Blu-ray movies are an absolute delight. The HX925 shines gloriously while viewing high-definition content. When one stops noticing flaws, gets completely absorbed and forgets the passing of time, then you know. Not because there are no flaws, but because they are too few and catching them becomes a very painful exercise.
Dark Knight Blu-ray for the dark scenes
Once calibrated correctly, colours appear natural and beautiful. And even though this is a large 55-inch display, there are little to no jaggies or pixelation visible to the eye, even at close proximity to the TV. In fact, one can point-out how the content quality drops while switching from one camera to another. The scenes shot on IMAX cameras in the Dark Knight are very visibly impressive compared to the scenes shot using the regular camera for the rest of the movie. As we said before, we kept turning on and off all the noise reduction and picture enhancements settings during the movie tests. In our experience, keeping Cinema Drive to Auto-1 and Motionflow turned off gave us the best results.
The local dimming feature has its drawbacks, if observed closely then you will see a bright patch move from side to side in the black-bands, if you’re watching the movie in the letter-box mode. You will also see it lag a bit, because the dimming is trying to catch up with the area that requires dimming or brightening up. These are things you will catch as you start viewing more content, and if you’re trying to catch such behaviour. It’s not irritating, nor is it visible from a slightly more than normal viewing distance, but it’s there if you want to see it.
Unfortunately, the consequence of seeing such phenomenal quality is that SD content looks pedestrian, and completely not worth viewing at all. We used Airtel’s digital TV HD service to gauge performance on an HD service. The DTH HD service is better, but it still does not do justice to the panel. To sum it up for normal viewing, we’d say it is no better than a Rs 50,000 TV when it comes to SD content, and probably a Rs 75,000 TV for HD DTH content. We highly recommend setting up an HTPC or subscribing to a Blu-ray rental service to really appreciate the TV’s performance.
A mix of action scenes and bright colours
3D performance was pretty average. The bundled active glasses are slightly painful to view through for long hours. The 3D menu is easily accessible and the real-time 2D-to-3D conversion can be enabled in a few seconds. The effect is pretty realistic, but there are issues when you tilt your head from side to side. The two layers become clearly visible. There’s also a reflection of the TV on the top of the glasses, which is noticeable and particularly annoying in the dark. Unfortunately, not the best 3D TV experience at all. If you’re in for the best 3D LED TV in the market, then the Sony will most certainly disappoint, and that’s mostly because of the tilting problem, even a minor head-tilt will make the effect go away. Keep your head straight-on and the effects are probably among the best, but try doing that for more than a few minutes.
Televisions rarely have impressive audio performance and it’s no different in the case of the HX925. The speakers are loud, but not necessarily clear beyond a certain point, and some level of distortion kicks in as you go up the volume bar.
No LED TV we’ve ever tested in the past has ever managed to wow us in such a comprehensive manner. Several instances during the viewing sessions are now perpetually etched in our memories and log-sheets, and will serve as reference points for every other LED TV that we will test in the future. We’ve compared it to one of the best plasma TVs in the market today, side-by-side. It’s not flawless, but it is certainly the best there is as far as HD quality is concerned, and one that you will cherish owning for a long time.
In our books, it is easily the best LED TV out in the market. It wins our Editors’ Choice award hands down, and we’d heartily recommend it if you are considering a big-ticket purchase.
Updated 21 May, 2013, 1:00 pm IST
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