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post #361 of 782 Old 12-29-2011, 10:15 PM
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I recently purchased this tv, and i am loving everything about it the only questions I have is will sony keep updating the firmware? and what does the 18month warranty cover?
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I recently purchased this tv, and i am loving everything about it the only questions I have is will sony keep updating the firmware? and what does the 18month warranty cover?

The firmware will update as needed. I also have a KDL-52EX701 that had several updates to it's firmware during the first year when the set is off (in standby mode).
Read the warranty is my suggestion but glancing at mine, it covers defects that arise but usually not cosmetic issues.

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I currently have a 60nx720. I sit about 17 feet from my screen and was thinking about exchanging for a 65hx729. I like the picture on the 720. Will i lose anything going to the 729? I haven't heard anyone mention a 65 inch 729, anyone have one?Will the picture be worse adding 5 inches? Is there any definitive answer about the difference in black level and color between the 2 sceens (gorilla glass vs matte)?

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Nobody has a 65hx729?

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Nobody has a 65hx729?

Apparently not. I only found one reliable review and it's from a European model. Here's an excerpt:

After calibration I measured black level to 0.06 cd/m2, which is worse than on Sony's cheaper EX720 model and worse than on Samsung D8000. Sony has incorporated a local dimming system but do not let yourself be fooled. This is impossible with an Edge LED TV so instead it dims light in a few zones controlled by the edge LEDs - that is why we have turned it off during calibration. Only Sony's high-end HX929 model incorporates true local dimming. We had expected better black performance from Sony.

When it comes to picture quality, HX729 is a decent performer in SD and HD. It has no critical problems but it just never really takes off. It never comes really close to its high-end HX929 brother and it never really distinguishes itself from the cheaper EX720 model. Actually, HX729 is bested by the cheaper EX720 in some areas, such as black depth. 3D picture quality is on par with other similar-priced 3D LCD-TVs but we are not impressed by Sony's 3D glasses that erase the 3D effects when you tilt you head only a few degree to the side.

So where does that leave the HX729/HX720 model? It is still a very good TV, no doubt, but it does not come close enough to the high-end HX929 model and the EX720 looks like a better value-for-money proposition in our eyes.
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Nobody has a 65hx729?

Probably very few because of the high price relative to the 55" or 46." The HX820 wasn't made in that size.

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Apparently not. I only found one reliable review and it's from a European model. Here's an excerpt:

After calibration I measured black level to 0.06 cd/m2, which is worse than on Sony's cheaper EX720 model and worse than on Samsung D8000. Sony has incorporated a local dimming system but do not let yourself be fooled. This is impossible with an Edge LED TV so instead it dims light in a few zones controlled by the edge LEDs - that is why we have turned it off during calibration. Only Sony's high-end HX929 model incorporates true local dimming. We had expected better black performance from Sony.

When it comes to picture quality, HX729 is a decent performer in SD and HD. It has no critical problems but it just never really takes off. It never comes really close to its high-end HX929 brother and it never really distinguishes itself from the cheaper EX720 model. Actually, HX729 is bested by the cheaper EX720 in some areas, such as black depth. 3D picture quality is on par with other similar-priced 3D LCD-TVs but we are not impressed by Sony's 3D glasses that erase the 3D effects when you tilt you head only a few degree to the side.

So where does that leave the HX729/HX720 model? It is still a very good TV, no doubt, but it does not come close enough to the high-end HX929 model and the EX720 looks like a better value-for-money proposition in our eyes.
http://flatpanelshd.com/review.php?s...&id=1322209805

Consumer Reports gave the 55HX729 a "recommended" rating and liked most everything about it except for the narrow viewing area. The 3D was rated "just good" meaning there were worse sets and better. The Samsungs reviewed by Consumer Reports did not rate as well. The Samsung 3D as less than good across the board. The highest rated LCD TV scored a 77/100. That was the Sony XBR929. The 55HX729 scored 73/100. The lowest was rated 36/100. I joined Consumer reports for one month to get a look at their review. Very favorable!

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Consumer Reports gave the 55HX729 a "recommended" rating and liked most everything about it except for the narrow viewing area. The 3D was rated "just good" meaning there were worse sets and better. The Samsungs reviewed by Consumer Reports did not rate as well. The Samsung 3D as less than good across the board. The highest rated LCD TV scored a 77/100. That was the Sony XBR929. The 55HX729 scored 73/100. The lowest was rated 36/100. I joined Consumer reports for one month to get a look at their review. Very favorable!

Steve - Sorry, I don't consider CU to be a reliable source. They might be good at testing laundry soap, but just about anything else...
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I'm trying to decide if I should keep the 60nx720 for $1500, or spend an extra $500 to get the 65hx729. Would I be Upgrading or downgrading ?

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Only you can answer that question.

If I were to upgrade from my 2010 60EX700, which btw has been very satisfactory, I'd most likely go for one of the 70" Sharp.
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Steve - Sorry, I don't consider CU to be a reliable source. They might be good at testing laundry soap, but just about anything else...

LOL, I guess it's a matter of opinion about CR. But all I can say is I'm very pleased with my 55HX729. The screen is very uniform and zero flash lighting. Maybe I got lucky. If anything, I would say that top and bottom bands during widescreen movies aren't as inky black as they should be. And that could be adjusted but i haven't made any changes to the default settings except taking down the backlight a little. But color is very nice, screen super bright, 3D is much better than I expected (just keep the head level), and overall performance excellent.

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I'm trying to decide if I should keep the 60nx720 for $1500, or spend an extra $500 to get the 65hx729. Would I be Upgrading or downgrading ?

Upgrading for the 240hz and X Reality Pro setting menu.

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Steve - You didn't luck out. Your TV is supposed to be good!

I got the hard copy of CU TV review issue and they compared your TV and the 929 to third tier TVs. That's the same thing CU does with many other comparos...
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Steve - You didn't luck out. Your TV is supposed to be good!

I got the hard copy of CU TV review issue and they compared your TV and the 929 to third tier TVs. That's the same thing CU does with many other comparos...

Yes, you are right about the luck comment and generally when there are issues, people post here which may skew the overall feedback. However, screen issues are not uncommon across all LCD brands.

I cancelled membership in CU...just wanted it for this review. I printed it out and don't see where they compared this 729 and 929 to third tier TVs???

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Only you can answer that question.

If I were to upgrade from my 2010 60EX700, which btw has been very satisfactory, I'd most likely go for one of the 70" Sharp.

My 52EX701 does have flashlighting seen as blue light leaks top and bottom but not noticeable at all while watching straight on. It still is a great TV. It's now in my bedroom which resembles a drive-in theater. The 701 series made for BJs and Costco came with the WIFI dongle and a 3 year warranty. The cosmetic difference was the brushed metal on the bottom bezel is black and not metallic gray.

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I got my 60EX700 from Sony as a replacement for my 60" SXRB1 with the green glob.

I had gone to Costco to look at the three TVs they offered me and that's what I selected.

We never watch anything in the dark, so I haven't seen any abnormalities from the Sharp
panel. Excellent blacks and contrast!

I returned the dongle to Amazon and wired it with Cat5 wiring. Much faster than before.

Got the SXRB optical block replaced and it's now in the bedroom.
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I got my 60EX700 from Sony as a replacement for my 60" SXRB1 with the green glob.

I had gone to Costco to look at the three TVs they offered me and that's what I selected.

We never watch anything in the dark, so I haven't seen any abnormalities from the Sharp
panel. Excellent blacks and contrast!

I returned the dongle to Amazon and wired it with Cat5 wiring. Much faster than before.

Got the SXRB optical block replaced and it's now in the bedroom.

My 52EX701 was also a replacement. The Grand Wega went to a friend who didn't mind the blobs.

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I bought another brand tv to replace my sony 4100 and wasnt happy with the pic quality at all, BUT i loved how you plugged the usb in and all your avi movies play perfectly.. Also, when i opened my computer it was immediately detected by the other brand tv and i could play anything off my hard drive wirelessly..

Now, to the Sony guys Is there any way at all i can play my avi files, and is there a way to connect my laptop wirelessly to the tv.. thanks very much
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I finally had time to use my new 55HX729 & onkyo 509 AV receiver. No issues, fantastic picture from the Sony and awesome sound from the Onkyo. Full HDMI set up, set up was a breeze. Even picked up a new stand which is rock solid. Space was tight so I went with a 48" Init stand, TV only sticks out about 1" on each side. Currently sitting in the table but I may go with the rear holder at a later date (It come with 2 rear supports, one low the other tall for mounting the TV).

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I just ordered from SonyStyle the black Proforma stand for their 55" models. Hope arrives in one piece. It looks nice and will replace my 2004 Grand Wega RP stand which has been great with my 52EX701 TV. Time for a change. It's a little too low for the HX729 but has been a sturdy stand with lots of component shelf space. Hope I can fit everything on this one. The middle shelf looks a bit scary as far as anyone bumping into it as it sticks out same as the wood base but just floats there.http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/sto...52921666388785

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I just ordered from SonyStyle the black Proforma stand for their 55" models. Hope arrives in one piece. It looks nice and will replace my 2004 Grand Wega RP stand which has been great with my 52EX701 TV. Time for a change. It's a little too low for the HX729 but has been a sturdy stand with lots of component shelf space. Hope I can fit everything on this one. The middle shelf looks a bit scary as far as anyone bumping into it as it sticks out same as the wood base but just floats there.http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/sto...52921666388785

I considered getting the same rack but the middle shelf stuck out too far for my situation (small children).

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i've had my TV for about two weeks and watched several dark movies, played games, etc etc and have not experienced any bleeding or flashlighting (that I can see from my couch)


Same here. Mine was delivered 12/17/11.

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I considered getting the same rack but the middle shelf stuck out too far for my situation (small children).

That shelf is troubling ("avoid" vacuuming around it.) My kids are in the form of two pugs. They should be OK around it. Top shelf: DirecTV DVR, center channel speaker (it's smallish) and BD player. Bottom: Receiver, PS3. I have to figure out where to put the tiny Apple TV. It usually sits on top and fits under the bezel. Decision is whether to mount the TV on the stand-Sony calls it a "base"- (it would make it a lot more sturdy) or use the glass shelf and keep the Sony HX stand...
Just saw the PDF on the mount option. whoa...I'm not trying that. The glass mount to to place the TV with its own stand is more my speed. Proforma is not a Sony brand as some might know. I found their website: http://www.proformahome.com/

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I still find it hard to believe nobody has the 65hx729. I can't find any reviews or info about it other than the review mentioned earlier and the info on Sonys website. Has anyone even seen one?

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I still find it hard to believe nobody has the 65hx729. I can't find any reviews or info about it other than the review mentioned earlier and the info on Sonys website. Has anyone even seen one?

I suspect most buyers move up to the 70" sharp.

A guy at BB bought one the other day. When they rolled out the box his eyes got big and he realized, that thing will never fit into my car

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I returned the dongle to Amazon and wired it with Cat5 wiring. Much faster than before.

Got the SXRB optical block replaced and it's now in the bedroom.

Interesting comment, I tried watching Netflix via wifi on my 55hx729. It didn't work well at all, constant pauses to upload content. Too bad you can't split cat 5, I already have my Onkyo 509 hard wired for pandora.

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I have been experiencing "constant pauses for uploads" using Amazon Streaming....
my setup....55hx729...verizon fios...hdmi switching thru Sony amp
when the pauses occur, i assumed it was the slowness of the content from Amazon (it doesn't happen all the time). Is my assumption correct, or is it more likely the tv or fios itself?
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I have been experiencing "constant pauses for uploads" using Amazon Streaming....
my setup....55hx729...verizon fios...hdmi switching thru Sony amp
when the pauses occur, i assumed it was the slowness of the content from Amazon (it doesn't happen all the time). Is my assumption correct, or is it more likely the tv or fios itself?

If this helps, Netflix on my 55HX729 loads much slower than on my Panny 210 BD player.

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I suspect most buyers move up to the 70" sharp.

A guy at BB bought one the other day. When they rolled out the box his eyes got big and he realized, that thing will never fit into my car

I believe it's the price. The 65HX729 is so expensive. As far as Sharp goes, i had really bad experiences four years ago with Sharp 42" LCDs (banding) several exchanges and then got a Bravia 40W3000 which still is excellent. The 70" Sharp is not 3D and thus for me a deal breaker but it certainly is reasonable in price.

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Plenty of people buy the 65hx929, and that's $1500 more than the hx729. I can get the 65hx729 for $2100 through Sony, but I'm nervous since I can find any reviews.

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