Sony HX850

  • 46" 1080p LED-backlit
  • 3D
  • Internet enabled
Released January, 2012
If you can't bear to buy a plasma like the amazing Panasonic ST50, you will pay more for the HX850 but I think you'd be quite happy with it.
Rated 80% by by c|net (May, 2012)

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First reviewed January, 2012

Features Key features of the Sony HX850

Front view of Sony HX850
The TV is encircled by a thin, attractive sliver of aluminum.
Rated 80% by by c|net (May, 2012)

size

46"
65"
55"
I performed a hands-on evaluation of the 55-inch KDL-55HX850, but this review also applies to the other screen size in the series.
HX850 by c|net (May, 2012)
Unlike Samsung and Panasonic, Sony's 2012 3D TVs like the HX850 don't support the Full HD 3D standard, so this set is incompatible with other makers' 2012 active glasses that do, such as the Panasonic TY-ER3D4MU ($55) and Samsung SSG-4100GB ($20).
HX850 by c|net (May, 2012)

thickness

Sony HX850
Samsung 8000 Series (2012 LCD)
Sony BRAVIA HX820 Series
 

Performance Real world tests of Sony HX850

 

Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

  • Edge-lit LED
  • Hulu Plus, MLB TV, NHL Game Center
  • Flickr, Picasa
  • Pandora, Slacker Radio
  • Twitter
  • AVCHD, MPEG1, MPEG2
  • LPCM, MP3, WMA9
  • JPEG
  • video chat with friends from the comfort of your living room
  • backlight zones are selectively turned off to enhance the picture's contrast
  • 2
  • enjoy realistic 3D videos at home
  • easier to share and enjoy your digital photos, music and video
  • built-in, Unknown
  • 4
  • 2
  • 1
  • 300 mm x 300 mm
  • 1
  • 1
  • 16,600 g
  • 84.17%
  • 35 mm

cons

  • 46"
  • can't access streaming content

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 80%
Read the review (May, 2012)
To watch 3D you'll need to buy Sony's own specs, like the $50 TDG-BR250, which won't work with non-Sony 3D TVs.

Panel

The Sony HX850 and HX929 gave the scene a 3D look, with each building separate from the next and the detail in the lit-up Empire State Building finely rendered.
Sony HX850 46" | Rated 80% by by c|net (May, 2012)
While it can't match the best plasmas I've seen this year, like the Panasonic ST50 and the Samsung PNE8000, it accounts for itself very tidily in the picture quality stakes.
Sony HX850 46" | Rated 80% by by c|net (May, 2012)
I found that this TV has excellent off-angle response with less of the "purpling" on blacks that other LCD sets are prone to.
Sony HX850 46" | Rated 80% by by c|net (May, 2012)

Picture quality

Black levels were very good, and while color may not be the Sony's strongest suit, it does share its family's rich and vibrant color palette.
Sony HX850 46" | Rated 80% by by c|net (May, 2012)
The Sony's advanced controls don't offer the same flexibility that rival LG does, but I'd give up not-quite-reference colors for much deeper black levels any day.
Sony HX850 46" | Rated 80% by by c|net (May, 2012)
Feature-wise Sony misses out on voice interaction and other fripperies, but that suits me fine; the emphasis here is on picture quality.
Sony HX850 46" | Rated 80% by by c|net (May, 2012)

Black levels

The Sony HX850 exhibited a very deep black with fine shadow detail.
Sony HX850 46" | Rated 80% by by c|net (May, 2012)
In comparison, the HX929 does have some blooming issues, but this could be simply because the overall black levels are deeper and bloom in the HX750 instead appears as irregular uniformity.
Sony HX850 46" | Rated 80% by by c|net (May, 2012)
At 20:25 in the "Watchmen" Blu-ray, the Manhattan skyline stretches out from beyond the Comedian's apartment and its mix of intricate light and shadow detail proves a great test of a TV's ability to convey contrast.
Sony HX850 46" | Rated 80% by by c|net (May, 2012)

Type

While the HX850 is not able to compete with the amazing ST50 in terms of pure black levels, no LCD we've seen in 2012 has been able to, either.
Sony HX850 46" | Rated 80% by by c|net (May, 2012)
That's not to say it wasn't visible: in the first 5 minutes of "Hugo," we see him reach out his hand to steal a clockwork mouse and the hand did double up on every LCD TV in our lineup, bar the passive LG, but the effect isn't a deal breaker on the HX850.
Sony HX850 46" | Rated 80% by by c|net (May, 2012)

3d

If you watch 3D a lot, you may want to investigate passive, but a movie on occasion is fine on this active Sony.
Sony HX850 46" | Rated 80% by by c|net (May, 2012)

Editions Editions of the Sony HX850

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46" KDL-46HX850
 
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55" KDL-55HX850
 
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