Originally Posted by westa6969
Agree!Why Sony chose a 52" for their premier panel to this day makes no sense as they produced reference level panels in 55" - 70" Triluminous RGB LED and of course they were quite expensive.
IMO the new NX810 60" will trump the HX909 for HT immersion the 8" gains and personally there is no way I could go back to a 52" for my main HT.
The new NX810 scored very well in the recent flat panel shootout despite the fact it doesn't carry the XBR badge and all competitors in the shootout were the high end plasma and LED. Keep an eye on 2011 CES and then the Sony Show in Feb/March for new XBR's on the horizon and I doubt they stick with a 52" since sizewise it's a size that got trumped four years ago.
Do you have any idea how bad Sony was doing with their Consumer Electronics Division for several recent years? Really bad. Huge losses. At one point it cost more to make the Sony Playstation than they were selling it for! Sony had to come up with a new business plan for its Consumer Electronics Division.
They also had their hands full with all the replacements for the SXRDs that had green blob and other problems. How much do you think it cost Sony to have to first try to repair and then have to replace all the funky RPTVs?
Sony Audio was also not doing well. Denon, Pioneer, Onkyo, even Yamaha were giving Sony plenty of competition.
But companies like Sony like to make "statement pieces", which are state of the art items that have super premium prices. "Quite expensive" indeed!
Just so you haven't forgotten again, Sony is a for-profit business, not a 501 (c) 3, private non-profit organization. So they make business decisions
when their statement pieces don't get them anywhere near operating in the black.
So, it should come as no surprise that they would make their premium LCD in "only" a 52 inch size. The real money to be made with LCDs is the mid-priced models that will sell in volume.
As you are aware, the EX500 series has been a success for Sony this season. Very good balance of price, performance, and features.
Sony knows that true hobbiests with a desire for screens 60+ will find something they can live with, whether it be another brand of LCD, a plasma, or a front projection system. People with basements can set up a great front projection system for $2,500.
You were all ready to jump on the Samsung UN65C8000, however, who knows what is going on with the Samsung UN65C8000 and its MSRP of $6,000. That is certainly not a bread-and-butter set for Samsung. Meanwhile, people are searching everywhere for the Panasonic 65VT25, and gobbling up the 65 S 2 for $2,000. I know plasma doesn't work for you, but you are a valuable source of information on big screen LCDs.
You just have to figure out if it is worth waiting for an LCD larger than 65 inches. I know that the 73 inch DLPs had a tremendous amount of impact compared to any 65 inch panel when I was in Magnolia.