Originally Posted by Playdrv4me
I'm glad I wasn't the only one who was completely disappointed with the LX900s viewing angle... and that's with a perfect setup at Magnolia (i.e. not hanging on a wall or somewhere where you can't sit at multiple angles... they had three seats at eye level at the middle and to the sides). I never personally considered the LX900, but seeing it at BB completely confounded me as to what the high price was supposed to get you. I later realized that the HX series was not available in anything larger than 52 inches at that time.
One thing I DID like about the LX9 was the Yahoo Widgets and the gorgeous Piano Black rear panel. I REALLY don't understand the haphazard distribution of features and upgrades across the NX, LX and HX lines.
I had originally ordered an NX700 last spring, (which has the monolithic glass like the LX900 and HX909), and I thought the viewing angle was absurdly bad. (Not to mention the 'cones' issue, which was also bad). Standing completely in the center looked great and then just moving two feet to the left or right caused significant degradation.
There was no way I was keeping it for the $2400 I had paid for the NX700
I also checked out the LX900 and a couple other monolithic models and came to the opinion that the glass Sony was using for the monolithic look, which I think looks very cool, was causing the poor viewing angle.
I ended up going with the EX700, cost $1000 less(!!), no monolithic design, but the picture quality was without question better, and not only was the viewing angle much better, I was actually very impressed with how wide I could go before there was any significant degradation; wider than anyone would reasonably want to watch it. After having had the NX700 in my place, at first the EX700 didn't look quite as cool, but after a couple weeks, didn't even notice/think about it. What good is having a cool designed TV if the picture quality is mediocre...
I've been far happier with the EX700 even though it does have the cooler design (not to mention $1000 cheaper!)
So anyway, I'll be waiting in anticipation to see if this new 'Gorilla Glass' is better in terms of not impacting the viewing angle; (I'm presuming the previous NX700, HX909 didn't also use Gorilla Glass since it was never mentioned until recently with these new models). I've love to get an HX929, but not going to spend that kind of money unless they get it right this time.