Summary: I received my KDL-55HX850 as a refurb replacement from Sony for my 10-month-old KDL-55HX820. I had wierd problems with the HX820 almost from the start, but I couldn't pin down the source of the problem. Finally about four weeks ago, it just shut down and started blinking a two red LED pattern. Power Board problem. Of course as it was late Sunday night, Sony Support was closed.
Excellent TV If you take the time to learn what it can do.
Dale A. Baumann "powakai", Amazon
6 March 2013
Summary: OK I love this TV; however if you are more into a smarter "Internet TV" as a higher priority I say Samsung 8000 series. Also if you expect sound out of this unit you might as well be either deaf or have a tin ear. Sound bars? eh maybe... I am an audio engineer so we did a full sound install, but that is another story. Now for the good: Dollars for donuts this is the best TV out there.
Summary: I ordered this tv for black Friday and might i say, what a splendid purchase. I did hours of homework comparing tv after tv, lcd vs plasma, local dimming vs edge lit ect. After receiving the tv from a local shipping service (not ups or fedex) they opened the box and %100 ensured me that my precious was intact and un damaged. This tv is almost perfect, colors are spot on, shadow detail is good, very bright and accurate display, slim sleek design to boot.
Summary: Really is a great TV so far. There are two minor issues with it though that cause me to give a 4/5. 1. The stock sound that comes with the TV is borderline terrible. This is obviously where they save a lot of money. Seriously, the sound is really really bad. If you buy this TV ensure you buy a sound system with it as well. Even a cheap surround system is a large upgrade for what Sony provides. 2. This TV does not do very well in a very lit room.
Summary: The television and the picture are beautiful. In fact, the picture is so good and so clear and so sharp, 2D nearly looks 3D. It is also very easy to use all the different settings and options to get the picture just perfect. I also like the fact that the TV swivels on it's base. I took off a star, however, because I can't get the Sony Entertainment Network to download, and Sony customer support was not very helpful or knowledgeable.
Summary: Pros like the cnet review stated it offers great blacks for an led. Let me tell you when i set this tv up my jaw dropped it was gorgeous. Probably the best purchase i've ever made. Cons I bought the tv from my local sony store on the june 12 and on june 14, i found a dead pixel on the bottom right corner. How am i to enjoy this tv's excellent black levels, when every time a dark scene in a movie pops up i see an annoying red dot.