Sony Bravia KDL-52HX903 review

Sony's debut 3D TV is pricey, but has tricks up its sleeve

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For

  • Terrific looks
  • Massive feature count
  • Extensive multimedia abilities
  • Mostly superlative pictures

Against

  • Rather limited viewing angle
  • Crosstalk noise with 3D playback
  • Very average sound
  • Expensive

Sony has really upped the ante with its 2010 Bravia TV range. It's added many more features and introduced a radical new 'Monolithic' design.

So the first thing we must do with the 52-inch KDL-52HX903 is put our detective hat on and try to nail precisely where it sits in the company's labyrinthine lineup.

From the front, it looks like any number of new Sony models, with its sheer, one-layer fascia comprising a black, glass-topped bezel containing a subtly illuminated Sony logo in its bottom edge. It sticks out further round the back than Sony's new edge-LED models, though.

And there's good reason for this, for it uses direct LED lighting, where the diodes sit right behind the screen rather than around its edge. So hopefully it will deliver on the established wisdom that says direct lighting delivers superior picture performance to edge lighting.

Third dimension

The other big news about the 52HX903 is that it is 3D capable, although you'll need to add an optional 3D kit containing a transmitter (£50) and as many active shutter glasses as you want (£99 each). If you want 3D capabilities built in, you'll have to buy Sony's edge-lit LX903 models instead.

For one last bit of perspective here, it's worth adding that Samsung's similarly specified edge LED model, the 55in UE55C8000 costs around the same at £3,000, while LG's 55in 55LX9900, which we reviewed recently, costs around £3,700 and both these models have 3D electronics integrated.

The 46-inch version of this TV, the Sony KDL-46HX903 is available for around £2,000.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyBRAVIA HX903
3D Type3D
Brand NameSony
Screen Size132.1 cm (52")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)42.90 kg
Backlight TechnologyDirect LED
VESA Mount Standard300 x 300
Operating Power Consumption201 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Height with Stand807 mm
Width with Stand1263 mm
Depth with Stand400 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Height775 mm
Width1263 mm
Depth67 mm
ColourBlack
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Surround Sound
Product SeriesHX903
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesTeletext, Channel Labeling, Auto Program, Favorite Channel Selection, Sleep Timer, Picture in Picture, Picture and Picture (PAP)
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelKDL-52HX903
Product NameBRAVIA KDL-52HX903 52" LED-LCD TV
Product LineBRAVIA
Manufacturer Part NumberKDL52HX903
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

The HX903 is built to deliver a cinema quality viewing experience in your home. Sit back, relax and let the high performance Full LED picture technology amaze you as films, games or favourite TV shows become epic entertainment.

Package Contents
  • BRAVIA KDL-52HX903 LED-LCD TV
  • AC Cable
  • Operating Instructions
  • Table-Top Stand
  • Remote Commander
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)36.90 kg