Pros easy quick set up, beautiful picture, easy accessibility of all inputs
Cons didnt come with screws to mount the tv to the base, frame seems a little flimsy
Summary I got this tv from best buy on sale, with an open box discount of %20. total i paid 1259.99. AMAZING picture quality right out of the box, optimized with THX from a star wars DVD. i thought yoda was going to walk outand shake my hand. the standard definition programming i watched on this tv looked more high def than the high def stuff on my old tv. amazing tv especially for the price. havent connected to internet yet, but with streaming netflix and hulu, i may no longer need cable...
"Best TV I have seen"on by dvzee1
Pros Picture Quality, Matte screen for bright room, System sound a lot better than most, number of adjustments available, Connections and of course PICTURE QUALITY.
Cons Very heavy
Summary Looked for a long time and did a lot of research before deciding on this TV and am very happy with it.Almost 3 years after my first review I am still very happy with this TV. It continues to provide me and my family top quality entertainment.
Updated on Jul 20, 2012
Pros Best Picture out there, Great design
Cons Too bad I am not able to use the TV guide feature that is included in the television, because that service is provided through the Cable company box set, and can only be used when you connect the cable directly to the TV.
Summary I have been shopping for televisions for the last three months. I had considered the 52XBR6, and then this one. I was very indecisive about spending this amount of money in this TV, until I test it at a local store. After making up my mind, I ended up buying the 55XBR8. Our daily viewing patterns include mostly Blue-Ray movies and HD definition channels.
My previous purchase was last year was the 46W3000, which now I placed in my bedroom. During the dismounting and mounting process I was able to compare both televisions side-by-side with Blue-Ray content at the same settings.
The 55XBR8 has the deepest Blacks you will ever encounter in an LCD. The LED lightning used in this LCD makes a complete difference in the image quality. In addition, the colors are truly unbelievable and breathtaking. I will not go to deep here in this area because there are a lot of in-depth reviews online that can validate my opinions.
With the LED technology, you do not get the Glowing blacks you get with the regular non-LED LCD TVs. Actually; I did not realize how awful this effect is until I compared both televisions side-by-side.
Even when you want to change the Input select, the bottoms are invisible, until you touch the bottom right corner and the bottoms show up. This is one of the coolest features and my daughter loves it.
Some people have complained about three things:
Price: If you make your research, you can get a good deal these days. However, keep in mind, that THIS IS THE BEST LED LCD out there at the 55moment of the review, and is all WORTHY.
The glowing Sony logo at the bottom: You can turn this off; however, this is not distracting at all, and looks sharp.
The floating speakers: They are very thin. On the other side, I believe it adds value because at this price, you do not want the TV to look like every other TV out there.
I am not planning to change TV set in many, many years. This is the best LCD Ever.
Pros Great if you plan to replace your TV in two years.
Options available to dumb down features(don't know why you would want that)
Store mode and Home mode available!.. wait shouldn't that be a con?
Amazing color, depth. Best TV I've ever owned asides from th
Cons After 18months, lines started to appear on the TV. They are extremely intrusive and it would be cheaper to replace the TV than to fix it.
Warranty is too short, if you have the option, extend the warranty
Expensive, you get what you pay for though
Summary This is a disgruntled consumer. The price tag for this amazing digital engineering masterpiece is spot on, but like all great things, don't expect it to last. The 18 month warranty was calculated with great accuracy and I got my 18months of beautiful use from it. It reflects poorly on a company that calculates product survival and gives you a warranty just short of the mark. I will not be buying Sony again anytime soon.
Pros Beautiful picture. Excellent sound. Good amount of connections. Nice styling. Easy to use interface and remote. Really big screen at 55".
Cons Expensive TV. Standard Def is okay. Glass reflects light.
Summary I use this TV for both watching movies and playing games on the PS3. Its really big screen is filled up with great picture (i'm being modest here) that has the darkest of blacks. SD looks okay but its watchable. HD pictures are fantastic. I've compared this TV's picture side by side with the Pioneer Plasmas and it was really really close. To my eyes the XBR5 looked better because the picture seemed to pop off the screen more and its reproduction of colour was more to my liking. While technically the Plasma was rated higher I felt it wasn't as good. But this is just my opinion.
This LED TV is not produced anymore, but if you can get this cheap like I did its well worth the money. I must say that its style is better than what Sony sells these days.
I can't give it a perfect score because of the few flaws that annoy me, but I can't imagine too many better screens out there in terms of picture quality. Audio should not be forgotten and SONY in my opinion delivers the best straight from the set. It can get loud and is very clear with great reproduction and depth especially compared to others like Samsung which just makes sound.