My first visit back to these boards in a month or two. I bought a 6187 in June and have been absolutely in love with it. But when the A2000s came out, I went out and had myself a look.
Every one I've seen has had some problem. The first had muted colors. No "pop" whatsoever. Sure, maybe just a settings issue, but I left unimpressed. The second was sitting next to an XBR1. At first they seemed identical, but then I noticed something that surprised me. The A2000 was blurry. Details like leaves in a forest or strands of a person's hair were just totally lost on the A2000. Crystal clear on the XBR1; utterly blurred on the new Sony.
And so on.
At that point I quietly celebrated the fact that I'd purchased the very best set I could afford at the time, and just went home to enjoy it. Not a hint of buyer's remorse here; I'm totally satisfied.
That's my story. Good luck with yours.
Originally Posted by mikeynavy1
Well, I just got a call from Tweeter. When I'd purchased my 5688, I'd also been inquiring about the Sony A2000 or Samsung HL-S5679. After reading the reviews, the 5679 was out, and I was glad I didn't wait for it. The salesman called me today saying they had a 60" A2000 in the showroom, and they were having a sale if I was still interested in exchanging. This would be for $150 more than I paid for my 5688. I could get the 55" A2000 for the same price. I like the 5688, and I know the showroom doesn't really do much justice, but the A2000 I just saw looked really good. The cabinet may not be as attractive as the 5688, but it feels more durable. From everything I've read the two TVs are comparable. Here are the pros and cons I'm weighing. Oh...and I'd have to go for the 55" because of living room space.
Pros of Trading:
- Supposedly Sony has got rid of the green blob issue from XBR1
- SXRD would eliminate any possibly of me seeing any rainbow effect (I don't see it now but I intend to get eye surgery in a year, and I don't know if that would induce it or not).
- Sony build quality seems to be a bit better. I haven't read of smudge issues or anything else. I'm in the military and will inevitably move, and if the Samsung can't take a move...then I'm in trouble.
- I saw 4:3 material on the Sony and there was 0 pincushioning.
-Overscan is reduced (although I have overscan turned off on my 5688)
- SONY has less features than the Samsung (PIP, CableCARD, DRC v1...XBR1 had 2 and XBR2 will have 2.5)
- Risk that green blob will come later (I heard that not all of the XBR1s had it right out of the box)
- SONY has a larger footprint
Any suggestions? I figured I'd shoot it out here so that the more experienced folks can chime in.