We decided to upgrade our ten-year old tv to something a bit more modern recently and so (as is usual when choosing an expensive gadget) i spent many evenings reading reviews of all manner of tvs. A couple of weeks of this and my head was done in – way too many options, acronyms and features when all we were looking for was a nice family tv. So after the initial rush of storing 55″+ tvs in my wishlist, my search became a little more focused. I used a tv size calculator (the which website has a very good one) – which lets you plug in the size of the tv and will then tell you how far away you need to sit from it to be able to get the best viewing (or vice versa). We could have gone to 55″, but went for the smaller size tv for a couple of reasons: cost and also because we have two young children and i’m not sure sitting a few feet from a relatively large tv will be good for their eyes or necks. So after a bit more procrastinating, i had whittled down a shortlist to this sony and the samsung 6300 samsung ue55es6300 3d full hd 1080p smart 3d led tv with wi-fi built-in and freeview hd and 2 x glasses included (new for 2012). Both highly-rated manufacturers. In the end, the decision was made after a visit to the local john lewis store. The sony had a glass screen and the samsung didn’t – not sure what type of screen the samsung had (seemed a little soft), but the thought of small kids poking their fingers into an expensive screen was frightening. The sony’s glass screen can take a fair bit of prodding and can be cleaned very easily.
Plenty of hdmi ports, hdmi-cec so xbmc works perfectly on my raspberry pi. Iplayer and 5od work fine, it’s a shame there’s no option for c4 or itv. Picture quality is so far ahead of my previous samsung. Startup time is a _little_ slow, but really not that bad. The stand tilting back the monitor is a little odd but you get used to it, it seems worse at wider viewing angles. Having it lean backwards is comforting with young children trying to smack it.
Bought this when my previous sony expired. Looked at the reviews both here and in magazines and decided this was the one to buy. Delivery was prompt and tv was soon up and running. Just about managable to assemble with ony one person, but straight forward. Picture quality excellent and no problems with the sound. Some reviewers had issues with the sound, but made sure i selected the sound bar as the sound output when setting up the tv and all seems to be fine.
This telly is still working after 6 years.
117cm / 46″, Full HD 3D TV with Dynamic Edge LED, X-Reality PRO, built-in Wi-Fi and Sony Internet TV
Recently purchased kdl55hx853 and must say it is amazingstraight out of the box it is very easy to setup whether using the soundbar stand or wall mounting. All fixtures and fittings slot together easily and are very intuitive. When first powering up you are guided through a very easy to understand basic setup guide which guides you through all the normal language selection, tuning and network setup. The hd picture is fantastic with all the factory default settings but it is possible to make them better with the amount of picture adjustment options.Analogue or digital pictures can be a little hit and miss but this is more down to the filming and age of the broadcast but even the worse pictures can be adjusted to an acceptable viewing level and some very close to hd quality. I’ve used the set with the soundbar stand, home cinema and just the integrated speakers. I am currently just using the integrated speakers and although with the default settings it’s not great, have found with a little bit of setting up the sound quality is pretty damn good. Note like the picture setup if the broadcast is old then don’t expect miracles with the sound. If using youtube, twitter, facebook or general web browsing i would recommend the iphone/pad remote control app to make typing a lot easier.
After sony’s lacklustre offerings of late they are back on top. I replaced my old lg as i wanted to put it in the bedroom and decided to treat myself to something a little bigger for the living room. Yes, you can get 3d smart tv’s for a lot less money, but you get what you pay for. Stunning motion, even under the fastest action and panning shots. Fantastic detail and colour.
My wife and i ummed and ard as to wether we should spend the money on this product as we are on a limited income as pensioners. We are so glad we did, it is fantastic, easy to fix yourself with basic tools for wall fitting. And useing our pvr-9300t humax, the set was up and running the same day as delivery. This 3d tv is amazing, if you’ve got the money?.Buy it, you will not be dissapointed. You may need someone with cable knowledge to extend the neccesary cables.
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I’ve owned sony tvs in the past, but i still researched quite a few other brands before i bought this to get an idea of what was available, and what to expect. I went for the sony because it seemed to offer good value, and ticked my “must have” boxes – built in hd freeview, 800hrz, enough hdmi/scart/usb access for use with my existing equipment, and wifi connection. It arrived securely packaged, and the assembly instructions were clear and in plain english. It took two of us less than 10 minutes to have it mounted and switched on. The basic set up takes no time at all and there is plenty of scope for tweeking if you’re bothered. The manual is electronic and gives excellent instruction. The picture quality is excellent, and the sound bar gives better than average sound – more than adequate for most domestic situations and much better than the basic ‘back of the monitor’ speakers (although i’ve since gone for a wall mount and 5. The xr800hrz motion makes a real difference and is worth the investment on its own. Freeview hd and wifi work as expected, and internet connection is good.
Well, there are many other reviews on here which convey how i feel – having upgraded from the sony kdl-40w5500 this is like night and day, the colours are so rich, the contrast so high compared to the older tv, once set up correctly (via settings provided by certain review websites) it really is a force to be reckoned withthe sound bar isn’t anything to write home about though, but – realistically – if you’re investing in a tv like this, at the very least you would have your own dedicated sound bar / av setup, so realistically that is a non-issue, and certainly not enough of a failing to take a star away from. Thanks sony, for restoring my faith in you :).
I think there are areas for improvement, especially in the face of the competition. But this tv has the best picture of any led tv currently on the market. The lack of itv player and 4od are annoying.
Life-like picture quality and immersive Full HD 3D
This is a fantastic tv, offering good value for money. For an edge lit led it is about as good as you will find for the price. The default settings need some tuning, but im very happy with the image quality. There is only minimal clouding and black definition is very good. Clear and clear plus are excellent for sports as they negate almost all of the nasty processing effects. Onboard sound is average at best, but adding a decent pair of pc speakers is easy as there is a simple 3. 5mm line out via ‘headphones’. The bonus is that the tv can control this volume via the remote directly, unlike my last toshiba 55 inch. External speakers recommended. Hopefully sony will bring out a full lit led next year rather than just edge lit, even if it costs twice the price.
Always buy sony never let me down the new tv is very good so if you thinking of getting a new tvthen have a good look at sony 1st.
The tv itself is great especially at the price. The angle at which the tv leans back on it’s stand seems more noticeable in real life than the pictures would lead you to believe but is not a major problem. The big problem that i had with the tv was the fact that it 4 or 5 attempts to get it delivered. The courier regularly delivered boxes that were damaged and had actual punctures right through the packaging. They also delivered the tv on different days than had been agreed and when there was no answer left the tv with neighbours. In the end i wrote to the directors and eventually managed to get the tv delivered in an acceptable way. All the guys at amazon customer support were helpful. But it still took over three week, many calls and much hassle to get the product delivered in an acceptable condition.
Wi-Fi for easy access to catch-up TV, movies & apps
I was deliberating between this one and the 753 model and as i couldn’t see much difference between the two apart from a £300 price difference i plumped for the 753 model, admittedly i ordered it from john lewis, then i came across more info that this model was vastly superior in picture quality so i immediately cancelled the 753 and tried to order this from john lewis but alas they don’t stock it any more due to new models being released this spring so i decided to purchase from amazon as i’ve always been happy with and secure in the knowledge they are one of the best for replacements/customer service etc if anything should be amiss. I was somewhat miffed i had to purchase a separate warranty buying from amazon as john lewis offers their own free 5yr one. I only buy extended warranties for an expensive purchase such as this which should last numerous years. Anyway, this beauty arrived very quickly and was very easy to set-up on its included stand. The 6 degree tilt backwards i was worried about before ordering but i have not noticed the tilt whatsoever so it’s not a problem for me as i thought it might be. I was also not keen on the glossy screen, i can’t stand reflections on tv’s. Thankfully it hasn’t been too much of an issue, the only time i’ve noticed a reflection is watching in the evening with a dim lamp next to me with the rest of the room in the dark. I can see a bit of the lamp reflected in the screen but it’s not a big problem to fix, i’ll just need to move the lampcoming from a 32″ hd ready sony bravia that i’ve had approx 7yrs, the 46″ initially looked massive. Within a few days it now looks more normal in my room. I connect the tv, dvd player, sky hd box, xbox etc through a sony amp so i can’t really comment on the poor sound described by others through the tv speakers but modern thin tv’s are designed really to be used with surround sound systems anyway so if you don’t have one make sure to include one in your budget or even a decent soundbar if you don’t have enough room.
Outstanding and totally up to my expectations from sony. The picture is brilliant and does not have that artificial feeling to it that i get from watching many different makes in stores. 3d works very good and nice to have, but 3d blurays are too expensive at the moment, so most viewing in 2d which is excellent, not only in hd, but also standard def including old black & whites. The sound is very good, not excellent, but disable the surround sound effect and you’ll get used to it much better on stereo. The remote works for almost everything attached to the tv including ps3 to watch bluray and panasonic dvd recorder. Great as don’t have to use the ps controller for watching the film, tv remote to control the tv and another remote for the surround sound system. The smart tv (sony network) has many apps and works well. I mostly watch bbc iplayer and euronews on it, but there are other sections for you tube and 3d sony’s collection, good fun. To fit the stand/speaker, i found it easier to turn the tv upside down and lean it against the back of soft sofa, children if any around could hold it in place, then attach the bottom stand/speaker making sure that it’s in correct alignment and front is to the front. A screwdriver is all that’s needed.
Had this tv around a month now and so far cannot fault it. Beautiful design which is stunning to look at with performance to match. Great paired up with my playstation3 just waiting for an excuse to buy a new surround sound system. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a crisp clear picture and dynamic sound. Incredibly easy to set up and use, managed to connect to my wi-fi instantly. Don’t even think about a different tv, this is it.
Built like a tank the picture quality is where this tv excels. I was a little concerned that the ’tilting back’ would be an issue but this apparently is common with all sony tvs but i can safely report that you will not notice it in use. I can’t really say anything more than what’s already been said in various highly rated reviews.
Integrated sound system and 6 degree angle
All the functionality i could ask for, great picture quality, on board sound is o. But not as good as i would have liked, but who uses on board sound with this type of telly ?. A little disappointed that the sound out jack is only a weak mini jack but i use the optical output link to my hifi which works just fine.
I’ve had this tv for about 1 month now and bought it on the basis of the reviews here, so i thought i would add my own 5* review. Setup is very easy, but you will need a cross-head screwdriver to put the stand together (about 10 screws). The instructions say you need two people, but i managed on my own. The difficult bit is picking the screen up and slotting into the stand. The tv can and will topple over if you are not careful and don’t bother tying it down. So if you have kids or animals, you would be well advised to make sure you have the ability to screw into your stand (some fittings come with the tv). It can be tempting not to do this as the instructions leave it in as an optional after-thought and you’ll probably just want to get watching things. The screen is amazing and i love having the hd tuner built-in. The sound is fine for a tv, but doesn’t do the same job as separate amp and speakers. Iplayer, youtube) are great for me, but i was disappointed that the web browser doesn’t allow video playback (i think flash playback specifically). As i would have liked to watch ted. I’ve also just discovered the iphone app.
The quality of the tv reflects my high expectations. All the reviews and experts’ opinions defined this products as the best in the market for similar size and specs, and indeed it is. + 2d standard tv image quality is above average with limited or no noise although the settings must be manually changed to get perfect color balance (especially for movies). + 2d hd definition (720p/1080p) is stunning and without exaggerations is comparable to cinema screens: colors are vivid even under the standard setting and the image fluidity is flawless, especially during prolonged action scenes. If you have the patience and time you can adjust the image according to your taste by changing the many available settings. + 3d not tried yet because out of any logic the tv does not come with 3d spectacles. That is frankly a shame considering the high quality standard of this product – and the price. + audio is fine and after having played around with settings i could get a good forced 3d sound effect. It lacks of a perfect calibration between voice and sound and therefore during actions movies you have to adjust the volume many times according the type of scene. + smart functions are all right even though the navigation through the various menus and options can be slow and not very intuitive sometimes.
This tv is amazing, fantastic quality picture in 2d and brilliant in 3d, easy to set up, a bit difficult to go online, but once sorted it`s easy to use. Catch up missed programs, plug in hard drive to view with no long cables. I would recommend this tv to anyone, and the best price is at amazon.
Got this tv as an upgrade from my earlier sony that i have had for 4 years now. And it has not dissapointed. Picture is absolutely beautiful. The features are out of this world.
This tv is just mind blowing. Gorgeous design and internet functions i dont even know how to use yet. But watching stuff in hd and 3d blows your mind. Its thin and teh colours brightness etc are top notch. Combined with sony surround system it just blows everyone away.
- Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 107.7 x 64 cm ; 16.6 Kg
- Boxed-product Weight: 26.2 Kg
- Item model number: KDL46HX853BU