** Originally posted in Official XBR Thread **
Just got my 40" XBR2 this morning. To summarize: simply amazing!
My previous set is a year old Sharp 37d5u and I've enjoyed using it. The XBR2 is only slightly better, in my opinion. Maybe the Sharp was a great set to begin with.
First off, I tested the Full Pixel mode using a MacBook Pro thru HDMI, and I think this is where the XBR2 really shines. The added resolution made a huge improvement. But it still can't match my 30" Apple Cinema display.
Although I won't be watching a lot of SD on it, I was curious to know how this set performs. After reading several posts on underwhelming SD quality, I got a little worried. To my surprise, it looked quite acceptable. SD on my Sharp looked better by a very small margin.
I haven't tested this set with a PS2 or XBOX360 yet. If it performs as well as my Sharp, then I'll be a happy gamer. I plan to test them after the start-of-semester rush has settled. Looking forward to the PS3 and Sony Blu-ray player, which are a big part of my decision to buy this set.
I'm happy to report that I found absolutely no dead/stuck pixels. It did take me a while to change the picture settings to a more acceptable level.
So far, I'm very satisfied with this set. My GF thinks the XBR2 looks fantastic. We were at a SonyStyle store, and when I saw her smile while looking at the set, I knew this was it.
Now, to find that matching HT system. Infinity, Niles, or B&W... we'll see.