Sony KDL55X4500 TV reviews and prices: 55" Full HD 1080p LCD screen

15 customer reviews

+ This television scores high on image quality. - It has no outstanding negative points.

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8.8 out of 10 based on 15 reviews.
Sony KDL55X4500 with 55" Full HD 1080p LCD screen, 4 HDMI ports and Freeview. See full product description

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Hazel, Dunfermline High spec fanatic

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Picture quality is outstanding - even on ordinary digital channels. Very clear without being over sharpened. Colours are realistic. Doesn't suffer from the usual LCD lag (due to 100Hz MotionFlow).
Bad points:
Couldn't get the lip sync to work with surround system easily as no delay/timing feature for sound - but I think this is more a flaw with the surround system (also a Sony).
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Sound quality 8.0
Design 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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Review date: 30 Jan 2010

Harry, London Multi-purpose viewer

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Excellent design, picture and sound,
Bad points:
No bad points from my point of view.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 25 Jan 2011

Hubert, Bridgwater Film and documentary lover

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
H.D.Picture quality.
Bad points:
High definition is impeccable but most of the time people are watching standand definition which is what lets this tv down. My previous panasonic 50"px70 (not HD) plasma has a better sd picture. After spending so much money, I was expecting better.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 8.0
Sound quality 5.0
Design 9.0
Value for money 5.0
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Review date: 22 Jan 2010

Douglas, Orpington High spec fanatic

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
The set oozes quality from the purely visual touches like the floating speakers the logo that lights up, touch panel controls and the little lights that are projected into the clear area at the side of the screen to show current status. The remote also subtlety illuminates. The TV has a swivel base and the whole thing weighs in at a hefty 45kg.

Out of the box as a stand alone TV you won’t see any HD as this set was designed before any HD transmissions took place in the UK, so only a tuner capable of receiving Freeview is built in so for the first 3 weeks I watched SD only and was stunned at the quality that could be achieved if the original signal was good enough.

This set has LED’s to back light the LCD display but unlike the more modern day edge lit incarnations this has the array over the whole of the back and utilizes RGB LED’s rather than the white version, which make this set deep in comparison to later models.

I have now added an HD box and a Blu-ray player. The quality of image on these sources is as you would expect with some of the BBC’s ‘Planet earth’ images taking my breath away.

There are so many controls that I am still experimenting. I love the ability to be able to alter the TV settings for any input independently and offset sound levels between inputs. The sound level and quality is good enough for me not to need to add a home theatre system to it.

The set has so many inputs 4 HDMI 2 scart’s, etc it also has both a LAN connection and a USB, but being a sceptic thanks to 25 years of computer usage this set is going nowhere near my network which hopefully will stop it being turned into a piece of object d’art by some poor firmware update so I can’t comment on streaming.

There are a couple of in depth technical reviews of this product on the net which are well worth reading if you are interested in this product.

To sum up, I love it !
Bad points:
Original price, (which I did not pay)
May not have figured it out yet, but the set defaults to one of the scart inputs when switched on, would be nice to decide what is the default input.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 9.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 5.0
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Confirmed purchase: 19 Jan 2011

stephen, burton on trent Film and documentary lover

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
the picture
Bad points:
not 3d
Overall rating 7.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 9.0
Sound quality 6.0
Design 6.0
Value for money 5.0
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Review date: 19 Apr 2010

Gareth, Essex Film and documentary lover

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Excellent picture quality, using the "clear" motion setting, never any issues with stray light or shadows etc. Even standard definition pictures look better than on our old 40" CRT. Does benefit from a HD source such as Sky HD or Blu-Ray.
Bad points:
It was expensive and it's very big depth wise but it's picture clarirty more than makes up for those minor bad points.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 9.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 7.0
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Review date: 15 Apr 2010

Ed, Newcastle upon Tyne Multi-purpose viewer

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
The image quality is first class; on the same ranking with Kuro Plasma where you see what high definition is all about on a 55 inch screen and the true reproduction on what it is black and white.
Well designed and a very classy look to it.
Bad points:
The sound software only supports up to Dolby Digital plus - it does not support Dolby Digital HD, DTS, DTS-HD which is standard for most blu-ray discs (perhaps an upgrade Sony?). Fortunatley, I have a home theatre sound system that reproduces the sound from standalone players separately (and can adjust audio delay for lip synch issues).
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 5.0
Design 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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Review date: 01 Feb 2010

This Sony KDL55X4500 is reviewed on TechRadar

Product Features

Screen size (Inches) 55
Type of screen LCD
3D No
HD TV Full HD 1080p
Built-in disc player No Disc Player
Freeview or Freesat tuner Freeview
Number of HDMI ports 4
Number of scart ports 2
Connections HDMI
Smart TV No
Frequency (Hz) 100
Response time (Milliseconds) 8
Screen aspect ratio 16:09
Contrast Ratio (X:1) 1000000
Reflection angle 178
Horizontal resolution (Pixels) 192
Vertical resolution (Pixels) 1080
Brightness (Candela per square metre) 550
Electronic Program Guide (EPG) Yes
Headphone Socket Yes
Weight (kg) 47.5
Release date 2008/11/05

Also known as: Sony KDL-55X4500, Sony KDL55X4500U, Sony Bravia KDL-55X4500

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Manufacturer's Description

Whatever you’re into, see it in crystal clear colour, without a flicker of disturbance. This TV features a floating design that will compliment any interior and, with a choice of colours, its super sleek look will leave a lasting impression.


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