Sony KDL-55HX823 review

  • £650

This slim 3D LED TV is an awesome all-rounder

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For

  • 27mm thinness
  • BBC iPlayer
  • YouTube upscaling
  • Smooth, no blur
  • Clean and comfortable 3D

Against

  • High price
  • Black levels
  • Crowded user interface

High up in Sony's "Cinematic" HX Series and just 27mm deep, this Edge LED-backlit LCD TV is a high-end choice indeed.

Treated to Sony's much trumpeted, but really rather bland monolithic design (plain gloss black with no embellishments), the chief feature of many on the KDL-55HX823 is its unusual 55-inch size, which seems ripe for lending 3D that all-important immersive edge.

Despite the likes of LG, Toshiba and Philips moving towards the cheaper passive 3D system that requires £1 3D specs, Sony has decided to stick with the trusted – although pricier and somewhat inconvenient – active shutter 3D system on the KDL-55HX823, which arrives with one pair of 3D glasses.

But could this be one of Sony's last efforts at active shutter 3D before it follows the others into the passive 3D TV arena?

It's hard to see how the KDL-55HX823 could justify its huge price tag while carrying a passive 3D system, since the active shutter goodies inside this HD TV are astonishingly effective.

A built-in 3D transmitter accompanies a Wi-Fi receiver that enables wireless hook-up for the KDL-55HX823's not insubstantial online dimension. During our test it included on-demand services such as BBC iPlayer, Demand 5, Sky News, LoveFilm, Eurosport, YouTube, blip.tv, DailyMotion and even a 3D samples service. It's constantly being updated, and currently includes 27 apps.

The smaller 46-inch version, the KDL-46HX823, which sells for £1,799, is also available. Both are ranked slightly below Sony's ultimate 3D flag-wavers, the HX923 series TVs. These also include 46 and 55-inch TVs – the £2,500 KDL-46HX923 and £2,999 KDL-55HX923.

The only major differences between the HX823 series TVs and the HX923 series models are the latter's gifts of a laid-back (as in, angled) design and a higher-spec Intelligent Peak LED panel complete with 800Hz.

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 HX823
3D Type3D
Brand NameSony
Screen Size139.7 cm (55")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)28.30 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Operating Power Consumption188 W
Standby Power Consumption250 mW
RMS Output Power30 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand804 mm
Width with Stand1280 mm
Depth with Stand305 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate200 Hz
Height774 mm
Width1280 mm
Depth27 mm
ColourBlack
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse, Surround Sound
Product SeriesHX823
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesWeb Browser, Sleep Timer, Picture in Picture, Picture and Picture (PAP), Favorite Channel Selection
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelKDL-55HX823
Product NameBRAVIA KDL-55HX823 LED-LCD TV
Product LineBRAVIA
Manufacturer Part NumberKDL55HX823BU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Put on a show of style and entertainment
Enjoy Full High Definition 3D on a TV that can't fail to impress. With cutting-edge Monolithic Design, an ultra-thin OptiContrast screen and a cable-free Wi-Fi connection to online entertainment, the only thing you need to worry about is what to watch.

Picture excellence in 2D and 3D
See lifelike Full HD quality in 2D and 3D. Get a smooth view of fast-action sports and movies with Motionflow XR 400. Enjoy a high contrast picture on a slim Dynamic Edge LED screen. Every pixel of your 2D or 3D picture is enhanced by our unique picture technology.

Package Contents
  • BRAVIA KDL-55HX823 LED-LCD TV
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x AAA Batteries
  • AC Power Cable
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)23.20 kg