Sony BRAVIA KDL-55HX925 LED TV (preview)
Sony's best LCD TV for 2011, the HX925 is packed with new features
- It's Sony's best TV for 2011, local-dimming LED backlighting should mean excellent contrast and blacks, Sony Internet TV looks impressive
- It'll be quite expensive, why are the screens still so glossy?
Sony's HX925 BRAVIA LCD is the company's best TV for 2011. It's got all the 3D trickery of last year's models, the same BRAVIA Internet Video streaming content access, and plenty of new gizmos to keep tech-heads and early adopters happy. Knowing Sony, it'll probably be pricy, but we're not doubting that it'll be visually impressive.
Sony's HX925 series of BRAVIA LCD TVs is going to be one of the top contenders for this year — it's got some interesting advancements from previous models and specifications that hint towards class-leading picture quality. We're keen to get our hands on one for some in-depth testing, but we can cover a few of the Sony BRAVIA HX925 LED TV's more interesting features before then.
The biggest advancement on Sony's 2011 BRAVIA LCD televisions seems to be Sony Internet TV. It's a streaming video service that, provided you have a fast enough broadband connection, gives you access to 24 linear streaming Internet TV channels. They might not all be all to your taste, but when you're just channel surfing this essentially doubles the amount of channels you can search through (digital TV has 15 in most regions) until you find something to settle on. We have no doubts that some of the content will be forgettable, but hopefully there'll be a few gems.
The Sony BRAVIA HX925's LCD panel looks to be pretty swish, as well. Sony rates the screen and processor with its 'MotionFlow XR 800' label — behind all the marketing, that's a 200Hz panel with LED backlight scanning, which flashes the LED backlights on and off in quick succession to simulate more video frames. It's also a full array of LED backlights rather than the cheaper, thinner edge-lighting setup on most Sony (and Samsung) LED TVs. This means it's better able to control the screen's contrast by dimming in different quadrants — the end result should be a screen that can display properly deep blacks (thanks to the LEDs turning off and on in an instant) alongside bright and detailed whites. The screen's also treated with an especially strong type of glass, so it should be resistant to errant Nintendo Wii remotes and PlayStation 3 Move controllers flying through the air.
It's also a pretty attractive TV, like the Sony HX900 that came before it. We've come to expect sheer glass panels and minimalist styling from Sony, and the HX925 is no different. The company clearly hasn't been listening to our past year of wailing, though — why does the HX925 still have a shiny, high-gloss finish on the screen? It does great things for colour and contrast, but apart from looking excellent when it's turned off it does an amazingly effective job of making the screen look bad in bright light. If it's any consolation, on the 55in screen size you can purchase the optional display stand which boosts speaker power and tilts the screen back at a rakish six degree angle.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Garmin Fenix 5 fitness tracker smartwatch review
- 2 LG 2017 OLED TV range full review: W7 Signature Wallpaper, G7, E7 and C7 UHD TVs
- 3 Tag Heuer Connected Smartwatch and Android Wear 2 review
- 4 Subaru XV 2017 review
- 5 Samsung 2017 QLED Q7 TV: Full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Samsung to detail new Tizen OS for smart home appliances, IoT devices
- HPE is bringing Optane storage to Unix servers
- HP rolls out patch to fix keylogging bug in certain laptops
- Some HP PCs are recording your keystrokes
- Rumor suggests the Note8 will be a bigger S8+ that adds a missing feature
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- Garmin Fenix 5 fitness tracker smartwatch review
- MSI GE72 7RE Apache Pro gaming laptop review
- LG 2017 OLED TV range full review: W7 Signature Wallpaper, G7, E7 and C7 UHD TVs
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTSocial Media Executive / Specialist (Facebook) - online gamblingNSW
- CCGoogle Chromebook AdministratorNSW
- CCSenior Communications Advisor - Australian TelcoVIC
- CCSenior Teradata Developer/Analyst ProgrammerNSW
- FTSenior Drupal DeveloperQLD
- FTSenior UX/UI DesignerNSW
- CCIDAM ArchitectVIC
- FTSplunk Software Developer | 6mth ContractVIC
- CCReporting System Specialist - Port MacquarieNSW
- FTlevel 2/3 SupportVIC
- FTIT Support Level 1 and 2NSW
- TPBusiness Analyst - Change and Process ImprovementQLD
- TPSenior .Net DeveloperQLD
- FTLearning & Development Consultant, Wealth ManagementNSW
- TPProject Manager - ProcurementQLD
- CCICT Security Systems AdministratorNSW
- TPSenior Project ManagerVIC
- FTDealing Room Support Analyst - IPC voiceNSW
- FTSolution ArchitectNSW
- FTProject Manager HFC Capacity ManagementVIC
- FTEnterprise ArchitectVIC
- FTSenior Support EngineerNSW
- CCMaster Data Officer - SAPNSW
- FTSenior Software Developer (x3)WA
- TPDatawarehouse Test AnalystSA