Originally Posted by JB15364
Here's some context for the purchase of my new KDL55HX800:
I have been to CES several times and I was there during Pioneer's last year. I also saw the last Kuro Demo at CES with the infinite black one of the best demos of all time (just ask engadget). Suffice to say I work in the CE industry and I do a lot of research before buying electronics.
I can definitely say I am very pleased by the HX800. I got the 55" and coming from a SXRD, this is a great step up.
I considered the following TVs all aprox. 55":
Panasonic VT25 GT25
Sony NX810 HX800 EX700 (to be fair I only considered the EX because it was a 60")
I needed a new TV because I am about to move into a studio and the SXRD was too fat.
I really wanted the NX in the beginning but it was going to cost a little more than I wanted to pay. I am In school right now but I am getting a nice tax return.
The VT was costly as well and it had an uphill battle against my Sony bias. My gf likes LED because they are thinner and they produce less heat. In a big room, or house, the heat and thickness may not matter but in a 500sqft. studio it can be significant.
In the end a Sony is just a bit sexier than a Samsung; after all, technology is art. *heavy editorializing detected*
The EX just didn't look as nice and the blacks weren't as good. Granted this was at a best buy so I did not give much weight to this.
I'll post pics and a more comprehensive analysis of the HX once I spend a bit more time with it.
My thinking process was similar to yours (I have the 40" HX8000). It was between a 42" panasonic plasma and this, heat/Enviro was a consideration but not a deal breaker. Like yourself, I like nice Electronics, so I did some footwork here at AVS and in the stores to ensure I got something I'd like- I have been casually sampling PQ at various places for a long time, the KDL HX8000 40 was my first "Big/Flat Screen", I was coming to this from a 24" Sony Wega Trinitron and I decided to stay with Sony, I always thought they make really good TV's. The Menus are pretty deep and there was a learning curve, but I'm very happy with the performance now. I've seen enough HD flat screens to know this is in the upper tier of what is on the market.
I suppose I have had, and maybe this forum has little of a bias towards not using certain functions and processing alot of the sets offer. For myself I'm taking a "if it looks better, do it" appraoch. One thing I found was using Motionflow on either Clear 1 or Standard setting really helps snap things on certain TV channels and SD DVD's.