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I took a look again at that digitalversus site based on ac388's post, and I appear to have been hasty in dismissing it as just taking manufacturer specs. Looks like there is some test data there. But now I'm confused about jimmy_s stating that the Sony always loses in comparison, because in EVERY performance test I'm looking at, the Sony wins. Color temp, RGB, contrast, greyscale, the 1080i test that ac388 mentioned - all of them are not even close and favor the Sony. I actually wonder about the validity of some of this, the 5500 does so poorly on some of those. For the 5500, the greyscale is very blue, the 1080i looks awful, black level in the contrast is VERY high (so this can't be an 8500 twin, right?), etc.
Regarding that Sony HT system, it looks like a slick system if you want an all in one setup with wireless speakers, which could be a plus for some. It's not for me personally, I would think you could get FAR better performance for the price by spending about $400-500 on a receiver, $200 on a BD player, and the rest on a 5.1 speaker package from one of the internet sellers like Axiom.
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