Originally Posted by churlock
I did not know this--I haven't been shopping for a TV for a long time. As much as I respect the Sony, I'm not sure I want an LCD. I guess when it does fail, I'll have to do my homework.
Sony does make some very nice LCD TVs - i came pretty close to buying an HX929 last year despite it's known issues but i just couldn't justify it's lofty price considering that a mid-level Samsung or Panasonic Plasma has better picture quality and less issues, and for a thousand bucks less.
Sony must to have had a good reason to switch to LCD.
They didn't switch to LCD, they were already making LCD TVs well before they got into the Plasma assembling business. Although they made some gorgeous Plamsas, they bought the panels and some of the electronics from Samsung then wrapped it up in a nice Sony bezel with their name on it - then charged way way too much for them compared to the other big names like Panasonic, Hitachi, Philips, Toshiba, HP, LG, Samsung, etc. Sony's Plasma division lost lots of money the whole time despite outsourcing the panels. They later built a panel plant in a collaboration with Samsung but that flopped too so they pulled out of the market entirely and concentrated on LCD which they are a LOT better at.
Sony Plasma TVs also had a very high failure rate and ran out of many replacement parts even before the TV's one year warranty was up.
Maybe by the time I'm ready to buy a new one, Sony will have switched back to plasma;)
They're never going to make Plasma TVs again. They're supposedly collaborating with Panasonic to develop OLED TVs now so i'm kinda excited to see what becomes of that.