I think that is a bad move
They should be rear mounted , I thought the same thing about the cables showing.
From what I can tell with the new XBR9 we get the "Widgets" and B3 processing plus 240 Hz.
How much better is the 240 compared to 120 ?
Right now I have the XBR2 that only has 60Hz and YES , I see lines , and that is a pain.
On the other hand , HD is fine , even sports. Some SD channels show the weakness of 60Hz more than others.
I don`t have BD ( yet ) , just an up-converting dvd player ( DV-79AVi ) and the picture looks great @ 1080i.
I guess my set is one of a very few that is almost color perfect with NO shadows that have plagued so many XBR2`s.
I don`t even have to use the white balance mode , it is fine with no adjustments at all.
My dad wants my XBR2 , because I put a Scarlet Red bezel on it !! LOL
So , what I have to do is find out if 240Hz is that much better than 120Hz.
I have a Mac Mini hooked up , so getting any internet stuff would be a non issue for me.
So what I have been looking at is the KDL-46W4150 .
It has 3 HDMI ports in the rear , but is 120Hz , but has a lot of other goodies like screen freeze.
So add what I like about the W4150 + the fact that it is half the cost of the XBR9 , I am some what confused about a future purchase.
Here is a link for the W4150:http://www.crutchfield.com/p_15846W4...50.html?tp=161