Originally Posted by FloridaDude
...so here in the middle of this recession I am now in the market.
Also do you think I should wait until more of the backlit LED sets come out, the salesman told me more are coming soon maybe in a few weeks? I would love to see the newest backlit LED-LCD sets from Sony but BB says they are not out yet and don't know when they are coming in.
A. Sony - BRAVIA 55 inch / 1080p / 120Hz / LCD HDTV
$1,709 - model KDL55EX500 shown here:
B. Samsung - 55 inch / 1080p / 240Hz / LED-LCD HDTV
$3,100 - Model: UN55B8500XFXZA shown here:
My $2500 2001 Sony 36XBR450 conked out in February 2007, so I know your pain. I lived with a borrowed 27" Sharp CRT for 18 months until LCD motion smoothing technology was debugged and I picked up a Samsung LN52A860. You owe it to yourself to wait until you can see the new Sonys and Samsungs in the next few months:
1. They are second gen LED sets, and may have better picture quality.
2. The local dimming B8500 listed above is the cream of the crop, but the new C8000 may have blacks nearly as good, although no one expects it, using some sort of edge-lit "local dimming".
3. It could turn into a 3D world, and you may not want to be left behind with a 2D model. And, someone correct me if I'm wrong, I believe 3D requires HDMI 1.4 which could also obsolete any surround receiver or blu ray you may pick up to go with your new set.
So, if you can, borrow a set to hold you, or pick up an inexpensive flat panel you could move to the bedroom. If you can't do this, minimize downside risk by spending as little as possible. You could consider a Samsung LN55B640, comparably equipped and priced to the Sony in item A. Good luck.