Sony KDL-55HX823 review

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

Sony KDL-55HX823
Sony's 55-inch 3D TV is super thin, but comes at a high price

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Sony kdl-55hx823


As well as two 10W speakers in the TV's undercarriage, there's a third speaker on the back of the Sony KDL-55HX823. We obviously weren't able to test the behaviour of this trio while wall-mounted, but when placed close to a wall on its desktop stand it did seem to add a little power to our TV's sound.

Tested at loud volumes, the slim cabinet doesn't rattle, and while dialogue is handled best of all, we were reasonably impressed by the Sony KDL-55HX823's overall performance with both music and Avatar's soundtrack.


Can any television be worth this much? Although it's at least £1,000 cheaper than its similarly-specc'ed forbear from 2010, we would question how much anyone is prepared to pay for slimness. That £2,299 price tag seems steep.

Yes, there's a lot more to the KDL-55HX823 than its 27mm slim cabinet would suggest, but with perfectly respectable 50-inch plasma TVs from the likes of Samsung and Panasonic selling for half the cost, it's hard to justify – especially with Panasonic's identically sized and similarly priced TX-P55VT30B plasma TV in the running.

Jamie Carter

Jamie is a freelance tech, travel and space journalist based in the UK. He’s been writing regularly for Techradar since it was launched in 2008 and also writes regularly for Forbes, The Telegraph, the South China Morning Post, Sky & Telescope and the Sky At Night magazine as well as other Future titles T3, Digital Camera World, All About Space and He also edits two of his own websites, and that reflect his obsession with travel gear and solar eclipse travel. He is the author of A Stargazing Program For Beginners (Springer, 2015),