Originally Posted by grunt66
I originally purchased the HX850 but after visiting the Sony store I returned the HX850 and purchased the XBR 929. In the Sony store they had four televisions mounted on the wall and the top two were the 850 and the 929. The settings on both sets were the same and the colors on the 929 were deeper and brighter. The 850 is a great set but even my wife (who is frugal) stated that we needed to get the 929. The price difference between the 850 and the 929 was only 300.00. The 850 I bought at Frys and was charged sales tax and when I bought the 929 I bought it at a military base (exchange) and no sales tax was charged and the set was cheaper then what is currently being advertised on the Sony site. Interesting enough the military base did not carry the 850.
How high were the 850's mounted? Off angle viewing tends to dim the colors. I noticed when I was comparing the two side by side that whichever one I was standing in front of had better colors than the one a few feet to the side.
Standing midway I could discern little difference.
@Justin Sullins - The problem is the guys at Cnet are frequently idiots. I've seen them give great ratings to cheap ass POS TVs because they were cheap and the bezel had a great design.
I've also seen them knock stars off a really good picture because the remote control was boxy.
Their overall ratings are pretty much useless because they introduce too many subjective variable to their total score.
Always check the complete scores:
TV: HX850 HX929
Design 8 9
Features 8 8
Performance 8 8
Value 7 6
Overall 8 7.5
I think their deduction for design on the HX850 was because the base's design reminded them of their trash bin or something stupid.
You pretty much have to ignore the 'design' and 'value' ratings.
Even still it's obvious that they don't take an average of the numbers. It appears the value is weighted higher than design.
Edit: I just noticed Cnet's comment about the 929 'crease' issue. Has this ever been seen in the 850's?Edited by DoctorM - 9/7/12 at 9:36am