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Sony KDL-46HX853 review

Sony finally blows our telly-loving socks off

There's good news and bad news when it comes to ease of use. On the upside, it's a huge relief to find that Sony's latest remote control now features a nice big 'SEN' button giving you fast, direct access to all of Sony's online content.

Also a major improvement is the onscreen menu system for accessing online stuff. The TV picture continues to play on the left, with Twitter feeds scrolling along underneath, while ranged across the screen to the right are a series of different content categories: Video, Music, Apps and a Favourites section where you can position all your most-used apps.

There's still more that could be done to make finding individual apps a little easier. But the latest online Sony TV experience remains a million times better than the fiddly menu mess you had to trudge through on 2011 Sony online TVs.

While you can now access online features more easily, however, getting to the rest of the set's features sadly still requires you to tip-toe through Sony's once-cool but now hopelessly cluttered and illogically organised PlayStation-style double-axis menu system.

One final negative point to make is that Sony hasn't made any effort to offer any control alternatives to the standard handset. There's no touchpad remote, no gesture control, no voice control, no 'magic wand'-style remote... Perhaps surprisingly, though, we didn't actually find ourselves missing these sort of 'enhancements' all that much, except for when trying to use the integrated Web browser.

Sound quality

The KDL-46HX853 is one of the best-sounding flat TVs around. The key to its success lies in that included silver 'bar' stand you get with the main TV. For Sony has taken advantage of the extra physical size of this bar to include a decently powerful set of forward-firing speakers, which receive their sound information courtesy of a dedicated connection cable running between the stand and the TV.

The result of using the stand for the TV's sound is a soundstage that's wider, richer, clearer and more powerful than anything you'll hear from the vast majority of rival sets. Just occasionally a vocal can sound slightly dislocated from the on-screen action, but these moments are very rare, and probably won't bother you at all from a typical viewing distance.

Value

It wouldn't have been unreasonable for Sony to have really cranked up the price of the KDL-46HX853 given how much effort has clearly gone into improving its performance and design. But actually, at £1450, the KDL-46HX853's price compares very favourably indeed with the prices of rival sets from the likes of Samsung, LG and Panasonic.

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
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
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
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand663 mm
Width with Stand1097 mm
Depth with Stand255 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
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
ColourBlack
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 NameBRAVIA KDL-46HX853 LED-LCD TV
Product LineBRAVIA
Manufacturer Part NumberKDL46HX853BU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
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
  • BRAVIA KDL-46HX853 LED-LCD TV
  • 2 x AAA Batteries
  • Remote Control
  • AC Power Cable
  • Warranty Card
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)16.60 kg