1. The "Model" you have.
Sony KDL-52XBR32. What convinced you to purchase this particular model.
a) Prior experience with a KDL-V40XBR1
b) Extensive research on these boards, and in stores comparing plasmas, RPTVs, LCDs, etc. I've seen pretty much all of them and played with most of 'em.
c) A lot of in-store experience with 46XBR2s
d) Many years of prior ownerrship of Sony video products
e) WAF (and she helped subsidize the premium on the XBR3, too)3. What you like best about your LCD.
- Absolutely outstanding PQ on HD sources. Really
- Amazing set of picture controls, almost infinitely-tuneable.
- Exceptional esthetic appeal (I've already received a lot of compliments on the set's apprearance, and the holidays aren't even here yet).
- Form-factor fits the space (could go bigger IMO, though)
- Handles both bright and dim room conditions, no screen glare or reflection issues
- Very familiar control layout and operation
- Superior interconnectivity with all my gear, super-configurable
- Individual memory for picture settings for each input, in each mode!4. What you don't like about your LCD.
- Well, obviously the price premium...
- Non-swiveling stand
- Black bezel could be a bit narrower5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your LCD had.
Not in the following order:
- The ability to pass-through digital audio via the TOSLink/optical out, from external sources such as HDMI.
- Sync-on-green capability (don't own an XBox, but the set should support this)
- Ability to accept 1080p-input via Component
- A built-in DVI connector input
- A swiveling stand6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacturer" about your LCD.
- Include all items in #5 above.
- Lower the price so more can enjoy this superb panel in their homes7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your LCD.
Almost none. This set has totally met my expectations. In fact I would say it has surpassed most of them!
Maybe this is more a pleasant relief than a surprise, but reflections off the gloss-black bezel are a non-issue. They're there, but just disappear once you turn the set on and there is a picture. It's actually a neat effect when I think about it.
I was surprised to have no motion blur or issues with fast-action sports programming, after hearing all the complaints from 46XBR owners...not that I ever saw it on those either, once they were adjusted properly (and fed with a decent signal). I have
noticed some of this on other panels, including tweaked Sharp and Sammy 52" sets with comparable signals, BTW.
I was also a bit surprised to find that no HDMI cable was included with the set, but pleasantly surprised to find that a VGA cable WAS provided.8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your LCD.
Hmm. None so far...should I be worried?
OK, I had a problem getting all 120 lbs. of this TV off the floor and up on my salamander unit by myself. I managed to do it without incident or damage, though - I'm a engineer, I make my living doing a lot with too little. 9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.
My philosophy is that a thing is worth whatever someone is willling to pay for it. Since I did buy it after all, and it has been perfect so far, I guess I have to say yes. Check back with me in a year or two...10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.
I'm posting in the Owners thread so go there for more info. I will say that in general, I consider this the finest LCD panel on the market today. Tomorrow, who knows? But right now, this thing kicks righteous a**!
And I haven't even hooked up my PC to it yet...that should be something.