Originally Posted by sorry colts
New to the board... Read half the A2000 thread and the whole XBR2 thread. Thanks for all the information and input. It greatly helped me make my decision.
We upgraded from a Sony KV-35V35 to the XBR2. At first, I really liked the DLPs but the motion blur was killing me. Not sure if it was the source or the TV but I wasn't interested. Then I was considering the A2000's but the blob potential pushed me to the XBR2.
Incidentally, I saw the blob for the first time on an A2000 at CC last week. The sales person was saying how all the SXRDs have/had this problem. He mentioned the TV with the blob was a relatively new TV because they had to change out the old floor model TV due to the blob. I inquired about blobs on the XBR2 and he wasn't sure. Of course no local retailers had the XBR2 on the floor or even in stock, so I couldn't check it out for myself.
My XBR2 was delivered yesterday. Ordered from Crutchfield. I was leary of e-tailers and mail order companies but Crutchfield has been top notch. Great customer service. They worked with me on a price from a CC web site price glitch. Plus they have the price protection like other retailers. I also purchased their 5 year warranty with one bulb replacement in addition the to free bulb with the TV (Crutch's 5 year is cheaper than CC's 4 year).
I decided to go with Crutch because they worked with me on price, have free tech support, and they cater to their customers. I did shop CC, BB, and Sears but I felt I was training the sales staff more than gather facts and information (which is a testament to the members and information on this forum). It was nice getting to see some sets up close though (the A2000s vs the DLPs).
Anyway about the TV. No blobs or color tint issues that my untrained eyes can see. I did use the Monster HDTV calibration DVD. To my surprise, after making my adjustments and comparing those settings to the tweak thread settings, I was dead on with KTTV recommendations. Not bad...
PS3 hooked up via HDMI is awesome (games and BD). I played Madden and Resistance last light with no lag. Resistance is unbelievable with HDMI.
HD is being pulled in via a Terk indoor antenna. I can't believe we're back to antennas again. The antenna works pretty well. I get a few OTA HD stations. I really hadn't worked that much on the OTA stuff yet. Been too busy with the PS3.
Standard Def is very clear. My SD is with Time Warner through a digital cable DVR box. There is some ghosting off of letters on screen and the cable box TV guide that I'm trying to adjust out. No luck yet.
This week I was in Columbia SC and stopped by Tweeters. I finally got to see an XBR2 (after I had already ordered the TV site unseen) and it looked great. I also was eyeing the Samsung LED. Not bad I must admit. Not nearly as much motion blur on the LED Sammy than on one of the other regular DLP Sammys.
Hopefully this info will be useful to someone who's as lost as I was when I first started HDTV shopping. Good luck to all you shoppers out there. Thanks.