Pros Great HD picture
Great SD picture
Menu system easy to use
Fast switching between inputs
Over-the-air channels can be added without losing those already learned (as in Samsung)
Cons Non-rotatable base, short on non-HDMI inputs, default motionflow setting produces digital artifacts in SD sources, too many picture adjustments, too little guidance, complete manual online only - not provided with TV, only one RF input
Summary While I'm technically competent, I don't want to have to make a hobby of adjusting the picture on my TV. If that's your thing, then this is the set for you. If not, maybe a Samsung would be a better fit as their default picture settings produce a better result than Sony's. I am amazed at the quality of the SD picture from my DirecTV receiver, particularly when I use the Zoom mode to fill the screen. On the Samsung that produced a grainy picture that wasn't really watchable. On this Sony, the resulting picture is very good with only the DirecTV digital artifacts degrading the picture. The set came with Motionflow set to standard on the input I use for DirecTV. Whenever there was rapid motion laterally (camera panning scene for example) the picture stuttered or there was a visible blurry vertical area in the center of the screen. After much experimentation with the various picture parameters, we determined the cause to be the motionflow feature and when that was turned OFF, the picture was excellent. There are simply too many such paramaters that affect the picture with too little guidance on how to set them (actually, almost none) and the defaults are not always good. The finish on the screen is somewhere between a true matte finish and a glossy finish. Reflections are greatly minimized, but you'll still see vague reflections of bright lights and windows. Setup time is extended unnecessarily because the firmware still scans the analog channels. Sensitivity of the digital tuner appears to be much better than my 2 year-old Samsung as I can now receive a couple of more distant stations (90 miles) with a solid picture whereas I was unable to get anything on those channels with the Samsung. The firmware is updatable via a thumbdrive after you download the new level from Sony. When we updated the firmware on the TV, the installation process completed successfully, but that was the end of the picture - there was none at all. Sony support concluded there was a hardware problem and the retailer replaced the set. Since I seemed to know more than the support person, I'd say the problem was more likely in the firmware update or process and strongly advise against doing an update as there is no way to reverse things if the update causes a problem.
Pros Price, Primary and secondary accuracy
Cons After firmware update, frayscale non-linear under 50 IRE, causing bluish/green tinge in dark grays, picture flicker utilizing "full-pixel" Screen aspect ratio. Audio dropouts utilizing HDMI connection. Clousy-uneven screen.
Summary Sony issued a firmware update in August 09 for the V5100 models to correct audio dropouts, and the auto-dimming feature.
Prior to firmware update, I was able to achieve a linear grayscale from 20 IRE to 100 IRE, but since then, only from 50 IRE to 100 IRE resulting in an annoying greenish/blue tinge in dark scenes where it should be dark gray (I'm an ISF Certified calibrator using both a Sencore OTC1000 and CalMAN Eyeone Pro meters). In addition, audio dropouts persist when an HDMI connection is used, as does a screen flicker/judder down middle of screen when utilizing their "full-pixel" screen aspect mode for 1080i material.
I have contacted Sony repeatedly, and their technical support read from a script advising me to reboot display on numerous occasions. Sony's repair tech (Qualxserve)came to my home and replaced motherboard, but unfortunately it didn't help. The tech recommended changing the panel itself to "try" to fix the problem, but didn't think it would.
Sony's reluctance to address the problem and accept returns are pissing off a lot of their customers. This is my first Sony product, and I'm regretting it.
Please re-review this product, with the firmware update, and put use a meter to measure grayscle, or just put an 11-step grayscale pattern (or Dark Knight) and report your findings, so that other consumers can get an idea what they are in for.
Pros Excellent picture from what ive read here and seen at bestbuy, better than the samsung.
Cons less features of the samsung, cant find anything on the net about this tv's response time
Summary Also if anyone would care to answer my question, what is the response time on this tv, 4ms, 6ms, 8ms? ive searched the internet for atleast 45mins trying to find it but no luck, thanks.
Pros Picture quality - when it works
Cons Will break in one year
Summary I purchase a Sony Bravia on November 2009. The television was used very sporadically and on March 2011 the television stopped working. Since I had purchased the extended warranty I contacted Sony. A technician came and picked up the television. A few days later he brought the television back. The television worked for a couple of weeks and then it had the same problem - the television power is on but the tv is black with audio on and off. I contacted Sony again and they asked for me to call the technician directly. I contacted the BBB and they offered a refurbished Bravia television with an extended warranty. I accepted their offer. The refurbished television arrived last Friday, May 27. It worked for one hour and then it broke again - power is on but the tv is black with audio on and off. I again contacted Sony and they again offered another refurbished television. I urge everyone to boycott Sony products. They do not stand behind their products and are taking advantage of the consumers.
Pros Picture looks decent the first year.
Cons If you want a nice LCD DIGITAL COLOR TV that will last longer then a year and a half DO NOT BUY THIS TV!!!!! Vertical color lines on panel, panel goes out and it costs more to fix then to buy another TV!!! Pass on this POOR quality....
Summary Save your money and buy something that will last over 18 months, I regret buying this