Originally Posted by gmarceau
??? Did I do something to you ???
NO....sorry if you took it that way. I have a 101FD and was going to compare. Hence, being the judge of that.
My initial impressions are:
It is a beautiful set. I would even say more beautiful than my 101FD. The single pane and near invisible bezel in darkness just makes it damn sexy. I have to read how to turn off the Sony emblem (figured it out), but I have only watched it for an couple hours. The stand with it's brushed aluminum finish is gorgeous. But, I love brushed aluminum, so I am sure some would prefer a straight black stand. The movement of the standard is excellent and makes it easy to position TV for viewing and to get behind it.
Menu is very intuitive especially if you have a PS3. It is identical. For the internet/widgets/streaming, I did not try any of them out as I use my Xbox 360 for all my streaming needs Netflix, videos, music, pictures, etc. But, I might fool around when I find some time just to see how good they are.
Remote is scarce and missing a lot of essential buttons. I was hoping for a better and more advanced remote. I will have to purchase a Harmony remote for this TV now. The one odd thing I noticed is the Sony remote causes my iHome to change stations when I use the volume. That's right, I raise the volume on the TV and my iHome Alarm clock turns on with the radio screaming. It took me a half an hour to figure out why my alarm clock was doing this. I seriously thought it was a damn ghost the first couple of times.
Sound is not good at all. Heck my wife was complaining, and she never complains about stuff like that. Normally, Sony doesn't fail on sound, but to keep the clean front, they had to put the speakers somewhere. Personally, I would rather have the clean front and poor sound. This is what a receiver is for.
Picture is very uniform with no visible flash lighting or clouding. Probably one of the best CCFL pictures I have seen out of the box. Definitely impressed. Standard mode was very natural. For HD material, the TV is very, very good. I need to play with the settings more to see how good I can make it. Shadow detail and blacks were good, but I don't know if they are as good as the new Samsung LCDs. Definitely, not as good as the LED LCDs (both edge and back lit). They aren't close to the my Kuro, but I will pass final judgment after a proper calibration, but I have my doubts.
Standard definition with my AT&T U-verse, didn't impress me. Lots of macro blocking that isn't apparent on my Kuro and wasn't present on my XBR1. I have yet to use the game mode, but I hope to give her a play through with COD: MW2 when I get home. In the end, I am extremely impressed, but I don't know if this TV can dethrone an equivalent Samsung as being the best CCFL LCD out there.