Originally Posted by richard korsgren
I am a plasma kind of guy but thinking of purchasing a new lcd..either Sony or Sharp. What are your reasons for considering a Sony over a Sharp lcd? It seems the latest Sharps have somewhat better pricing and somewhat better specis (I know all specs are inflated and misleading). In a Sharp lcd, soon to to released model there is a 52 inch set that will probably go for less than $4000 (street price) . Pretty compelling, yes?
Hi richard korsgren,
Well, the first thing to consider is that this is an owner's thread and so we have already made our decision on what to purchase.
You are free to spend your money as you wish, or not. I am just expressing my own thoughts on the matter and I am in no way trying to influence you.
If you feel that you must spend your money only on a TV that without question has the absolutely best specs, then IMHO you are going to be waiting for quite a while. Why? Because there will always be something better, cheaper, etc. around the corner to catch your fancy. Going through these forums is not going to help either because you'll possibly read one, or more, negative opinions about your dream TV and it will place a doubt in your mind. Your doubt will cause you to pause and then you will read about another TV about to be released and you will say to yourself "Ahhh...that sounds really like the TV that I want."
And so the cycle begins again.
I went through that with PC's and what a pain it is what with all the incremental improvements and the costs involved with them. I stopped that by creating the absolute best PC for that day (1996) and I paid premium prices for top components but I had future-proofed it for the next 5 years. Then in 2001 I did the same thing again.
Why I bought my 40XBR2:-
1. 1920x1080 native resolution screen. We know that for DTV there was 480p, 720p and 1080i. There was no "better" pending incrementally better resolution and so my goal was to be able to have native 1080 support. 1080p was a development of high-def DVD but at least it did not change the resolution.
2. Inputs. That was a nightmare. First there was component, then DVI, then HDMI. What a mess. And now even with HDMI we still worry about if it is 1.3 versus 1.2. Therefore my goal was to have HDMI with support for 1080p only because high-def DVD players were now on my radar-screen for the future.
3. I wanted 3 HDMI inputs. 1 for a DVD player, 2 for some kind of HD recording device because I do a lot of time-shifting viewing and sometimes what I want to watch is on the same day/time but on different networks.
4. LCD flat panel technology because I did not want to deal with tweaking overscan on a RPTV and because I wanted to conserve as much energy as was feasible.
5. I wanted a major manufacturer.
6. I wanted the TV to be available from a major retailer with an available extended warranty because I am afraid of dead and stuck pixels, and the major cost associated with the original purchase. This last one definitely affected the price but I got peace of mind.
7. This forum (through this and other threads) had more positive than negative things to say about the XBR2/3.
I apologise if this is off topic and if it sounds like a rant.