Thanks for the link and for sharing your insights. Good to hear the menu stuff has improved. Any idea if Sony also fixed the external audio source challenges? Specifically, when my home theater that includes a 900E is powered up, the TV insists on turning on the built-in TV speakers, then it flips over to the home theater rig via ARC. It would be preferable to configure once to use the external gear and never use the built-in speakers, but that's not an option. Even worse, about 10% of the time it refuses to recognize the HT gear and insists on using the TV speakers. This could be related to the under-powered menu system not being timely enough to do the right handshakes. Not sure about the cause but it's definitely annoying.
Regardless, I've always liked the picture on my 900E. It seems like like a good idea to give Sony another look.
I like the point about seating distance and size. That makes a lot of sense. My couch is about 12' from a 65" set which is dictated by the room... and begs for a larger screen.