Originally Posted by TVbc
thanks for the reply and your added information/thought process.
i don't see the problem posting the information, it's done all the time. on the other hand ....
i tried to send you a Private Message but they are blocked to you for some reason, perhaps not enough posts. to avoid any problems, please PM me with the info if you would, especially since it was such a good buy and since you had such a positive experience with that dealer (that's always good information to know).
thanks. and happy viewing.
I had my PM mode turned off, as I generally try to keep my privacy, but I've added you and divashenko to my contact list.
I'll go ahead and post the website link here, and if I'm banned from the site... well, at least I got my TV aided by help from this forum. I'm just trying to return the favor. I guess the moderators can "nuke" this post if it's against the rules, and I'll sincerely apologize.
One last frame of thought. I believe that SONY has essentially given up on the CCFL backlight technology for any "real" future technological advancements. (Just like they did with the SXRD and Plasma) Instead, they are NOW concentrating their efforts on LED backlighting LCD panel technology, along with the super OLED technology. Thus, when they brought out the new 2008 model lineup, they made a couple of MINOR "spec sheet" upgrades to the XBR6, but put all of their future into the XBR8 Technology. NO doubt there is a lot of R&D money to re-coop, which probably explains the large price increase. I believe they kept the technology of the CCFL backlit sets (v,w and XBR6 series) "essentially" the same as last year with ONE MAJOR exception. They made those models LOOK CHEAP. They will be marketed to the second tier buyers. That plan will also help convince elite buyers to pay the extra cost for the XBR8 not only through marketing of the more advanced technology, but also through providing a set with much more elegant aesthetics. Think about it... How many people would have serious reservations about paying the extra money for the XBR8 IF the XBR6 looked just as "classy"? Why do you think they kept the "Cheap" look on the smaller XBR7s, but gave the 70 INCH version the "high-end" look of the XBR8?!!!
At least with my XBR5, I know that it was the BEST SONY had to offer just 3 months ago, and it was marketed to the elite buyers then. It has the true XBR aesthetic appeal, which does matter, and that piano black bezel (for the same cost of the flat black XBR4 bezel) also adds a bit more class IMHO.
OK, NOW FOR THE "AUTHORIZED SONY (and Samsung, etal) ONLINE DEALER.
Here is the link to their website:http://www.hometheaterstore.com
TALK TO FRED. He was a very friendly guy. He knew his products, he did NOT try to sell me a bunch of extra warranty or extra cables, etc. He just said the unit would be on the FEDEX truck that afternoon, and it was! HE DOES WHAT HE SAYS HE WILL DO WITHOUT PROCRASTINATION! HE ALSO PROVIDES A 60 DAY PRICE MATCH TO ANY OTHER "AUTHORIZED SONY ONLINE RETAILER". He cannot price match some of the "scary unauthorized
sites) like photo stores, etc.
The business is located in Houston, TX So, I suppose if you live in Texas, you may have to pay the sales tax. But, I live in CA and got mine NO TAX! FREE SHIPPING! 60 DAY PRICEMATCH! And, it was all over and done with in less than 3 days! It will be delivered by FEDEX Ground LIFTGATE. The driver will stay around until you open the box to make sure that nothing is cracked or scratched, etc. They are QUICK to open. The box is strapped with two bands around the entire box. Simply slide the straps off of the box, and then the BOTTOM of the TV sets on a small tray, and all you do is lift the outer cardboard box up and off the TV. Then, there it is in its' shining glory! The base is ALREADY mounted so it is ground stable and ready to set anywhere. If you plan to wallmount it, you will have to remove the stand.
Check the site out... I'm sure a lot of people already know about it. But, It's LEGIT'! Read the reveiws on the site as well. You can simply order online or call and talk to FRED for more details about the product or options, etc.
Have fun searching around.