Question about Sony TV's

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  1. orie

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    Now I know everyone here bashed Sony for their receivers and other things. What is your opinion on their projection TV's Sizes 46-51"? If they are crap can you please tell me why? What models of TV's in that size range would you guys recommend? thanks!
     
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    From what I hear, the problem with Sony is their reliability. Numerous people on OT who claim to be employees at retail stores say they get a lot of returns on Sony tv's.

    That isnt a completely conclusive study or anything, but I would definatly look into it if you are going to get a Sony tv.
     
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    My parents had one which died on them after 2 years and then their replacement died about a year later...this was an older 36" before the new flat front crt's became popular. Their second one was replaced with a 32" flat one which they've owned for about 5 years without any hitches though :dunno:

    That new 34" XBR910 looks sexy as well :wackit:

    As for recomendations, what are you looking for in the tv?

    ie what kind of stuff will you watch on it mostly? cable tv, HD TV, DVD's
    what features are important? wide viewing angle, thin case, DVI etc.
    and most importantly: budget :)


    I'm personally looking at a TV so I've been doing a bit of research lately, which may or may not help you. My choice depends on what kind of room I'll be placing it in and more importantly how much $$$ I'll have to spend after getting a new place (hopefully sometime later this spring, but I'm looking at buying the TV and putting it temporarily in my current place before that). I think I've decided I want to go with a widescreen approach and have it narrowed it down to two choices depending on if I want a front or rear projection solution:

    Rear Projection:

    Toshiba 46H83
    -Wider horizontal viewing angle than many other RP tvs I've looked at
    -As with all other RP, horrible verticle viewing angle so you have to have it at the right height...dunno how inconvenient that is for you (I did find this stand at IKEA that seems to be the perfect height for my couch level with the castors removed, and it can house 6 components and most importantly is only $80!)
    -DVI so I should be able to hook up a computer for a HTPC setup
    -has a nice shelf up top to place a center channel speaker (although it angles back pointing your speaker up...dunno why this is, but it would be much easier trying to find a solution to getting the speaker flat on this set than it would be trying to figure out where to put a large center on the thin bezels of alot of the competition)

    I also really liked the Hitachi 46F500 which was very similar to the Toshiba as far as features and picture quality were concerned IMO. The only major difference was the stretch/zoom features of the TV. The Toshiba just seemed alot smarter and had better pictures when fed a normal 4:3 source and with the burn in issues with these RP CRT TV's I'd never like to have any black bars around. Both very good for under $1500 US. I was also a fan of the Samsung DLP offerings but, as far as I'm concerned, when you get above the price range of the 46h83/46f500 you get into the range of some really nice FP solutions.


    Front Projection:

    Was quite impressed with the Studio Experience Matinee 2HD (also sold as the Sanyo PLV-Z2) I saw...also has all the features I'm looking for in a display, has a great picture and seems to be getting good reviews. It would probably come in around $2500 US mark with a decent ~92" screen. Unfortunately it is alot harder to audition projectors so I only recommend the above as one of the nicer ones I've seen in my budget range...I'm sure there are alot of other options I haven't been able to look at :)
     
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    Thanks for some of the replies.

    I am mostly going to be watching DVD's and Digital Cable on the TV. I will probably not upgrade to HDTV for years or at least until it becomes more mainstream. So that is the last thing on my mind. I would like to stay away from anything that requires an extra stand if possible. I was looking to spend anything $1700 and lower pretty much. I don't think I can really go larger than 51" in my current place and I don't want to go smaller than 46" or 47".

    If anyone else has some input, I would love to hear it.
     
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    Sony's TV's are pretty good as far as what I've seen. BUt to be honest, whether someone says Sony is good or Toshiba is good, it doesn't necessarily mean yours won't break. For what your looking for I'd definitly check out Toshiba, or Sony. Both are good choices for the price your looking at.
     
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    Thanks for the help. I was also looking at the Mistsu 48". Has anyone else experienced this TV?
     
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    I recently purchased a Mitsu 48413 and so far it has been great. HD NFL playoffs are exceptional. The SD quality isn't bad with the additional stretch plus mode added for this year and the TV isn't overwhelmingly expensive, I paid somewhere around $1650 for it. I definitely recommend it.
     
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    Interesting. Thanks.
     
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    without a doubt mitsu. don't go sony. please, don't go sony. i'm saying this as a salesperson and not even getting a sale. i'm telling you this cause you're paying so much for the name and the mitsu is at least 10 times the quality.

    cliffnotes: don't get sony.
     
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    Is the Mistsui 48" a good buy? What else would be comparable to it?
     
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    yes and nothing much at all. if anything.
     
  12. oakie

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    stay away from Sony's LCD projection TV's. i had one where the fan died and the lamp blew out in under a week.

    when i returned it, i discovered this was a common problem.
     
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    I just bought the Mitsu 48" :bowdown: Great TV and I got it for $1399.99 :big grin:
     
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    this is so true. even our display model hasn't worked in over 2 months, and when it did work it looked like crap. btw, the tv went out in 4 days.
     
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    I don't like sony RPTV's because they think the silver cabinet is all the rave now. It's too flashy and seems "cheap" to me. Maybe I'm old fashioned, but a nice black cabinet looks very sharp when compared to a cheesy silver cabinet. Take a look at some of the upper level Pioneer or Mitsubishi sets and see what I mean, they might be above your budget though.
     
  16. SloD16

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    Personally I would not buy a Sony rear projection, but i would buy a Sony tube tv. Sony rear projectors don't have a really good picture. Mitsubishi makes a really good rear projection for the money. I work @ Tweeter so I see 100 more customers happy with the Mitsubishi than with the Sony. I don't know how many people have brought back their Sony's for a Mitsubishi.
     
  17. oakie

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    it's funny, but i'm the exact opposite. even all of my home theatre equipment is silver. :hs:
     

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