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Sony BRAVIA KDL55HX820 55-Inch 1080p 3D LED HDTV with Built-In Wi-Fi, Black (2011 Model)

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  • Brilliant Full HD (1080p) picture quality for 2D & 3D. Refresh Rate: 240hz
  • 55-inch display with full HD (1080p) 2D/3D picture and sleek "monolithic" OptiContrast panel with Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Dynamic Edge LED backlight with local dimming for incredible contrast, slim design, and energy efficiency
  • Experience smooth and precise motion detail during fast-action video with Motionflow XR 480 technology
  • Wireless BRAVIA Internet TV and Widgets for a wide variety of streaming media and other Internet content
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Size: 55-Inch
  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: KDL55HX820
  • Display Technology: led-lit
  • Display Size: 55 inches
  • Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9
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  • Product Dimensions: 50.5 x 1.1 x 30.5 inches ; 51.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 151 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B004QXFI04
  • Item model number: KDL55HX820
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,592 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 15, 2011
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Internet-Ready Television

Internet-Ready Television

Internet-ready TVs use your broadband connection to deliver dynamic content, whether it's streaming video from Netflix, new music from Pandora, or a quick glance at today's weather forecast.

Although there is overlap, each manufacturer offers a unique bundle of free or paid services, including streaming video and music, social networking apps, online photo galleries, news and financial updates, weather info, sports scores, and a variety of other smartphone-like applications.

Manufacturers continue to add new content to their offerings, keeping customers current through firmware updates, and making a bit of research a prudent step in your buying decision.

Learn more about Internet TVs, how they work, what services are offered by different manufacturers, and exactly what you'll need to get started at our Internet TV 101 customer center.




3D Technology Checklist

This product is 3D-related. To help you get a great 3D experience, use the checklist below to ensure you have everything you need. 3D viewing requires:

A Display
First, you'll need a 3D-ready display--whether it's a 3D HDTV, 3D projector, or 3D computer monitor. These displays have more processing power than standard 2D models for displaying 3D images in rapid succession.
A Source
Your display may be ready for 3D playback, but you'll still need a device to read 3D content. This can be a cable box with a subscription to a 3D channel, a 3D Blu-ray Disc player, or a PlayStation 3 system.
3D Content
3D content--the actual entertainment, in other words--will be played back using the source mentioned above, whether it's a 3D broadcast from your cable provider, a 3D Blu-ray Disc, or a 3D video game.
3D Glasses
For now, the vast majority of 3D HDTVs require glasses for 3D viewing. Many use powered "active shutter" glasses, others polarized "passive" glasses. You'll need one pair per viewer, and they'll have to be compatible with your display, whether they're the same brand, or a pair of "universal" glasses designed to work across brands.
HDMI Cable
To connect your source (such as a 3D Blu-ray Disc player) to your display, you'll need a high-speed HDMI cable. Cables with this designation feature bandwidth speeds up to 10.2 Gbps (gigabits per second), for carrying the 3D signal without any loss of quality.

If you want to get more information about 3D, shop our 3D products, watch videos, or interact with other customers, we invite you to visit 3D 101, our customer center about everything 3D.


March 2011
Experience brilliant Full HD 1080p picture quality with Sony's 55-inch KDL-55HX820 LCD HDTV with 3D. This HDTV features Dynamic Edge LED backlighting technology with local dimming, for serious contrast levels, deep blacks, and brilliant whites--not to mention more energy efficiency than other backlighting technologies. Sony's MotionFlow XR 480 ensures incredibly smooth motion during fast action movies and sports, and X-Reality PRO video processing delivers optimal color, contrast and sharpness--even with low-resolution web videos. Pair with Sony 3D glasses and you'll be ready for another dimension of entertainment, with immersive playback of the latest 3D titles. Or use the built-in Wi-Fi to access connected entertainment options with BRAVIA Internet Video and Widgets, or your digital video, music, and photo files over your home network.

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3D in Full HD 1080p

Sony KDL-55HX820 3D Viewers
Enjoy 3D action with razor-sharp detail.

Enjoy an immersive, realistic movie and gaming experience in Full HD 1080p using Sony's 3D active glasses and connecting a compatible 3D Blu-ray Disc Player or PlayStation 3 gaming console.

Sony's 3D glasses are adjustable and comfortable, designed with side panels to block out excess light that can create an annoying glare on other glasses. Better yet, they fit over prescription eyewear, and feature batteries that last up to 100 hours.

When viewed through the active shutter glasses, the on-screen image is precisely synchronized and delivered with the image intact, for an optimum 3D viewing experience. And since each frame you see is shown at Full HD resolution, the 3D action comes alive with razor-sharp detail.

In fact, from the moment you turn on the KDL-55HX820, you'll notice a sharp, vibrant picture, whether you're enjoying 2D or 3D content. Sony's video processing technologies work together to deliver breathtaking picture quality with reduced visual noise, enhanced color and overall image detail, even on 1080p sources such as PlayStation 3 systems and Blu-ray Disc players.

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Vivid, Lifelike Entertainment

Sony OptiContrast Panel
Sony's OptiContrast Panel produces deeper images with superior black levels even in bright rooms.
Dynamic Edge LED Backlight

Experience enhanced picture quality and contrast with Sony's Dynamic Edge LED backlighting technology, with local dimming. Get sharp image contrast, for a crisp, detailed picture. The added bonus? LED backlighting is easier on the environment (and your pocketbook), using substantially less energy than traditional CCFL-tube TVs.

Sleek Design

Sony's monolithic design consists of a sheet of Corning Gorilla Glass stretching from edge-to-edge, adding some elegance to your viewing room. It looks just as good when it's off as it does when it's on.

The HX820 series also features Sony's new OptiContrast panel, which features a design and surface treatment to minimize reflection, producing deeper images with superior black levels even in bright rooms.

Sony Motionflow XR 480
Sony's Motionflow XR 480 technology delivers smooth and precise detail during fast-action scenes.
MotionFlow XR 480

Experience motion clarity from the combination of LED backlighting and high frame-rate technology. See smooth motion during fast-action movies and sports. Sony's Motionflow XR 480 technology reduces blur caused by quick camera movements, enhances image sharpness, and overall creates a clearer picture.

X-Reality PRO Engine

Enjoy the best picture experience no matter what you're watching. Sony's X-Reality PRO engine brings out incredible detail through multi-frame, pixel-by-pixel analysis of each scene. You will see optimal color, contrast and sharpness, even when viewing lower resolution web videos.

Smart Design, Smart Features

Corning Gorilla Glass

Enjoy an incredibly durable, remarkably lightweight, frameless design with Corning's exclusive Gorilla Glass. Combined with the Opti-Contrast panel, this HDTV boosts contrast, increases brightness, and minimizes unwanted light reflections.

Intelligent Presence Sensor

Enjoy an incredibly customized picture and sound experience every time. Sony's Intelligent Presence Sensor uses built-in Face Detection technology to turn itself off if no one is watching, warns children when they're too close to the screen and adjusts picture and sound based on where people are sitting in the room.

Energy Saving Switch

Even when turned off, most electronics are still using energy if they are plugged in. With Sony's Energy Saving Switch you can easily eliminate this standby power without the fuss of plugging and unplugging the cord. When the switch is turned in the "OFF" position it reduces the television's standby power to nearly nothing.

USB Photos, Videos & Music

Share your photos on the big screen or listen to your favorite music. Simply connect your digital camera, USB-enabled MP3 player, or USB storage device directly to your HDTV's USB input.

Sony Intelligent Presence Sensor
Sony's Intelligent Presence Sensor uses built-in Face Detection technology to turn itself off if no one is watching.
LightSensor Technology

Enjoy customized picture brightness and save energy without lifting a finger. The built-in Light Sensor automatically adjusts the picture brightness based on the amount of light in the room.

BRAVIA Sync Compatible

Conveniently operate and control other BRAVIA Sync compatible devices--including BRAVIA HDTVs, Blu-ray Disc Players, surround sound systems, Handycam camcorders and Cyber-shot digital still cameras, all with one remote control when connected via HDMI.

Faster Start-Up

Quick Start & Viewing feature enables this Sony television to go from 'OFF' to 'ON' 2-3 times faster than previous Sony televisions.

BRAVIA Internet Video and Widgets: Endless Entertainment

With integrated BRAVIA Internet Video, there's always something on. Using your home broadband internet connection, you can access premium content including movies, TV shows, videos and music from providers like Qriocity, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora, and many more to instantly stream your favorite media.

Or perhaps you're a social media addict? Internet Widgets like Facebook and Twitter let you connect and share, and get up to the minute information while you enjoy your television.

Connecting is a breeze thanks to the HX820 series' built-in Wi-Fi. No need to addan external adapter--connect to your wireless network right out of the box (if you'd prefer a wired connection, use the built-in Ethernet port and you're all set).

You can also access and share photos, videos, and music on your TV by streaming them from compatible DLNA devices like your PC, Playstation 3 system, network storage, etc.

Finally, the KDL-55HX820 is Skype Ready: Easily connect to family and friends live on your HDTV wherever they are with Skype! Enjoy free high definition Skype-to–Skype video calls from the comfort of your living room. Simply attach the Sony compact microphone/camera for Skype (required, sold separately) and see your friends on the big screen.

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KDL-55HX820 Key Specifications

Display Sony HDTV Feature Logos--HX820 Series
Screen Size (Diagonal): 55 Inches
Display Type: LCD (OptiContrast Panel)
Backlight Type: Dynamic Edge LED with Local Dimming
Resolution: Full HD 1080p (1920x1080)
Video Signal: 1080/24p (HDMI Only), 1080/60i, 1080/60p (HDMI / Component), 720/60p, 480/60i, 480/60p
Tuner: Clear QAM/ATSC/NTSC
Inputs and Outputs
HDMI: 4 (2 Side/2 Bottom)
Component Video (Y/PB/PR): 1 (Adaptor/Bottom/Hybrid)
Composite Video: 2 (Adaptor/Bottom/1 Hybrid )
USB 2.0 Ports: 2 (Side)
RF Connection: 1 (Bottom)
Analog Audio Input: 2 (Adaptor/Bottom)
PC Input: D-Sub 1 (Side), Mini 1 (Rear)
Ethernet 1 (Bottom)
Digital Audio Output: 1 (Side)
Analog Audio Output: 1(Side) Hybrid w/HP
Headphone Outputs: 1(Side) Hybrid w/Audio out
Weight and Dimensions
Dimensions (WxHxD): 50-1/2 x 30-1/2 x 1-1/8 Inches (50-1/2 x 31-3/4 x 12-1/4 Inches With Stand)
Weight: 51.2 lbs. (62.4 lbs. with stand)

What's in the Box

KDL-55HX820 55-Inch BRAVIA HX820-Series LED LCD HDTV, Remote Control (RM-YD061), AC Power Cord (Attached), Table Top Stand (Assembly Required), Documentation




Sony 2011 HDTV Comparison

Series:
BX320
BX420
EX520
EX523
EX620
EX720
NX720
HX820
HX929
Models:

Picture Quality

                 
Full HD 1080p Resolution
3D in Full HD 1080p
Picture Engine
LED Backlight
Motionflow Technology
OptiContrast Panel
Corning Gorilla Glass

Connectivity

                 
Skype Ready
Internet Streaming
Built-in Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Ready
"Media Remote" App
USB Input
HDMI Inputs

Energy Efficiency

                 
Energy Star

Product Description

Experience brilliant Full HD 1080p picture quality with Sony's 55-inch KDL-55HX820 LCD HDTV with 3D. This HDTV features Dynamic Edge LED backlighting technology with local dimming, for serious contrast levels, deep blacks, and brilliant whites-not to mention more energy efficiency than other backlighting technologies. Sony's MotionFlow XR 480 ensures incredibly smooth motion during fast action movies and sports, and X-Reality PRO video processing delivers optimal color, contrast and sharpness-even with low-resolution web videos. Pair with Sony 3D glasses and you'll be ready for another dimension of entertainment, with immersive playback of the latest 3D titles. Or use the built-in Wi-Fi to access connected entertainment options with BRAVIA Internet Video and Widgets, or your digital video, music, and photo files over your home network.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Needless to say this baby is going bye-bye. We've always bought Sony and loved it but lately their product quality is poor. I am reconsidering buying a brand new brand. Read more ›
I got a never used refurb item (everything in…The picture is also excellent but per LED not quite as vibrant as old plasma set though much better detail and black support. Read more ›
Soooo many (perhaps toooo many) features. Internet access is a bit cumbersome and don't use it much but the picture is GREAT! Read more ›
Till this past week the set was terrific. Picture quality was superb. Then came the end. Read more ›
So far I have no disapointments at…The picture is amazing, and the sound out of the tv is not that bad, however I will probably use my AV system for sound most of the time. Read more ›
On a positive note: Overall, 2D picture quality is great and this gives the TV a lot of value. You can't do better with $1400 if you're looking for picture quality to price… Read more ›
We have always had Sony televisions in our household and this model is a great asset to our new family room. Read more ›
Amazing picture quality. WiFi setup was simple. Enjoying every moment of my first HDTV. Read more ›
We had an almost new Vizio go bad and after Amazon took it back, we decided…The features are amazing and I couldn't ask for a more beautiful picture right out of the box! Read more ›
While the top-end…The edge-lit models are amazingly thin (some only 1 cm thick) ... but seriously, the 2" thickness of the HX929 doesn't present any issues I can imagine. Read more ›
Many of the interesting features of this unit (eg netflix integration) require registration with and management though their website. In addition to invading your privacy,… Read more ›
I was excited by the built in WiFi, but so far it seems fairly useless, since the…However, despite that little negative, I have to say it's got great picture and features. Read more ›
The colors are vibrant, and the motionflow works great. The white/black contrast is also nice. Read more ›
This TV has an incredible picture! The colors are vivid, the blacks are black, and there's no ghosting or edge light issues. There's no blurring when watching sports or… Read more ›
Picture is perfect. Found how to fine tune picture settings to get deep black color on Sony sharing site. Read more ›
Still love the picture. Rich, clear color and contrast and good from any angle in the room. Settings are a little "clunky" but can't beat the view! Read more ›
This set blows me away in its deep blacks, and beautiful HD picture. I knew it was going to be great, but it's three times better than I thought it would be! Read more ›
Pair this with a nice Blu-Ray player and it will knock your socks off. It's bright and clear with great colors and the blackest blacks I've seen on a TV. The MotionFlow 480… Read more ›
TV came from Circuit City via Amazon. The price was great. The picture quality phenomenal even without the HMDI cord which we are waiting for from Time Warner. Read more ›
Why? Well today tv manufacturers are cutting corners left and right to produce tv's that seem like they offer high end features and picture quality but at a lower price. Thi… Read more ›
The Picture quality is spot on the crispest and cleanest I've seen with spectacular contrasted colours…3D is hell awesome, but the price of 3D glasses was a little above. Read more ›
Let me first say that AMAZON has the best price that I've seen. I've been looking at the prices for the last 7 months and have seen AMAZON consistency with the lowest price. Read more ›
So please can someone confirm they are sending the 480mz tvs and not the 240mz. Many people I believe are being fooled by this, hence the low price of $1699. Read more ›
I like the all black design by Sony - Setup was quick it connected to Internet in a heartbeat Read more ›
Very easy setup. The internet setup was simple and the 3d is unbelievable! This is by far the best tv i've ever had. Read more ›
I also ordered the Sanus VLT14-B1 and Amazon Basic High Speed HDMI cables. This TV coupled with the Sanus mount looks INCREDIBLE! The Amazon cables work flawlessly for 3D. Read more ›
Great tv, at a great price! Easy to set up, had the wifi connected to my network in minutes, Netflix setup just as easy... Picture is very good, sound is ok. May look at a… Read more ›
I compared this against multiple competing products, and the Sony was clearly the winner. Easy to set up, especially if you have an HDMI-based system. The streaming of… Read more ›
So the bottom line is that this TV (when you're not sitting right against the glass) has…It's super thin and looks good mounted on the wall whether it's turned on or off. Read more ›
I've been going with default settings for now, but will dig…The sound is good for me without any extra speakers or sound bars, but probably depends on your expectations. Read more ›
4) the sound is weak, but is to be expected given the screen's small size. Read more ›
The sound is great and the picture is great. Something I debated but decided to go for was the monolithic design. Read more ›
S will hardly use it. Sound is terrible. Even my mom noticed it. Read more ›
Linking my Netflix and Amazon streaming video was a snap also. The sound is very good, for just using the TV speakers alone. I am going to set it up with a home theater… Read more ›
Great TV the only thing i dislike is there is no Audio Video connects for my PS2 but does have some amazing feature and its loaded with options Read more ›
Not a huge deal, but kind of…-Gorilla Glass screen is beautiful, but the glare from any lights or windows opposite the TV irritates me greatly (I prefer a matte finish). Read more ›
I love the widgets that are available on the Sony BRAVIA. Netflix, Youtube, Hulu, etc. on the big screen looks great. My only complaint is the delayed start-up when the TV… Read more ›
The picture and detail is amazing. I'm a huge Apple Fan and hope they use this set as the benchmark for their future product. Read more ›
The weight and size of this TV is nearly perfect. I rarely have problems with any glare, and the "blacks" in the picture are stunning. The motion flow is nearly as… Read more ›
Great features. I especially enjoy the WIFI capability, its accurate ambient lighting adjustment, the vivid color, and crisp image clarity. It's an A-1, top shelf LCD-TV. Read more ›
(3) I've watched a couple of 3D movies and have played a 3D video game (Wipeout HD). So far, I'm very impressed by how well 3D is displayed by this model. There is a little… Read more ›
I called Sony to verify that the TV was actually receiving and decoding Dolby signals from the various networks and other sources. Streaming on Netflix is flawless, gorgeous. Read more ›
Qriocity didn't work due to the recent security breach but should be back up soon. Netflix streaming and Pandora work perfectly. The presence sensor is nice when set to… Read more ›
I have had this television for nearly a year now and have tried many different features on it and found I love the features, the picture is great, the online channels… Read more ›
All in all I gate it 4 out of 5 just due to the clunky and slow software. This is my first TV so I'm not sure if this is an industry problem or if it is the model that I… Read more ›
Little weird though; my wife swears the screens are the same size because of it. WiFi connectivity is great for NetFlix and Amazon movie purchases. Amazon Prime even has a… Read more ›
Great Digital Picture and HD picture. Nice internet features like youtube, netflix, eBay and lots more. I really recommend it this TV, I had a 42 HDTV and now I upgraded to… Read more ›
The features are all slow and not super…The video services all work and provide good picture but they are very annoying to search and the user interfaces aren't very good. Read more ›
The remote is logically arranged and the Home" key brings you back to start if you ever get lost in the setup. the ability to label the tv inputs on the screen like "Wii"… Read more ›
After having the tv over a month now I have noticed a couple annoyances: 1. The remote is very slow to respond when you first turn on the tv. It's like the tv needs 20-30… Read more ›
Weather, Facebook, Stocks, etc are so much easier to get to by grabbing my phone than working with the remote. Speaking of, the remote is strange in that it is big. It also… Read more ›
It has a very slim profile and it looks amazing. It has many apps that are very useful and the interface is very user friendly. Read more ›
The remote, which is not mentioned on the website, is also very well designed. It is back lit, with a concave design and easy to read buttons. Turn the remote over, and you… Read more ›
As for internet functions etc, they need to copy, yes copy Apple, because the present file selection menu just stinks. Very difficult to use and slow... very slow. Read more ›
And now I know I made the right decision. Sony's on-screen set-up was very easy to use. As soon as I completed it and the picture feed from Dish Network came up we were… Read more ›
Network streaming is very nice for both music and movies. Netflix/Amazom streaming works well but is slow to navigate. Sometimes the picture doesn't display blacks very… Read more ›
The only thing I've noticed in the TV that really isn't a high-quality feature is the Internet browser. It is really slow and difficult to navigate. You'll definitely want… Read more ›
We compared this in home to the latest Sharp and Samsung TVs (love generous return policies) and it was…* I find that the Internet widgets are really really easy to use. Read more ›
Also purchased the Panasonic DMP-BDT220 Integrated Wi-Fi 3D Blu-ray DVD Player which is awesome. CONS: the tabletop stand does SEEM flimsy. I've had no… Read more ›
Setup: Sony provides a tabletop stand, but with such a large unit that is light weight, it's always better to use wall mount or a stand…The base stand was easy to attach. Read more ›
I had to go into my router setting to enable WPS and use the…I still give the tv 4 stars for the god awful stand that was included with it, but 5 stars if you mount it. Read more ›
Because I am using the analog audio output, and everything else about the television seems fine (other than the motion on some sports; there is no problem with the stand,… Read more ›
Fast action videos are amazing to watch since there was no blur. I watched a few home videos (shot with a Sony HDR-CX110) where I was clearly able to notice the difference… Read more ›
But watching Samsung makes me a little bit headache. This Sony's 3D image is very very comfortable to watch. Thank you, Sony. Read more ›
After comparing it to the Samsung 8000, the Panasonic plasmas, and the LG LW series, it stood out as the best for watching movies, if movies aren't your thing, a Samsung is… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

103 of 105 people found the following review helpful By electronics guy on May 14, 2011
Size Name: 55-Inch Verified Purchase
Mine arrived this week and it is beautiful! The monolithic screen design with the Gorilla glass / Opticontrast panel is totally black when the set is off. When it is on, the image is stunning. Pair this with a nice Blu-Ray player and it will knock your socks off. It's bright and clear with great colors and the blackest blacks I've seen on a TV. The MotionFlow 480 makes for extremely smooth motion with no snapshotting that you see in sets with lower frame rates. It's also very light. One person can pick it up with no problem as long as your arms are long enough to reach.

It comes with a nice pillar and plate stand but I think I'm going to move mine to the wall. I'm really tempted to put a nice frame around it. Seriously. Another very nice feature is you can turn off the light behind the Sony logo at the bottom center of the screen. It's visible enough for me as is and I personally don't like all the extra lights that so many sets use to light up their logos. So nice and subdued it is. The set also locates where people are in the room. It has a camera (not sure how I feel about that on an internet-connected TV) and captures full-on images of you as you watch it. It uses this for adjusting the internal speakers, the 3D effect if you are off center, and to determine if nobody is watching to turn the set off to conserve energy. I might just put a bit of black tape over it and turn off the energy conservation so it doesn't always think it is alone and shut down.

This thing also synthesizes 3D from 2D images. You can watch regular TV or DVD's/Blu-Ray, or any of the streaming functions in 3D if you want. It actually does a pretty good job and for the life of me I couldn't tell you how they pull it off. It's basically magic. For true 3D input it is absolutely amazing.
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242 of 255 people found the following review helpful By ALEXCAT on August 15, 2011
Size Name: 55-Inch Verified Purchase
I purchased this TV on Jun 17, 2011 and would like to say that out of the box it needed zero adjusting. Great picture and the 3D is excellent aside from a little ghosting. My only issue that I am currently trying to reslove with Sony as I write this, is the tv is very thin and borderless. Pretty much the gorilla glass used is the whole front part glued to the back(no screws visible). The glass on my unit has begun to be unglued on the left side of the tv about 2 inches. It is not peeling off but to the point where u can clearly see light coming out of the side of the Tv. This I am sure is not good and am in the process of getting it repaired. Will add to my review if Sony charges for any repairs to this already expensive TV that is clearly a Factory defect.

I am updating my review today October 9th 2011. I am dissapointed to say Sonys warranty and repair Department is the worst I have ever had to deal with in my life. Needless to say, they refused to properly repair this very expensive tv of mine. After 1 month and a 2 week stay at there local repair shop, my tv was returned to me in the same exact condition it was received. Not only did they not repair it but the have refused to replace it for a nondefective one, as the concluded the tv is suppose to be that way. I have posted a Pic of the problem with the glass ungluing and you be the judge and decide if that is normal. I am not telling anyone not to buy Sony products but just be aware they dont live up to there warranty. All this being said, after 1 month of dealing with Sony and there terrible warranty dept., I called Amazon out of desperation to see if they can assist me in dealing with Sony. After explaining the situation to them and a 5 minute hold, I was greeted with a suprise I was not expecting.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Danation on June 2, 2011
Size Name: 55-Inch Verified Purchase
I spent a long time reviewing TVs before making a purchase and I'm very glad I took a chance on this relatively new Sony. It appears to have all the features of the more expensive XBR series but uses local-dimming edge lit LEDs rather than back-lighting. This makes it thinner, which was more important to me than image quality for my application. I also like that it has a uniform thickness and looks great mounted on an island in my home. It is strange how few companies care about the view from the back...

Update the firmware as soon as you get it so that the newer features like video streaming and iPhone media remote (available through app store) work properly. Qriocity didn't work due to the recent security breach but should be back up soon. Netflix streaming and Pandora work perfectly. The presence sensor is nice when set to only do motion detection otherwise it performs poorly for facial recognition when you are heavily backlit. I have windows behind me and many times the settings page would say the presence sensor is not functioning properly. I thought it was broken until I tried later at night. It worked great then and was almost creepy how it changes the sounds and picture based on where you are in the room. I also like the feature which prevents children from getting to close to the screen. The facebook and weather widgets are based on Yahoo! widgets and I have to say that they are pretty gimmicky. They aren't fast and navigating within them is nowhere near as nice as the other built-in features. Weather, Facebook, Stocks, etc are so much easier to get to by grabbing my phone than working with the remote. Speaking of, the remote is strange in that it is big. It also has an extra power on/off button on the back.
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