Originally Posted by RicFlair
what's your take on the TV? I'm between this and the Sammy 6500 Plasma
I was originally looking at Plasmas, both the Panasonic and Samsungs. I really do like the picture on a Plasma better than an LCD, but what really got me looking at LED LCDs was that the TV was going into a bright living room and will be used quite a bit. The Sony is nice and bright (and should stay that way), uses considerably less power and is a lot lighter than a Plasma and the `monolithic' single pane of glass on the front looks incredible. The wife loves the way it looks too, which certainly helped sell it as a more expensive alternative. =) I wasn't sure about how reflections off the glass would affect the picture, but it's across from a large window and I don't really notice much of anything during the day and would say if anything it's better than the CRT (ah my poor old 34XBR960!) that it replaced.
I wouldn't really recommend buying it on the strength of the `smart' features though. I was hoping to switch over to just using it for Netflix and Hulu and giving the PS3 a rest (I had an old `fat' PS3 died due to being on so much watching Netflix!), but Sony really messed up the user interface! They tried to make them all look similar and just made them all pretty bad. The only smart app that we actually do use is Pandora, but that's mainly because nothing else hooked up to the receiver in the living room supports it.
Oh, or the 3D, which really isn't so great. I never really did check out the Plasma's 3D though, as it was never really a priority and only have been messing around with it on the Sony because I got a `free' set of glasses when I bought it.
I'd definitely recommend it though if neither of those things are a priority. The 2D picture quality really is great (close enough to the Plasmas; probably better in a bright room) and the set itself looks amazing.
As for buying a floor model, an LED backlit LCD is probably your safest bet; I wouldn't buy a floor model CCFL LCD or Plasma myself unless there were very few hours on it. The main issue (other than physical damage) is what's happened to the set being on constantly in `torch' mode at the store. CRTs (ok, nobody's really buying _them_ anymore!), Plasmas and CCFL LCDs will all dim and can change their color balance with use, but LED backlights don't really have that problem. As for the electronics, generally if there's some sort of a problem they're going to fail fairly quickly, so the fact that it's actually working after being on for so long is probably a good sign.