Originally Posted by genrlz
So are you saying that many people prefer the EX500 to the EX700? At least that's what I think you're saying.
I'm leaning towards the EX500, since I trust the backlight more than sidelighting. I don't care about power consumption, thinness, or internet.
Even though power consumption may not be a priority in choosing between the 500 and the 700 series, it should be factor. I, too, looked carefully at these two sets, in the 60" versions. To be quite honest, I could not see a major difference between the two, with perhaps the 500 having a little bit better viewing angle. But when I was going back and forth between the two, I did notice a big difference in feeling the heat being generated while standing in front of each one.
I looked at the wattage consumption on both these models, and they are significantly different: The 60EX500 uses 425 watts while the 60EX700 uses only 208 watts. Our TV is on about 12 hours a day (conservatively, maybe more). That equates to a 950 kWh difference per year of consumption (425-208)x12x365/1000. Our electricity is based on "Tier 3" rates here in So Cal, at $0.24/kWh, which means $228 per year of savings. If we have this TV for the next 10 years (why not?) and accounting for a modest increase of inflation, this could easily be a $3000 SAVINGS in electricity. This also doesn't include any extra A/C needed to offset the heat that is produced (although it might be offset by warming a chilly room in the winter).
So, even though I agree that PQ is much more important than the other factors you mentioned, when the PQ is negligibly different in my opinion between these two models, the energy consumption does indeed make a significant difference, is much less expensive to run, and is the better environmental choice.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, with the 700 series now being discontinued, I'm wondering whether to wait for the 710, or see if the prices on the 700 will go down even further. The 500 is out of consideration.