Sony Bravia HX82 55'' smart TV Price: $2599.99 Rating: Recommend* We got the opportunity to check out one of our friend's brand new Sony Bravia smart TV and take in all its high-tech, 3D goodness. With a 55'' screen equipped with full HD, 2D, 3D, and an X-Reality PRO Engine, this TV was a giant beauty to behold. We first went through all the smart capabilities, then watched some sports and even played Resistance 3 in 3D.
The Sony Bravia is heavier to lift than it looks (the screen is incredibly slim!) but once we got it onto the TV stand, we had to stand back and admire our work and the TV itself. It is definitely for the seasoned TV watcher, someone who needs a lot of technology and features packed into one powerful machine. The Sony Bravia is the right TV for someone who entertains, often has people over for movie night, and an avid gamer. With all the entertainment features that come with the TV, this is definitely an investment that only the most dedicated power users should consider. Spec Sheet:
- Audio Features
- Stereo System : MTS
- Surround Effect : Cinema, Sports, Music, Game Network Features
- BRAVIA® Internet Video
- BRAVIA® Internet Widgets
- HTML Browser
- Media Remote
- Photo MAP
- Video Search
- What's New : Yes (Firmware Update Required)
- Wi-Fi Certified : Yes
- Wi-Fi Direct : Yes (Firmware Update Required)
- Wireless LAN : Integrated 3D Features
- 2D to 3D Conversion
- 3D Sync Transmitter Integrated
- Ambient Sensor Display Features
- Backlight Type : Dynamic Edge LED
- Display Device : LCD
- OptiContrast Panel
We were most interested in trying out the Network features and the 3D. So we got started going through the different widgets the Sony Bravia offers. The set comes equipped with an entire suite of widgets from the basics like weather, photos, music to must-have essentials like Hulu and Netflix to social media staples like Twitter and YouTube. Adding accounts into social media accounts like Twitter was simple and done with the neat-looking remote (the power button is on the back!). While the baseball game was playing, I added my Twitter account to check the latest updates in my stream. We also wanted to test out Skype but didn't have a camera and microphone at hand, which is needed in order to chat with anyone.
In terms of music, there are also a couple options such as Pandora. We were particularly interested in Music Unlimited, which is a selection of some of the latest albums released. It works similarly as Spotify's newest releases.
The main feature we wanted to experience was 3D both for watching TV and playing games. We put on our Sony 3D Active Glasses and watched a couple programs. Syncing the glasses was easy enough. Just press the power button on the glasses and they will sync with the TV with a quick notification on the screen. We agreed that watching sports or any programs associated with water were the coolest experiences. There's something about water splashing in your face and dripping down your glasses (virtually) that never gets old.
We also got a chance to play Resistance 3 on the PlayStation 3. It was a bit intense for my taste and blood splatters on your glasses at times, but the graphics were amazing. As great as the 3D effects were, we're not sure how often we'd like to put on glasses and watch TV or game for hours. 3D still seems more of a 2-hour movie experience to us. However, if you're looking for the ultimate TV/movie watching/gaming experience, the Sony Bravia is definitely one to look into, especially if you don't mind shelling over the big bucks for it. Pros: Getting the Sony Bravia is investing in a luxury piece of technology. Nobody really needs it, but it's really nice to have. The 3D effects on the Bravia are the best we've seen so far, so if you're looking for a great 3D experience at home, this is the right pick. Cons: We'd say the biggest con is the cost. The TV itself has a hefty price tag and there are other accessories you need to purchase in order to use the Sony Bravia to the fullest, such as 3D glasses (and at least two pairs as we're assuming you won't be watching by yourself all the time). Our Ratings: Strong Recommend Recommend* Weak Recommend Don't Recommend Apartment Therapy Media makes every effort to test and review products fairly and transparently. The views expressed in this review are the personal views of the reviewer and this particular product review was not sponsored or paid for in any way by the manufacturer or an agent working on their behalf. This unit was not provided by the manufacturer and was purchased by a 3rd party for review.