Pros Great picture with little video calibration required, numerous features. Menu & GUI very intuitave, weight is easy
Cons Mild screen door effect, moderately priced, all other cons of a microprojection TV
Summary Sony's solution for people who don't really care about conserving space and are looking to replace their 32inch CRT tvs.
Design: (8/10) Depth of TV is as good as what you can expect from any other rear-projection microdisplay television (RPTV). Standard fare. You do want some space on the rear side of the tv as a cooling fan is built in to cool down the projection bulb. The remote is very easy and simplistic though is probably hard to see at night or in low-lit rooms. Numerous inputs including 3 components, 2 HDMI, 1 s-video, 2 composite.
Picture: Excellent high-def picture quality for a TV resolution of 720p. Standard-def picture was good. DVD quality was excellent. Mild calibration is needed (I used Digital Video Essentials though you can use any THX certified DVD movie just as long as you have a color filtre) for the best picture..though out of box, video quality is still excellent. One thing nice is that the tuner will display both analog and digital channels (I'm using an antenna) without having to switch back and forth on the tuner.
Viewing angle is excellet going from left to right. However when looking above and below you will loose some of the brightness of the TV (this is also inherent problem in all RPTVs).
Sound: 9/10. Sony includes a 5.1 decoded for highdef channels, and the tv is loud at default settings @ 25% of max volume. 1 digital output connection is avaliable on the back of tv for those who have a home theatre system.
Faults / Cons: Brightness is slightly loss compared to DLPs simply due to the fact that mild amount of light from the projection bulb is lost after interfacing with the 3LCD panels as opposed to no loss when reflected upon the mirrors of a DLP RPTV. Blacks are still not quite as deep as DLP but to really notice that you have to set this TV next to another which uses DLP. Also sometimes during analog channels broadcasted in interlaced videos not in widescreen format will show a green or other line on the border of the video frame, but this does NOT distort any of the picture and might be inherent to any HDTV that receives information coming from an antenna. Also price is almost now equivalanet to 37inch (but not major brands yet) of 720p FLAT PANEL LCDs. Lastly..minor point for those who don't know much about projection tvs, the projection bulb will eventually need to be replaced (current replacement lamps cost 200 dollars and can be done by the owner of the TV)..I've been told hte life span of the bulb is around 3-4 years if used 8 hours per day. However, once the bulb is replaced the brightness/color/picture will become just as good when you first bought it. This is something that must be done in all projection tvs but not in flat panels & plasma tvs.
Pros: Excellent picture out of box picture quality with minor video calibration needed, excellent DVD quality, very good standard def tv viewing. Excellent tuner that can display both analog and digital channels without having to change any of the settings. Numerous inputs.
Sony name is assocaited with better reliability than other brand names.
Cons: Mild (very MILD) screen door effect, issues with a noticeable variable colored line on the border of any non-wide screened 4:3 interlaced video that sometimes occurs (this can be removed by forcing the video format into 16:9 format). Price could be better as many non-major brand flat-pan 37 inch LCDs at 720p are now at the same price. All other issues with RPTV including viewing angle problems when looking above & below the tv set and replacement bulb issues.
Pros Good low cost alternative to LCD's, Great picture even on SD.
Cons Menu system, cannot set alarm to any inputs other than tuner...
Summary I was looking for a replacement TV for the bedroom and came upon this TV. It is no deeper than most LCD TV's with their stand (I would guess about 12"). I like the projection technology and the ability to replace the bulb - have some friends with small cheap LCD's and they are already seeing dead pixels with them. Has good SD TV picture as well (and includes a built in Tuner). Many cheap LCD's I looked at had terrible SD pictures.
On the negative side.... it is only 720p, although for watching in a secondary room, that is not a problem for me. Price is still a little high, if sony could get this selling for about $700 it would probably be a great entry level TV for most people. One other negative, I use my bedroom tv as an alarm. This tv has that ability, but for some stupid reason, only allows the alarm to go to a tuner channel and not one of the inputs (Have this on my 55inch sony in the living room as well, but it is not an issue there).
Would recommend this to anyone looking for a small cheaper alternative to $1300 LCD tv's.
Pros Crisp, Clean Picture; A very light TV; Decent Audio for a TV
Cons Some Cooling Fan Noise and Concerns Over Bulb Life
Summary I must say we have bought Sony TV's in the recent years but I was close to getting another brand of LCD flat screen 32" size (LG) when we saw this one for the same price at 37" so we once again stuck w/ a Sony brand. This is our first HDTV and replaces my broken tube JVC.
No issues at all w/ picture from an HD signal but there some intermittent "screen door effect" (a trait known to most RPTV's not just Sony) is noticed when watching some channels from our DirecTV satellite but it still remains crisp, clear, and accurate colors, etc...A little concerned over bulb life (8000 hours Sony claims) and was also surprised about hearing some cooling fan noise but volume has to be low and room dead quiet to really hear it.
I guess in the end I put a lot of faith that overall Sony (known for TV's historically) can still put together a quality product.
Thx, Steve from Virginia
Pros Outstanding picture out of the box. Great value, bought in-stock at a well-known store for less than $800. Perfect size for replacing a 32" CRT.
Cons Slight screen door effect is noticeable. Only720p native res.
Summary I was replacing a 32" CRT, and this one fit perfect in the cabinet I did not want to replace (Word of advice, many people buy a bigger HDTV than they need). The picture quality brought a smile to my face right out of the box with no tweaking, looked just like the showroom picture at the store. Color saturation is beautiful, without looking unnaturally vivid, like so many HDTV's today.
It has all the usual inputs and outputs (wished it had a headphone jack, but that's a nitpick). The "screen door" effect, common with rear projection LCD's, is noticeable, but only if I look for it; and it's not bad enough to bother me when I do notice it. I also noticed the soft whir of the lamp's cooling fan at first, but not anymore. The menu system and remote are very intuitive and easy to use.
The TV is smart about handling the "zooming issue" when switching between standard and HDTV signals, and when many "HDTV" stations still cast a lot of standard res material mixed into their HDTV signal, with sidebars, etc.
Someone complained of motion blur, but I haven't seen any bad digital artifacts on mine, at least not that I haven't seen on every other LCD HDTV, projection or flat panel, that I have ever looked at. I think this TV is as good as the source material (up to 720p, of course).
Someone else complained of it taking a long time to turn on, but my picture comes up in about 10-11 seconds, about the same as the Sony standard CRT that this replaced. This is not unusual for big CRT's or high power projection lamps.
Someday, I will probably wish I had better than 720p native resolution, but I would have paid double the price of this TV to get that in a quality brand. So this little beauty was the perfect way for me to get started into the world of HDTV.
Pros CRYSTAL CLEAR PICTURE, LOTS OF INPUTS, USER FRIENDLY REMOTE. I GOT THIS TV BECAUSE I DID NOT WANT A BIG TV BUT I DID WANT A QUALITY PICTURE AND I ALSO DID NOT WANT A WALL MOUNT TV.
Cons I HAVE NOT FOUND ONE YET.
Summary I really like this tv, it is a nice size screen not to big not to small. This picture and the colors on this tv are excellent, and the blacks are the best I have seen. This tv is not for everyone, I think Sony made this tv for people wanting a smaller tv to replace the old tube type. The nice thing about this set is it looks really good with a digital signal, and or course looks amazing in HD. I hooked up an outside antenna and also have 12 local channels in HD. The nice thing about rear projection is you don't see trailing on fast moving objects like a lcd. I bought this tv at RC Willys for $949 and paid $99 for a 5 year in home warranty and that includes the bulb replacement. If you are going to buy a rear projection get the warranty. It is not if but when will the light go out(the bulb can be replaced very easy at home). The other nice thing about rear projection is you don't have to worry about screen burn in and other problems that the lcd and plasma have. When I went to previewed this tv at the store they had a 47 inch lcd in 1080p next to this set with a HD program playing and the Sony looked better then the Samsung. Great tv, great price, and don't forget the warranty! And don’t let the fact that this is a 37 inch tv fool you, bigger is not always better!