Originally Posted by jazzbass
Another CNet thing. I like that they give props to the standard definition processing of the 650. ith a good feed, this TV has fooled some less informed friends into thinking the SD channels were HD.
That review put me over the top, finally. I have been researching HDTVs upside and down until my head is ready to explode, trying to decide what to do--LCD? Plasma? 720p? 1080p? 60Hz? 120Hz? etc., etc.--been to all the BB stores and looked at them, checked features, specs, pricing until I am blue in the face, and got it narrowed down to either the 650 or an XBR. Then tonight I checked here, followed that link to CNet (been there many times before but couldn't find anything on the 650) and read it. I was worried about how it does SD, since I couldn't ever find one in the stores to look at that wasn't hooked up to a Blu-ray DVD player. Glad to hear it's good with SD!
Went back to Amazon and found the 46" 650 had dropped to under $2K, so I pulled the trigger. I can't fit anything bigger without rearranging my living room, or I would have gone for the 52", but I have never had HD before so I'm sure this will keep me happy for awhile, as long as I get a good set with no defects. This is a lot of money for me to spend on a crapshoot, but it appears the majority of the sets have no problems, or only minor ones. I know I could have bought the Costco Visio or Phillips 42" for half the price, but I didn't like what I saw in the store or read about their reliability.
I'll check back in with my impressions after its delivered. Now I'm off to read the calibration thread, too. Thanks for all the contributions here by everyone.