I have the Sony 46BX420, purchased from Amazon. I put it in my cart, then watched it, and once the price bottomed (it goes up and down for a while usually) I pulled the trigger. $728. I figured, for that price, you probably can't go wrong, right?
So, first off, mostly love it. But there definitely are a few drawbacks that people have noticed. Here are my top annoyances.
1) Two HDMI inputs not sufficient. I have DVD, Cable Box and HDMI from my laptop. One of them gets shortchanged. It's not going to be the laptop, so either Im going to run composite from my crappy DVD player (probably good enough) or figure out a usable cable from the Motororo cable box. Annoying, but not the end of the world.
2) Start up - takes what seems like forever. Dont be in a hurry to flick on the telly and catch something quick. It literally takes about 10 seconds for the picture to finally come on, though I can get the audio nearly right away passed through my Marantz SR8500.
3) the worst part - the viewing angle. It really is one of the worst Ive seen on any LCD, let alone any Sony. Way worse than my previous 40S3000 from 2007. Fortunately, I usually watch alone or with my S.O. so we sit right in front. But if you arent in front, it greys out quite rapidly from not far off center at all. Bad.
What else...hmm. Sound quality I would say is fair for the speakers, but I dont use them, so again, dont really care.
The remote, well, it seems OK, but I have a Harmony 1 which I love so dont really care about the remote either.
The HD from straight on really is fabulous, and Ive tried a few different calibrations. I will post them when Ive gone through them some more and assessed each.
The SD is not bad with Verizon FIOS. You set it up with bands on the side and it's fairly clear. Unless you like stretched people, which is just a weird way to watch TV.
By the way, these folks say the viewing angle is 25 degrees, and they might be correct.http://reviews.lcdtvbuyingguide.com/...dl46bx420.html
Also, the above review is fairly accurate about some of the artifact issues and the black level depth. Im fine with the latter, but on occasions, I get a little peeved by the motion issues.