Originally Posted by gigaguy
Not sure if the Mexico comment is valid but also do you want to spend $500-1000 more more one made in Japan?
Ummm, in a word, YES. At this price point, I would happily pay the premium for Japanese manufacture.
However, let's be honest here - we're talking about SONY, not a budget brand. We have all ALREADY paid a premium!!!
Sony is skating on the assumptions of high-end customers who are probably familiar with the historical quality of the xbr line. I assumed this set was made in Japan. I assumed it would meet my expectations.
Unfortunately, it did not, though maybe the next one will. And it never even occured to me that it was made in Mexico.
While it is certainly not impossible for Sony to have a great facility south of the border, I think our empirical experience [clouds everywhere!] indicates that something is definitely wrong with QC for this set, and Sony doesn't care enough to do something about it [yet?]. Presumably, the cost of exchanging set for those of us anal enough to demand it are more than covered by the cost savings of moving manufacture from Japan to Mexico.
Although I understand that calculation, I still find it an extraordinarily depressing thought. Talk about taking your customers for granted...