Originally Posted by HypostaticUnion
Thanks for your help, Rizzo. Is the HX929 a better hdtv to purchase, rather than an top of the line Plasma's? What do you see as the drawbacks of a top plasma vs the HX929? I am guessing than an LED should have a longer life than a Plasma. The Sony Store has the 46-HX929 at $2,499, while the 46-HX850 is around $2,500. I currently own a 46-NX720 and it is the best hdtv I have ever owned to this point in my life. I want to upgrade and some of the reviews have said that the PQ of the NX720 was almost as good as the PQ on the HX929? That cannot really be true!? The NX720 was $1,500 and the HX929 was $3,000(as of late November 2011). The PQ cannot be THAT close with such a price difference, can it? I apologize for flooding this Thread with all the Questions, but I want answers from people who know what they are talking about, which I consider to be the members of avsforums, especially Rizzo.
I've always been a plasma guy but there are numerous drawbacks to plasma. Power consumption is one, buzzing is another. All plasma TVs buzz especially when displaying a white or bright scene (it's related to the power draw) but some units buzz a lot more than others. IR and burn-in are mostly blown way out of proportion but it's something that plasma owners should be aware of and the set needs a little babying to make sure you never get any, but this is something that LCD owners never have to worry about.
Plasma's advantages are of course PQ, screen uniformity and viewing angles. The first two have mostly been addressed with Full Array LCDs with local dimming (i.e. the Sony HX929 and Elite) but viewing angles is something that's still a deficiency even with those sets, at least when compared to plasmas.
Sony's clearing their stocks of the HX929, presumably to release their new replacement models soon (HX950 or whatever they call it) so it's a great time to buy an HX929. If I had to choose, as much as I liked the HX850, I'd take the 929. I would always take a full array set over edge-lit, especially if they're comparable in price.