Sony 55-inch BRAVIA HX925 - Top of its Game

Launch SRP: S$5999

Design & Features

Sleek It Up!

Sony's single-glass design may appear uninspired at first glance, but perhaps this is what makes the Bravia HX925 rather appealing as well. There are no awkward colors or ugly bezels to contend with, while the hardware controls are strategically tucked away just behind the right side of the panel. Essentially, you get a clean all-black panel with little else to spoil its profile. Although the glass screen comes with a glossy treatment, it wasn't terribly reflective under our test room's fluorescent lighting. Assembly wise, the HX925's regular stand can be easily mounted onto the panel with a couple of screws and a back-plate. The HX925 is also one of Sony's sleekest yet, with a depth of 38mm at the thickest point. The Sony logo doubles up as a power indicator as well (hint: It illuminates when the unit is in operation). If you prefer to wall-mount the TV, another piece of good news is that Sony has ditched those awkward rear-facing ports, and have replaced them with either side or bottom facing slots.  

Sony's HX925 stands out from the crowd not because of any design breakthroughs, but its simplicity. This Bravia also features Sony's OptiContrast technology, where the air cavity between the LCD panel and glass panel is filled with a dark resin sheet to reduce glare and improve contrast levels.

Controls on the HX925 include buttons for channel selection, volume, source inputs, and a Home button which brings up the revamped NUX user interface. A large on/off rocker switch is located just below the row of hardware buttons.

A little assembly is required to mount the HX925's panel onto its more traditional glass stand. Affix the bundled spine and back-plate with the supplied screws and you're ready to rock. Swiveling is possible with this configuration.

The bottom flank (on the rear panel) features a LAN port, a RF connector, a proprietary connector for composite and component inputs (hence a breakout cable), and two HDMI ports. ARC (Audio Return Channel) is integrated with the HDMI 1 inlet.

Commonly used IO terminals are found on the side panel, which include two USB slots, two HDMI 1.4a ports, and a VGA PC input. Audio selections such as an optical and a headphone output are featured here as well. The side panel isn't too deeply recessed which makes it fairly easy to access.

Two pairs of 3D glasses and a remote (RM-GD017) are what you get along with the Bravia HX925. Sony's active-shutter eyewear, model TDG-BR250, has also been upgraded to include USB charging features. The mini-USB port (for charging) is protected by a resin flap, while the power button is located at the top (of the right hinge) for easy access. Overall, the glasses are lighter and more comfortable than Sony's 2010 offerings. However, the glasses' temple arms (or 'legs' if you will) feel rather flimsy and less robust than their predecessors. Be sure to handle them with care, especially if you have young kids or toddlers around. Sony's RM-GD017 remote comes in a familiar design, such as a concave pad plus AV buttons for devices which support Sony's Bravia Sync (HDMI-CEC) feature. The Home button would call up the NUX interface, which is essentially an upgrade from the former Xross Media Bar. Last we checked, Sony is bundling the HX925 with a Skype camera and microphone (CMU-BR100) worth S$149. 

 The TDG-BR250 comes with relatively thick rims, although they are lighter than they appear to be. Only two pairs are bundled with the HDTV, so you might want to consider grabbing a few more from Sony if watching 3D movies with a group of people is your thing.

The USB port is concealed under a rubberized resin flap. According to Sony, you only need to charge this gizmo for three minutes to sustain three hours of use. That's great if you forgot to charge it earlier and you need to use it as soon as possible.

Sony hasn't revamped their remotes in a while, so what you get with the HX925 is pretty much standard fare. The dedicated 3D button is placed just below the on/off button. Sony's wand also features backlight illumination which enables you to fiddle with this stick in the dark.



Sony's latest NUX user interface isn't that different from the older Xross Media Bar, for they both share a healthy resemblance. With the new NUX, tabs are listed as - Applications, Internet Content, TV, Media, Inputs, Favorites, Settings, Widgets (Facebook, Widget Gallery, Twitter). Unlike rival brands like Samsung or Panasonic, Sony's Bravia does not contain a main 'holding area' for its Smart TV apps. In other words, the TV's Internet applications and content are distributed over tabs such as Widgets, Applications and Internet Content. It is a little messy, and makes it slightly more tedious to locate apps. For example, online streaming sites are housed under the Internet Content tab, while Skype and the web browser are filed under Applications. By the way, the Application selection also houses the "Home Theatre Control" feature - one which enables you to manage compatible Sony audio systems via HDMI-CEC.

 Sony's NUX interface doesn't look too different from the Xross Media Bar, does it? Observably, there is a mishmash of options available under the Applications tab. Yes, even the Wi-Fi Direct Mode has been slotted here. Wi-Fi Direct enables users to send content to the HX925 wirelessly via mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. It isn't compatible with the 5GHz band though.

Only Twitter and Facebook are installed on the Widgets tab by default. You may download more via the Widget Gallery also found under the Widgets tab.

After giving the Internet TV apps a shot, we discovered a rather sluggish browser, although the YouTube app is delightfully responsive. You'll need to register the TV set in order to subscribe to payable content though. That said, Sony has a nice range of online streaming sites to keep viewers occupied, such as and Epicurious. Sony also has a wide palette of picture presets and tune-ups like White Balance for example, but like its Internet TV spread, they can be confounding too. For instance, Picture Mode gives you a general selection of Vivid, Standard, and Custom presets. However, there are more content-specific presets to be found under the Scene option. And they are as follows: Cinema, Game-Standard, Game-Original, Graphics, Sports, Animation, Photo-Vivid, Photo-Standard, Photo-Original, and Photo-Custom.

You'll need to register your Bravia at before you can gain access to enhanced features and pay-for-use content. Remember to take note of the registration code. Content consists mainly of music videos, movies, movie trailers, sports, and catch-up TV services.

Sony has one of the widest collection of video streaming apps on its Internet Video platform compared to some of its rivals. These online streams are a wonderful alternative if you run out of programmes to watch on terrestrial TV.

3D Performance
HD Performance
SD Performance
The Good
Impressive black levels
Superb contrasts
Competent video scaler
Almost crosstalk-free 3D performance
The Bad
Messy apps layout