Originally Posted by Hoppy
The nightmare scenario. I've been trying to decide between a plasma or LCD and the RP sets, particularly this one, the 46E2000, and then I read this thread. Time after time people are having trouble. Then I got kicked to some thread elsewhere that I can't even find that discussed something called the "roadmap" probalem, complete with pictures of various sony 46e and 50e2000 sets with some kind of broken LCD projection that puts a roadmap-looking set of pixels on the screen and leaves it there.
And now, you're heading for your 4th 46e2000!
I think I'll just go back to the plasmas, or, better yet, stick with my three or four year old Sony 34xbr800.
I have been lurking these forums for some time now, but haven't posted much. I just picked up one of the 46 in. sets last night and all I can say is "Wow". I previously had my heart set on a flat panel lcd, but when I went to the showroom and was really looking at the displays, I really think that the rear projectors just seem to carry a much better, clearer picture than the flat panels (at least from what I have looked at with Sony lcd's). I am a bit biased to Sony because some years back when my panny hit the fan, I hemmed and hawed to try a new mark. The moment I brought that thing home and set it up (Sony Wega 27" tube) I couldn't believe my eyes. I had never noticed the dust particles in "Finding Nemo" before.
Taking into consideration that the footprint on these sets is still quite small (although you need a 4" (inch) rear clearance from the wall for the fan), but obviously not as nice as an lcd in that respect. So I dunno, for the price I honestly feel these sets are incredible. Using the HDMI, I popped in the Matrix (got half way through before I fell asleep) and I mean you could see the friggin hairs on Trinity's face for crying out loud. (actually as an aside, the picture can at times almost seem too perfect, to the degree that you lose some immersion in the media because the blending of the digital and real world effects in films seems to reveal itself a bit). I noticed no image distortion, the reviewers above could have gotten a bad lot of them or something (maybe a truck full of them got jostled too hard? *shrug* not questioning the reviewer, just thinking about how a bunch of sets would get messed up). Although, I have only had the set for less than a day, so hopefully I won't notice any wierdness.
But from my experience with Sony, it is hard to go wrong. I played around with the settings a bit, but need some time to really dig in. I'll hopefully follow up with my n00b review, hehe. One thing I really want to try, which I will post about when I do is hook up the dvi to hdmi input to my pc and give it a whirl. I didn't (obviously) buy the set for pc primarily, but would like to get additional functionality. Our main reason for the set is widescreen dvd's.