Sony Bravia KDL-55HX925 review: Sony Bravia KDL-55HX925

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CNET Editors' Rating

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The Good LED micro-dimming works amazingly. Excellent detail. High-quality picture. One of the best all-rounders in performance terms.

The Bad Backlight bleeding. Not as dynamic as a plasma.

The Bottom Line The Sony Bravia KDL-55HX925 is an excellent LCD TV, which offers deep blacks and a flexible feature set, but it does require a little bit of care during set-up.

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Design

Sony made a splash in 2010 with its Monolithic televisions — bold, angular and jet-black, these were TVs for a modern living space. Not only that, but models such as the HX800 also performed exceptionally.

So how does the company top these efforts one year on? From a design standpoint, at least, it doesn't. The "one-sheet-of-glass" elements are still there, but the glass itself has been beefed up with Corning's impact-resistant Gorilla Glass.

If you want to opt for the sloped, six-degree "shtick", you still can with the addition of the AU$399 stand, which includes a beefed-up speaker system.

Oddly, we found that the TV screen we received had actually been warped, with one side drooping like the ears on an Aussie digger. We suspect that this may have been a result of an accident outside of the factory, but without testing another unit, we can't say what effect this deformation would have.

Features

Sony's Internet TV includes dozens of on-demand channels delivered by Ethernet or the on-board Wi-Fi (802.11n), in addition to Skype calling capability with the included camera.

The HX925 now features Sony's new X-Reality Pro picture engine, which is designed to not only upscale and improve standard- and high-definition content, but also web services (via Sony Internet TV, of course). Further features of the TV include an "Intelligent Peak LED" backlight, Motionflow XR 800 for smoother pictures and integrated 3D with two sets of rechargeable glasses thrown in.

The TV also includes the TrackID feature to look up the song that's playing on the TV at the time, and access to Sony's Music Unlimited streaming service.

Ports? It's got 'em. Four HDMI, two USBs, a component via adaptor, composite, D-sub and digital output.

Performance

We found that we needed to spend a bit of time when calibrating this TV, as at default levels, there was quite a bit of backlight clouding — patchy grey areas in black sections of the picture. Even turning the backlight down to zero didn't help, and only when activating the Intelligent Peak LED did we get the inky blacks that we were anticipating.

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Sony Bravia KDL-55HX925

Part Number: CNETSony Bravia KDL-55HX925

Typical Price: $3,599.00

See manufacturer website for availability.