumption per Year108 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Motion Interpolation TechnologyMotionflow XR 800
Enhanced Refresh Rate200 Hz
Height640 mm
Width1077 mm
Depth35 mm
Sound SystemDolby Pulse, Dolby Digital Plus, Surround Sound
Product SeriesHX853
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesPicture and Picture (PAP), Sleep Timer, Web Browser, Favorite Channel Selection
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelKDL-46HX853
Product LineBRAVIA
Manufacturer Part NumberKDL46HX853BU
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Real picture and elegant design
More than 50 years of TV innovation to combine the most real and life like picture with the most elegant design. You will enjoy an authentic picture quality with a TV designed to look beautiful switched 'on' or 'off'.

Lose yourself in sharp picture & details
X Reality PRO brings a picture to life by naturally enhancing the details in whatever you're watching. Whether it's internet video, your favourite TV show or the latest 3D movie, it will sharpen & add texture to create the most real picture you have ever seen on a TV screen.

Package Contents
  • 2 x AAA Batteries
  • Remote Control
  • AC Power Cable
  • Warranty Card
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)16.60 kg