Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Ellicott City, MD
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Guys, I rec'd my Qualia 006 on January 18th. I ordered it in the NYC Sony Store on 1/4/05. The delivered mine in an ice storm at 7pm and had to trudge across my snow covered lawn and down 16 very well de-iced steps to get it into my basement. For those of you worried about safe delivery - you better make sure they have FOUR able-bodied men to carry it. This thing was 328 lbs packaged not to mention HUGE!
As far as the 50 and 60" versions of the SXRD, the Sony Store reps claimed that both would be out by July '05...
Anyway, I spent the first night toying around, hooking up my Comcast HDTV with DVR. Interestingly enough, I now have DirectTV (non-HD), Comcast HD w/DVR, DVD, VHS, and my Onkyo 801 all tied together. I have had NO problems at all configuring the 006. The picture, once the set warmed up, has been perfect literally right out of the box.
I chose not to purchase the Sony stand for $1,500 in lieu of having my brother-in-law build me a custom entertainment center so I cannot answer the stand questions...
I have yet to see any flaw in the 006. For those of you waivering between the XBR LCD 70" and the Qualia 006, there is really no comparison. The Qualia 006 picture is smoothe at any distance but amazingly smoothe close up. It is very difficult to discern the pixels even at a few inches away...
The one thing that "bugged" me abut the Qaulia 006, other than the $3,000 bump in price at the last minute, was the garbage Sony remote they include. This remote isn't capable of effectively running most of the components. I decided VERY early on that I would be purchasing a Sony Remote Commander so that everything would be contained in one remote - no regrets there - I can turn on everything in my basement from the recliner, including lights.
The sound system on the Qualia 006 is solid (for TV sound)...Listening to the THX introduction series at the beginning of "Ice Age" at a volume level over 40 results in my walls rattling...FYI - the volume goes up to 65+/-...100 watts to a set mounted speaker system really blows away most other sets.
Hope this helps...