Originally Posted by PENDRAG0ON
I miss the classy look of the XBR2-5, I still regret not getting one even though they are quite out dated.
I would agree with you until I saw them up close. The clear border is too thick, and I seem to remember it being perspex instead of glass? It's an older style LCD with an inset panel, and a black plastic frame. They look great at a distance though, and I still think a silver TV design can look good.
Didn't like the design once they switched to a black bezel, and I'm not sure I liked the gun metal bezel any better. They're all models from LCD's infancy when image quality was crap though, and one of the first models where uniformity started to get really
bad. (a new generation of Samsung panels I think) That's the case with most Sony designs though. I think they tend to get it right the first time, move those designers onto the next big redesign, and just have some less important designers iterate on it for the next couple of years until that's ready.
I still really like the original monolithic design
aesthetic, though I am somewhat biased. They spent a lot of time getting the proportions right there, and I feel it was a mistake to make the bezel thinner simply because they could, once they introduced Gorilla Glass. The sets were definitely less distinctive as being a Sony set at a glance, compared to a lot of their older designs, but when you get up close to them, you start noticing the attention to detail that went into them, such as the front glass being inset into a black aluminum frame, rather than just having a flat pane of glass over the entire front of the display. The glass being bonded to the LCD panel, rather than just overlaid etc.
Originally Posted by hoozthatat
I'm aware how many people use TV speakers, and I guess excessive was poor wordage, I should've said clunky.
I think what you mean to say is that you would rather they didn't have speakers. I think they are better integrated into the design of the set than pretty much any flat panel before it.
Something I did not even realize until I saw this picture:
When you watch letterboxed content (i.e. the majority of films) the image is framed nicely with an equally-sized bezel all around the edge of the image, rather than just making the picture look short.
Originally Posted by hoozthatat
What I was saying that I guarantee
an individual who's spending 20-25k on an FP, is not using garbage TV speakers.
Again, I think you would be surprised at how few people will be using even high-end flat panels with external speakers (especially a surround setup) and I was not aware that pricing had been announced for the X9000A range.
In fact, I would expect someone that is spending that much on a flat panel display to be more
conscious of design, than someone that is happy to fill their room with speakers around a TV. Most people just don't bother with that unless they are building a dedicated theater room with a projector. (most people will not be visiting sites like this either)
A television is not the center of a home theater setup, no matter how high end it is - that's what projectors are for. Though I suppose you are maybe starting to enter that territory with the 84" model.