Summary: The Sony KDL-46HX853 is one of the best HD televisions around,capable of gracing any living room, packed with features, brilliant picture and sound quality, and well worth stumping up the cash for. It’s just a shame the 3D glasses don’t come included.
Conclusion: In some ways (particularly its supernatural ability with blacks, and the stability of its 3D images) the Sony KDL-46HX853 is the best LCD TV we’ve seen – it’s undoubtedly the best flatscreen TV we’ve heard. Add in a raft of on-line features and what is, by Sony’s usual standards, a hugely aggressive price and this is a great buy.
Pros: Hugely improved screen, Convincing 3D, Stacks of smartness, A sound unrivalled
Excerpt: With the latest TV ranges from Samsung and LG already out and attracting mostly positive critical notices, the pressure on Sony's debut TV for 2012 really couldn't be any greater. Especially with Sony's TV business contributing spectacularly to the brand's latest round of cataclysmic operating losses.
Pros: Elegant design, Awesome 2D picture quality, Good online content, Excellent value
Cons: A little crosstalk with 3D, A few operating issues, SEN loads slowly, Very rare backlight 'blocking'
Excerpt: The Sony KDL-46HX853 marks a dramatic return to form for Sony. The brand, which has been confusingly inconsistent over the past two years, appears to be back on the right track. Go to Group test: What's the best TV?
Conclusion: The 46HX853 is an absolutely stunning LED set that truly lives up to its flagship status. That's primarily due to its extraordinary picture quality, with the sort of black depth, colour vibrancy and sharpness that you don't always get from LED sets. The high-powered picture tech on board plays a big part in its success, not only with 2D and 3D hi-def but also with SD and web videos.
Excerpt: Sony’s presence in the TV world has always been a strong one. Well, except for the company’s last few generations of TVs that have fallen short of the mark. We’ll just put that down to a bad day in the office, because it looks as though Sony has come back kicking and screaming with the latest HX8-series.
Pros: Great picture quality, soundbar stand produces rich audio straight from the box, lots of connectivity and built-in Sony Entertainment Network
Cons: Slanted stand design won’t suit all, Homeshare should be simpler to set up and have a better library system, response can be slow