Originally Posted by chi_guy50
It's been quite a while since anyone posted on this thread, but I'll give it a shot.
I have the choice of buying either an "open box" 55HX929 with full Sony warranty from a reputable e-tailer for $2000 OR a used 55HX729 in excellent condition (less than 1500 panel hours with no anomalies) from a private seller for about $1000. I will use it primarily for cable TV (via TiVo) and DVD/BR movies in 2D only (I have no interest in 3D for now) and will be upgrading from a 46XBR5.
Do any of you have any thoughts on the pros and cons and relative value of these two alternatives? I'm intimately familiar with the characteristics of both models and am just looking for subjective opinions (especially yours, Steve Ans). TIA for your feedback.
Used HX729 for $1,000 or Open Box HX929 for $2,000? I vote for neither.
I have had the HX729 for 15 months and I love it. I did a side by side at Sony Style and could see no difference between the picture quality on the the more expensive HX929 versus the HX729. I bought the HX729 for $1,750 + tax. As for performance, the 729 is pretty slow when using the on board menus so I bought a Sony 3D BluRay player that was much faster than the HX729 and I only paid $89 for it at Costco. I use the Blu Ray instead of the native TV apps.
This week, I was hired by a contractor to find a comparable 55" Sony for a client who wanted nothing to do with 3D but did want a Sony. I found the affordable EX640 at Best Buy for $1,299 but discovered this model was no longer available from Sony - in other words - old iron. I called Sony and they recommended the KDL55HX750. The advantage of the HX750 is that it has a newer more user friendly GUI and a faster chip set. The system menus are more tablet like and this TV can be used as a computer monitor via Wifi a feature not found on the older HX729 and HX929. Amazon.com sells the HX750 for $1,498 + tax. Some local Costco's might sell this model, but ours did not offer it.
This boils down to:
1. Open Box HX929 = $2,000
2. Used HX729 = $1,000
3. Clearance model EX640 = $1,299
3. New HX750 = $1,498
Refurbs maybe, open box or used - not a chance. This is a no brainer for me, buy the newer, faster, HX750 at Best Buy or Amazon for $1498 + free shipping. The modest price differential of $200 over the older EX640 is more than worth it to go with the newer model with the faster processor, improved interface and richer wifi app set.