By my user name you can tell I have come a long way.
Was waiting out for a 65ZT60 but when I learned it 's now expected in late July at ABT. The next day I unfortunately walked into a best buy a few weeks ago JUST
to see if they had a ZT50 or even a left over VT50. I noticed a really nice tv on display right next to a 55vt60... it made the VT look dim by comparison. it turned out to be a 65hx950.
The worst part was it was on sale as a display model for $3000. I said I'd think about it. It was in a part of town where if it hadn't gone already it wouldn't be going anywhere soon.
Last Saturday I got an email about a BB memorial day sale and they had an additional 10% off open box items... I called the sales guy and he said he give me that discount - actually he might be able to do a bit better.
So I got it for like $2599 + tax. Delivery is included. Box is missing, no manual, a slightly scratched remote, and the ring stand was slightly scratched up - but I'll be mounting it.
Didn't notice anything unusual in a normal daytime scene that was playing. no SOE, no banding, etc. Just looked great.
Didn't get a chance to try out harry potter or any other reference dvd dark scenes on the set. Did check out the view from the side (~85 degrees) and it was more than I'll ever need to practically view a movie. I'm happy if it was 45 degrees from center which this does easily.
Not sure if this is wishful thinking but, I think its a safe set since its been sitting on a floor turned on and off everyday for the last 5 - 6 months . I doubt BB would leave a set out that had any obvious visible issues. Seem fair?
Couple of questions:
BB wants $500 for 5 year extended warranty. I checked and SquareTrade they would NOT cover the set since they consider the tv an open box item and would NOT let me buy there warranty through Costco.
Are there any alternatives for extended warranties?
Do I even need a extended warranty on the set?
It comes with a standard 1 year warranty form Sony. Is that enough?
Can I assume, since its been on the floor for atleast a few months, that its a proven set?
I have 15 days from the moment it arrives in my home to return it.
How often do these screen get dead pixels? Is there anything that people can do to avoid dead pixels?
Also curious if i'm sitting 10 -15 ft away how obvious is a single dead pixel? I've seen it on my old laptop but its much closer to my face but has a higher resolution.
Thank in advance for any help.