Sony Bravia KDL-55HX823


A new 55 inch 3D HDTV

The current series of Sony Bravia welcomed a new member to the family, namely the KDL-55HX823. This TV claims to be one of the thinnest ones in recent history, and to have lots and lots of exciting features and active 3D support to top that off. But there are no 3D glasses and the set is way expensive. Is the new Bravia KDL-55HX823 worth it or are there cheaper TVs with the same offerings? We tested the device to find out. See for yourselves the conclusion we reached in this review.

Various programs recording

Sony Bravia products have undergone serious improvements. The interface is one of the things that were bettered and the one on this TV is no exception. The menus, for instance, didn’t occupy the whole display after we pressed the Home key; they simply made their apparition in the form of a row of icons in the top left-hand corner of the reduced in size movie we were watching. This made for faster navigation when we tested the TV. Another welcome change was the fact that we were able to record various programs directly to hard drives or USB keys. Sony-Bravia-KDL-55HX823

More than that, whenever we wished to tweak audio settings, for example, we simply hit the Options key on the remote. The new Sony KDL-55HX823 features, as all Sony Bravia TVs, an electronic programme guide and a Freeview HD tuner. The former is formidable, utilizes a clean font and its speed is impressive. The device’s picture menu offered us the possibility of controlling backlight, noise reduction and others. Something we just couldn’t do when using the TV was record a movie while watching another one, because the product shipped with only 1 tuner.

Internet access

The remote is made of cheap plastic and uncomfortable to hold, but its buttons are nice.

In the Internet features and digital media department, the KDL-55HX823 sports a solid Bravia Internet Video platform which includes YouTube, the BBC iPlayer, Sony’s Video Unlimited movie rentals and other such stuff to keep you entertained. But, when it comes to apps, this TV model isn’t as great as we expected. And by that we mean the small range of applications featured on it. Also, there’s no support for Adobe Flash. On the bright side we have mixed support for digital media formats and a TrackID service (that finds the title of a song playing during a TV series, TV show and so on).

Connectivity means the following: 2 USB ports, 4 HDMI ports and 1 Ethernet socket. Wi-Fi is also here.

X-Reality Pro technology

Audio quality was a bit of a let-down, with the usual lack of bass. To look on the bright side, we thought the sound was crisp enough for our liking.

2D and 3D picture quality was close to top-notch. And we have to thank the new X-Reality Pro system for that. This system came with Motionflow XR 400 processing, a technology that reduced both judder and motion blur for an excellent viewing experience. To top that off, the Clear Plus and Clear settings of the Bravia KDL-55HX823 did a good job of reducing noise, sharpening images and all that jazz. These positive aspects resulted in vibrant colors, crystal clear details and deep black levels.

Alas, the lack of 3D glasses was a weird move coming from an established brand such as Sony, but at least we could buy one to suit our taste.

Review conclusion

Overall, the review conclusion is that the Sony Bravia KDL-55HX823 delivers noteworthy 2D and 3D performance and has an attractive design, but the price is rather too big.

Technical specifications

Display typeLCD
Screen size (in)55 inch
Memory card in0
USB in2
RGB Scart in1
HDMI 1.3aYes
Integrated Freesat TunerNo
Scart in1
Phono audio in1
PC in1
Phono audio out1
Accepts 1080pYes
Composite in1
S-Video in0
HD ReadyYes
Component in1
Digital audio out1
Integrated analogue tunerYes
DVI in0
Integrated digital tunerYes
HDMI in4
Full HDYes
Aspect Ratio16:09
Dimensions (hwd, cm)77x128x3
Weight (kg)23.2