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: Financially speaking, things may look a bit gloomy for Sony right now, but that doesn't mean the company has lost the ability to produce some stunning televisions. Its flagship model for 2012 is the KDL-46HX853, an LED-backlit 3D TV that takes Sony's Monolithic design concept to another level. Unlike last year's Monolithic TVs, which had an optional stand which doubled as a speaker bar, the 46HX853 has one as standard.
Conclusion: Sony is kicking back hard with its latest TV series. The HX853’s image quality is sublime; we love the blacks and the punchy colours. But it’s not as perfect as many other reviewers may have you believe. The slanted monolith soundbar stand looks cool when the TV is off, but who wants to watch a movie on a slanted screen? It makes a minor difference, but is something to consider.
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