Originally Posted by petebert
just got a 46V5100 that I could return due to the hdmi sound issues. Found the EX500 for $100 more, think its worth it?
If you have membership to the warehouse clubs like Costco or Sam's, I'd seek out one of the the EX501s, which come standard with a 3-year factory warranty. And as noted earlier, pay with an American Express card and it adds an additional year. The EX500 has a one-year warranty.
Despite what one consumer magazine's statistical odds suggest, I think a long warranty is still wise for flatpanel TVs.
The 501 appears to be a solid, if not great, value for people who don't want to be on the LEaDing edge. The old Sony TV selections at Costco didn't have any great attraction before, but 2010 is a different story.
Heck, even with the cost of a new membership factored in, it's still cheaper than a 3rd party extended warranty that you'd have to buy for a 500, and you'd still receive the other membership benefits.
The only potential gotcha is whether that membership must be maintained during the warranty period for it to remain in effect. I believe this is the case with some of the Costco/Kirkland-branded merchandise like the car batteries, but I doubt it applies here.