Sony Bravia KDL-55HX820
Manufacturer: Sony Part number: KDL-55HX820
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Stunning. Elegant. Feature packed!
by stevesthings on October 25, 2011
Pros: Perfect picture out-of-the-box! Loaded with internet apps. Stunning monolithic design with Corning's Gorilla Glass was a key feature leading me to buy this TV. It has a solid feature set and it UI is fairly easy to use and graphic are clean and sharp. The
Cons: The remote could be better considering this is Sony's second most expensive TV. The iPhone remote Sony app works great, though. Lack of component imputs (comes with a component imput dongle).
Summary: This is by the far the most beautiful and exceptional TV I have ever owned. The design is up to Sony's legendary iconic design days of the past. Less ...
Summary: This is by the far the most beautiful and exceptional TV I have ever owned. The design is up to Sony's legendary iconic design days of the past. Less is more for me when it comes to electronics and this TV performs and looks beautiful.
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It's the kind of 3D-TV one could die for - WONDERFUL !
by Qorax1 on March 13, 2012
Pros: -Superior design;
-Gorgeous looker (even when 'off');
-Great color reproduction;
-Amazing 3D output;
-Lean & thin;
-Gorilla glass facade;
-Built in Wi-Fi;
(A wobbly stand doesn't count as con, b'coz it's meant to be wall mounted anyway!)
Summary: So it was again that time in a user life when we had to shop for another TV, the current Samsung 46" LED-TV was getting boring we guess. As usual ...
Summary: So it was again that time in a user life when we had to shop for another TV, the current Samsung 46" LED-TV was getting boring we guess. As usual we did our surveys and locked-on to three -- the LG 55LW6500, the Samsung UN-55D8000 and the Sony KDL-55HX820... uh, what with those mouthful numbers!
WHAT WAS BEING CONSIDERED?
1. A 55" or more screen space;
2. Got to be a 3D-TV;
3. Obviously the best in picture quality;
4. Had to have a built-in Wi-Fi;
5. Should depict premium quality, w/out costing a 'bomb';
Surely, the 'considerations' warranted the top-of-the-line models of the leading manufacturers, but alas! they were expensive by [nearly]double to their own 2nd best models. So, we decided to look at their next lineage and soon understood that either they didn't make 60"/65" ones in that profile or it'd be priced extravagantly. So, we settled for the 55-inchers.
WHY THE SONY?
Well, we had long condoned 'Plasmas', why? it's another discussion alltogether. As LEDs were to be our buy we found that the three (mentioned before) were pretty comparative in their performance & similar in their price range (check amazon.com)... it thus, had to be either of them. We were also quite 'sold-on' to the LG's 'passive glasses' (could've saved-on the after market eyewear costs), but one look at the Sony would definitely keep you dumbfounded! This piece is gorgeous to the bone. We'd've purchased it anyway even if it wasn't that much of a performer, surprisingly it is too! Worked on them side-by-side at futureshop.ca -- found that the Sony's 55" HX820 actually performs much better than the Samsung's D8000, and doles-out nearly twice the effect of the LG's 6500 [NOTE: Contrary to C|Net's opinion, don't go for the LG's 5600 models - their 6500's are much better].
Given the real-time output of the Sony's 55HX820, it'd be potent to mention that this TV beats them all, even it's own flagship model - the XBR929. Why? for one - it drives on the same X-Reality PRO engine, the similar MotionFlow XR-480 video-tech, the same Gorilla glass facia and every single feature of it's elder brother... but giving-out a tad better picture & 3D effect than it, while keeping the prices down by about 50%. Yes, the XBR is 'back-lit' while this one is 'edge-lit' and the XBR has MotionFlow XR-960, while this one has 480... but what the heck? the HX820 still outperforms the XBR and I do not see any difference in its 'deep blacks', color-rendering, motion flow etc. So why pay more? -given the fact that both kept side by side, no one would notice the difference - they both share the same form factor, while mine (the HX820) being way thinner.
MORE ON THE FORM FACTOR:
Remember, the LG, the Samsung (and all others) are typically a "LCD screen with a bezel" TV... while the Sony HX820 isn't! Ditto the XBR. This is an "all-screen" TV... no bezels / no LCD screens to safeguard for! It's a "single piece of glass" in front. What that means? it looks like a 'pictureframe', unlike any other TV, that glass is Gorilla glass, it's scratch resistant (rings any bell?), it thus looks awesome even when switched-off! Take it from me, no one, I repeat no one, who entered my house ever stopped exclaiming, "OH, MY..." (no, it's not for the Sharp 'Quattron', if you know what I mean!!!).
THE 3D EXPERIENCE:
So, I've already clogged over 1200 hrs. on this TV now (uh, am I talking about flying!)... purchased four 'active-shutter' glasses from e-Bay (Sony BR250), sad Sony didn't offer any with the TV, but no issues though, and also fetched a bag-full of 3D blu rays - "Avatar-3D" (no one in their sane mind can miss that!), "Sharks-3D", "Imax-Under the Sea" (these two are a must to experience the best & 'real' 3D effects, Final Destination-3, Transformers-3, Rio-3D, "Resident Evil: Afterlife", Pirates of the Caribbean-3D and many more... now it's my turn to say, "OH, MY...", this TV gets into your skin while watching 3D content... goose-bumps galore... I've seen many other 3D TVs in action, surely the two mentioned before, the Sony HX820 produces amazing results on 3D blu rays. The 'depth' on Avatar-3D is such that you'd feel you are 'in' the movie - living in 'Pandora'... and while watching Rio-3D, I must admit, I could almost touch the hand of Jesus (remember the scene?) - it actually 'pops-out'! And then, all those marine lives, on the Imax 3D blu rays, really float right in front of you, out of the TV. While all the time in full HD (1080p) - Beat that! The LG's 'passive 3D' couldn't (it's not that 'crisp'), neither the Samsung's (it wasn't that wholesome).
About DLNA, Wi-Fi, online apps, user interface etc. I leave them alone, b'coz my intent is to put forth an 'user review' rather than go techy... they are all well documented in every online review... u bet, those work just as fine as well.
If you are in the foray for a 'new buy' - rest assured, this TV is well worth your money. It's almost a perfect 3D-TV (I said 'almost' b'coz one never knows what's in store tomorrow), but today, if LED-3D-TV is your call - this one's better than the rest. And I've seen it all, seriously. Ditto, if you are contemplating between the Samsung D8000 or the LG 6500 or the Sony HX820 - I'd suggest take the Sony KDL-55HX820 - this one is too damn good to resist!
The Sony 55" HX820 is wall mounted, Sony PS3 & Sony BDP-BX58 are it's 3D blu ray players. Harman/Kardon HS300 is connected as its home theatre receiver, an 'optical cable' carries 5.1 channel audio between the TV & the receiver (I'm hearing the TV channel's sound thru the Harman/Kardon as well). The eyewear is Sony 3D BR250 & PS3-3D rechargeable glasses (both work absolutely fine). Rogers Cable (Set-top box with all HD channels). ACN home router for Wi-Fi internet. The distance between my TV & regular seating position is roughly 12-14 feet... yes, no issues with that distance.
Did I mention that this Sony HX820 has also a camera & is Skype enabled? And has a proximity sensor to alert you when your kids are too close to the TV?
Go for it !!!
Amazing 3D picture. Very elegant.
by Kozlov8 on December 7, 2011
Pros: *Beautiful Gorilla Glass
*Facial Recognition - energy saver
*Motionflow & OptiContrast Panel
Cons: *Mount - very wobbly and in my experience, it leans more to one side.
*Lag - sometimes when a button is pressed on the remote, it can take a while for the TV to respond.
Summary: Love this TV. Has many amazing features as listed, and while the value of $2,200 is quite a lot, I got it for $1,700 including a 3D Blu-Ray ...
Summary: Love this TV. Has many amazing features as listed, and while the value of $2,200 is quite a lot, I got it for $1,700 including a 3D Blu-Ray Player and a 3D starter kit, so do your research before purchasing it from Sony or at an expensive price. The quality is just beautiful and definitely meets Sony's great standards.
I really recommend purchasing this TV, and I will update this review saying how it is going.
The TV worth showing off.
by jmathew22 on December 5, 2011
Pros: - beautiful monolithic design
- great 3D quality
- built-in wifi
- internet widgets
- great picture quality
I recommend getting the proforma hanging mount. It hangs the tv about an inch from the wall for an impressive finish.
Cons: - some quirks with the user-interface.
- 3D glasses not included
- does not include a media reader
Summary: I've had this tv for two months now and I can say that I enjoy it a lot. From the picture quality (2D and 3D) to the design features, ...
Summary: I've had this tv for two months now and I can say that I enjoy it a lot. From the picture quality (2D and 3D) to the design features, this was a great investment.
I got the proforma wall mount and along with the monolithic design, it impresses everyone who sees it.
I was not in the market for a 3D tv but after seeing the picture quality, I'm really glad that I made the purchase.
A few people commented on the sound quality as an issue. Mine is connected to a Bose system so it delivers a huge sound that matches the quality and size of the picture.
I highly recommend it.
The unsung hero of the Sony 2011 line up.
by delair2 on October 26, 2011
-Costs less then its big brother the Sony Hx929 and performs just as well--maybe better(but we will never know because it has been ignored by Cnet and everyone else for some odd reason)
-Inky Blacks, accurate vivid colors, POP!
-Very good 3D PQ
Cons: -Table top stand is a bit wobbly for a 55" TV
-While the TV speakers are pretty good for such a slim TV-- you will want to enhance the sound to match the excellent PQ
Summary: The Sony KDL-HX820 LED TV may be the best kept secret of 2011.
Summary: The Sony KDL-HX820 LED TV may be the best kept secret of 2011.
excelent tv i got a great deal
by hendic22 on October 3, 2011
Pros: Image, 3d is excelent, great intenet content
Cons: i cant find anything wrong with the tv
Summary: this tv is great i love it..
Summary: this tv is great i love it..
- Manufacturer: Sony
- Part number: KDL-55HX820
- TV type LED-LCD
- Screen size 55 in
- 3D Yes
- Connectivity Wi-Fi
- Internet streaming services BRAVIA Internet Video
- Technology 3D,
- Backlight technology LED Backlight technology
- Resolution 1080p
- Refresh rate 480 Hz
- Greenpeace policy rating (Nov 2011) 3.6
- Greenpeace policy rating (Nov 2012) 4.1