By Matt Neundorf
on 7.20.12
Photo by Sony

Sony’s latest flagship KDL-55HX850 bundles internet connectivity, immersive 3D capabilities and Motionflow XR960 to into a 55” LED backlit beast. Add in Skype, Netflix and Pandora at a button press away, and all those set-top boxes littering your living room can be moved elsewhere; and believe us, that’s a good thing.

The “monolithic design” results in the Gorilla Glass panel appearing to float within the LED backlighting and the arched stand lends some architectural grace to an overall minimalist appearance (the European version HX853 looks even better). At $2,300, it comes in at the higher end of the spectrum for equally equipped idiot boxes, and a finicky interface for big screen web watching may not make it a first choice for some. But you prefer LED over Plasma or basic LCDs, this is the best set you can snag if mortgaging your house for Sharp’s Elite line isn’t in the cards.

Buy Now: $2,300

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