Originally Posted by videospider
Question for experienced buyers: I'd like to buy the HX850 but I don't want to pay more than $1500. Right now it's at $1800 on Amazon but will it get lower after BF? How far into next year will they still be available at major sellers?
I think it is very unlikely that the Sony UPP will support a price of less than or even close to $1500 (from an authorized reseller) unless Sony decides to allow a fire sale of their entire line-up. And buying from an unauthorized reseller is an extremely risky proposition.
However, you can actually get the 55HX850 today at Amazon for $1460.35 shipped if you're willing to accept one of the "used" sets offered through Amazon Warehouse Deals. These sets are often practically new and you can always return yours within 30 days if there is some unacceptable defect. There's a good chance that the Sony 1-year limited warranty would not apply, but you can always purchase a third-party warranty, such as the one offered by Square Trade on Amazon for about $45. If anyone here has purchased their set through Amazon Warehouse Deals perhaps they can provide some feedback on their experience.
How long this particular set will be available is unknowable; it depends on how long Sony decides to keep production going and how well they sell. But once next year's line-up hits the market you can expect the superseded 2012 sets to become ever harder to find.
Sony XBR-55HX929 LCD HDTV w/FALD; DarbeeVision DVP 5000S; Oppo UDP-203; Sony BDP-S5200 (multi-region)
Denon AVR-X5200W (Video: Dolby Atmos/DSU 7.1.4; Music: DTS Neo:X 11.1); Dayton Audio MA1260 12-Channel Amplifier (60wpc)
Polk Audio RTiA7 (F/LR), CSiA6 (C), RTiA5 (FW), OWM5 (Sr, SB), 80F/X-RT (FH, TR); SVS SB-2000 (SW); Polk Audio OWM5/BIC America MSR-PRO6 (Zones 2 & 3)