Originally Posted by zoetmb
I will however agree that those side panels should have been removable or there should have been comparable models with and without those speakers because if someone has this in a home theatre situation where they're always
going through a sound system, you wouldn't want those speaker panels.
Originally Posted by Browninggold
I agree to disagree. I would wager they would sell more units to the masses without speakers. Should have the option to remove them if you don't use but that's not the case with the newer model Sonys. If I am spending 3K^ on a flat screen I am into the HT gig pretty big. John Doe has a nice surround sound already etc...family enjoys blu-ray movie night a couple 2-3 times a week. IMO Sony missed the boat on this one. Sleek, thin and classy is in. Whoever is on there design team they better get rid of IMO.
zoetmb, like Browninggold says, we can agree to disagree.............era.............very much I'd say...
Sony designers, with the "gorillia glass" have finally taken the design of the flat panels to a very clean look. My 929 looks like a piece of black glass on the wall. Very simple and I think rather classy looking with all the wiring..........and I do mean ALL the wiring concealed. It could not look any cleaner........IMO. Now don't get me wrong I've seen numerous photos of theaters that were set up with big.........and I do mean big speakers surrounding a very clean looking 929 set. This is simply NOT my style. My external speakers are set up to almost disappear from view. You only realize that they are there when they are turned on.
Although I will agree that the sound from the 929 is nothing to write home about, the TV speakers do work when you do not have the receiver speakers turned on. In my case this would simply mean when I did not care to listen to the full sound coming from the TV, but only "monitor" the sound from what ever I was watching.
The flip side of the X900 design..........take something that "could" be very clean and attach the "boom box" look. If you do this, why spend money on design techniques like "grollia glass". Simply put a metal frame around it like almost ALL of the other flat panels available today. Save the money.
If it turns out that the speakers are removalble...................well disregard my comments. But I can tell you the first thing that I would do is remove those ULTRA Ugly speakers.
OTOH.............That's why they make chocolate ice cream.........so I've been told!!