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Sony BRAVIA KDL55HX850 55-Inch 1080p 3D LED Internet TV (Black)

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55-Inch Size Chart
  • Thin LED Design: TV without stand (Width x Height x Depth): 50.25-Inch x 31.875-Inch x 13.5-Inch, TV with stand (Width x Height x Depth): 50.25-Inch x 29.625-Inch x 1.4375-Inch
  • Thin LED Design: TV without stand (Width x Height x Depth): 50.25-Inch x 29.625-Inch x 1.4375-Inch, TV with stand (Width x Height x Depth): 50.25-Inch x 31.875-Inch x 13.5-Inch
  • Pro-grade detail for discerning eyes: X-Reality PRO
  • Experience precise motion clarity w/ Motionflow XR 960
  • Frameless design with Corning's Gorilla Glass
  • Dynamic Edge LED backlight for amazing contrast & color
  • Movies, music & apps w/ Sony Entertainment Network
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Technical Details

Size: 55-Inch
  • Built-in Subwoofer
  • Sleep Timer
  • 3D Compatiblity

Product Description

Size: 55-Inch

Product Description

Lay back and enjoy as this seamless sheet of glass becomes thecenterpiece of your living space. Featuring truly transcendentpicture quality, each scene in everything you watch—HD movies,sports, even YouTube clips—is presented with unprecedenteddetail and astonishing color from Sony’s exclusive X-Reality PROpicture engine. Ultra-clear, realistic motion during slow scenicsweeps and fast action sports comes courtesy of Motionflow XR960.

From the Manufacturer

Sony make . believe

a picture as real as life itself

Lay back and enjoy as this seamless sheet of glass becomes the centerpiece
of your living space. Featuring truly transcendent picture quality, each scene in
everything you watch–HD movies, 3D, sports, even YouTube clips–is presented
in unprecedented detail and astonishing color from Sony’s exclusive X-Reality
PRO picture engine. Ultra-clear, realistic motion during slow scenic sweeps and
fast action sports comes courtesy of Motionflow XR 960.
KDL-55HX850  
Lifelike picture. Silky smooth. Dynamic Edge LED.
The X-Reality PRO Picture Engine draws on its database of real patterns, shapes and textures to display our most lifelike picture ever. Every scene is presented in detail so stunning - HD movies, sports and even YouTube clips - that it is like looking through a window.
Watch sports like never before. The Motionflow XR 960 technology minimizes judder and helps recreate the movement of real life directly on screen, so viewing at home feels like you are watching from the stands.
Backlighting and local dimming effects from Dynamic Edge LED deliver pitch-black night scenes and brighter images by boosting contrast to achieve a more natural and realistic picture.
Full HD 3D


Technology

X-Reality PRO Picture Engine
This is picture quality so lifelike it's like looking through a window. HD movies, sports, even YouTube clips & home movies are presented in unprecedented detail and astonishing color as Sony's exclusive X-Reality PRO engine draws on its database of real patterns, shapes & textures to display our most lifelike picture yet.
Motionflow XR 960
When you watch a kickoff at the stadium, the ball doesn't blur from left to right. Recreating natural motion with reduced judder and less blur, Motionflow XR 960 helps you see each end-over-end rotation by taking motion clarity beyond refresh rates, which are only measured in Hz, to quadruple the motion effect. See everything as if you were there.
OptiContrast panel
Only Sony has it. Corning's exclusive Gorilla Glass lets you enjoy an incredibly durable, remarkably lightweight, frameless design with a seamless, sophisticated look. Paired with the OptiContrast panel, Gorilla Glass helps boost contrast and brightness while minimizing unwanted light reflections.
Sony Entertainment Network
Welcome to the endless entertainment of the Sony Entertainment Network, where thousands of movies, TV shows, online videos, games and music are at your fingertips. Connect online and access 1080p HD entertainment, 3D content and made-for-TV apps like Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, Pandora, Facebook and more.2
3D Super Resolution
Feel like you're standing alongside your favorite actor as the environment envelops you with lush 3D detail.1 Ultra-realistic effects are achieved by X-Reality PRO 3D Super Resolution, optimizing each area of the 3D scene by drawing on its database of patterns, shapes and textures.
Dynamic Edge LED
It's all about perfecting a natural look. Dynamic Edge LED backlighting with local dimming delivers pitch-black night scenes and scenes that pop with vibrant color. Rather than illuminating the entire screen, contrast is boosted in just the right areas for a more realistic picture.

Product description and full feature list
The KDL-55HX850 LED HDTV is equipped with the latest technology to bring you
incredible entertainment quality. Explore the full range of features and options below.
 

Everything looks better
The X-Reality PRO picture engine draws on its database of real patterns, shapes and textures to display our most lifelike picture ever. Every scene is presented in unprecedented detail so stunning–in HD movies, sports and even YouTube clips–that it is like looking
through a window.


Our clearest picture ever
Refresh rates are a thing of the past with Motionflow XR 960, which quadruples the motion effect of what you are watching. Catch every end-over-end rotation of the ball at kickoff in extreme clarity with reduced judder and blur–just like being at the stadium.

Tough, yet beautiful
What is durable, lightweight and increases contrast and brightness? Corning's exclusive Gorilla Glass! Now you can enjoy a frameless, sophisticated look to your TV that is also protective and helps to eliminate unwanted light reflections. Only Sony has it.

Go way beyond cable
Endless entertainment is now at your fingertips with the Sony Entertainment Network. From incredible Full HD 1080p entertainment, 3D content and made-for-TV apps like Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, Pandora, YouTube and Facebook you can access thousands of movies, TV shows, games and more.2

Natural 3D effects
With the ultra-realistic effects achieved by X-Reality PRO 3D Super Resolution you'll feel like you are standing alongside your favorite actor in a breathtaking 3D environment. Each area of the 3D scene is optimized by drawing on a unique database of patterns, shapes
and textures.1


The difference is dynamic
Perfecting a natural look is what Dynamic Edge LED is all about. The backlighting and local dimming effects deliver pitch-black night scenes and bright images that pop with vibrant color by boosting contrast in just the right areas to achieve a more realistic picture.



In-your-face action
Brace yourself for pure 3D excitement that feels like you're standing on the 50-yard line. Through advanced Active 3D technology, immerse yourself in Full HD 1080p clarity and phenomenal 3D picture quality. Just slide on the comfortable 3D active glasses and enter a whole
new dimension.1


All devices, together as one
Don't all of your personal photos and videos deserve the big screen? Experience your content on a grand scale simply by connecting your compatible smartphone, computer or Xperia Tablet S via your existing Wi-Fi network. Then you can easily "throw" your videos, photos and music files to your HDTV.6

Life-sized video calls
It's like they're in the room with you. Skype video calls bring your family and friends closer than ever as they appear as large as life on your big screen--for free.2 Just connect the easy-to-use Skype camera (sold separately) for a face-to-face look at the caller on the beauty of your Sony HDTV.

Control your TV with your phone
Now there's one less remote control on the coffee table. Just download the free Media Remote app and turn your iPhone, Android phone or Xperia Tablet S into a versatile remote control with a full QWERTY keyboard.3 It makes changing the channels and typing searches ultra fast and convenient.

Wi-Fi without a router
Sometimes your friends want to share their personal photos and videos on your beautiful HDTV. With Sony's Wi-Fi Direct Mode, your friends can throw personal content to your TV without connecting to your home network. Wi-Fi Direct completely bypasses the Wi-Fi access point/router, so it's easy to set up.4


A sense for songs
What's that song in the TV show, movie or commercial you're watching? Press 'TrackID' on your remote and get the song name and artist instantly.7 You can also start the TrackID service by shaking a smartphone that's running the Media Remote app.3 Very convenient.

Save power
Enjoy reduced power consumption of up to 30% while maintaining beautiful image quality. First, the TV recognizes the type of program you're watching. Then it optimizes the viewing settings, automatically reducing power consumption while enhancing color and detail on the screen and conserving energy used by the backlight.5

Handheld gaming goes big
Play your PSP system or other handheld gaming consoles (with SD output) on your HDTV with no irritating black borders surrounding the picture. Just select Game Mode for an ideal fit to your TV screen according to the input. Better yet, Super Resolution Processing delivers a clear, crisp view in HD size.

Onboard manual
You will never lose your TV manual again. The iManual is available through the menu system on the TV - always there if you need it.

Video search
Searching for shows and music on your TV is so simple. Just press 'GUIDE' on your remote and see what's on and what's coming up with a handy image to go with it. You also get an episode synopsis, cast and crew details and suggestions to related shows, on-demand movies and Blu-ray Disc titles.7






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  Display Resolution Full HD
1080p
Full HD
1080p
Full HD
1080p
Full HD
1080p
Full HD
1080p
Full HD
1080p
HD
720p
  Picture Engine X-Reality
PRO
X-Reality
PRO
X-Reality
Clear
Resolution
Enhancer
Clear
Resolution
Enhancer
Clear
Resolution
Enhancer
Clear
Resolution
Enhancer
  LED Backlight Intelligent
Peak
Dynamic
Edge
Dynamic
Edge
Edge Edge Edge Edge
  Motion Clarity Motionflow
XR 960
Motionflow
XR 960
Motionflow
XR 480
Motionflow
XR 240
Motionflow
XR 240
Motionflow
XR 120
Motionflow
XR 120
  3D in Full HD 1080p1
  Glare Reduction OptiContrast
Panel
OptiContrast
Panel

  Wi-Fi 2 Wi-Fi
Built in
Wi-Fi
Built in
Wi-Fi
Built in
Wi-Fi
Built in
Wi-Fi
Adaptor
Included
  Sony Entertainment Network2
  (Netflix, Pandora, YouTube, HuluPlus & more)

  Media Remote App3
  (iPhone/iPad/iPod touch,
  Android phone, Sony Tablet)
  Skype2
  Wi-Fi Direct4
  Frameless Corning
  Gorilla Glass


  HDMI Input 4 4 4 4 4 2 2
  USB Input 2 2 2
2 2 1 1




1. Requires 3D content, HDMI cable (at least 10.2 Gbps) and 3D active glasses sold separately.

2. Broadband speed of at least 2.5 Mbps recommended (10 Mbps for HD). Content subject to change and may require fees. Wireless connectivity
    requires 802.11 home network (802.11n recommended). Skype requires CMU-BR100 camera sold separately.
    Subject to Skype’s terms and conditions.

3. Requires devices connected to the same wireless home network.

4. Streaming content, copy-protected content and certain formats are not supported.

5. Compared to normal viewing. Based on a 55-inch LED TV with Picture Setting Standard.

6. Requires home network and one device on network to be setup as a DLNA server. Streaming content, copy-protected content and certain formats are not supported.

7. Requires active internet connection.


Product Information

Size:55-Inch

Technical Details

Brand Name Sony
Item Weight 51 pounds
Product Dimensions 66 x 6.5 x 33.5 inches
Item model number KDL55HX850
Color Name Amazingly crisp, natural 3d effects in every 3d scene
Special Features Built-in Subwoofer, Sleep Timer, 3D Compatiblity

Additional Information

ASIN B006U1VGNS
Customer Reviews
3.9 out of 5 stars 83 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #120,901 in Home Theater (See top 100)
#1,446 in Electronics > Televisions & Video > Televisions > LED & LCD TVs
Shipping Weight 69 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First Available January 10, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Size: 46-Inch
This is really a superb TV. The settings right out of the box are probably the best you will ever
see. The Gorilla Glass2 is incredibly thin. This TV is about half the depth of the XBR HX929 and
is much lighter. To get the most out of this TV, I recommend the following:

1. Leave the TV in standard mode. Decrease the color saturation by 4% to 56. Turn off the presence
sensor and the light sensor. Set motionflow to standard (never use any of the others, including smooth,
as unpleasant background viewing will be very jumpy). When streaming SD set motionflow to OFF, otherwise
leave on standard as the motionflow manipulates the backlight to achieve localized dimming.

2. Set audio to standard and not dynamic. Increase bass to +8 and turn on auto-volume.

3. These settings should be used for all inputs including the special game mode. In my opinion, do not
use game mode.

4. For simulated 3D use the medium settings and not lo or hi. This seems to be the only one that works well.

That's about all there is to change. Best LED TV I've ever seen and that includes the XBRs. (I realize that
this TV is a 2012 model and the XBR is a 2011 model). I am sure the 2012 XBR will be spectacular, but as of now
this is the best LED TV on the market with black levels approaching the very best of the plasmas with much, much
better light transmission through the glass rather than diffused through a typical LCD panel.
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Size: 46-Inch
I got this TV on a swap with Sony on the 21st of April, so far it has been AWESOME! (Sony took back my defective 820 and gave me a 850) 46' model. I will be comparing the HX850 to the HX820.

Pros:

*Slimmest bezel of any Sony TV yet
*Silver lining around the bezel adds a nice touch
*Input lag seems better on the 2012 850
*Less adjustment needed right out of the box, at least in my case.
*Speakers seem a tad bit better this year, but nothing to brag about.

Cons:

*Remote is garbage, Sony needs to bring back the remote they used with the HX820. A victim of cost-cutting.
*Illuminated Sony Logo is gone. Another nice feature butchered by Sony's new cost-cutting strategies of 2012.

So-So's:

*3D viewing seems to have improved overall over the 2011 HX820, however tilting your head at all will ruin the picture. Perhaps this is resolved with the new 3D glasses? I am using the TDG-BR250 glasses.
*Motion sensor is gone. Never really liked this feature, but it was a good idea.

Overall the HX850 is a superior TV to the HX820, which is saying a lot considering the HX820 was and is an amazing set. Black levels are similar to the hx820 (awesome) and picture quality has gone up. As always, Sony is king when it comes to displaying the correct colors, vibrant and colorful to say the least.

Good set!
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Size: 55-Inch
Updated July 19, 2012 -

The 55 HX850 is a very good 2D TV with a picture that is so good that I purchased a second HX850 - the 46 inch version.

I would still recommend the HX850 with one caveat. We can't use the 3D. Sony's 3D should be labeled as a "beta." I would not have been so disappointed if I had been warned. I tried it and lost. The 3D was interesting for one short viewing, but the active glasses were uncomfortable to wear & bothered my eyes. Perhaps, they would have been OK if I had 20-20 vision & did not have to wear my corrective eyeglasses. Sony graciously allowed the return of its glasses and gave me a credit. For practical purposes, I am now the owner of 2 very good 2D TVs.

I purchased a 55 HX850 after reading the early Amazon reviews. The positive reviews about that TV were correct as were the negative comments about Sony support.

Both the 55 HX850 & 46 HX850 have superb pictures & appearance. The 2D picture is so good that it appears to have some qualities of 3D.

Excellent picture with nice appearance. CNET concurs. See its evaluation.

I was so irritated by the treatment from Sony Support (up to National Customer Relations) that I received that I went out and bought a 46 inch Samsung for another room, but its picture was very poor when compared to the HX850. Therefore, I returned the Samsung. I plan to keep the HX850 as my primary TV until 4K arrives. For another room, I bought its 46 inch version.

I have been buying exclusively Sony TVs for more than 40 years (at least 10 sets). Sony's support staff even referred to its records which showed many of my purchases. I was shocked that a very loyal customer's concerns were ignored.
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By Huskerhawk on August 31, 2012
Size: 55-Inch Verified Purchase
I have a five-year old Bravia LCD that I love. The picture on it is superior to the Samsung LCD and Plasma I also own. I had very high hopes and expectations for this new Bravia I bought. It has exceeded both.

Wow, the picture is stunning. Even the wife said the picture was really good, and that was while watching an old episode of friends on TBS. The settings allow for good adjustment of the picture and provide a really nice menu to tinker with. The sound quality of the TV itself is good. PS3 looks great on it.

It's so thin and light hanging it was a snap (and I am not handy). The remote is really good. It's cheap feeling, considering this is a middle-high end TV, but it's shape is very comfortable and the buttons are all pretty intuitive.

All in all, this isn't the cheapest set, but I have a bias towards Sony televisions. I'm sure the Samsung and LG LCD/LED sets are comparable in picture, and probably cheaper in price. That said, I just really like Sony and this TV is phenomenal. Plus, I got an extra PS3 in the deal, so that's a bonus!

UPDATE: Just watched Resident Evil in 3D using the PS3 blu ray; amazing. Also watched some of the 3D trailers on the 3D Experience app. The picture is sharp and clear. Using the latest Sony glasses, which are light and very comfortable. Fantastic picture. I have no previous 3D experience to go by, so take that into consideration. Again, LG and Samsung probably make excellent 3D sets as well (LG is passive I believe, so the glasses are more convenient and cheaper/free with set), but I am very pleased with the performance of this set.
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