Selling for just under AU$3,000, Sony's Bravia KDL-55HX750 is cleanly and conservatively styled. Its bezel is dark and reasonably thin, at 30mm on three sides, and although the panel is specified as being 60mm thick, it is due to a section across the bottom rear. Most of the panel is 50mm deep.
Its 55-inch screen (about 139cm) provides 3D using the active system: the 3D glasses flash their left and right lenses rapidly, in synchronisation with the screen. The one pair of supplied 3D glasses was a little heavy at 56 grams, but otherwise comfortable enough. They are rechargeable via USB. Additional glasses cost AU$149.
The TV uses LED edge lights for backlighting and there is zone control over them, to help provide deep black levels in the required parts of the screen.
A 'Home' menu shrinks the viewing picture down to a smaller area and opens up a menu bar of options, through which you can navigate. For everyday picture control, the 'Options' key gives ready access to adjustments.
Except, this TV had us bamboozled for a while. It wouldn't allow us to change any of the picture settings when it was receiving input from a HDMI socket. Indeed, most of the remote control keys wouldn't work, at all. We did a factory reset and checked that the firmware was up to date.
Eventually, we worked out that, by default, the remote switches function to control the source device via the Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) capability of HDMI. You can switch it off by pressing the 'Sync Menu' key on the remote and selecting the 'TV control with the TV remote' option. But we imagine that many purchasers will be even more bamboozled than us. Most TVs allow this, but they don't switch it on by default.
The regular picture was very impressive, with good smooth colour and decent black levels. By default, the TV's 'Eco' mode operates fairly gently, reducing brightness when the room is darker. Despite this, there was still a little mottling in full black scenes, but, short of that, the results were impressive.
The default picture settings were excellent, too, except for the sharpness control, which was set to 65 on a 0 to 100 scale. This produced ringing and edginess to the picture. Winding this back to 0 produced a much smoother result.