Originally Posted by dollysods
Well, I have the 55EX710 on the way and I am having mixed feelings about it because of the reports from these new ones being all over the place.
My situation is, I had a 52XBR6 for 1-yr and 4-months and it failed from the "venetian blind problem" of the LCD panel.
I didn't have the extra warr. on it but after finding out that the XBR4's were getting extended warr. from SONY due to defective panels I felt comfortable calling and trying to get some relief from SONY.
They offered about a 32% discount on a new KDL55EX710, so I wasn't really happy about the whole situation but it was just enough to make me go for it....and I know it is only out of the goodness of SONY's heart that I am getting the discount because after all I was out of WARR. But would you expect a TV like that to fail after less than 1 and 1/2 years....me either.
I felt like that TV show where the bank makes an offer on the suitcase of possible money just almost too good to turn down...ha ha...I would have purchased a SAMSUNG for a replacement but their offer was just good enough for me to go for it.
But after reading all of these people reviews I am wondering if I made the wise choice.
I know, I am rambling, but thanks for letting me.
Time will tell.
I called SONY and tried to ask for other larger screen options but they would only offer this one.....I mean I wold have even considered paying more money for a better and larger screen model. SONY said something about limited supply and that was all they could offer.
Sony offered me the 55EX710 or the 60EX500 for about the same price (about a grand) because of the trouble I was having with a 6 year old WE610 with both the optical block problem and the melted/burnt plastic & electronics around the bulb. They also offered me a 60EX701, but for this they wanted another $600. After some of the disappointing reviews of the 710s came in concerning the uneven backlighting, I looked more carefully at the 500 and read the (very) long thread in AVS. I ended up getting the 60EX500 because of the following (in order):
-Hughh's advice on getting the largest TV that will fit into the room. It really is good advice as long as you have done a good job dealing with the WAF. (BTW, Hugh, sorry about your Rangers.)
-I was (am) not confident that Sony will come out with a 60EX710, and even if they did, it would be out of my price range.
-I looked at both the 700, 710 & 500s at BB, and thought the blacks and viewing angle of the 500s were slightly (not overwhelming) better.
-It was just about impossible to tell about uneven backlighting because the "store settings" are so obnoxiously overdriven, I thought everything looked bad, especially next to some great looking plasmas. (I think the plasma manufacturers were making their case!) So I had to rely on the postings here and on the 700 and 500 boards, which gave thumbs-up on the 500s having a truly consistant and even CCFL backlit screen.
-I did not care about screen thickness, weight, bezel thickness or internet ready features.
-I cared slightly about energy consumption, but not enought to go for smaller or lower PQ TV.
I sent Sony my paperwork on 10/21 (not overnight mail), and I received the TV yesterday - just a little over a week! I'm volunteering for a congressional campaign, so I'll set it up after the election. When I do, I'll post my thoughts on the 500 forum.
BTW, did you know that a 60" TV has almost 20% more screen area than a 55", and a 55" has 37% more screen area than a 47"? And if you watch letterbox movies, this extra area is much appreciated!