"All things considered, great TV."5.0 starson by DallasRealtor
Pros: Great picture quality (Standard & Hi-Def), sound is better than I expected from a flat panel, excellent value, works great with XBOX 360 & Netflix, no problems to date
Cons: No problems
Summary: I decided to review this TV while searching for the latest and greatest TVs to help my mom replace her TV that broke down today. The bottom line for me is that there is no "perfect" tv out there. I'll explain later if your interested. However, we're very happy with our Sony EX500 series TV after 6 months and would buy the same TV if we had to do it again. In fact, I plan on getting one for my mom today.
I replaced a beastly Sony 34" CRT HDTV with this TV. While we miss the built in subwoofer, I'm much happier with the EX500. The standard and HD viewing experience is much better, and you don't need a pully to change connections or move the TV. (Anyone who's had to move around the 270 lb CRT understands this one.)
Sound: one thing we noticed is that we didn't have to have the volume up so high to understand conversations on the TV. Compared to my sister's Panasonic plasma and the old CRT, this is quite an improvement. Also, the sound remained even and undistorted as we turned it up for movies with special effects. We use ours as a family room TV.
Picture: Excellent HDTV picture with BluRay, Comcast and U-Verse. Also, great for gaming with the X-Box 360. Better than my mom's Samsung which kicked the bucket today after just 2.5 years. (Samsung side note, the reviews on Samsung seem pretty positive overall, but my mom's seems to have a problem with the power source. After Googling Samsung TV clicking, I found others who had the same problem.) Back to the Sony EX500 picture quality: the only knock I have regarding the picture is the same thing I noticed on pretty much all LCDs that I've seen; jutter during fast motion scenes on cable programming. I don't notice it much with the BluRay.
Summary of current HDTVs: When I go to the stores, I'm impressed by the vivid colors on the LED-TVs. However, I'm the type that would be annoyed by the blooming that accompanies the LED TVs. I'm not overly enamored with the 3D TVs. Maybe later on as the technology is more polished and available programming is more widespread, it would be a consideration for me. The plasmas are interesting, but my sister's Panasonic gets hot in a hurry, and the picture quality doesn't seem to be as good as my Sony EX500.
In summary, if you're looking for a great TV experience overall that's a bargain relative to the current offerings on the market, I wouldn't hesitate to buy this TV. However, if money is no object and possible replacement cost is not an issue, I might lean towards the latest plasmas for the best picture without the jutter of LCDs or blooming of LEDs. The reason I mention the replacement issue is that my sister's Panasonic plasma is consistent with the reviews I've read regarding picture degradation over time.