Originally Posted by dane1201
I'm debating if I should buy the HX929 series or the Pro Elite series. Is the graphics on Pro Elite that much better than the HX929? I went to several bestbuys, they all recommended the Panasonic VT30 or the Pro Elite. Nobody even mentioned anything about the HX929. I spotted the TV myself in Magnolia. I don't know if I should get the Pro Elite 60 or the Sony 65HX929. Any suggestions? They are around the same price.
In my experience, any of the big retailers seem to reluctantly carry Sony high-end products. I live in Minneapolis area (BestBuy hq) and went to several of their premier stores in the area back in January and couldn't find a single 65HX929 to look at. The 70" Elite was prominently displayed in every store (in Magnolia area). These kind of stores push what they have in their warehouse - what they got the biggest bulk deal on. My observation is that the sales pitch always tilts that way - little to do with product features or quality. I imagine they love the Elite because the profit margin is higher - and Elite apparently can't be sold over the internet
Presumably Sony will have a bigger presence in the stores once their new pricing policy goes into effect. I wonder if Best Buy, among others, refusing to stock/sell models (if that was the case) had something to do with forcing Sony to the new policy.
I got a 65HX929 the end of January. I seriously considered the Elite but I didn't want to go smaller and the heavily discounted "replacement" (for bad SXRD) was far cheaper than the 70" Elite. I think the Elite is excellent. So is the HX929. Neither are perfect.
If you decide on the 65HX929 and see vertical bands out of the box, my advise is to call Sony (and retailer) and get it on record then wait for 3 weeks. They will get a lot better. After 3 weeks decide if it is acceptable to you and then proceed with return if not. I wouldn't bother with a replacement as it will likely be the same. Mine was moderately noticeable to start with and now it's barely there and not an issue for me.