Sony KDL-55HX800 3D LED LCD HDTV Reviewed

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• This TV has a 1080p resolution and will accept 24p sources via its HDMI inputs.
• The edge-lit LED design allows for a slim cabinet, and this model uses a form of local dimming designed to improve black-level performance.
• Motionflow 240Hz technology effectively reduces motion blur and offers multiple settings to tailor the smoothing effect to your liking.
• LCDs can be very bright, which makes them a good choice for a brightly lit viewing environment.
• The TV has plenty of connection options and picture adjustments.
• The KDL-55HX800 will support a wired or (optional) wireless network connection. It can receive streamed content from a DLNA server and supports the BRAVIA Internet Video platform.

Low Points
• You must purchase the necessary 3D glasses and 3D sync transmitter separately.
• Edge-lit LED-based LCD TVs can suffer from brightness-uniformity issues. We have not yet tested the DynamicEdge technology to see if it actually improves black-level performance or uniformity.
• LCD viewing angles are not as good you'll find with a plasma TV.
• The KDL-55HX800 does not include integrated WiFi.
• It lacks an IR or RS-232 port.

Conclusion
The KDL-55HX800 has an MSRP of $3,399.99, but it's now being sold through www.sonystyle.com and other outlets for around $2,800, which is competitive with similarly equipped models from Samsung and LG that are also 3D-ready. Keep in mind that you will pay at least $200 more for one pair of 3D glasses and the 3D sync transmitter. Ultimately, the question with this Sony or any other 3D TV is, how much are you willing to pay to get 3D right now, even though content is scarce? The KDL-55HX800 has many worthwhile features beyond its 3D ability, but those features are available in other Sony models for less money. If you're ready to take the 3D plunge and want to go Sony, then the HX800 Series is your most economical option.


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HTR Product Rating for Sony KDL-55HX800 3D LED LCD HDTV

Criteria Rating

Performance

3.5

Value

3.5

Overall

3.5

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