Catching up on some missed posts and it's great to read that the sets are becoming more available, but disappointing to read that the sound leaves so much to be desired. I expected as much when I saw Sony's new design. I know a home theater will compensate (I have one), but it shouldn't be required for all tv viewing and one should have other options. Sound contributes a great deal to the viewing experience...I can't believe Sony went backwards in this area. It's not a deal breaker, but disappointing; especially in a high-priced set such as this one.