Sony XBR-55HX950 55" LED TV

1920x1080, 60 Hz, HDTV, LED Backlight, 3D - MPN: XBR55HX950
Product Details
Description
Sony XBR-55HX950 So realistic you might forget you're just watching TV. Sony's flagship HDTVs, the XBR HX950 Series deliver a picture with laser-sharp precision and the most natural color imaginable. Stunning images are produced using our most advanced X-Reality PRO technology and the ultra-thin TV design is achieved by incorporating Corning Gorilla Glass for the seamless look of edge-to-edge glass. Built-in Wi-Fi lets you wirelessly stream beautiful, HD entertainment straight from the internet or your home network.
Quick Glance
Broadcast Format Displayed 1080p
Digital Tuner ATSC
Audio Video Connectors HDMI Yes, VGA Yes, Component Video Yes, Composite Video Yes, Digital Audio Yes, Headphone Yes
Display Type LED-LCD TV w/ Intelligent Peak LED Backlight
Smart TV Yes
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Included Network Card Ethernet
3D Compatible 3D
Max Resolution 1920 x 1080
Green Compliance ENERGY STAR 5.3
Expert Reviews
Sony XBR-55HX950
3.5 Star Review  cnet.com - Nov 20, 2012

THE GOOD: The <b>Sony XBR-HX950 series</b> produces deeper black levels than any current LCD or plasma TV, giving excellent overall picture quality. It evinces accurate color, offers plenty of video-processing options, and can properly handle 1080p/24 sources. It also has a beautiful, thin-profile exterior design with Gorilla Glass, and its Internet suite includes numerous streaming services and widgets as well as built-in Wi-Fi. Its 3D image shows minimal crosstalk. THE BAD: The extremely expensive XBR-HX950 shows some blooming artifacts, and its picture deteriorates more noticeably than usual when seen from off-angle. Its menu and Internet service design is lackluster, and Sony does not include 3D glasses. When displaying 3D, the image flickers when dejudder is turned off, and it deteriorates rapidly when you tilt your head. THE BOTTOM LINE: Although its priced higher and performs worse than the best plasmas, the Sony XBR-HX950 is still one of the top-performing LED TVs ever.

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User Reviews
I Love this TV
5 Star Review   By res1 on Sony - Official Store - Feb 18, 2013   

I researched several types of the Sony TV's, went stores looking then waiting on sales. It has proven my research and patience. I have used it now for over a month and I have nothing but good things to say. The picure is GREAT and the set-up was simple. This is money well spent.

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The best in class Feb 2013
5 Star Review   By BC1973 on Sony - Official Store - Feb 15, 2013   

A large investment - yes. But like any large investment, the last thing you want is to ask after a few weeks - "Maybe i should have paid more for a better one". This is something which is going to last years until the 4K TV is standard and we have sources recorded in 4K, non of this artificial interpolated nonsense. Plus the cost of 4K TV is going to waaay too high - if available in 55" that is. By the time 4K TV is popular the technology of 4K now will be very dated. Like many others, i looked at the HX850 55"..looks excellent and was top of the list for me. But in the showroom there was a HX950, i auditioned both from the same source and it was obvious why the premium. The contrast is just so much better in dim scenes, if you watch movies on blueray/dvd and appreciate details then the HX950 delivers the "cream" - like froth on your expresso :-) It's like listening to standard headphones and moving on to audiophile headphones - you don't know what you are missing until you experienced it! The competitors also do very good top end (similar to HX850)..but HX950 still is king for me anyway. People who say blooming problems etc..check out some forums where experts has the settings tuned to perfection after hours/days of experimenting - plus i do not look at the white logo of a spinning object all day long. 3D was admittedly not the best of the crop - off horizontal did show some flaws and flickers. The depth of the 3D was improved by some contrast settings (dedicated forums..) t But considering i have only four 3D movies in blueray - it was not a killer for me. If you want the best, feel sexy and proud to own a sexy TV + willing to play around and research the best settings - this is for you. Be the envy of your friends - get the HX950 or be the envier of your friend who owns the HX950.

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The *Best* LED TV ever made
5 Star Review   By Jonrm5000 on Sony - Official Store - Feb 4, 2013   

This is the best LED TV ever made. I work in a big box store and sell TV's all day. This XBR HX 950 and the Panasonic VT50 are the best TV's on the market. This TV is beyond any other LED, even LED's that are much more expensive. It looks better than all the plasma's I have seen, other than the VT50 series. Personally I think that the HX950 produces better colors and deeper blacks than the VT50, but to each his/her own. SONY is the only company that has created an LED TV that looks like a plasma! This was always thought to be impossible! I finally purchased this TV after selling it for a few months. I'm thoroughly impressed, and I hope Sony will continue to prove that they are still the best.

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Exceptional Quality
5 Star Review   By WIN2 on Sony - Official Store - Dec 31, 2012   

I purchased this TV from Sony early October and have been very pleased since. Over all quality and experience have been outstanding. There are some issues with the boot up time of certain applications. It would be nice for the kids to just press the Netflix button on the remote and begin watching after turning it on but it takes several minutes to begin working. The menues are a bit convoluted at times, it was not intuitive at all to find where to turn off Overscan. [Home Menu > Settings > Picture and Display > Screen > Auto Display Area “Off” > Display Area “Full Pixel. Thats right, not in options > picture adjustments...] There is a bit of tweaking you will need to do to get the picture perfect, this is due to the local-dimming I think but well worth the effort. Changing the LED Dynamic Control setting to Low will help a great deal with the "Halos" you will see people mention. If you are shopping around do not make the mistake of comparing this TV to anything less than local-dimming. If picture quality is your goal then you will need to pay more for it...

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Amazing!!!!!!
5 Star Review   By Lilly02 on Sony - Official Store - Dec 26, 2012   

This TV preformed flawlessly right out of the box! Wireless set was a snap. Sports and action movies are incredible to watch with real life color and amazing detail. Friends who stop over are very impressed with the picture quality. What a difference full array LED makes. I did a lot of homework and comparisons before making this purchase and I am completely satisfied with Sony and this tv.

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Product Details
Description
Sony XBR-55HX950 So realistic you might forget you're just watching TV. Sony's flagship HDTVs, the XBR HX950 Series deliver a picture with laser-sharp precision and the most natural color imaginable. Stunning images are produced using our most advanced X-Reality PRO technology and the ultra-thin TV design is achieved by incorporating Corning Gorilla Glass for the seamless look of edge-to-edge glass. Built-in Wi-Fi lets you wirelessly stream beautiful, HD entertainment straight from the internet or your home network.
Quick Glance
Broadcast Format Displayed 1080p
Digital Tuner ATSC
Audio Video Connectors HDMI Yes, VGA Yes, Component Video Yes, Composite Video Yes, Digital Audio Yes, Headphone Yes
Display Type LED-LCD TV w/ Intelligent Peak LED Backlight
Smart TV Yes
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Included Network Card Ethernet
3D Compatible 3D
Max Resolution 1920 x 1080
Green Compliance ENERGY STAR 5.3
Summary
Product Title Sony XBR-55HX950 55" LED TV
Manufacturer Sony
Power Score 4.3 | 6 Reviews
Display Panel
Contrast Ratio: 1,000,000:1
Diagonal Screen Size: 55 in
Interface
Interface Connection: USB Yes, Ethernet Yes
Other Features
VESA Mount: 300 x 300
Physical Specifications
Depth Without Stand: 1.9 in
Height: 32.64 in
Width: 50.39 in
Depth: 14.53 in
Weight: 58.86 lbs
Warranty
Warranty Information: 1.5 Year
More Info
URL: Manufacturer Link
Expert Reviews
Sony XBR-55HX950
3.5 Star Review  cnet.com - Nov 20, 2012

THE GOOD: The <b>Sony XBR-HX950 series</b> produces deeper black levels than any current LCD or plasma TV, giving excellent overall picture quality. It evinces accurate color, offers plenty of video-processing options, and can properly handle 1080p/24 sources. It also has a beautiful, thin-profile exterior design with Gorilla Glass, and its Internet suite includes numerous streaming services and widgets as well as built-in Wi-Fi. Its 3D image shows minimal crosstalk. THE BAD: The extremely expensive XBR-HX950 shows some blooming artifacts, and its picture deteriorates more noticeably than usual when seen from off-angle. Its menu and Internet service design is lackluster, and Sony does not include 3D glasses. When displaying 3D, the image flickers when dejudder is turned off, and it deteriorates rapidly when you tilt your head. THE BOTTOM LINE: Although its priced higher and performs worse than the best plasmas, the Sony XBR-HX950 is still one of the top-performing LED TVs ever.

Read the full review »

User Reviews
I Love this TV
5 Star Review   By res1 on Sony - Official Store - Feb 18, 2013   

I researched several types of the Sony TV's, went stores looking then waiting on sales. It has proven my research and patience. I have used it now for over a month and I have nothing but good things to say. The picure is GREAT and the set-up was simple. This is money well spent.

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The best in class Feb 2013
5 Star Review   By BC1973 on Sony - Official Store - Feb 15, 2013   

A large investment - yes. But like any large investment, the last thing you want is to ask after a few weeks - "Maybe i should have paid more for a better one". This is something which is going to last years until the 4K TV is standard and we have sources recorded in 4K, non of this artificial interpolated nonsense. Plus the cost of 4K TV is going to waaay too high - if available in 55" that is. By the time 4K TV is popular the technology of 4K now will be very dated. Like many others, i looked at the HX850 55"..looks excellent and was top of the list for me. But in the showroom there was a HX950, i auditioned both from the same source and it was obvious why the premium. The contrast is just so much better in dim scenes, if you watch movies on blueray/dvd and appreciate details then the HX950 delivers the "cream" - like froth on your expresso :-) It's like listening to standard headphones and moving on to audiophile headphones - you don't know what you are missing until you experienced it! The competitors also do very good top end (similar to HX850)..but HX950 still is king for me anyway. People who say blooming problems etc..check out some forums where experts has the settings tuned to perfection after hours/days of experimenting - plus i do not look at the white logo of a spinning object all day long. 3D was admittedly not the best of the crop - off horizontal did show some flaws and flickers. The depth of the 3D was improved by some contrast settings (dedicated forums..) t But considering i have only four 3D movies in blueray - it was not a killer for me. If you want the best, feel sexy and proud to own a sexy TV + willing to play around and research the best settings - this is for you. Be the envy of your friends - get the HX950 or be the envier of your friend who owns the HX950.

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The *Best* LED TV ever made
5 Star Review   By Jonrm5000 on Sony - Official Store - Feb 4, 2013   

This is the best LED TV ever made. I work in a big box store and sell TV's all day. This XBR HX 950 and the Panasonic VT50 are the best TV's on the market. This TV is beyond any other LED, even LED's that are much more expensive. It looks better than all the plasma's I have seen, other than the VT50 series. Personally I think that the HX950 produces better colors and deeper blacks than the VT50, but to each his/her own. SONY is the only company that has created an LED TV that looks like a plasma! This was always thought to be impossible! I finally purchased this TV after selling it for a few months. I'm thoroughly impressed, and I hope Sony will continue to prove that they are still the best.

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Exceptional Quality
5 Star Review   By WIN2 on Sony - Official Store - Dec 31, 2012   

I purchased this TV from Sony early October and have been very pleased since. Over all quality and experience have been outstanding. There are some issues with the boot up time of certain applications. It would be nice for the kids to just press the Netflix button on the remote and begin watching after turning it on but it takes several minutes to begin working. The menues are a bit convoluted at times, it was not intuitive at all to find where to turn off Overscan. [Home Menu > Settings > Picture and Display > Screen > Auto Display Area “Off” > Display Area “Full Pixel. Thats right, not in options > picture adjustments...] There is a bit of tweaking you will need to do to get the picture perfect, this is due to the local-dimming I think but well worth the effort. Changing the LED Dynamic Control setting to Low will help a great deal with the "Halos" you will see people mention. If you are shopping around do not make the mistake of comparing this TV to anything less than local-dimming. If picture quality is your goal then you will need to pay more for it...

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Amazing!!!!!!
5 Star Review   By Lilly02 on Sony - Official Store - Dec 26, 2012   

This TV preformed flawlessly right out of the box! Wireless set was a snap. Sports and action movies are incredible to watch with real life color and amazing detail. Friends who stop over are very impressed with the picture quality. What a difference full array LED makes. I did a lot of homework and comparisons before making this purchase and I am completely satisfied with Sony and this tv.

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