Summary: The 55-inch Sony 55HX853 is the best TV from Sony in a long time. It produces gorgeous pictures in both 2D and 3D, has impressive sound quality and a very strong line-up of video-on-demand services. The styling will split opinions and its inability to stream common digital video formats is annoying, but overall, this is a very convincing high-end TV.
Pros: Rich colours and stunning contrast levels; Great motion processing; Impressive 3D performance; Good line-up of video-on-demand services.
Cons: Styling won't be to everyone's taste; Refuses to stream common digital video formats; Menu system could be more straightforward.
Conclusion: One thing we've not yet touched upon is the KDL-55HX853's price. A handful of months is a long time in tech, and this big ole Bravia beastie doesn't have as big a price tag as you might imagine. Well, not any more anyway. The current sub-£1,450 price tag is roughly the same as the 46-inch model we reviewed just nine months ago. Indeed patience can pay off. But it's not just the price that's welcoming.
Pros: Decent picture quality, good uniformity of picture from an edge-LED set, decent price at time of writing, attractive "art object" design, full of connectivity including Skype and catch-up services,
Cons: Slanted design won't suit all and is exaggerated in 55-inch model, corner filtration "vignettes" in bright scenes, dark scenes show some inevitable edge-LED light, default sound needs tweaking, SEN access is too slow, Homeshare needs a rework