Just to bump this thread... I was in BB the other day and I REALLY liked the current 720p 40XBR1... I thought it had the best looking style and the pq was great. I was thinking how it'd be ideal if it was 1080p. And of course, that's what I'm thinking with the new V2500's. In fact, from the sonystyle pictures, I prefer the V2500's stand... the XBR1's round stand was the only thing I didn't care for.
Anyway, if these V2500's are as good as the current XBR1's (which most everyone agrees are great), but with 1080p, then that alone makes them top contenders among any of the current or newly arriving1080p's. Of course they're getting overlooked it seems by those focused on the premium XBR2/3's. However, they should be about $500 cheaper (based on the earliest estimated prices for the models), 25 lbs lighter, and narrower with the more sensible space saving bottom speakers. What's not to like?
So what makes the XBR2/3's the premium models and is getting them all the attention? Piano black for the 3's? I _don't_ want shiny black. That leaves the 2's. But I don't care much for the silver in the pictures -- looks splotchy or checkered. But, these bezels can be replaced... and the velvet black (and maybe arctic white to blend w/ a white wall) look interesting... or not... at $300! I'm sure I'd want a replacement bezel... but that would likely make an XBR2 $800 more than the V2500... that's a lot of money... and not just the money but an uncomfortable sense of frivolous overspending.
Floating glass? What's its purpose -- I'm not against but don't really get it (guess will have to see in person)... does it give some "floating' effect? What if it gets tiresome? Or looks outdated in a year or so? What if it gets broken... i.e. moving it around or hitting the side, might it chip? In a year, will I say to myself... I'm sooo glad I paid an extra $500 for that floating glass and $300 for a black bezel?
Nevertheless, I'm not dissing the XBR's... I have printouts of the models up on my wall, and the XBR2 with velvet black does look good (and I'm still considering)... as does the V2500. So, it'll come down to this drc 2.5 and any possible gotcha's. Right now though, I'm leaning a little further to the V2500.
Oh yeah (I'm just shooting the breeze till we have something useful to talk about)... I was also thinking... technology is changing quickly... so it might make more sense to not overspend now. I'm done waiting for a 1080p though and am definitely buying one of these sony's... but if the V2500's are about as fantastic as the XBR2/3's, why splurge on pinstripes and detailing (floating glass and bezels) when other incredible models will be coming along in a few years? The cleaner, simpler, lighter and narrower V2500 would make a good 2nd set or hand-over to a kid for their ps3/xbox.
Well, I'll try to keep entertaining w/ my thoughts for oh... some more weeks to go