"Great set in all respects"5.0 starson by ohheck
Pros: Picture, Sony reliability, ease of use
Cons: Nothing I can think of.
Summary: I've had this set for a few weeks now, purchased at Circuit City for $1760.00. I spent a lot of time viewing various display types and brands at the store. I found a lot of them looked very good but I kept coming back to the Sony. I've owned Sony products exclusively since 1984 and have never had any problems with any of them.
In reading professional and user reviews for many of the sets I considered, there were terms such as "convergence", "severely pushes red", "black level", "needs professional calibration", etc. Frankly, a lot of this technical videofile type of information didn't help me at all my selection process.
What mattered to me was how the picture looked to me, the sets predicted reliability and it's cost. I selected the Sony because of these reasons. In the past, I've always liked the way Sony sets display color....the grass looks naturally green, flesh tones look natural and so on. Further, I've never had to "adjust the color" to suit my preference. With the 4 Sony sets that I've owned since 1984 (all of them still working and none has ever had to be repaired), they have looked wonderful right out of the box.
The same is true with this set. Absolutely fantastic color right out of the box. I did not have it professionally calibrated, change any of the color settings or tweak it in any way. I simply plugged it in, did the initial setup and started to enjoy this fantastic tv. I do not use the Vivid setting (too bright for my home) but instead use the Standard setting during the day and Pro during the evening.
I am on Comcast Cable...the first 70 channels are analog signals. This set does an amazing job of upgrading these signals to the extent that these programs look better on this set than they do on my 6 year old Sony 36 inch analog flat screen. Non-HD channels are also excellent and the HD channels are awesome. Although the Comcast box has a DVI port, rather than buying the expensive DVI to HDMI cable, I use component video cabling (provided by Comcast) to connect the box to my tv. The more expensive cable might be better, but I'm very satisfied with this hook up.
Although I have a Bose sound system, most of the time I use the tv's audio as it is very good for normal tv viewing.
The remote control is easy to use and the on screen menus are easy to navigate. The instruction book is quite informative and also easy to understand.
In short, this is an excellent set built by a quality company with an excellent reputation. I believe that to the extent that I didn't buy the extended service contract.