Originally Posted by mfarris214
I did see however that the screen does dim when the screen gets dark as is known with Edge lit LED tv's.
That may be more to do with the new auto dimming feature combined with it being displayed in a brightly lit store, where the dimming would be more noticeable. Last set I was considering was the 32XBR9, which had a dynamic contrast effect some didn't like and Sony came out with a firmware update to address the complaints. You could also just turn it off though and I assume you probably can on these new ones. IMHO such features are only useful for and probably intended for poor lighting conditions where you have half a family watching a movie and the other half milling about with lights on in adjacent rooms.
Originally Posted by ssowinski
Is the 700 series worth $500 more than the 500 series? The differences are bravia engine 3 vs 2, LED edge vs CCFL backlighting, and internet/dnla stuff and auto dimming / power off on the 700's.
Hmmmm... that is alot of extras now that I think about it.
I guess what it comes down to then is the LED edge vs CCFL backlight. Pro's? Con's?
I don't know, Sony non CCFL sets are considered as the best non LEDs at displaying blacks, so I would consider since these new ones are only edge lit LED, that the Bravia Engine 3 may be the best new improvement in them. I guess it depends on how well they diffuse the edge lighting to spread over the screen.
Even on just 32" size edge lit Samsungs though I've seen noticeable unevenness of the back lights when the screen goes black. And they wash out at semi wide angles too, probably because LEDs are more of a directional than radial light source.
As mentioned I was considering the 32XBR9 for my all in one gaming, movies, TV, internet, etc display, and worried I blew it when I saw the pre Superbowl prices of $600 shoot way back up, but now they have a 32EX500 that is everything the 32XBR9 was plus PIP and a better rear port layout, and I've already seen it for over $50 less than the best 32XBR9 price I'd seen with free shipping.
I'm going to go into Fry's and check out the 32EX500 by eye and hopefully the 32EX700 too. I'm not inclined to want to wait all the way until the holidays again to see a decent price should I opt for the 32EX700, but I'm prepared to wait that long if necessary if it's noticeably better.