Hi all...long time owner of a KDS-60A2000, and recent "victim" of the "green blob" syndrome as well. I've been reading MANY web sites on this, and a LARGE PERCENTAGE of the pages here, and finally called Sony for the first time this morning. I got the same two initial offers, as most of the recent others have:
KDL60EX720 - $1375 plus tax
KDL55BX520 - $575 plus tax
I agree with almost all the others here...I don't really want to give up the 5" of screen size that we're used to having (had the 60A for almost SIX years now!), and also don't want to give up picture quality either, so neither of these options sound very appealing to me. I've done more research since making initial contact, and tomorrow I'm going "TV shopping" to see these and other models first hand.
Once I go see these in person, I'm going to call Sony back and ask about the "better" models that some of you have been offered...as of now, my FIRST and SECOND preferences are as follows:
(1st) KDL60NX720 - $1486 plus tax
(2nd) KDL55HX729 - $925 plus tax
I'll let you know how it goes!
P.S. Thanks to ALL of you for your time and input in posting here...definitely gave me a leg up during my research and now negotiation.