I've had mine for half a day and I'm very happy so far. First of all the Fry's deal was amazing. It replaced a 73" Mitsubishi DLP that had active 3D so my early comparisons are from that TV. I am not a videophile like many on this board, just a guy who watches a lot of TV, especially sports.
Brighter, smoother picture, slightly better than the Mitsu using DirecTV
Picture MUCH better using content pulled from Sony apps (Hulu, 3Net, etc.), I was blown away how much better watching something on Hulu was as opposed to my DirecTV HD box.
Picture MUCH better during daylight. We got a lot of sunlight into our living room in the morning, to the point where on my Mitsu I had to crank up the brightness/picture setting to watch at times, no longer an issue
No bowing on my picture (the one thing I hated on my Mitsu)
Picture does get washed out a bit at angles, not a huge deal for us unless we have a ton of people here (Super Bowl Party). That was the one thing Mitsu was better
Stand is odd looking, it bothered me a lot in the store but honestly don't notice it at home
3D (Active vs. Passive)
DirecTV 3D: Mitsu had much better resolution but had a lot of blurriness/shadowing I believe mostly due to the slight bowing at top and bottom of picture. Sony does not have that problem, as 3D picture is clear, but lower resolution due to it being passive 3D is noticeable. It's like watching a Blu-Ray as opposed to a regular DVD. It's nice to have the clearer picture and graphics are aligned up properly (ESPN3d graphics, at the top, etc.) looked awful on my old screen. The one other big difference was with active 3D on my Mitsu, the picture was a lot darker, and I had to crank up the brightness levels every time I watched 3D content. With the Sony/passive I don't have to touch any of the settings.
3Net: Here is where the big difference is. Watching 3Net content, the 3D looks AWESOME. It looks HD just as much as my Mitsu did, and the picture is a lot clearer. I could be wrong, but the passive 3D stuff seems to "come out" of the TV more than the active 3D on Mitsu.
Glasses are a lot lighter, cheaper, and I don't have the eye strain that the active 3D glasses had. Advantage: Passive 3D and Sony.
I watched some hockey and football last night, aside from the sharper/brighter image I didn't notice a difference as far as motion compared to the Mitsu. I had the MotionFlow turned off.
Anyway, that's been my experience so far as a novice techie. Still playing around with a lot of the settings.
Edited by hobbes49 - 5/18/13 at 10:04am