Congrats on the 929! I agree that the XBR HX929 is amazing. I have the 55" version too! The blacks on the 929 are better than on the VT30 [ I have this one too
]BTW, don't get alarmed when you go into the menu and see clouding. Local Dimming is disabled in the menu and also when browsing the net. I don't know why Sony chose to do this, but that's just how it is..
Also, if you notice Banding, give the set ~ 100 hrs. It *should* go away at that point.
Moving on, unfortunately, the VT30 I got from Amazon last week is defective [ bunch of dead pixels ] and Amazon can't send me a replacement because they're OOS on the 55" and will not be getting anymore 55 VT30s
Picture of Defect : http://www.flickr.com/photos/3532597...3103/lightbox/
What I like about the VT30 over the 929 is the picture detail. I have both TVs set up next to each other and, running both together on BR [ Panasonic 210s hooked to both and running IMAX Under The Sea BR on each ] there is significant difference in the details.
The VT30, even with inferior blacks to the 929, has more depth and the overall PQ is sharper to my eyes. I also love the off angle viewing on the VT30. The 929 washes out a bit.
If I can get a decent deal [ sub $2500 ] on the 65" VT30, I'm jumping on it for sure!!