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Sony KDL-46HX853 review

Sony finally blows our telly-loving socks off

Our Verdict

For

  • Elegant design
  • Awesome 2D picture quality
  • Good online content
  • Excellent value

Against

  • A little crosstalk with 3D
  • A few operating issues
  • SEN loads slowly
  • Very rare backlight 'blocking'

The KDL-46HX853 arrives at a time when Sony really, really needs to start getting its TV business back on track. And right away it feels like it's heading in the right direction, with a slimmer, sleeker variation on its Monolith design theme that suggests Sony has really started to think about what consumers want rather than just going with something they think looks distinctive.

Its feature count is impressive too in terms of the picture calibration tools on offer, the amount of video content available through the online system, and the extent of the multimedia flexibility.

Where the KDL-46HX853 really sets the world on fire, though, is with its barn-storming, cutting edge picture quality which, in 2D mode at least, is the best the LCD TV world has delivered so far.

We liked

The KDL-46HX853 takes LCD picture quality to a whole new level, particularly where contrast and motion handling are concerned. The set looks gorgeous too, and features what's for our money the best - or at least the most sensibly focussed - online service around. Plus it's great value for what's on offer.

We disliked

There's a small amount of crosstalk when watching 3D, and Sony's main onscreen menu system is in need of an overhaul. It might be nice if Sony offered a touchpad remote - at least as an optional extra - for people who like to use the TV's onboard web browser. And finally it's a shame Sony can't see its way to including even a single pair of free 3D glasses with the TV.

Final Verdict

There really isn't any overstating the potential importance of the KDL-46HX853 to Sony right now. For in one single leap its stunning picture performance takes the struggling Japanese giant from near-zero to all-conquering hero - an achievement made all the more remarkable when you consider that this outstanding TV is being delivered at a more aggressive price than the usually ultra-competitive Korean brands are offering on their range equivalents.

To sum all this up, with the KDL-46HX853 Sony isn't just back, it's back with a vengeance.

Also consider

Samsung's UE46ES8000 and UE46ES7000 models sit on pretty much the same feature level as the KDL-46HX853, with the Samsung models scoring points on account of their mind-blowingly slender designs, innovative control systems and slightly superior 3D images. However, they cost more than the Sony, and the KDL-46HX853 is on another level in terms of its 2D performance.

Panasonic's WT50 series also look stunning and use dual-core processing to offer some handy multitasking functionality that the Sony cannot. But while the WT50's pictures look good from what we've seen so far, they're certainly not as impressive as the KDL-46HX853's, especially when it comes to black level response.

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