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Last spring I wanted a new TV, and the promotional material from Sony that it was super-high-quality "got me." The good news, the television, 2010's only Sony model line that has full-array local dimming, yields a fantastic 2D picture.
The 3D is a rip in my opinion - the quality isn't there and the movies have yet to appear beyond the tiny amount we all know about, many of them demos and animations. The effect does work but the sacrifice with Sony's glasses is way too much for me; the best part of a 3D blu ray is when it is over and the wretched glasses can be removed. They flicker badly - usually but not always for the first few minutes of viewing it's very bad; and the darkening and strange effect they have on picture clarity - and that for me, anyway, they are really heavy and uncomfortable x10, negates any desire to shell out for more 3D BD's if/when they materialze. I finally took a really close look at the glasses and now realize some of the dissatisfaction may come from their poor quality - looking through them side-to-side is like a funhouse mirror with all it's distortions (no, not that much, but is this the best they can do?) If Sony comes out with a new version of the glasses that yield a brighter, better picture, it could make me at least feel like I wasn't duped.
An interesting visit to Best Buy last week was a real - er - eye opener (sorry). There were a couple Sharp sets with Sharp glasses. For whatever reason, the 3D effects were better and the glasses were totally comfortable and light. Best Buy is not going to carry 2 of the Sharp 3D models, no reason why (a decision is obviously made in a corporate room o' suits). So I got an excellent 2D set, one of the best of 2010; and the 3D capability is something I regret paying into, though there was no choice with the HX-909. I can't stand call centers but am going to write a letter to Sony about their abysmal glasses... maybe there is something better in the wings. I've read many messages that people notice "clouds" in the LCD screen and so do I - but only with the 3D glasses on, I don't know if it's settings the TV forces on for 3D viewing or the poor quality glasses, probably the glasses. Come on, Sony, do right by your customers. Having to "warm up" LCD glasses to minimize flicker after all that hype and expenditure? Again, GREAT 2D, think I'll put the glasses and movies in a drawer somewhere and forget about them.