Originally Posted by patniemeyer
Having been very happy for six years with my 46" Sony Bravia KDL46S2000 I ordered a new 65" XBR-HX950.
I didn't have any particular expectations or requirements other than bigger and presumably better. So I was really surprised that my experience so far has been kind of negative. In many ways I feel that this TV is worse than the one it is replacing.
It is big and occasionally produces a beautiful picture... But overall what I notice most are flaws and a very inconsistent experience.
I have a mix of issues, some of which are personal taste... But let me put them in order of annoyance:
1) I can't get a decent picture setup that looks good for normal TV viewing, especially news and broadcast stuff. I'm not looking for perfection, just something reasonable. I've spent several hours going through settings and experimenting and my settings seem to line up with what I've read on this forum. What I've found is that they'll look great for one particular scene and then the next will be horribly off. e.g. watching the election coverage was bouncing between people who look pinkish/blue and overly "vivid" to crazy orange pancake flat. With a middle of the road setting the Daily Show looks like it was filmed under a heat lamp... Everything is glowing orange. Even within a single broadcast between scenes there will be jarring color discontinuities. I thought the set must be automatically switching modes or something... but it's not. There's something wrong with the color management that is amplifying differences in white balance in a very weird way that is just horrible... The "cinema" setting seems to reduce this effect and dulls the weird color issue a bit, but also dulls the images... They are soft and lack contrast and saturation... with seemingly no way to recover it.
I'm open to the possibility that there is some magic setting that will fix all of this... but I'm skeptical. I'd love to hear if other people experience this. I'd be happy to post some pics.
2) Viewing angle washout is bad. I guess I'm just used to high quality laptop displays now but I thought viewing angle problems were a thing of the past. Walking over 45 degrees washes out the image and just makes me sad. I never noticed this on my older Bravia... How could the phenomenon have gotten worse on a six year newer TV?
3) Highly reflective glossy screen - I can see every light in my room when the scene is dark... I was so spoiled by the matte screen on the old Bravia that this is even more hard to accept.
4) Build quality / ripples in glass - If you have a 65" sheet of glass that acts like a mirror any deviation from flatness is very noticeable... Where the glass meets the body near the top I see small but noticeable ripples / bulges... The top edge of the glass deforms a bit where it's mated to the body and so all of your room light reflections are a little distorted near the top... It's not an issue when the TV is on, but I notice it every time I walk by the giant black mirror in my living room...
5) The stand is the ugliest thing I've ever seen... If I keep the TV I'll probably have to cover it or spray paint it black... It's just a large silver ring shaped distraction near the TV.
6) There is an option to turn off the glowing Sony logo on the front panel, but not the red, yellow, and green xmas tree power and status lights... Why do I need a light to tell me that my TV is on or off? I guess I could cover them somehow.
Ok... So as far as good points -
1) As I said it occasionally produces a really nice picture...
2) The DLNA server is useful... I can send photos from my iPhone to the TV. It's slower than AirPlay but works reasonably well...
In summary - I'm having second thoughts about this TV. If it's going to have this many issues I may as well get a cheaper one.
I'd appreciate any advice on settings or confirmation if others see the poor build quality... Maybe I have a bad set?