Sony HX820 vs. Samsung Series 7: LED TV showdown

We compare two top LED TVs, the Sony HX820 and the Samsung Series 7, and find out what's best

Sony BRAVIA HX820

If you're looking to buy a new LED TV for 2011, the big brands — Samsung, Sony, LG, Panasonic and others — all have plenty of models you can choose from. All of these TVs have different features on offer, different prices and different pictures, but if you've narrowed your choice down to one of two models it can be a difficult decision to make.

Samsung Series 7

Here, we'e comparing the Samsung Series 7 to the Sony BRAVIA HX820. They're both one model down from the most expensive LED TVs offered by each brand, and we think they both represent good value for money without compromising on included features or high quality specifications.

Design

Both the Samsung Series 7 and Sony BRAVIA HX820 are well-built using high quality components — they don't feel at all plasticky or cheap. The HX820 has a single, sheer glass panel across its front, with no embossed bezel to catch dust, where the Series 7 has a very thin metallic strip running around the TV's edge. They're both very attractive TVs and we'd be hard pressed to pick a winner.

If we were forced to choose, we'd probably go for the Samsung Series 7 — its overall bezel is thinner than the HX820's, and the thin chromed edge looks very attractive. It's a very slightly thicker chassis — 29.3mm as opposed to the Sony's 27mm — but it's slightly smaller in all other dimensions for an identical screen size. It also comes with a superior remote to the Sony HX820.

Features

Both the Sony BRAVIA HX820 and the Samsung Series 7 have the full range of digital and analog connectors on offer, although older connectors like composite and component video are only available through break-out adapters. Both of these TVs should have more than enough connection options to allow you to plug in multiple devices.

Both TVs have Ethernet for connecting a wired network, and integrated Wi-Fi to connect a wireless router. If you're going to be using the Web features of these TVs — and you should, since you're paying for the features — we'd opt for wireless because there is no need to run messy cables, but neither TV is superior in this area.

Samsung's Web features are referred to by the Smart TV moniker, and Sony's come in the form of both BRAVIA Internet Video and Sony Internet TV. In terms of the amount of content on offer it's a tight race. Sony's streaming TV channels means there is always something running that you can watch, and the HX820 is a great tool for just flicking over to iView and catching up on all the ABC shows you've missed.

Samsung's app interface lets you do more though — since you can install the services you want, it's more versatile. BigPond Movies On Demand is also a big feature of Samsung's app line-up, so you can use the Series 7 to download movies without moving from your couch. We'd probably opt for the Samsung Series 7 over the HX820 in this area purely for the ability to download and try different apps on a whim.

In terms of 3D, both TVs have 3D transmitters built in and both come with a couple of pairs of active shutter 3D glasses. Replacement or extra 3D glasses for the Samsung and the Sony are edging $150 — Samsung wins out with its $129 sports-style 3D glasses, while Sony's best are $149.

Picture quality

Samsung's Series 7 and Sony's BRAVIA HX820 are both Full HD, 1080p, 46in LED edge-lit LCD TVs. They're both able to display excellent levels of detail when showing high quality content like a high definition Blu-ray movie. Again, it's a tight competition between the two and we think that whichever you choose will be a very high quality panel that's able to do an excellent job when it comes to displaying movies, TV, streaming video and other content.

We've had the chance to take a look at both the Samsung Series 7 and the Sony BRAVIA HX820 and run through a few movies on them, and while it's a very close comparison between them we'd have to give the gong to the BRAVIA HX820. It has excellent black levels in its Cinema mode, which means that if you're watching a movie in a dark room the background can melt away — you won't see any 'bright' black on the TV.

Both the Samsung and the Sony are able to display great colours, and both are very vibrant. Again, the Sony panel has a slight edge in the amount of detail that can be seen in colourful areas of the screen — an effect of slightly less saturation and better video processing.

When it comes to displaying fast motion video, however, we'd take the Samsung. It allows the intensity of motion compensation to be adjusted, so you can tweak to your heart's content and find the best setting for whatever you're watching. Sony's 'MotionFlow' implementation is still good, but offers less customisation — and the 'smoothest' mode is a little unrealistic.

Price and size

Sony wins out on price here, which is surprising. A year ago, Samsung was the price leader with its brand new range of slim LED TVs, and undercut the market significantly — and made a killing in the process. Sony's caught on and lowered its prices accordingly, and with almost all of its 2011 TVs offers a comparable product at a lower cost. It's surprising, but a Sony TV is actually now a good value purchase.

Samsung offers the Series 7 in two screen sizes — a 55in for $4099 and a 46in for $3199. Similarly, the Sony BRAVIA HX820 can be bought in 55in and 46in sizes but for a few hundred dollars less at $3999 and $2999 respectively. Sticker prices in big retail stores should be at least a few hundred dollars cheaper again for both brands.

Conclusion

Choosing between the Samsung Series 7 and the Sony BRAVIA HX820 is a difficult proposition. Both TVs look good, have good picture quality and offer a range of features built-in. After considering all the features on offer, we'd probably give line honours to the Samsung Series 7 — but only by a whisker. The Sony BRAVIA HX820 is also excellent, but the Samsung's extra features do go some way to justify its higher price tag.

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Campbell Simpson

Campbell Simpson

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Topics: samsung, lcd tvs, Sony Bravia

Comments

savantik

1

Sony has always been excellent & that's the reason behind Sony is adapting new generation FPR technology.

Krathi

2

LG Cinema 3D Creates future 3D technology.

Leirbag

3

Is that showdown a joke ? Nothing about DeltaE ? Nothing about cross talking ? Nothing about gamma ? Not even a little contrast measurment ?

I don't mean to be disrespectful but honestly, if I want to hear "They're both able to display excellent levels of detail", "we think that whichever you choose will be a very high quality panel" or "Both are able to display great colours", I just go to Best Buy...

Savant

4

This was a reasonably written review at the level of detail that a somewhat savvy customer audience would want. Levels of black, cross-talk, gamma correction, etc. all continue to get better every year on all offerings, and will be the subject of debate ad nauseu by he technophiles. However, most customers at this point cannot really tell the difference on sets of this class.

I think most customers at this point want to know more about the features of the systems, like connectivity, remotes, glasses, remotes/screen GUIs and the like.

Unfortunately, no article anywhere to date in any medium really presents a good cross-comparison of these features. SImply put, I would really like to see a demo of each in some detail showing how one uses the sets in a real world environment.

Lijin

5

Sony is an excellent company this ir the toughest thing to find what is better. Plese

James

6

It's funny this review has come about because Sony don't like their products being reviewed next to Samsung's. Why? Samsung make around 80% of all components across the range for Sony (this particular model has the exact same panel as the UED6100/UED6530) with about 3% being built by Sony and the rest by other outside contractors.

Peter

7

Im not entirely sure how you managed to arrive at the conclusion that the Samsing has better motion because I can tell you now considering I have had much more of a chance to play with both the samsung is disgusting with any motion at all. It has shocking jitter with even the slightest movement. The Sony is smooth and easy to watch.

Also to the coment made about sonys pannel. Its lcd component is from a sharp factory in japan and its a 10th Gen LCD as apposed to Samsungs 9th Gen. Also its a common misconception that Samsung produces Sony pannels its a play on words. Considering Sony owns 50% minus one share of the s-lcd factory and Samsung owns 50% plus one...

Jason

8

Is there any question if these TV's settings were turned out of the box? I've purchased the Samsung and have been disappionted with the 'tinny' depth lacking scene while watching TV, which is what I'm mostly going to be using it for..the skin tones etc are all washed out.

ZASON

9

SONY IS BEST TV

Farhan

10

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yadwinder

11

its very costly

harveshty

12

SONY is better samsung is @#..!

Nick

13

I believe SONY makes a better TV as far as performance but SAMSUNG's marketing and direction is better suited. The same reason why the reviewer is finding that the SONY is less expensive as a surprise. The same reason why he picks the Samsung. Samsung marketing and cutting the price slightly crippling other manufacture to lower the price and then Samsung is able to raise theirs upon popularity. SONY and other TV manufactures seriously need to step up there game because SAMSUNG's marketing is walking all over everybody. Smart TV/ Smart Marketing.

Anonymous

14

In my opinion, Sony is the "Mercedes Benz" in the world of TVs. Sony made PlayStation just like MB made diesel engines and safety features that are very long for me to list. So.....its like choosing a BMW and Mercedes. Yes, I <3 <3 <3 <3 my S63 AMG and my E550 4matic

Dr. Pramod Shanker Soni, India

15

In my opinion... both are great brands, gives edge to each other. The only minus point of LED is sound quality... You have to have external sound system to fully enjoy the movie...

mertali

16

EN İYİ SONY TV SONY NİN İŞİ

Frank

17

Sony Bravia.... Top of the line with no close runner up. Have 2 older 42, 2 new 55, new 60, and a new 70 in my home! I also have a new 55 samsung outside for the pool/spa area and far less quality compared to the sonys which is why she's outside. All are LED besides the older 42s but all LCD flat panels. Btw... DR. Who cares about the sound coming from these bad ass tvs. If you spent this kind of money for picture quality which is main goal here, then pony up and buy a good surround system.

Jay

18

People make me laugh, they think that Sony is better than Samsung in the tv department, lol. Ok, yes this Sony tv is freakin awesome. My uncle has the 55 inch and I have tested it in every way. Beautiful TV, but me and my friend just got the 55 inch 7000 and 7900 series. And holy cow they offer amazing quality! My friend was about to purchase the HX820 cause uncharted 3 look awesome on it. But after seeing the Samsung, I was amazed. Quality was just simply better than the sony tv. The HX820 is still awesome but my now Samsung 7900 55inch is better!...My opinion

Adz

20

Design..Sony wins, hello, I'm a samsung with chair legs as a stand, although wall mounted id agree samsung so its 50/50, regarding thickness..as i said if not wall mounting then who cares you still have a base to contend with. ....Motion? Samsung doesn't "correct" its created frames, so it shows a certain clear / blur /clear (or rather clear /blur /blur/blur/clear) creation, and most people would have to consistently adjust the bits dependant on program to get it right. Glasses...its called ebay HAH, however Sony entry glasses are only $99 , so technically cheaper for now. When it comes to content. Bigpond Movies vs Video Unlimited...um Sony wins, better content,more and higher quality. with other apps...sure samsung has ones you can download, but who does, the interface is slow and there really isn't much out there. When it comes to Internet content, Sony's twin chip processor makes those rubbish clips clear, while samsung doesn't. Finally for a real comparison you would have to compare the series 8 to the HX820, as the series 7 doesn't have the dynamic LED dimming owhile 3D content is being played. however Sony still or performs.

Dilan

21

Samsung is not at all that bad! 3D quality is majestic! The design is very eye catching too.

Anonym

22

The new sony TVs is much better thank samsungs, 'cause sony tvs use X-reality Pro which is better than samsungs, and sony tvs do also use Inteligent Led which is also much better

sarmus

23

ALWAYS SONY IS THE BEST QUALITY TV AND ALL PRODUCTS OF SONY ARE A GRATE MAKE.BELIVE §§§§§§§§§§

Faizan

24

Sony Bravia edges in both picture quality and indesign,it givs best picture performance against samsung tv.

deepak

25

this is amzing, i am loving this

badamasi muhammad

26

Always I choose sony product becouse of good quality I have ssony ex70046inc is so great of quality of picture

Patrick

27

Well..I have had a few Sony 46" at the same time in different rooms...and loved em all..I am about to go purchase a 46" Samsung Tmrw..why? One of My Bravia s has gone kaput where the mother board to give me my HDMIs no longer connects. I am going to give Samsung a chance...but honestly... I Know Sony Bravia delivers. Will be nice to have em both. I will review in a few months and let you know if Samsung deserves to sit next to Bravia.

Dhammike Gamage

28

Samsung is the least reliable TV, I bought 46 LED, 3D smart TV and within a week, it starts resetting automaticaly, then the dealer delivered another new TV in last Nov, now it starts flicking after a weeks of repair and now dealer, Singer Ltd says it is a inherent problem in above model and discussing a replacement, in Samsung I like Applications and I do not know Sony yet but will try it

Dhammike Gamage

29

Samsung is the least reliable TV, I bought 46 LED, 3D smart TV and within a week, it starts resetting automatically, then the dealer delivered another new TV in last Nov, now it starts flicking after a weeks of repair and now dealer, Singer Ltd says it is a inherent problem in above model and discussing a replacement, in Samsung I like Applications and I do not know Sony yet but will try it

john

30

somebody falsely claimed the sony has the same panel as the samsung d6100 or d6500,in fact its the same panel as the d7/8000 as the d6100 can't do full 1080p x2 for 3D,but the hx8 does.

Alloys

31

Hi Which LED 40 inches/42 inches TV will be best for CCTV Room in terms of clarity, resolution, durabilty taking into consideration that this TV will be switched-on 24/7? Please dont take price into consideration and only consider three brands only; LG, Samsung and Sony.

Indira

32

Hello everybody,
Nice to see all gr8 comments. I too like Sony. But I request if anyone can suggest me does Sony HX855 46" have the feature for upgrade. Like well said by someone that Samsung has gr8 way of marketing..which says that series 7 has got a feature for upgrade..like in future when samsung introduces any upgrades in its features then we can simply get our now bought seiries 7 get it done....but since I like Sony and i am planning to buy 1 very shortly..I would like to know does Sony too have this feature...and also in the showroom Samsung sales guy said that series 7 has the feature of Motion & Voice control which Sony doesn't have..And he also said that sonys screen panel is manufactured by Samsung..is it true..finally i am confused..please suggest which 1 to buy..

kkk

33

sony is the bbbbbbbbbeeeeeeeeeesssssssssttttttttt tv
I cant beliv the x-riality talking about samsung
it can not cross sony bravia

khands

34

Well, I am rather skeptical about Samsung now. I bought my 3D LED (UA46D6000) earlier this year. And within a month, the display started to fade and ultimately became so bad that half the screen was filled with hazy white. Called the Samsung guys over, they said the motherboard is screwed up! I thought I must have been the unlucky 1 in a 1000 customers and asked them the possible reasons. To my surprise, all they said is "it's no big deal, it happens; but we can at best replace the faulty part for you" (Oh, thank you Samsung for your kindness bestowed upon me, but no thanks). I wasn't going to live with a ****ing refurbished product for a full price. So, I complained, escalated all the way up and got them to pay me every cent back.

Now, I am going for a Sony HX... can someone though help me with comparing HX850 vs HX750.

Tommy

35

Sony picture is much better than Sonny just like Toyota, Honda are so much better than cheap Korea car.All my friends bought Samsung and when they come ovr my house and watch my Sony TV 55HX800 they all like it and wish they had bought Sony over Samsung. Samsung is a very at marketing and they pay money to the writer to give them good review.

alex

36

of course sony sony sony in the best

joan

37

what is the difference between Sony HX 820 and HX 850

shailesh

38

sony best.....................

Dhammike Gamage

39

thanks for Samsung and their local distributor Singer Sri Lanka they replaced TV panel with a new unit......

Ali

40

Don't compare Samsung with Sony. Sony is the best TV in all respect. particularly Hx series is outstanding performance. I am using since 4 years without any problem. So sony is the Winner.

Uzin

41

Real Face-off by taken by people to choose which one out of Samsung and Sony makes better TVs at this website: BRAND COLLAGE

Anil Singh

42

Sony has a marginal edge over Samsung TV in terms of picture quality. Played samsung HD dmo content of Samsung on both Samsung and Sony TV. To my surprise the quality of picture was better sharp and lively colour in Sony TV. Sony TV is the best

DORA

43

HI ALL, I BOUGHT A SAMSUNG SERIES 7 LED TV 46 INCH ALMOST 3 YEARS AGO,THE PICTURE CLARITY WAS UNBELIEVABLE CRYSTAL CLEAR .UNFORTUNATLY STARTED DISPLAYING VERTICLE LINES RUNNING SRAIGHT ACROSS PANEL FOR A WEEK THEN NO PICTURE UNABLE TO USE MENU LET ALONE SEE ANYTHING VOLUME WAS FINE ,CUTSTORY SHORT TOOK THE DAMN THING TO REPAIRES WHICH THEY CALLED ME NEXT DAY TO TELL ME WILL COST TO REPAIR AT A RIDICULOUS PRICE $1700.
I PAID $2600 TWO MONTHS BEFORE I PURCHESED IT IT WAS JUST UNDER $5000. STEER AWAY FROM SAMSUNG IF YOU CAN TOTAL RIP......PLUS HUGE LAWSUIT FEW YEARS BACK HUNDREDS MILLION DOLLAR LAWSUIT FACT READ UP GUYS BEFORE YOU BUY.SHAME ...NOT HAPPY CUSTOMER NOW NEED TO SAVE TO BUY NEW ONE OH YES OFCOARSE WARRANTY RAN OUT.LOL

Krish Singapore

44

Sony is one of the best brand ...but every one have to agree that Samsung's growth enormous growth on led LCD tvs simply places it on the top...I can just say samsung is sprinting,Sony still walking.
As a crazy fan of Sony it was not easy for me to go for Samsung 7 series....its been 2 years since i bought the tv and I have no regrets.

Krish Singapore chottemanda

45

When it comes to smart tv functions ...it's the user interface..how friendly they are ? Easy the interaction between the user and the apps better it is ..here LG has done a wonderful job with easy to use mouse like magic remote ..using it to scroll through and click on the apps you need to open is a real fun ... samsung has a motion control using the hand motion... but it does not work as good as magic remote ...Sony is still far behind when it comes to the user interface.

rahul

46

Sony best led tv

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