Do you guys think i should exchange this amazing XBR960 for say a top LCD..say Sony'a Bravia ?
It's just so strange to have bought a new tv which ran me $1599 at B.Buy(and i had to haggle the price down from $1899) a month back..and has amazing PQ but now that Sony will be stopping it's CRT lineup forever, i'm beginning to think that maybe a no purchase would have been my best option(i also have a 27" Samsung HDTV, from 3 yrs back).
Don't get me wrong i love it's PQ, but there are very few HD broadcasts from Time Warner Cable in my area.(and no FOX-HD) and after the Super Bowl..while i have the YES network(thankfully) to look forward to, there is little else.
And then i'm reading up on the upcoming SED tv's that will combine the PQ of a CRT with the size/weight of the LCD/Plasma's, and i'm wondering if i should just return this HDTV..maybe for a new pc rig or digital camera or just wait until there are many more HD channels on cable.
And oddly the main reason i bought this HDTV was for 360/PS3 gaming, but i'm wondering if the upconverting of 720p to 1080i brings down the PQ to levels of say a LCD? Because every LCD(or most) are native 720p.
I could easily return this(i believe..easily) for a top 26" or maybe larger LCD for my den for 360(and upcoming PS3) gaming, or i could simply wait for the SED's to arrive and just get the VGA adapter for the 360 and pick up a 19" NEC monitor to use as it's display.
I went for months to come to the decision of the XBR960..and it's amazing in it's PQ but i'm wondering if i jumped the gun here a bit too early.
Your thoughts on what you would do if you were mainly into 360 gaming and how you would approch a HDTV now and for the next few years?
LCD? Plasma? SED? XBR960?
It seems there is no perfect answer here for gaming, because LCD's can't reach 1080i in case there are 360/PS3 games in 1080i(or 1080p-->PS3) and the Sony XBR960 has the best PQ but it's upconverting 720p to 1080i and some have said this downgrades the PQ. Add to that a VGA adapter and you would need a very high end pc monitor to reach 1080i/p as well.
There seems to be no right answer for the perfect HDTV/display for 360/PS3 gaming and HD broadcasts. This really is very frustrating.
(don't get me wrong playing COD2/Condemned/PDZ/King Kong and other 360 games on this HDTV is like pure gaming heaven, but then i'm reading in the official Xbox magazine how upconverting in CRT's downgrades it's PQ and since nearly every option for a HDTV is not the perfect choice..and while the XBR960 is closest thing to HDTV perfection for 360 gaming, i't like i'm sticking with a betamax in the 70's or a great technology that is no longer will be supported/sold. And it's not like i can throw down $1600 every 2 years on a new HDTV so i don't want to regret it if the SED's are all they are said to be two years down the road..for about the same price, all while these will be supported for years to come. It's a very strange time in the HDTV field right now, everything is changing so rapidly and there is still no ideal type of HDTV that is setting a standard)
TIA for any advise.