Originally Posted by Tele-TV
SharpOne & Slumpey, if you don't mind me asking (I'll understand if you dont and will respect your wishes), if they XBR8 had a lower price range, say like $5,500 or $5,000, you guys would get it. Sorry to be a jerk. The only reason why I ask is because I have the opportunity to get an XBR8 at Sony Employee pricing. Rememember guys (I know, no S**t), it all depends on what YOU want. I like the idea being able to adjust the picture settings in game mode, build quality, RGB LED's, customer service, and more future "proof" with the 10 bit processing/10 bit panel; as oppose to the Samsung 10 bit processing/8 bit panel (I hear diff things).
I can answer that for myself - if the 55" XBR8 was priced below $5000 where it belongs (in line with the original pricing on the 950, just 10-20% more) - in that case, I would already have one in my living room. However, at $7K it is priced as a superior product when it is just marginally better. It could warrant $7K if it was 1 inch deep, everything else being the same (just my opinion). Sony just priced themselves out - you can see that, nobody is buying this set. I don't know what's up with Sony, they act as if they don't want to sell any. Not allowing discount by retailers is even more stup1d - a lot of people would not buy electronics at MSRP no matter what, and that doesn't help. I have had as much as 30% off of high-priced ($5K+) home electronics, buying at list price is just nuts. There is a good reason for list prices - buyers that don't know too much will pay that, and knowledgeable buyers will go for a deal and buy the product at discount. Sony it seems would rather eliminate that significant % of buyers. Oh well
Sorry guys for OT-ing the discussion with backlight/Sharp posts. I generally don't like to do that, but it was just natural to respond to posts. In any case, I think this thread should be renamed - it is NOT owners thread (there are almost no owners anyway), and even the guy that started it doesn't own XBR8. We may as well just keep the discussion going, and when someone buys XBR8 and is enthusiastic about it - they can start a new *real* owners thread and update the 1st post, etc.
To me the important discussion is what is the best LCD TV to buy right now, and I've posted on several threads. The main contender seemed to be the XBR8 - but it is eliminated by price, the 950 - has some downsides, and now the Sharp XS1 - promising but unknown.