Re: LCD Suggestions for Fred Flintstone
I just received my replacement Sony (to replace the problem SXRD with the green blob issue) and I have a VERY bright Great Room setup. I have NO problem viewing the TV in the daytime, at all. I'm sure this is not just what Sony TV's do. Any LCD/LED TV will be bright enough I'm sure. Oh, and btw...welcome to the 21st century!!
I too received a replacement LCD from Sony for my KDS-55A3000. The crazy thing is that at least with my Model, getting a replacement is really difficult whereas the XBR1, XBR2, 2000 and 2020 Models all are much more likely to get replacement offers.
I think much of this stems from Sony dumping the A3000's on the Market as they originally were set to retail for $3000, $3300, and $3500 Dollars for the 50, 55, and 60 Inch Models only to sell them for less than half that amount when blown out at Best Buy and places like Sears. Also, it seems Optical Block failures were not as common, but I had 2 failures in 10 Months and on the last failure which happened 12-30-2010 Sony still would not offer a replacement.
Go figure that on a lark I Emailed Sony Listens a month later and got a phone call a few days later offering me a KDL-55EX500 for free. So it ended up working out amazing as I got my OB replaced, scored a 2nd free Lamp from Best Buy when I was only supposed to get 1 replacement Lamp right after getting the OB Replaced and got a free 55 Inch LCD that I could not be happier with.
The EX500 is a great TV and I actually prefer it to any of the Edge Lit LED Sony's that I have seen. The Fully LED Backlighted LCD's with Local Dimming are the best, but are still quite expensive. The EX500 is a CCFL Model that really has exceeded all expectations I could have possibly had. I was squarely in the Plasma side of the Panel debate and would never had purchased an LCD, but after doing a good bit of research, going to see it in person, and talking to a good friend who is a Salesmen at a Sony Dealer I ended up keeping it. All of the time leading up to it coming I was planning on selling it and buying a Panasonic VT25 Plasma, but was so intrigued that I opened the box and hooked it up and the rest is history.
Speakers: Martin Logan Vantage (Mains), Martin Logan Stage (Center), Martin Logan Vista (Surrounds), Martin Logan Montages (Surrounds) Martin Logan Descent i (Subwoofer) Martin Logan Depth (Subwoofer)
Amplification: Aragon 8008bb, Parasound HCA-3500, Parasound HCA-2205 AT, Parasound HCA-1000a
AVR/SSP: Denon AVR-4520CI
Electronics: OPPO BDP-93, OPPO BDP-83 Pioneer BDP-05FD, Pioneer BDP-51FD, OPPO DV-980H, Panasonic DMP-BDT220
Gaming Consoles: Sony PS3 60 gb, Xbox 360 S (250 gb)
Display: Panasonic TC-P60GT50, Sony KDL-55EX500, Sony KD-34XBR910