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Sony KDL-46HX850

46" 1080p 3D LED-LCD HDTV with Wi-Fi®

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Our take on the Sony KDL-46HX850

by Steve Kindig
Sony

Why choose an LED-LCD TV?

Reason #1: Awesome picture quality. The LED backlights in these higher-end LCD TVs can give you better picture contrast and more lifelike colors than sets with typical fluorescent backlighting. Reason #2: They're more energy-efficient than plasma or regular LCD TVs, helping you lower your monthly electric bill and helping the environment.

One of Sony's best-performing TVs for 2012

3D TV Learn more The HX850-series stands at the top of Sony's 2012 TV lineup. The KDL-46HX850 combines Sony's most advanced screen technology and most powerful video processing, for breathtaking picture quality in 3D or 2D. Even if you're not that excited about 3D right now, the KDL-46HX850 is worth considering because it's a fantastic TV for 2D, too. And whenever you want to try out the 3D-at-home experience, just pick up a pair or two of Sony's 3D glasses.

Watching more on the web

Sony Entertainment Network More and more people these days are turning to the web for day-to-day viewing, so a TV's Internet smarts are important. The KDL-46HX850 includes built-in apps for accessing the Sony Entertainment Network, home to thousands of movies, shows, games and more. You can also stream movies instantly from Netflix® or listen to Pandora® Internet radio through the TV. Built-in Wi-Fi® lets you enjoy entertainment pulled from the web or a PC on your home network without connecting an Ethernet cable. Wirelessly streamed HD video can look surprisingly good.

Sony still makes picture quality the #1 priority

Sony's "Dynamic Edge" edge-lit LED backlight system essentially divides the screen into regions, each of which can be dimmed independently. This is a form of "local dimming," and it provides excellent picture contrast with black levels that get really black. As a bonus, this smart LED backlight is super energy-efficient, for minimal impact on your electric bill. The unique panel design features lightweight, super-durable Gorilla® Glass — a Sony exclusive. This screen design boosts picture brightness and contrast while reducing unwanted reflections.

Motion processing helps LCD TVs maintain a smooth, sharp picture even when the on-screen action shifts into high gear. Sony's Motionflow™ XR 960 reduces the blur and judder that can smear high-speed movement. It combines 240Hz refresh rate with a high-speed blinking backlight, achieving blur reduction that is equivalent to what you'd see with a 960Hz refresh rate. The enhanced clarity is noticeable whether you're watching video in 2D or 3D.

A few of this TV's cool new tricks

In addition to standard Wi-Fi operation, Sony's Wi-Fi Direct Mode completely bypasses your wireless router. The next time your friends want to share photos or videos from their smartphones, they can wirelessly "throw" the content straight to this TV. Also, if you download the free Media Remote™ app you can turn your iPhone®, Android™ phone or Sony Tablet™ into a versatile remote. And check this out: If you're watching a movie, TV show or commercial and hear a song you like, you can touch the TrackID® button on the remote and see the song title and artist instantly!

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Features:

  • 46" screen (measured diagonally)
  • glossy screen, "frameless" ultra-thin bezel design
  • tuner receives over-the-air HDTV broadcasts (antenna required)
  • QAM cable TV tuner (subscription required to receive cable channels — contact your local service provider for details)
  • displays 3D images when you wear Sony's active glasses (sold separately)
  • 2D-to-3D conversion adds 3D-like depth to non-3D video sources
  • Motionflow™ XR 960 blur reduction (240Hz refresh rate plus backlight scanning)
  • Dynamic Edge LED backlight — edge-lit with local dimming for high picture contrast
  • OptiContrast™ panel with super-thin, super-durable Gorilla® Glass
  • X-Reality™ PRO video processing optimizes picture texture, outline, contrast and color
  • 1-tuner picture-in-picture
  • Internet-ready Smart TV — has built-in apps for accessing the Sony Entertainment Network (on-demand movies and music), Netflix®, and more (broadband service required; subscription/fees required for some online services)
  • built-in Wi-Fi® to link to a wireless network
  • built-in web browser
  • find the latest info about this TV's Internet apps at Sony's website
  • video and music streaming from a DLNA-compatible Windows® PC
  • Skype-ready (requires Sony CMU-BR100 camera, sold separately)
  • built-in speakers (10 watts x 2 plus 10 watts for woofer)
  • remote control
  • BRAVIA Sync™ simplifies control of compatible Sony components via the HDMI connection (HDMI-CEC)
  • meets ENERGY STAR® requirements
  • picture settings memory for each video input
Connections and Dimensions:
  • 6 A/V inputs, including:
    • 1 composite video
    • 1 component video (selectable component/composite)
    • 4 HDMI v1.4
  • PC input
  • RF input for antenna/cable signals
  • optical digital audio output
  • stereo minijack headphone output — can also be connected to a sound bar or other audio system
  • Ethernet port for a high-speed connection to a home network
  • 2 USB ports for connecting a camera or thumb drive
  • detachable swivel stand (stand "footprint" is 17-1/2"W x 10-5/8"D)
  • wall-mountable (bracket not included)
  • 42-3/8"W x 25-1/4"H x 1-5/8"D (27-3/4"H x 10-5/8"D on stand)
  • weight: 44.8 lbs. with stand; 36.6 lbs. without stand
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor — in-home service or pick-up for service
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Display
Screen Size
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46"
Screen Design
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Flat
Aspect Ratio
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16:9
Screen Resolution (pixels)
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1920 x 1080
Screen Refresh Rate
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240 Hz
Backlighting Type
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LED (edge-lit w/ frame dim)
3D
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Active
Features
Instant Internet Movie Streaming
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VideoUnlimited,Netflix,Hulu,Am
Wi-Fi
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Yes
Picture In Picture
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Yes
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Type of Warranty Service
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In-home
Connections
Total Video Inputs
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6
HDMI Inputs
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4
Component Video Inputs
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1
Composite Video Inputs
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1
RF Inputs
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1
PC Input
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Yes
Ethernet Port
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Yes
USB Port
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Yes
Optical Digital Audio Output
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1 Rear
Coaxial Digital Audio Output
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None
Analog Audio Output
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1 Rear
Power Consumption
Estimated Yearly Electricity Use (EnergyGuide)
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113 kWh
Estimated Yearly Energy Cost (EnergyGuide)
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$13
Dimensions & Mounting Information
Width (inches)
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42-3/8
Height with Stand (inches)
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27-3/4
Height without Stand (inches)
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25-1/4
Depth with Stand (inches)
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10-5/8
Depth without Stand (inches)
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1-5/8
Stand Width (inches)
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17-1/2
Weight with Stand
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44.8 lbs
Weight without Stand
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36.6 lbs
Wall Mountable
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Yes
Wall Bracket Included
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Pedestal Stand
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Assembly required
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What's in the box?

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  • 46" LED-LCD TV
  • Pedestal base
  • Guide stand
  • Metal neck
  • Wireless remote control (RM-YD073)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • Seven 5mm x 16mm machine screws (with flat-/lock-washers installed)
  • 2 Plastic caps
  • Operating Instructions (Setup Guide)
  • Table-top stand assembly diagram (taped to TV)
  • Limited Warranty Information
  • "Attention" note (En/Fr/Sp)
  • Safety/Regulatory Booklet (En/Fr/Sp)
  • End User License Agreement

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Video Features
Audio Features
Network/USB/PC Functions
Convenience Features
Remote Control
Mounting Options

Video Features

Dynamic Edge LED Backlight with Frame Dimming Technology: Dynamic Edge LED backlighting with frame dimming delivers pitch-black night scenes and illuminates bright scenes so they pop with vibrant color; all in a slimmer, more attractive design. Rather than illuminating the entire screen, lighting is boosted in just the right areas for greater contrast and a more realistic picture.

OptiContrast Panel with Corning Gorilla Glass: The Sony Bravia KDL-HX850 series LED-LCD TV combines Sony's OptiContrast Panel with Corning Gorilla Glass for infinite dynamic contrast, increased brightness, and minimized unwanted light reflection - for overall better picture quality.

  • OptiContrast Panel: The Sony Bravia KDL-HX850 series television utilizes OptiContrast panel technology for improved brightness, deeper blacks, less reflection, and overall better picture accuracy.
  • Corning Gorilla Glass: The Sony Bravia KDL-HX850 series TV features an incredibly durable, remarkably lightweight, frameless design with Corning's exclusive Gorilla Glass. By replacing the thin layer of air between the LCD panel and the front glass with a specially-formulated dark resin, reflections are minimized and contrast and brightness are increased. This resin also provides a suitably dark background for producing rich and vibrant pictures, even in a well-lit room, and enhances the Bravia LED-LCD television's Monolithic Design concept by making the television appear to be a seamless black monolith when the screen is switched off. Plus, the Corning Gorilla Glass is used to increase the strength of the screen at a molecular level, while simultaneously enabling it to be thinner and lighter than ever before.

X-Reality PRO Engine: Sony's X-Reality PRO Engine lets you enjoy a vivid, lifelike picture experience by analyzing each scene pixel-by-pixel so you see sharpened images, amazing contrast, and fine detail. Blu-ray Disc movies, cable TV, satellite TV, and even Web videos each place unique demands on the processing circuits of a TV. The X-Reality PRO Engine helps get the best results from these different video sources by analyzing texture, outline, contrast, and color reproduction. The X-Reality PRO Engine will then analyze each scene pixel-by-pixel across 3-dimensions (Width, Height, and Time) and uses sophisticated pattern matching to optimize the picture, ensuring you always get the best images possible.

  • Intelligent Image Enhancer: Experience exceptional color contrast and picture accuracy in every frame with the television's Intelligent Image Enhancer. The Intelligent Image Enhancer enhances the details and outlines of the picture while suppressing artifacts. The X-Reality Engine uses the Intelligent Image Enhancer to divide the signal according to four characteristics (Texture, Outline, Contrast, and Color). The circuit divides the picture into these four parts, analyzes the quality of each scene and applies only the processing required for each part. The result is a picture that's carefully optimized for natural image reproduction.
  • Intelligent MPEG Noise Reduction: Dramatically reduces two common problems in compressed video signals - block noise and mosquito noise. The Intelligent "MPEG Noise Reduction" automatically reduces picture noise, such as mosquito noise and/or block noise, in compressed videos. It improves picture quality in Digital broadcast and DVD/BD/HDD players.
  • Reality Creation Pixel Mapping: The television's Reality Creation Pixel Mapping feature adjusts detail and noise for a more realistic picture.
  • Adaptive Noise Reduction: The TV's Adaptive Noise Reduction automatically reduces picture noise.
  • Adaptive Dot Noise Reduction: Adaptive Dot Noise Reduction automatically reduces dot noise around objects on the screen.
  • Video Area Detection:
  • Smooth Gradation: This feature of the X-Reality PRO Engine creates smooth gradations on flat surfaces of the picture.
  • Resolution: The Resolution function adjusts detail and clarity of the picture.

Note: The X-Reality Engine performs Interlace-to-Progressive (IP) conversion and upscaling as required. Film-based 24 frames-per-second content undergoes special IP conversion to reduce the "stair-step jaggies" that can form at high-contrast edges.

HDTV Tuner: The TV has built-in over-the-air HDTV (ATSC) and Digital Cable (QAM) tuners, so you don't need a separate set-top box to receive and decode over-the-air HDTV/SDTV or unencrypted Digital Cable signals.

1080p Resolution: The Sony KDL-HX850 series television has a HD native resolution of 1920 x 1080 (1080p).  All video signals from standard definition and high definition sources are displayed at 1920 x 1080. The Sony KDL-HX850 series TV is equipped with HDMI, Component, and Composite video inputs.

  • 4 HDMI Inputs: The KDL-HX850 series features four HDMI inputs. The HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) terminals provide an uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface. The HDMI input will accept 1080p (60/24Hz), 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals. The HDMI 2 input shares a 3.5mm audio jack with the television's PC input. With an HDMI-to-DVI cable, you can connect the TV to a DVI-equipped A/V component. When connecting to a DVI-equipped component, the 3.5mm audio input is used and separate minijack audio cable must be connected.
  • Component Video Input: The component video input will accept 1080p (60Hz), 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals. If needed, the component video input can be used as a composite video input instead.
  • Composite Video Input: The TV is also equipped with a composite video (480i only) input.

24pTrue Cinema (24p Input Capability): Many movies are filmed at 24 frames per second (fps) and prime time TV programs are video taped at 24p. Seizing on an opportunity, some studios are taking a purist approach and encoding high definition video content such as Blu-ray Disc in 24p. Sony wisely takes advantage of this by including 24p input capability via HDMI on this television producing images that are smooth and natural looking.

MotionFlow XR 960: Sony's MotionFlow XR 960 technology feature a precise backlight control that is synchronized with the liquid crystal movement from frame-to-frame creating clearer, sharper moving images. MotionFlow XR 960 combines 240 frames-per-second with the TV's advanced full-array, LED backlight system to simulate a 960 Hz effect. MotionFlow XR 960 provides smooth and precise detail during fast-action scenes for fast action movies and sports by reducing blur caused by quick camera movements, enhancing image sharpness, and overall creating a clearer picture. You can select between 4 settings - Smooth, Standard, Clear, or Clear Plus.

  • Standard: Provides smooth picture movement for standard use.
  • Smooth: Provides smoother picture movement for film-based content.
  • Clear: Reduces motion blur for high-speed picture content.
  • Clear Plus: Reduces motion blur while maintaining brightness for high-speed picture content.

CineMotion: This function provides improved picture movement and reduces picture blur and graininess for film-based content. There are two settings.

  • Auto 1: Provides smoother picture movement that the original film-based content.
  • Auto 2: Displays film-based content with picture expression close to the original by applying a film-specific process.

Infinite Dynamic Contrast Ratio: Dynamic contrast ratio compares the luminance of a 100 IRE (white) signal with that of a 0 IRE (black) signal. When the TV receives a 0 IRE signal the backlight is turned off and the luminance measurement is 0.00 cd/m2. The resulting dynamic contrast ratio is infinite.

LightSensor Technology: The TV's built-in Light Sensor automatically adjusts the picture brightness based on the amount of light in the room. As a result, you can enjoy automatic customized picture brightness and save energy without lifting a finger.

Advanced Contrast Enhancer (ACE): The televisions Advance Contrast Enhancer (ACE) automatically adjusts backlight and contrast to the most suitable setting judging from the brightness of the screen. This setting is especially effective for dark scenes, and will increase the contrast distinction for the darker picture scenes. The ACE can be set to High, Medium, Low, or Off.

3D Ready: The Sony KDL-HX850 series LED-LCD TV gives you the option to enjoy 3D (three-dimensional) pictures and graphics. You can enjoy an immersive, realistic movie and gaming experience in Full HD 1080p using Sony's proprietary 3D Active Glasses, (158BR250, sold separately) and connecting a compatible 3D-ready Blu-ray Disc Player, Satellite Receiver, or PlayStation3 gaming console (all sold separately) to the HDTV via HDMI. When viewed through the active shutter glasses, the on-screen image is precisely synchronized and delivered with the Full HD 1080p image intact, for an optimum 3D viewing experience. Sony's 3D technology displays high speed synchronized left- and right-eye images to deliver an immersive 3D experience. And since each frame you see is shown at Full HD resolution, the 3D action still offers razor-sharp detail. You can adjust the following 3D settings.

  • Display Mode: For switching between 3D and 2D display modes.
  • 3D Format: Select between 3 types of 3D formats based on your video content.
    • Simulated: for viewing regular 2D pictures in simulated 3D
    • Side-by-Side: selecting this displays two near-identical pictures side-by-side for 3D viewing (wear the 3D Glasses before setting "3D Format" as the instructions will otherwise be unreadable because of doubly-blurred letters on the screen)
    • Over-Under: selecting this displays two near-identical pictures one above the other for 3D viewing (wear the 3D Glasses before setting "3D Format" as the instructions will otherwise be unreadable because of doubly-blurred letters on the screen)
  • 3D Depth Adjustment: For adjusting the depth of the 3D image on the screen.
  • Simulated 3D Effect: Use to heighten or lessen the 3D effect when you display 2D pictures in simulated 3D.
  • 3D Glass Brightness: For setting the image brightness when using 3D display mode. By selecting "Auto", image brightness through the 3D glasses is automatically adjusted in conjunction with the "Scene Select" setting.

Note: The 3D display mode is automatically selected when a 3D signal is detected. The recommended viewing angle and distance for 3D viewing is 120° (left/right) at 3'-20'.

Wide Mode: The Wide Mode feature allows you to select the screen display which fits the current video image and TV screen best. Based on the original signal source, you may see black bars around the picture or just on the both sides of the screen. Sometimes you will see the picture fill  the full screen.

Wide Mode 16:9 Original Source 4:3 Original Source
Wide Zoom Enlarges the picture to fill the screen with minimal distortion. Enlarges the center portion of the 4:3 picture proportionately, while the left and right edges of the screen are stretched to fill the screen.
Normal Displays a 4:3 picture in its original aspect ratio when the original source is 4:3 (available for 480i or 480p sources). Displays the 4:3 picture in its original size with black bars at the left and right sides to fill the screen (available for 480i or 480p sources).
Full Displays the picture at its original size. Stretches the entire 4:3 picture horizontally only to fill the screen.
Zoom Enlarges the picture proportionately, both vertically and horizontally. Enlarges the entire 4:3 picture proportionately to fill the screen (useful for watching Letterbox movies).
Captions Stretches the picture horizontally, while fitting captions on the screen. Stretches the picture horizontally to fill a 16:9 screen, while fitting captions in the screen.
Portable

N/A

Stretches a black-framed game image to fill the screen.
Auto Wide

Automatically changes screen settings based upon incoming video signal and content.

Picture Modes: You can select one of the following picture modes:

  • Standard: Displays a standard picture for typical viewing environments.
  • Cinema: 1 (suitable for a theater-like environment), 2 (for basic home use).
  • Vivid: Enhances picture contrast and sharpness.
  • Sports: Optimizes picture quality for viewing sports.
  • Animation: Optimizes picture quality for viewing animations.
  • Game: Standard (provides standard picture suitable for games), Original (adjust the game picture according to your preference).
  • Graphics: Optimizes picture quality for viewing graphics.
  • Photo: Standard (optimizes picture quality for viewing photographs), Original (enhances the visual warmth of photographs), Vivid (enhances contrast, sharpness, color of photographs), Custom: (adjustment of detailed settings for viewing photographs and storing your preferred settings).
  • Custom: Backlight (adjust brightness of backlight), Picture (adjusts picture contrasts), Brightness (adjusts brightness of picture),  Color (adjusts color intensity), Hue (adjusts green and red tones), Color Temperature (adjusts the whiteness of the picture), and Sharpness (adjusts sharpness of picture).

Note: The TV's picture adjustments can be made for a particular A/V input or for all inputs. You can also lock the television's picture adjustments to prevent the TV's Picture Settings from being changed.

Advanced Video Settings: In addition to the Picture mode, the Advanced Video Settings menu also features the following:

  • Auto Light Limiter: Reduces glare such as in scenes where the entire screen is white.
  • LED Dynamic Control: Optimizes contrast by adjusting brightness in individual sections of the screen.
  • Black Corrector: Enhances black areas of the picture for stronger contrast. The Black Corrector can be set to High, Medium, Low, or Off.
  • Detail Enhancer: Enhances the details of the picture.
  • Edge Enhancer: Enhances the edges of the picture.
  • Skin Naturalizer: Makes the texture of the skin smoother (available for USB and Media server content).  It can be set to High, Medium, Low, or Off.
  • Gamma: Adjusts the balance between bright and dark areas of the picture.
  • Clear White: Emphasizes white and light colors. It can be set to High, Low, or Off.
  • Live Color: Makes colors more vivid and reproduces clear skin tones. It can be set to High, Medium, Low, or Off.
  • White Balance: Adjusts the color temperature color by color.

Pro Picture Setup: The Pro Picture Setup menu allows for Color Matrix and HDMI adjustments.

  • Color Matrix: Reproduces the color-difference signals. It is recommended to leave this at the factory default setting.
  • HDMI Dynamic Range: Produces natural color by changing the luminance tone reproduction of HDMI input color signals.

PIP & PAP: The Sony LED-LCD TV offers PIP (picture in picture) and PAP (picture and picture).

  • PIP (Picture in Picture): Picture-in-Picture displays an image from a connected PC (via PC-input or HDMI) in full-screen and a TV program other external input in an inset window. You can swap audio between the main and sub window. You can also change the channel of the sub window. If you have your PC connected via HDMI, you cannot view another HDMI source in the inset window.
  • PAP (Picture and Picture): This feature lets you watch two pictures simultaneously. You can view an image from a TV program and external input (except for PC) at the same time. One picture will be displayed as the main image, while to other is displayed in an sub window. You can flip-flop images and switch audio between the two images.

Audio Features

ARC (Audio Return Channel): The Audio Return Channel in HDMI 1.4 enables a TV, via a single HDMI cable, to send audio data "upstream" to an A/V receiver; increasing user flexibility and eliminating the need for any separate S/PDIF audio connection. This feature allows audio to be sent from the television to your A/V receiver through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio/video to the television. This eliminates the need for extra cables connected to the TV. ARC allows audio from the TV tuner, Network connection, inserted USB device, HDMI inputs, or any analog connected device to be heard through your ARC compatible AV receiver via the television's HDMI ARC input. The audio from the TV's tuner, network connection, and HDMI inputs can pass as Dolby Digital or 2ch PCM. USB and analog connected devices will be output as 2ch PCM only.

Note:  Both the television and the receiver must support ARC for this function to work properly. When connecting an A/V receiver that is compatible with Audio Return Channel (ARC), connect it to the TV's HDMI IN 1 port. If connecting a system that is incompatible Audio Return Channel (ARC), an additional audio connection via Digital Audio Out (Optical) is necessary.

Sound Position: The speakers of this TV provide different sound images according to how you position the television. You can select between "Table-Top Stand" or "Wall Mount/Floor Stand" to provide the best sound quality based on the television's placement.

Sound Mode: You can customize the bass and treble or use one of the three preset sound modes:

  • Dynamic: Enhances both treble and bass to make sound clear.
  • Standard: Provides natural sound.
  • Clear Voice: Make voice clearer by lowering background sound.
  • Custom: Allows you to customize sound settings (Bass, Treble and Balance).

Note: The TV's sound adjustments can be made for a particular A/V input or for all inputs.

Equalizer: The TV is equipped with a 7-band EQ (100Hz, 200Hz, 500Hz, 1kHz, 2kHz, 5kHz, 10kHz). You can adjust the level of each band between -12 to +12 dB.

S-FORCE Front Surround: S-FORCE front surrounds provides a virtual surround experience made possible using just two front speakers. You can active a 3D mode to generate a virtual three-dimensional sound effect.

Sound Enhancer: The Sound Enhancer reproduces clear sound by complementing high-frequency bands.

Advanced Auto Volume: The Advanced Auto Volume function keeps the volume level constant across all programs and advertisements.

Volume Offset: Adjusts the volume level of the current input (TV or video input) relative to other inputs.

Audio Outputs: The Sony HDTV offers analog and digital audio outputs.

  • Headphone/Analog Output: The TV's 3.5mm analog output can be used to connect a set of headphones or as an audio output to connect your home theater receiver or soundbar system. You will need a minijack-to-RCA adapter (119MCON2M, sold separately) to make a stereo RCA connection between the television and your AV receiver. The TV's analog audio output terminal will output 2ch audio from any of the television's source inputs. You can set the TV's analog output to Fixed or Variable. You can set the TV to automatically mute the built-in speakers when a set of headphones are connected.
  • Digital Audio Output: An optical digital output is provided to allow you to connect the unit to a surround processor. The TV's digital audio output terminal outputs a Dolby Digital or 2-channel down-mixed PCM signal for use with an external Dolby Digital decoder or other external audio system with an optical audio input. The TV's optical digital terminal will output audio from the television's antenna, HDMI, and RCA inputs. The digital optical output terminal only sends an audio signal in Dolby Digital when receiving Dolby Digital surround sound from a digital broadcast channel through the tuner on the TV, or Dolby Digital surround sound from a Sony Bravia Internet app, via the television's network connection. The optical digital audio output will only output in 2ch stereo from sources connected to the TV via HDMI, RCA, or USB.

Network/USB/PC Functions

Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Sony KDL-HX850 series LED-LCD TV supports a wired or wireless network connection. Via the TV's network connection your can enjoy music, video, and still-image files stored on your computer. You can also listen to internet radio and watch online movies, via the Bravia Entertainment Network.

  • Ethernet (LAN) Jack: The Sony KDL-HX850 series LED-LCD TV is equipped with an Ethernet (LAN) RJ-45 jack for connecting the television to your home network and computer.
  • Built-in Wireless LAN: The Sony TV also features built-in WiFi which allows you to wirelessly access the Internet and your home network. The TV's built-in WiFi provides a wireless network connection for your TV with easy and quick setup. With this feature, you can easily connect to a wireless LAN and enjoy the benefits of networking in a cable-free environment. A wireless connection requires a home network with an 802.11 access point (802.11n recommended) and internet connection. Supports WPS, WEP, and WPA security.

Bravia Entertainment Network: Once the TV has been connected to your home network (via Ethernet or WiFi), you can have your favorite internet content delivered to the Sony LED-LCD TV screen via Bravia Internet Video, Widgets, Yahoo Connect TV, or the built-in web browse. You can stream movies, videos, music, and more with Bravia Internet Video; while Bravia Internet Widgets allow you to easily access local news, sports headlines, and social media feeds. Yahoo connected TV provides additional online news, sports, weather, and shopping apps; while the built-in web-browser lets you search on-line content by URL.

  • Bravia Internet Video: Bravia Internet Video serves as a gateway to online audio/video content, delivering a variety of on-demand entertainment straight to the Sony TV. Bravia Internet TV allows you to instantly stream a wide variety of movies, TV episodes, videos, and music from a large selection of entertainment apps.
  • Bravia Widgets: Bravia Internet Widgets deliver interactive content when your TV is connected to the Internet. Widgets are small downloadable applications that provide easy access to interactive content when your TV is connected to the Internet. You can display a variety of information on the screen. You are able to download these widgets directly to your TV screen to quickly access news headlines, weather updates, or play games while you watch TV. See what your friends are up to and view their latest postings on Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr; all without interrupting your TV viewing experience.
  • Yahoo Connected TV: Yahoo Connected TV provides news, weather, sports, finance, and shopping apps from Yahoo.
  • Opera Internet Browser: The built-in Opera Internet Browser allows you to access select web content through the Sony LED-LCD TV. Using the Opera Internet Browser, you gain access to Sony.com and Gracenote Music Services. The built-in internet browser also allows you to do basic keyword searches, so you can browse other select websites (text-based only). The Opera Internet Browser is not a full search engine for the Internet and Web. For Internet audio/video/photo content, use Sony's Bravia Internet Video service. Some web-pages maybe too large for download.

Bravia Network Entertainment Library: Currently the Bravia Network Entertainment Library contains the following online content and widgets. (as of 4/5/2012).

Bravia Internet Video
Movies Video Unlimited: Video Unlimited is the ultimate source for the latest hit movies, classics and TV shows from every major studio. Forget monthly subscriptions or late fees. Watch what you want, when you want. Buy or rent titles in SD, 1080p HD or 3D (select titles) up to 28 days before Netflix or Redbox.
Netflix: Unlimited Movies & TV episodes: For only $7.99 a month, instantly watch unlimited movies & TV episodes streaming over the Internet to your Sony TV.
Hulu+: Hulu Plus lets you watch current hit TV shows, classic series, and acclaimed movies anytime in HD for $7.99/month with limited advertising.
Flixster: Get the hottest new movie trailers from Flixster.
Amazon Instant Video: Amazon Instant Video lets you search, browse and rent your favorites instantly, right from your couch. Choose from over 90,000 movies and TV shows, including the latest new releases
SnagFilms: The best Indie movies on demand.
The Wiggles: Access to the Wiggles & Friends channel.
Crackle: The next-generation video entertainment network with hundreds of movies, TV shows and original series from the vast Sony Pictures library.
Music Music Unlimited: Music Unlimited offers you unlimited access to millions of songs from every major label. Forget syncing MP3 files across multiple devices; simply connect to the cloud to instantly experience the music you love anytime, anyplace. Enjoy timeless favorites or dare to try something new; all without paying for each track or album.
Pandora: Free, personalized internet radio playing only music you love. Pandora brings an effortless personal soundtrack into your living room. Enter your favorite artists and enjoy stations created just for you. Rate songs as they play, because Pandora caters to your tastes and adapts stations to your feedback on the spot.
Slacker: Slacker is a free personalized radio service with millions of songs from thousands of artists. Simply select your favorite type of music from one of over 120 expert-programmed genre stations. As you listen, give feedback and the station becomes personalized just for you.
Singing Fool: The Singing Fool music video collection: rock, pop, rap, R&B, country and more. Thousands of titles means there's something for everyone on Singing Fool.
Berliner Philharmoniker: Enjoy one of the world's best orchestras directly from your connected Sony TV.
MoshCam.com: Over 800 full length concert videos recorded in Sydney, Australia's leading music venues including Jane's Addiction, Gary Numan, Ben Harper, John Butler Trio, The Hives, Blondie, Jarvis Cocker, Public Enemy and many more.
Photos Photobucket: View your photos and videos and share them with friends and family for free.
Picasa: Google's free, integrated photo-sharing where you can view all of your photos from your account.
Shutterfly: One of the largest photo sharing and personal publishing services. Login and view your account's content on the Sony TV.
Social Media YouTube: The world's most popular online destination, comes to your Sony Connected Device. This forum allows people to discover and watch millions of originally-created videos.
Skype: You can enjoy free high-definition Skype-to-Skype video calls from the comfort of your living room through this Sony TV. Simply attach the Sony compact microphone/camera (158CBR100, sold separately) and see your friends on the big screen.
Sports XOS College Sports: Offers the largest digital library of college sports content, spanning 75+ years of competition. Watch full games, original programming, season highlights and documentaries both past and present. All the best conferences, teams and sports are here.
NHL Vault: Gives you access to over 800 classic games, as well as full length and condensed game replays with no blackouts.
GolfLink.com: Built for golfers, and covering over 21,000 courses, Golflink.com brings you everything you need to track and improve your game.
Billabong's: Snow, Surf, Skate and Wake action from around the globe, featuring Billabong's all-star athletes, swimwear and fashion models.
Lifestyle AOL HD: Watch the latest in technology from Engadget and TechCrunch, catch up on the latest celebrity gossip from Huffington Post, preview the latest movies from Moviefone, or even learn how to cook like a pro from personalities such as Curtis Stone, Sam Talbot and Gail Simmons - all from AOL HD.
eHow: Watch the latest videos from Howcast, your source for the best how-to videos. From how to write a resume - to how to survive a bear attack, Howcast shows you how to do just about anything; wherever and whenever you want to know how.
Dr. Oz: Entertaining, high octane, multi-topic hour that is equal parts life-saving information combined with an "embarrassment-free zone" sensibility where nothing is off limits or out of bounds. The show is all about what impacts viewers, their families, their health and their well-being.
Livestrong: The destination for health, fitness and lifestyle videos. Take responsibility and live an active, healthy lifestyle every day.
Tara Stiles: Useful and fun yoga routines for everyone. 
Style.com: The definitive voice of fashion online, providing comprehensive coverage of the major fashion shows and authoritative reports on seasonal trends.
elgourmet.com: With original contents for those who know how to enjoy the pleasures of life, elgourmet.com offers 24 hrs of uninterrupted programming for experts in fine living.
Epicurious: Learn how to prepare dishes from around the world, tour celebrity kitchens and get tips on entertaining.
WealthTV: WealthTV is the premier luxury lifestyle and entertainment cable network that gives you a vicarious look into the American Dream. From the fastest cars to the most exotic destinations, WealthTV allows you to travel the world and live the good life without having to leave your living room.
uStudio: Professionally-produced video clips and how-to videos. Named 'Best of Web' by BusinessWeek readers in 2008.
DailyMotion: Engages your world with video of your interests and hobbies, eyewitness accounts of recent news and distant places and everything else from strange to spectacular.
News NPR: Acclaimed audio podcasts from National Public Radio featuring news, talk, and entertainment.
NewsLook: Whether you're interested in anything ranging from World News and US Politics to Recipes and Celebrity Gossip, NewsLook's topic based video RSS reader has everything you're looking for available in real time. Watch news on the go or from the comfort of your home on your connected Sony TV.
Widgets
Widgets Facebook: Millions of people use Facebook everyday to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet.
Twitter: Instantly connect to what's most important to you. Follow your friends, experts, favorite celebrities, and breaking news. Get breaking news, headlines, and top stories from leading news sources, designed for the big screen.
Flickr: Flickr is the best way to store, sort, search and share your photos online. Flickr helps you organize that huge mass of photos you have and offers a way for you and your friends and family to tell stories about them.
Yahoo Connect TV
Yahoo Connect TV Yahoo Finance/News/Weather: Get stock quotes, business news, and market updates plus fast access to your Yahoo! portfolio, on your TV. Choose a location and get a snapshot of current weather conditions, the 5-day forecast and more, on your TV.
Yahoo Sports: View breaking sports news, headlines, scores, and videos from the leading internet sports site designed for Internet TV.
Fantasy Football: The web's #1 fantasy football game comes to your Sony TV
ESPN Score Center: The ESPN ScoreCenter TV app gives you access to latest scores, upcoming games, stats, and even more! On demand, and right on your TV screen. Browse through multiple sports such as NFL, MLB, and the NBA. The ESPN ScoreCenter TV app also puts you in the driver seat by enabling you to customize your TV experience selecting your favorite sports and teams.
Home Shopping Network: HSN Shop by Remote interactive shopping gives you the ability to purchase items using just your TV's remote control. It's easy, secure and the fastest way to buy HSN products.
EBay: Get real-time updates, place bids, and monitor your favorite items on EBay from your Sony LED-LCD TV.
Disney: Experience the magic of Disney anytime. Rock out to music videos and laugh along to clips from your favorite Disney stars. See what TV shows and movies are coming soon and much more. All from Disney
Opera Internet Brower
Opera Internet Brower Sony.com: Access to Sony official website
Gracenote Music Service: Links to the Gracenote Music Service which contains more than five million tracks for identification and recommendations.
URL Searches: Browse the internet via keyword & URL searches.

Note: Visit the Sony Entertainment Network for the latest internet content. Bravia Internet Video Requires home network with a connection speed of at least 2.5 Mbps recommended (10 Mbps for HD content). Video quality and picture size vary and are dependent upon broadband speed and delivery by content provider. Online content may require additional fees and/or PC registration. Available online content may change without notice (visit Sony.com for latest information regarding online content).

DLNA Certified: DLNA certification allows you to enjoy various content from your home network, such as photo (JPEG), music (MP3//WMA/LPCM), and video (AVCHD/MPEG) files stored on your Windows 7 PC (or other DLNA Certified media server) on the Sony HDTV. The TV can be connected to your compatible PC using a hardwired Ethernet (LAN) connection or Wi-Fi connection (via built-in WiFi). This eliminates the need to copy your photo, video, and music files to a separate USB storage device.

WiFi Direct: Sometimes your friends want to share their personal photos and videos on your beautiful HDTV. With Sony's WiFi Direct Mode, your friends can wirelessly transfer personal content (such as photos & videos) to your TV without connecting to your home network. WiFi Direct completely bypasses the WiFi access point/router, so it's easy to set up. Streaming of copy-protected content and other certain formats are not supported.

USB Port: The Sony LED-LCD TV features two USB (type-A) ports for sharing your photos (JPEG) or videos (MPEG1/MPEG2/H.264/WMV), and listening to music (MP3) from your connected digital camera, USB-enabled MP3 player, or other USB storage device. You USB-connected device must USB mass storage class compliant and be formatted in FAT 16/32.

  • Photo Playback Auto Start: The TV automatically displays the thumbnail view screen when the TV is turned on and a digital still camera or other USB device storing photo files is connected to the TV's USB port.
  • Picture Frame: Allows you to display a photograph on the screen for a selected period of time. After that period, the TV automatically switches itself into standby mode.

PC Compatible: A 15-pin HD15 jack allows you to connect your personal computer to the display. There is also a corresponding stereo mini-jack (3.5mm) for the computer's audio signal. The television can be used as a monitor for your PC through the TV's RGB HD-15 input or HDMI 2 input. The TV supports the following PC resolutions - 640 x 480 (31.5kHz/60Hz), 800 x 600 (37.9kHz/60Hz), 1024 x 768 (48.4kHz/60Hz), 1280 x 768 (47.4kHz/60Hz), 1360 x 768 (47.7kHz/60Hz), 1280 x 1024 (64.0kHz/60Hz), and 1920 x 1080 (67.5kHz/60Hz). When a PC is connected to the TV and the PC input is selected, the PC settings screen is available.

  • Wide Mode: Select from Normal (original), Full 1 (enlarge picture keep original aspect ratio), or Full 2 (enlarge picture to fill display area).
  • Sharpness: Phase (fine tunes overall sharpness), Pitch (adjusts uneven sharpness)
  • Position: Horizontal Center (moves the position of picture left/right), Vertical Center (moves position of picture up/down)
  • Auto Adjustment: Automatically adjusts the display position and phase of the picture when the TV receives an input signal from the connected PC.

Convenience Features

Rovi Guide: The Rovi On-Screen Guide provide up to 24 hours of program information and easy personalization of program listings. You can search for programs by category or keyword. You can organize the program listings by profile (Move, Sports, Kids, etc..) and create your own profile to organize your favorite programs, channels, or keywords.

Note: The Rovi On-Screen Guide is available with connection to your cable service or with over-the-air antenna signal (not compatible with Satellite TV).

Info Banner: The television's Info Banner displays information about the currently viewed TV channel and program.

Favorites: The Favorites function makes it easy to quickly access your favorite TV content. The Favorites menu manages your preferred TV channels, external inputs, media files, Internet content, and widgets for quick and easy access. The Favorites feature provides quick access to your frequently used items, such as preferred TV channels or external inputs. In addition, your favorite media files, Internet content. and Widgets can be shown in the Favorites screen.

Recommendations: The Sony TV also features a "Recommendations" function which automatically analyzes your interests by referencing your viewing history to find programs and items you may like, and presents them in the TV's Favorites menu.

TrackID: This feature searches for information about music and video you've heard and seen from the TV. You can obtain information about music and video played on the current program, external input, connected USB storage device, or network connection. You can also start a new search for information about other audio/video content by entering a keyword (track title, album name, and/or artist name).

Video Search: Find out all you need to know about the actors and directors of the movie or TV series you're watching, with Sony's Video Search feature. It provides detailed cast and crew information, including other related content, so you can enjoy more shows or movies (Network/Internet connection required).

Scene Mode: You can access the following scene modes from the remote control to optimize both picture and sound quality.

  • Auto: Automatically optimizes picture and sound quality according to the input source.
  • General: Optimizes picture and sound quality for general content.
  • Cinema: Delivers picture scenes and sound just like those in a theater.
  • Sports: Presents realistic pictures and sound just like those in a stadium.
  • Animation: Lets you enjoy watching an animation with superb picture and sound quality.
  • Photo: Reproduces the texture and color of a printed photo.
  • Music: Lets you experience dynamic and clear sound just like a concert.
  • Game: Broadens your game-playing experience with superb picture and sound quality.
  • Graphics: Eases prolonged monitor viewing with clearer detailed pictures.

Input/Channel Label: You can assign an icon or name to an external input and connected equipment, as well as edit channel labels to your preference.

Close Captions (CC): The Sony televisions provides Analog Closed Captions and Digital Closed Captions. The Digital CC offers customizable text, font, and size.

ENERGY STAR Certified: This Sony LED-LCD TV exceeds ENERGY STAR requirements by incorporating advanced power saving features such as LightSensor Technology, Advance Contrast Enhancer, and the following Power Management functions.

  • Power Saving: This feature reduces the power consumption by adjusting the backlight brightness of the TV's screen. You can select from Low, High, Off and Picture Off.
  • Backlight Drive: The TV adjusts the backlight brightness according to the Scene Select mode to reduce power consumption.
  • Idle TV Standby: Automatically powers off the TV after 1, 2, or 4 hours when no buttons are pressed on the remote control or the TV.
  • Auto Shut Off: Automatically powers off the TV when no input signal is detected for approximately 15 minutes.

Timers: The Sony LED-LCD TV offers On and Sleep timers.

  • TV Timer: The TV Timer turns on the television from the standby mode at a time you set, and tunes to a channel or input of your preference.
  • Sleep Timer: The sleep timer switches the television off after a specified amount of time. The sleep timer can be set to 15, 30, 45, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.

Parental Control: You can select a viewing limitation based on the TV and movie ratings. Three presets are available (Child, Youth, and Young Adult) or the limitation can be customized to specific industry ratings. You can also block specific channels. The control is accessed and protected by a 4-digit password.

Input/Channel Block: This feature allows you to block certain channels or inputs regardless of program ratings.

i-Manual: The Sony TV comes with a Quick Setup Guide booklet. The TV's full owner's manual can be accessed on the TV using the remote's i-Manual button.

Automatic Software Updates: Automatic software updates are done through the TV's Ethernet (LAN) port or built-in WiFi. The TV's software updates when the television is in standby mode. The tested television contained firmware version PKG1.114AAA (as of 5/16/2012). Visit the Sony eSupport site for the latest software updates.

Remote Control

Wireless Remote Control: The TV comes supplied with an IR remote control for wireless operation of the television. The remote is designed for TV operation only, unless used with Bravia Sync AV components connected by HDMI. The remote offers a dedicated Netflix button to instantly access your Netflix account on the Sony TV.

Bravia Sync: This TV is equipped with Bravia Sync, an HDMI Control function that allows communication between Sony TVs and other Sony equipment when they are connected via HDMI. Bravia Sync helps you connect compatible Sony Bravia HDMI equipment, such as a BD player or AV amplifier, to the TV and control the external equipment using the television's remote control. With the "Control for HDMI" function, Bravia Sync helps to communicate with Bravia Sync-compatible equipment using HDMI CEC (Consumer Electronics Control). Bravia Sync-compatible equipment is listed as a new input source in the television's menu. The television offers the following Bravia Sync operations for the listed device.

  • BD/DVD Player:
    • Automatically turns the "Bravia" Sync-compatible equipment on and switches the input to that equipment when you select it from the Home Menu or Sync Menu.
    • Automatically turns the TV on and switches the input to the connected equipment when the equipment starts to play.
    • Automatically turns the connected equipment off when you switch the TV to standby mode.
  • AV Amplifier:
    • Automatically turns the connected AV amplifier on and switches the sound output from the TV speaker to the audio system when you turn the TV on. This function is only available if you have previously used the AV amplifier to output TV sound.
    • Automatically switches the sound output to the AV amplifier by turning the AV amplifier on when the TV is turned on.
    • Automatically turns the connected AV amplifier off when you switch the TV to standby mode.
    • Adjusts the volume (VOL +/-) and mutes the sound (MUTING) of the connected AV amplifier through the TV's remote control.
  • Video Camera:
    • Automatically turns the TV on and switches the input to the connected video camera when the connected video camera is turned on.
    • Automatically turns the connected video camera off when you switch the TV to standby mode.

Note: Control for HDMI (Bravia Sync) is only available for the connected Sony equipment that has the Bravia Sync logo.

Mobile Device Control: You can turn your iPod touch, iPhone, iPad (running iOS 4.0+), or compatible Android smartphone (2.1+) into a versatile remote when you download the free Media Remote app for Apple App Store or the Android Market. The Media Remote app requires that the TV and Apple iOS or Android remote device be connected to the same wireless network with the remote device connected through an 802.11 access point (802.11n recommended). Enjoy complete remote function, as well as full QWERTY keyboard.

Mounting Options

Tabletop Stand: The Sony television comes supplied with a tabletop pedestal stand which must be attached using the supplied hardware. The television weighs 44.8 lbs with the stand attached. The tabletop stand allows the television to swivel 15° left or right.

Optional Wall Mount Brackets: The stand can be removed, allowing you to wall-mount the TV using an optional wall-mount bracket. The TV has 4 threaded screw holes with a horizontal spacing of 300mm and a vertical spacing of 300mm). The screw holes all accept M6 (6mm) screws. The TV weighs 36.6 lbs without the stand.

Note: When mounting the TV on the stand or a wall (with optional bracket) leave 4" of clearance on each side of the television and 11.875" above the television for adequate ventilation.

Attached AC Power Cord: The television if fitted with an attached 5' AC power cord which is terminated by a straight two-prong AC plug. The AC plug sits 1.375" from the wall.

 
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5 out of 5

Simply Outstanding

Written By TWhitmore, Atlanta,GA on Friday, January 11, 2013
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This TV from Sony is outstanding! Though I'm not an audiophile, I am all quality. I will research something I am wanting until I'm sick of it. I have read many reviews from buyers on various sites on this and a couple others I narrowed my selection down to. The others? Sony XBR 9 and Samsungs 7100 and 8000. I was actually leaning to Samsung until three things happened. First, the reviews of the XBR were so so.. Usually stating the 850 was better (as well as the cost), second, a Best Buy salesman was pushing me to a Pan plasma, talking down Sony. I have owned a Sony XBR for 8 yrs and loved it. Lastly, I walked into a Lowes and walked past Samsung refrigerators! Decided, Sony knows TVs. I have read a few reviews about the tv speakers... Listen, if you are buying a tv like this and relying on the tv's speakers, you have other issues going on. You need a stereo system to enjoy a tv like this or any other in this class. It's a monitor on steroids. I am fortunate to have a nice theatre system and this tv rocks. The picture is incredible. I had it professionally installed by my theatre company and its absolutely beautiful! Lastly about Crutchfield. This company has been around a long time. They know what they are doing. The tv came UPS freight. They called with a time and arrived on time. But this next part made it comforting... The driver and companion stated they have been dealing with Crutchfield for a long time and they have never had any issues with damaged items.
Pros:
Excellent, brilliant picture and features....
Cons:
None at this time
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5 out of 5

Great TV, Greatest seller

Written By Larry from California, Chico on Monday, December 31, 2012
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This TV is as the glowing reviews state simply breathtaking. I am comparing it to a recent purchase before of the EX700. The EX700 has a 3D quality image and great blacks too. The HX850 takes that much farther and makes you feel like you can touch the images. Of course, just like audio playback, the source of the video is a huge factor to consider. All images and all audio (digital or analog) are simply not created equal. So one has to in reality consider the source that is playing on this TV. I have not used the internet feature. I use Roku and don't want to fiddle with a slower device (which I assume the HX850 is much slower, etc). Sony is the most natural picture compared with other brands, so it was simpler to choose from what they had. We wanted a 46" size because we don't live in a mansion, but a normal home. The room is 15x19 or so.
Pros:
The appliance is for watching images and it does that superbly.
Cons:
Unknown
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5 out of 5

Sony KDL-46HX850

Written By Anonymous, Issaquah, WA on Friday, December 21, 2012
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Awesome TV. Picture is excellent, setup took ~45 minutes. No motion blur like my old 32" Panasonic LCD from 2006. The default picture settings work fine, and there are tons of customizations available. I compared this with the Vizio's, Panasonic plasma TC-ST50 series, and the Samsungs, and this one has the best picture. The Panasonic was too dim for my taste, the Samsung bright, but picture not as sharp as this TV's.

My biggest gripe is the sound. The built in speakers are horrible. My laptop speakers are better then this TV's speakers. Even with the volume at +30, they sound like a phone trying to play music. Plan on buying a soundbar at the very minimum. I decided to go the soundbar route and tried the Yamaha YAS-101 and the Sony HT-CT260 side by side. If you like booming bass, and don't mind a big, grey thing in front of your TV, go with the Sony. If you prefer listening at lower levels, crisp bass, all in one unit that matches this TV's front, go with the Yamaha.
Pros:
Picture Slim profile Looks great
Cons:
Built in speakers are really bad...
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5 out of 5

SONY KDL-46HX850

Written By IRIS K, HOLLAND, PENNSYLVANIA on Wednesday, December 19, 2012
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GREAT PICTURE....EASY SET-UP
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3 out of 5

Sony KDL-46HX850

Written By Kurt, S.C. on Friday, December 14, 2012
 
Straight out of the box the Sony KDL-46HX850 had some issues. The sealed hardware packet contained six scews when seven were required to assemble the tv stand. The hard plastic shell on the tv stand had a stress fracture on the back left corner near where the arm is pemanantly attached from the factory. This damage appeared to be a flaw in design or production and not the result of improper Sh. The shipping container had zero damage. With a lot of adjustment the picture quality on the KDL-46HX850 was very good and similar to other led lcd tv's in It's class. However, when dark borders are displayed there is significant light bleed at all four corners. Also, when led output is set to med. or high, visible banks or rows of leds dance up and down the edges of the screen. Which begs the question, why pay addition money for flawed technology? The remote can be a real pain with option buttons located too close to direction controls. The front glass panel has very good anti-reflective qualities. Wireless internet connection was simple and there is plenty of content. Nice selection of imputs and outputs.
Pros:
With quite a bit of adjustment, overall picture quality is very good. Anti-reflective front panel. Lots of imputs and outputs.
Cons:
Flawed led tecnology with significant light bleed. Remote control is not user friendly. Overall value.
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5 out of 5

Sony KDL-46HX850

Written By Anonymous, Tuckahoe, NY on Wednesday, October 17, 2012
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Bought this to replace a 1st generation, 40 inch Sony Bravia XBR1. While it does not duplicate the experience 6 years ago going from regular TV to HDTV, the picture is awesome. A few years ago, I purchased the Samsung UN40C6500 for the basement, and althought the picture was sharp, I was disappointed by the black levels and backlight bleeding. Not so much a problem when watching new HD progamming, but I find it distracting when watching an older movie, particularly one that is letterboxed. None of that has been evident on this set, thanks to the Dynamic Edge LED. As a lifelong Sony buyer, I am please to see they still produce an excellent product.
Pros:
Picture quality is excellent. Terrific, deep blacks. Looks great when viewing 1080p Pixar material as well as classic films from the 70's and 80's.
Cons:
Sound could be better, but to be expected given the slim design of today's televisions.
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4 out of 5

Sony KDL-46HX850

Written By MannyC, Houston,TX on Wednesday, October 10, 2012
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I also bought this TV for the bedroom. The picture is great. I havent try all the other features yet.
Pros:
Awesome picture.
Cons:
Sound could be better.
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5 out of 5

Sony KDL-46HX850

Written By JayP, Camano Island, WA on Friday, October 05, 2012
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This is an excellent set for our bedroom. I did the setup myself. The picture is crystal clear, no "trailing" on fast action scenes. The User Manual came on a DVD, and was preinstalled on the TV. I think I would still have liked a paper copy, but that's just my preference and does not have any effect on the performance of the KDL-46HX850. This set has the Corning Gorilla Glass which was a big plus for me. WiFi setup was a snap. I would recommend this set to anyone who values picture quality. I have had Sony TV's since the late 70's (Trinitron) and have never been disappointed with image quality. Out of curiosity, I attached an ancient Panasonic VCR, and ran several Video Tapes that had "been around the block a few too many times". Even the Video Tape output look much better on the KDL-46HX850. Overall we are 98% pleased with the entire package.
Pros:
1. Outstanding Picture Quality 2. Ease of Setup 3. Gorilla Glass 4. Counting on SONY's track record for minimal service calls. The 32" Sony SD TV the KDL-46HX850 replaced is over 11 years old and still has impressive picture quality.
Cons:
The sound is "OK", but it could be better. This is where unit lost the 2% in our overall satisfaction with the KDL-46HX850.
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