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It is very easy to be in­tim­i­dated by a 65-inch tele­vi­sion. And if that is an LED with 3D, then you have pretty much had it. So, Sony’s new HX925 LED TV is as in­tim­i­dat­ing as they come.

While this is the largest TV in the Bravia range, you can­not help but won­der at the fact that it is also among the slimmest tele­vi­sions you will ever see, cer­tainly in this size. The next point of amaze­ment has to be the picture qual­ity. We were some­how ex­pect­ing to see a bit of pixel­la­tion at this screen size. But ev­ery­thing on the screen was crys­tal clear, thanks to the X-re­al­ity Pro En­gine and In­tel­li­gent Peak LED Tech­nol­ogy de­ployed on this gi­ant of a screen. The sound leaps out at you, though at lower vol­umes you feel that the au­dio sort of lags be­hind the picture, at least on the in­tim­i­da­tion quo­tient. The in­ter­face is very easy to nav­i­gate, es­pe­cially since there are ded­i­cated keys on the re­mote for many func­tions.

The 3D TV ca­pa­bil­i­ties are also good, though you will have to put the ubiq­ui­tous goggle to see any­thing clearly. While 3D re­pro­duc­tion with 3D con­tent is as good as it gets on TVS, this unit can also up­scale reg­u­lar con­tent with the ex­tra di­men­sion but with limited re­sults. We ac­tu­ally tried it with a Youtube video and the re­sult was more like 2.5D, if you get the drift.

As you would have re­alised, this is also a fully In­ter­net-en­abled tele­vi­sion. Which means you can con­nect it to a Wi-fi net­work or plug in a LAN cable to take it on­line and play con­tent from the Web. For in­stance, there is a Sony En­ter­tain­ment Net­work app which lets you ac­cess fea­tured con­tent from Sony through chan­nels, many of which have a lo­cal flavour. You can also ac­cess videos from Youtube, though you will need a

fast con­nec­tion to get over the buf­fer­ing. Plug in the cam­era that comes in the box and you are also good for Skype calls.

How­ever, the re­mote could be a slight im­ped­i­ment for go­ing on­line as you have to use it to op­er­ate an on­line key­pad to se­lect al­pha­bets and type ad­dresses. Since the TV is not com­pat­i­ble with wire­less key­boards, your only op­tion on this front is to use a com­pat­i­ble app on an An­droid phone.

But then all these are small glitches in your quest to bring home big screen en­ter­tain­ment. The only real stum­bling point is the price—as big as the screen it­self.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT?

Don’t look any fur­ther if you like big and don’t mind the price.

GG SONY BRAVIA HX925 LED TV Price:

` 3,59,900

Specs:

65 inches; Full HD 1080P with 3D; X-re­al­ity PRO picture en­gine, 30W S-force Front Sur­round 3D, Dolby Dig­i­tal Plus, Brava Sync, DLNA, WI-FI, 4 HDMI, Eth­er­net.

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