THe first-time o' the day startup has been fine for 2 days. Leaves questions unanswered but I'm not worthy of knowing the workings of Sony, though they've gotten my radio/TV dollars for decades.
I read the messages about 3D glasses, even set warmup (I'm old enough to remember warmup as filaments in vacuum tubes). Seems totally off-the-charts to me but it DOES help with flicker; I'm not sure if it's the electronics performing better or the brain (x-rays prove I have one in spite of what people say) just giving up and accepting the flicker. The 3D effects are stunning, but the flicker reduces the WOW factor to "good thing there isn't much to watch, I couldn't stand it."
2D PQ is excellent. I hope an XBR-HX909 arrives one day so I can stare at it (with and without flickering 3D). It could very well be brain malfunction on my part, but it seems Sony's 3D flicker is severe. The external emitter on the top makes the set look like a prop in a bad 50's sci-fi flick. I put it back on the base. It made no improvement moving it to the top. The 3D effect is impressive, for sure. I guess these are truly early days.
This set has to last a long time, I'm retired, but I'll always wonder if the 2D PQ is improved in orders of magnitude on the XBR-HX909. Is Really local dimming worth the $$$? Advice welcome!
UPDATE: I've tried putting the IR emitter everywhere, top and bottom, works the same all places. 3D Panasonic demo disc effects are great, though with horrible flicker, and Meatballs - I still haven't made it past about 20 minutes into the movie, though the flicker is less intrusive than the Panny demo... but it's still bad. The TV is great, the 3D, for me, is an unusable joke. My expectations are lowered as it seems to be the thing to do with new electronics. I read here or on another forum that some better mastered 3D BD's yield less flicker. At least I'll admit Cloudy... is less intrusive after watching for awhile, then a bright scene comes up and it's flicker city on the bright portion especially. With high refresh rate, etc., why should this be noticeable to the user? The technology isn't what it is said to be maybe (as regards flicker and glasses sync/speed??????
UPDATE2: It's a long story but I upgraded to the xbr-46HX909. I had initially ordered a xbr-46HX900 which never was to be???; for whatever reason there is much less flicker on the hx909 trying 3D briefly, but that's a side benefit someday, maybe, since there isn't much 3-D material to watch. I really wanted the full array local dimming backlight. Truth be told I really wanted the SONY logo lit (just kidding, but it looks good). I'm going a little crazy trying to use the HD Basics BD to calibrate the set, it will probably take a long time.