Sony KDL-55HX853 video review

John Archer



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The Sony KDL-55HX853 might lack a few of the bells and whistles of some of 2012’s TV headliners, but in terms of the picture quality it gives you for its money, it’s currently the king of the LCD castle.

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May 28, 2012, 2:38 pm

I know that the stand angles the screen backwards at 6 degrees but can it support the TV in a bolt upright position.?

It's obviously a good value 55" screen and worth considering, but I simply could never own a TV that point in the air.

1. It's just Wrong.
2. My TV's are placed above me and LCD panels suffer from bad viewing angles (compared to my present Plasma)
3. It's just wrong.
4. 3D on LCD panels relies on being level with the set (useless if it's pointing at the ceiling)
5. It's just soooo wrong.

I'm not just writing this to pick holes, I genuinely am looking for a 55-60" TV and I used to buy nothing but Sony. Having just purchased another TV for the bedroom this morning, this isn't an urgent purchase but it's tempting to watch the Olympics on !


May 28, 2012, 11:50 pm

It's not at all surprising that the set can't play MKV's; Sony doesn't like them because it assumes they're pirated.

It's the same reason the PS3 can't play them. There are free programs that will take the audio and video from an MKV container and put it into a different type of container which the PS3 will happily play.

It only takes seconds. There's absolutely no transcoding involved; it's the MKV container Sony doesn't like not the various codecs that are used or the video.

And it's this type of attitude towards its customers that makes it a hundred times harder for Sony to get my money than any other company.


May 29, 2012, 3:42 am

I play MKV's on my PS3 almost every day.


May 30, 2012, 12:49 am



May 30, 2012, 8:24 am

I'm curious too scott, the only way i know of is either to stream it through PS3 media server or convert the file to a different container using mkv2vob as Bugblatter mentioned.


July 6, 2012, 8:58 pm

I believe he is streaming mkvs and transcoding. I use Medialink by Nullriver on my Mac to do the same thing. Fantastic app really, streams from several sources(folders, iTunes, iPhoto, Aperture, etc.). I'm running gigabit ethernet to both devices, but you can set it up to other network types to adjust for bandwidth. There are a handful of others for Mac and Windows, just do a bit of research. I recommend Medialink for Mac above all though.

Matt GB

October 1, 2012, 1:29 am

I have the previous model version 46 X803 and this is likely to be my next TV set. Good to see Sony is back on top of their game.


October 22, 2012, 5:46 pm

I have a Sony 46HX823 and a Sony BDP-S480 BLURAY PLAYER and i watch files in MKV all the time.

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