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Wanted to buy a new 46" LCD TV - mainly for HD source and BD. Please help me decide: SONY KDL46EX700 vs KDL46NX700. NX is about $300 USD more expensive.

Can anyone tell me what is the difference between the NX series and the EX series? Only Wi-Fi?

My current set-up:
Pioneer VSX1020K AV Receiver
HD Cable Box,
SHARPLC46D62U (old TV),
Oppo BD83,
Paradigm CT110 5.1 Speakers
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Hm...

just the Monolithic design and built in WiFi.
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yea those would appear to be the main differences
the monolithic design makes it look more sleek and modern and the built in WiFi is also a very cool feature
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I can give you my opinion, as I've owned both of these; first the NX700 which I unforunately had to return, and now the EX700, which I'm keeping and will be demoted to a bedroom TV in a few months when I buy the new led-backlit Sony HX909. (a lot of money to spend on TV's, i know, but I held out on upgrading any TV's for quite a few years until now)

The NX700, while a really great looking TV unfortunately has a number of unnacceptable flaws, which given the higher price, cannot overcome the really cool 'monolithic' design. I was really disappointed in Sony with this TV, I'm hoping the HX909 can restore my faith in the brand.

The viewing angle is actually worse on the NX700 than the EX700; on the EX700 I think the viewing angle is actually pretty good, but the NX700 it was just ridiculously bad, especially for a supposedely high-end TV.

For the first HOUR of operation, the NX700 makes failry noticable cracking or creaking noises AND for the hour after the TV is turned off. (which is kind of suprising given that the TV does run impressively cool). This appears to be because the back-construction of the 'higher-end' NX700 is made of cheaper plastic, but the back of the EX700 is metal.

One flaw that is common to both TV's is the so-called 'cones' issue. In my opinion it is pretty minor, but still kind of frustrating; this issue can only be seen when there's a completely solid color at the very top or very bottom of the screen (such as a blue sky). It appears as three triangle-shaped 'cones' about an inch tall or so. Even when there is a solid color, you kind of have to look for it; it's not so bad that it obviously stands out. When there's not a solid color, there's no way you'll see it at all. Exspecially given that my EX700 will be demoted to a bedroom TV in a few months, I'm OK with this flaw on the EX700, but when it was on the NX700 which was supposed to be my main TV for hopefully at least a few years, even though minor, I thought it was unacceptable, especially with the other flaws it had.

Of course the design of the EX700 isn't as cool as the NX700, when I first got the EX700 after having returned the NX700, I was a little underwhelmed since the NX700 is so cool looking and the EX700 is a pretty basic design, but now that I've had the EX700 for a month or so, I'm used to it and I don't really think about it.

As far as I'm concerned, the choise is a no-brainer, go for the EX700, it's actually a little cheaper and substiantially better; definately better viewing angle and no annnoying creaking noises, all you give up is the cooler monolithic design.
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Thanks everyone. My wife suggested me to spend the extra bucks for a 52" EX700 instead of a 46" NX700. Does it make sense?

For wireless feature - I don't really think I need that - My PS3 is wireless and I can watch youtube etc as well. Do you agree?

Now...I think EX700 costs around $2200. At the same price range, should I also consider Sharp (e.g. 810 series) or Samsung? Or SONY seems to be the best display?
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Thanks everyone. My wife suggested me to spend the extra bucks for a 52" EX700 instead of a 46" NX700. Does it make sense?

For wireless feature - I don't really think I need that - My PS3 is wireless and I can watch youtube etc as well. Do you agree?

Now...I think EX700 costs around $2200. At the same price range, should I also consider Sharp (e.g. 810 series) or Samsung? Or SONY seems to be the best display?

Go for the bigger size... as for which brand, any of the three should be fine, but I do like the mix of performance and features of this year's Sonys.
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Correct me if I am wrong.

SONY EX-700 only have edge LED lighting

Sharp AQUOS 52" 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV (LC52LE810UN) offers LED backlighting with local dimming, which led to better picture quality?
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Correct me if I am wrong.

SONY EX-700 only have edge LED lighting

Sharp AQUOS 52" 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV (LC52LE810UN) offers LED backlighting with local dimming, which led to better picture quality?

Isn't the LC52LE810UN also edge-lit?
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Which models (brand) would have backlit - dimming?
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LG Infinia LX9500
LG LE8500
Toshiba CELL ZX900
Sony HX900

That's all I know.
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That's all I know. Though, it seems like the Sony may actually be the cheapest option out of the three. (Though don't word me on it)


My how times have changed.
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I see. So it seems TVs with LED backlighting are more expensive than Edge lighting.
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I just added the LE8500, and may be cheaper. I haven't done any research on pricing for that unit yet.
And yes, back-lit local dimming sets are very expensive.
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LG Infinia LX9500
LG LE8500
Toshiba CELL ZX900
Sony HX900

That's all I know.

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If I go for edge lit - what are your comments on

SONY EX700 52" or SHARP AQUOS 820N 52"? They are in the same price range I think.
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If I go for edge lit - what are your comments on

SONY EX700 52" or SHARP AQUOS 820N 52"? They are in the same price range I think.


Go for the Sony. The Sony sets generally have better signal processing and scaling (i.e., less artifacts) than the Sharp's.
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imo, the monolithic design with the monolithic stand overcomes some of the disadvantages it has..its a piece of art in the living room!
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Hi Mate, I just bought the NX700.. It is brilliant... Led edge or back - I cannot notice the difference and should not wage in your opinion to buy.. Go for the fact it is one of the first wifi dnla certified tvs around. The internet video content is amazing
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Isn't the LC52LE810UN also edge-lit?

Yes.
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If I were in your shoes I would try to get a look at the 52NX800 which is Consumer Reports top rated 50+ inch LCD.
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I'm in the same situation is the OP. Does the NX800 have the same issues that the NX700 had?
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I would always go for NX because of the picture quality (240Hz compared to 100Hz refresh rate for EX models) in the first place and the design is much nicer.
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