Originally Posted by chi_guy50
Hmmm, who is backing the warranty? Sony provides an 18-month warranty on these sets when new; if it's not covered by the manufacturer's warranty, then it's either not new (e.g., used, open-box, customer-return) and/or the seller is not an authorized Sony retailer, in which case you could be looking at grey-market merchandise.
I would be very circumspect about spending almost $3K for this item under these circumstances. Other than the obvious thorough inspection of the set's operational and cosmetic condition, including any accessories, I would check out the reliability of the seller, verify who is backing the warranty, and discuss the conditions of the sale (e.g., delivery and extent of any free return period) before committing to buy. My $.02.
Originally Posted by omarindeed
If they're a Sony-Authorized seller/warranty, would you recommend purchasing an extended warranty, considering some of the pixel/banding issues some posters here have addressed?
First off, I should have stipulated that my previous post regarding Sony's 18-month warranty coverage for this set is based on information pertaining to the U.S. market; I suppose it's possible that the coverage period valid for Canadian sales could be different (although I doubt it). Since the standard Sony TV warranty is 12-months, many retailers routinely cite this period despite the fact that the higher-end XBR sets have qualified for the extended 18-month coverage for many model years going back at least to the XBR4. And, in fact, the marketing spec sheet for the XBR-55HX950 on Sony's Canadian web site
does stipulate a warranty term of 18 months (click on the "Marketing Specifications" hyperlink under the "Manuals, Specs & Warranty" tab and go to the bottom of the third column on page 3 of 4).
You can verify whether your store is an authorized Sony dealer using Sony Canada's store locator here
. If you purchase using a major credit card, your card issuer may grant you an additional year of warranty coverage. Assuming an 18-month manufacturer's warranty plus one additional year through the credit card's carrier, I wouldn't spring for any extended warranty unless the cost were minimal (say, less than $50 per year). Most defects will surface in the first year or two, and beyond that you start to reach the point of diminishing returns anyway given the pace of technology advances.
That's actually more than my $.02 worth; I feel I should charge you $1.00 (US) at this point.