Sony Bravia HX820 Series Brief Review
Sony Bravia HX820 Series
1080p resolution; Edge-lit, local-dimming LED backlight; 480Hz refresh rate; 3D-capable, active-type; Bravia Internet TV, built-in WiFi; Presence sensor
Next to Sony’s flagship HX929, the HX820 is the second-best TV in Sony’s lineup this season. With the power turned off, the monolithic design is just as striking. But with the power turned on, there's a key difference: Unlike the full-array LED backlighting of the HX929, the HX820 is an edge-lit model. This has a noticeable effect on picture quality, particularly "blooming" effects. This may be a deal breaker. The refresh rate is also lowered to 480Hz, but still includes Sony’s new Reality PRO and X-Reality Engine digital video processors, so we're not too concerned about that. It does, however, come equipped with the same connectivity as the bigger, badder TV, including built-in WiFi connection and Bravia Internet TV. The HX820 isn't much cheaper than the HX929, despite the loss of functionality, so it's harder to recommend this TV.