Originally Posted by Ts1ngta0
There's currently a sale running somewhere that puts the price on these within $100 of each other. It's time to buy a TV too now that I got a Series3 TiVo for Christmas (<3 my wife). I've been reading thru both set specific threads but would apreciate some direct comparisons from those more in the know than me.
Search on 'green push' for the Sonys, and I also hate Sony with a violent bloody passion for a number of reasons (rootkit, proprietary memory and disc formats, historically-accurate giant crabs, don't get me started).
Downsides for the 56FN97 are noticeable fan noise (I have it on a glass tabletop though, I'll try putting some padding between the set and the stand), mediocre remote, slow channel and source changing, no 1080p via component, crappy input via DB15 VGA. Fan noise is not as loud as an XBox 360 in high dudgeon, but it's noticeable in quiet passages of movies or TV.
Upsides for the 56FN97: GORGEOUS BRIGHT picture after 1m warmup phase, internal QAM coax tuner (no STB for Comcast OTA, music channels, some SDTV basic-cable channels like History), good upconversion of 480i DVD via component, SPDIF out so you can put the TV sound thru your receiver. Gears of War looks F--KING AMAZING on this set, no lag whatsoever.
So far, after a week of tweaking and playing, I'm pretty blown away with the JVC. It's just the right size for my viewing arrangement (8-9' away from the couch), 61" would be a smidge too big. My 32" Panasonic "flat" CRT set has been a good solid unit for 11 years, but it's now going into the bedroom (when I can find a new table that can hold it
Best of luck!