I stopped by my local Sears in Torrance, CA yesterday... they have a Sony KDF-50WE655 on display, priced at the MSRP.
I asked a salesperson for some info like, what's the major difference between the new model and the older 610 model besides HDMI and a built in HD tuner.
He had to stop a manager for an answer and the manager said... "no difference between the 2 models except "cosmetics" and the new model still didn't have a HD tuner built in."
...and with an answer like that I said thank you very much for your time and got the hell out of there
Why can't these people just say the don't know the new details and specs yet but I'd be happy to find out and let you know... or something like that.
Otherwise, the 50WE655 looked pretty good, the cabinet is all silver and looks very clean... I couldn't tell about the PQ because they have an awful HD source and nodoby could figure out how to switch to a SD source.
2 weeks ago I was going to buy the 50WE610 from Sears because of a great sales price and no interest/no payments/no deferred interest thru Sears but the salesperson told me they had none left in stock and couldn't get anymore. I asked if I could order it online still because before going to the store I checked online and Sears still had them listed. He told me no because their inventory and the online inventory are the same so if he can't get one then I can't get one online. Well, 2 weeks later and Sears still shows the 50WE610 online at a discounted price. Does that mean I should be able to order online or was the salesperson actually right (which would be a first) and no stock for him means no online stock as well?
sorry about the long questions and such but I've been researching for a new TV for months now... thought about the 50WE610 and then the HLP 50 Sammy, then the JVC 52 DILA... and I finally found this forum! This forum is great but the more I read and answer some questions the more new doubts and issues I find with certain models, etc...
So, thanks to all of you that take the time to research, test, compare, and post your reviews and experiences. It's been very helpful!