Originally Posted by bkrodgers
I'd been checking out the 40C630 and Sony 40EX500 at my local BB a few times since they put it up, and kept thinking colors looked dull, blacks looked gray, and light was leaking pretty bad. The Sony 40EX500 looked miles better. But the 46C630 looked pretty good, and so I thought it might just be a bad floor model (along with perhaps bad settings) on the 40". But I was in today and noticed they'd taken the 40C630 down completely! Maybe they thought it didn't look good either.
It looks like it's out of stock around St. Louis, so I guess they're waiting for a new one to use as a floor model.
Based on the single samples I saw, the EX500 was better in the 40" size. I couldn't really see much of a difference in the 46" size (just for comparison...I'm shopping for a bedroom and 40 is probably as big as I should go). I'm assuming that the difference between the Sammy C630 and Sony EX500 I saw in 40" was just due to a bad sample on the C630. Assuming that's so, how'd you guys decide to go with the C630 over the EX500? They seem nearly identical in features, price, and presumably overall quality. Was it brand loyalty, coin flip, or is there something differentiating them I'm not finding?
I've been cross-shopping the C630 vs EX500/501 as well (after almost getting a B630), but I haven't pounced yet, and won't until I see what LG has to offer in this space.
You didn't note which panel the 40C630 you were comparing had, but the ones I've seen all have AAxx panels, though some have mentioned receiving sets with SQxx panels.
Comparing the C630/AA vs the EX500, the latter clearly has a more subdued picture. The colors on the EX500 aren't as vivid, and the picture isn't as bright. On the flip side, I believe the EX500 has the edge in blacks, and the example I saw had better backlight uniformity. The differences aren't huge (say vs. comparing either to an LG with an S-IPS panel), and in isolation, the other would probably be soon forgotten.
I still believe that Samsung and Sony do a better job with motion handling compared to others like LG, but the latter may have made improvements for 2010. (They are reported to have instituted separate blur/judder controls on the 2010 models)
Picture wise, I'd be happy with either one.
In other respects, the C630 is a more fully-featured set.
It supports DLNA home media networking, whereas the EX500 does not.
The built-in removable media player also supports more file formats than the EX500.
The user interface is shared with Samsung's higher end models, and has a wider range of adjustments (including finer motion handling adjustments). The Sony has a simpler setup, compared to the PS3-like XMB interface that the higher-end Sonys get.
The remote, even though I believe it has regressed from the B630's, has more functions and I prefer its layout. The EX500's remote is simpler, but in a manner that suggests and reminds one that the 500 is closer to the bottom end than the high end of the line.
The Samsung has intelligent input sensing, and will skip those that aren't in use. (perhaps except for the PC input, unless they've fixed that for 2010)
The Sony, if it's like the V5100, will not, though it does have the channel labeling capability that the Samsung lacks.
Aesthetically, I prefer the styling of the Samsung, from the low-profile glass stand to the transparent effect of the bezel. The Sony is also an attractive set, and the gunmetal strip doesn't bother me as much as it does some.
The C630, now that is has a metal back cover, feels like it is more substantially constructed, and has a slimmer profile as well.
One advantage the Sony has it that the warehouse variant, the EX501, carries a 3-year warranty, though that is tempered by the practice that apparently dictates that only the 46" and larger models receive in-home service, while the 40" is a send-in and swap for a refurb. That is based on what others have reported here; the actual warranty terms are vague. I haven't seen the Samsung's warranty terms, but I believe that threshold for in-home service has been raised for 2010 in the industry as a whole. Panasonic has also disqualified their 2010 sets smaller than 46" from in-home service.
On the whole, I think there are little bits of polish and refinement that the Samsung has that the Sony does not. Some/all of it may or may not matter to you, but I don't discount anything.
The best part is, now that CCFL is considered old hat, the value of both sets is better than ever, and even at this early stage in their model lives, both cost only a little more than their predecessors at their deepest discounts.