Living here in nyc, i decided to get off my tush to get to midtown and go downstairs at the Sony Style store to see, once and for all, what all this monolithic glass front is about. I couldn't just read all about it here on these threads and go see with my own eyes, right?
Well, there was an NX already at the front store window, and downstairs, there were only 3 tv's with the monolithic front panels. One of them is rather small and mounted on the right side wall (along with many other non-monolithic units).
I don't believe that the monolithic glass front is going to be a huge problem for me - though it truly remains to be seen in each person's own surroundings, obviously, for the ultimate test.
Yes, the distance of the LCD from the front glass is not ideal, then again, what is "ideal"? It looks nice, it is a deep black or whatever they call it screen, blah blah blah... pros and some cons as well.
For me, thus far, i'm pleased with my choice of the 55HX701. It is a more mature CCFL-lit technology rather than the newer, less "tested" LED's. Plus, if I were to get LED backlit, I'd like local dimming, etc.
This trip made me feel like I made the right choice.
It remains to be seen, of course, how it ultimately performs in my own home. So I'm encouraged today, though I have not yet rendered a final verdict.