Pros Great color adjustments.Easy to use menus.Great darkroom picture.Fast motion movies perfect.
Cons Stand too tall.Cumbersome remote.Who uses a tuner anymore?
Summary I've had this tv for 3 weeks now and it still amazes me.The blacks are great and i've noticed no backlighting problems as is common with some lcds.The Samsung 550 in my bedroom does not display the color warmth that this tv does.It took a good half hour to set the picture settings the way I wanted them but it was time well spent.
The menus made it easy to get where I needed to go and adjustments were friendly.
I did not like the auto setup that immediately comes on when I first powered up the set.I don't use the tv tuner and it was somewhat cumbersome to end it and get to input settings and the visuals.I set my picture using Eragon on the BR player and haven't had to change a thing yet.Great tv that I would recomend to any experienced viewer.
Pros Better than average picture. Sound quality as to be expected from factory speakers. Functional remote that controls related equipment with ease.
Cons Disappointing over-all experience. My panel died one week out of warranty. Sony finally did step up to the plate and offered replacement once exact problem was diagnosed. Turns out this panel failure (the 14-blink code) is not unusual.
Summary This was our first LCD TV. Was easy to set up and operate and the 120Hz panel handled all but the most extreme action scenes with ease. Color rendition was excellent. We purchased this Sony because of Sony's reputation for reliability and quality. The TV worked fine for its entire life. Then, on its last day, it simply froze. We cycled it using the factory 'hard reset' procedure (you unplug it, wait a couple minutes and then plug it back in). When it was plugged back in, there was only a scrambled blur on the screen (frozen of course) and the Standby light was flashing 14 times, pause, and then repeat pattern. In Sony error code parlance, flash codes between 11-14 blinks indicate some sort of panel problem. We called bottom-level Sony support. Sorry bud, you are out of warranty. Did you purchase an extended warranty? Not appreciating the lack of concern from the phone folks, I asked to speak to a supervisor. Second level Sony Customer Service. They had a bit more empathy. Finally told me to take it to a Sony Authorized Repair Center and get a diagnosis. Once they knew what was wrong they said they would make a decision... no promises, but they would consider it. Got the diagnosis, total lcd panel failure. Cost to repair: $2500 and change. That is $1000 more than it cost new. The repair center faxed the diagnosis and repair estimate to Sony. Obviously, they were not going to fix it. But they were concerned that the panel had failed so soon into its life. So, they told me they would replace the entire set with this year's model free of charge. They would even ship it to me and have the shipper pick up my "dead" TV. So, I am now waiting for the arrival of the replacement KDL46Z5100. It does not say much for the reliability of the 4100 model. It does say that when pressed, Sony will do the right thing even when a product is slightly out of warranty. So, over-all experience with Sony seems to be good, but I would not recommend anyone purchase a used 4100 model.
Pros Sony is a good LCD brand. It good contrast to display decent dark scenes, great for movie and computer hook-up. I recommend you to check out http://www.squidoo.com/best-hdtv for information on what is the best and cheapest HDTV to get 2009.
Cons Samsung are still slightly better in terms of performance.
Summary I recommend Samsung because it got higher overall CNET rating in the LCD.
Pros The appearance of the TV itself is great, it is very light and easy to move if needed. The picture from the DVD player is good but not great.
Cons The picture appears to be very dark for some reason. I have adjusted the settings and changed from vivid to cinema and even vivid is dark. Can any one suggest what to do?
Pros Excellent picture, no motion artifact, deep color, more than adequate blacks, thin case and small bezel.
Cons I have never liked the narrow "window" in the case below the screen on the current Bravia models.
Summary The Z series looked as good as the W series and Samsung 120 Hz side by side in the store, but to be honest, I didn't compare it to the XBRs because of price. It has the thinnest case and smallest bezel of the 3, giving it a very sleek appearance when mounted on the wall. I have it mounted over a fireplace, and use the TV speakers for audio. I was concerned that since the speakers fire down that the audio might be muffled or inadequate, but this does not seem to be the case. Despite the somewhat mediocre CNET review, I have had no complaints about the picture when hooked up to a satellite HD DVR, but I haven't connected it to other video sources yet. It successfully shows the 1080p24 on-demand Hulk trailer test that can be downloaded, and looked great. The colors seem vivid, and I have noted no motion artifacts of any kind (watching lots of football and hockey). I love the thin case, this really mounts fairly flush to the wall. It is a step up from my other (V series) 1080p Bravia. For the price, I think it is an excellent television.