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Sony Bravia KDL-55NX813 (KDL55NX813) review

Sony adds a slick, 3D ready TV to its chic NX line

Our Verdict

For

  • Excellent 2D and 3D pictures
  • Useful online content
  • Great Xross interface

Against

  • No 3D transmitter built in

Sony bravia kdl-55nx813

Sound

It's impossible for flat TVs of this screen size to achieve sound of a similar scale. Speakers this small simply don't have the volume, especially when they're tucked away like Sony's 'invisible' speakers. Apparently, they're positioned for optimum elevation and powered by Sony's digital S-Master amplifiers, but they still lack sufficient projection to match the TV.

The sound is clear enough, but it lacks any bass warmth, so it sounds thin and stretched when you turn it up.

This is where Sony's optional SU-B550S soundbar stand comes in. The long aluminium plinth that gives the Monolithic Design TVs their characteristic 6° lean has just been redesigned to incorporate 2.1 powered speakers with a combined output of 40W, so it's the ideal partner for this set if you have the extra £349 to spare.

Value

The NX813 is almost in the top tier of Sony's extensive TV range, with only the HX903 being more expensive. The Sony brand name still commands a premium too, so at £3,000, this TV isn't exactly cheap.

Thanks to keen competition, though, you do get a lot for your money. This is a stylish set with a smart glass stand for starters and it crams a lot into its narrow frame. Luxuries like Wi-Fi are built in, and the dynamic edge LED backlighting add to the cost.

Given the price, however, it still seems off-putting that the 3D transmitter isn't built into the set as with the HX903, or at least bundled with the TV. Because of this, 3D fans will be able to find better value for money over at Samsung and Panasonic.

Ease of use

Sony's Bravia TVs tend to score highly in the ease-of-use stakes, thanks to the brilliant Xross Media Bar (XMB) menu system that has moved from the PS3 to just about every Sony product with an onscreen interface. With the two axis offering up all of your options without insisting you scroll through menu pages, you can access all of the features in no time. Even the channel names for the analogue and digital tuners now appear on the XMB.

There's also a very clear eight-day electronic programme guide (EPG), which makes planning your viewing especially easy on this larger-than-life screen.

As for the remote control, Sony has simply decided to supersize one of its regular handsets. The current concave remote with the addition power button on the flip side is very intuitive and could only be improved by perhaps making it a bit more ergonomic. Scaling it up to this size doesn't seem to bring any important new buttons, but it does mean you're less likely to lose track of it.

In addition to the eight preset picture modes, you can tweak the brightness, colour temperature etc yourself. Other brands offer more in the way of test patterns and other calibration tools to help you fine tune the picture, but ease of use, rather than flexibility, is the name of the game here.

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 NX813
3D Type3D Ready
Brand NameSony
Screen Size139.7 cm (55")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)32.20 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard300 x 300
Operating Power Consumption180 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
RMS Output Power26 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand800 mm
Width with Stand1276 mm
Depth with Stand323 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate200 Hz
Height770 mm
Width1276 mm
Depth32 mm
ColourBlack
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Surround Sound
Product SeriesNX813
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesSleep Timer, Picture and Picture (PAP), Picture in Picture, Auto Program, Favorite Channel Selection, Channel Labeling
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelKDL-55NX813
Product NameBRAVIA KDL-55NX813 LED-LCD TV
Product LineBRAVIA
Manufacturer Part NumberKDL55NX813U
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Marrying impressive technology to stunning looks, this BRAVIA TV redefines your living room experience. Discover immersive 3D pictures and seamless connectivity to a world of online entertainment, all in one beautifully design object.

Package Contents
  • BRAVIA KDL-55NX813 LED-LCD TV
  • AC Cable
  • Operating Instructions
  • Table-Top Stand
  • Remote Commander
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty5 Year
Weight (Approximate)26.90 kg