Like everyone here, I was in the market to replace my 4 year old Samsung LN52A650 LCD, which has been an excellent TV. In December 2010, I purchased a 46" for my bedroom, a LN46C650. When I set it up and did some basic calibration, it was clear that the newer Samsung was better than my 52" as one my have thought. So, fast forward to two months ago, I set out to upgrade my 52". I did all the research, looked at all the reviews, and was surprised at the disparity of reviews across all the manufactures (LG, Panasonic, Samsung, and even Sony), even with all the advanced models, which confused my research. So shorted the story, I settled on a 55HX850 and had it delivered last Saturday. Compared to my 52", the picture was great, but was missing something. I spent the next day, doing some basic, and then some extensive calibraton, using my cal DVD and some guidance from a few review sites.. But no matter what I did, it seemed like it wasn't as vibrant and clear as my 2 year old pure 46" Samsung LCD. So, I put my 46" Samsung on the floor, in front of my new Sony and put an extra HDMI cable from my Oppo 93 and plugged it into the HDMI 2 and played a Blu-Ray, Pirates of the Caribbean. When I got to a close up of Johnny Depp, you could see the pores of his skin with the Samsung. But on the HX850, you couldn't see the pore at all. Further, the whites and colors of both TVs were remarkably different. The Samsung was clear, white and crisp, where the Sony looked out of focus (comparibly).
I paused that scene, and I tweaked every possible settin on that Sony to match that of the Samsung and it couldn't come close. That Samsung cost me $900, in December 2010, from Vanns. This on was $2000.
I absolutely love the fit and finish of the Sony, how thin it is, the gorilla glass. The Sony remote is a joke, but that didn't matter as I use an MX-980.
First question to anyone on this post.... Is there something I'm missing before I return this? I don't think there is and I can not beleive a tv like this 2 years newer could be so inferior to a 2 year old Samsung LCD, considering the price, all the hype and reviews I've seen. I suppose comparing it to other TVs in the store and looking at the reviews AND not having another TV to compare it to, one would think this is a great set.
I'm almost to the conclusion that the latest round of TVs has focused to much on the SmartTV crap and not the quality of the picture. I was really looking for a similar advancement as I saw from my 52" to the 46"....
Thanks in advance for thoughts...
My gear, if anyone interested...
Better cables 5.1 from OPPO to Ref50
B&K Ref 50 (being replaced by an Integra 80.3) next week
Diamondback XLR from Ref50 to Amps
Krell KAV-3250 driving front stage Dynaudio Focus 220, 200c
Parasound A23 driving rear Focus 140s
Klipsch RSW-10 (older audiphile sub)
LN52A650 Samsung LCD (re-replacing a 55HX850)