Price Paid: $1100
Purchase at: Circuit City
– Fantastic Picture
– 16:9 Anamorphic Squeeze for DVDs
– Loads of features
– Not HDTV ready
This is a fantastic TV. It looks great, the picture is fantastic, the audio is acceptable when I don’t feel like firing up the home theater system. It has lots of useful features (like dual tuner PIP, wireless headphones that can play audio from the main or PIP window) lots of inputs, variable velocity scan… the list goes on, but you can read the specs elsewhere.
A lot of people (particularly at this site) are very gung-ho about the HDTV ready Wegas (the HS and XBR). I chose this model over them for a couple of reasons:
1) I have analog cable. Crappy analog cable at that. Analog cable looks even worse on the HDTV models.
2) DVD is the highest quality signal I will have for the foreseeable future. Although progressive scan for DVD would be nice, the 16:9 squeeze makes interlaced DVD look gorgeous.
3) I don’t see myself having access to all digital signals for at least half a decade. When I do, I’ll want a 16:9 TV, probably a plasma. This TV will work great as a primary TV for now, and I’ll put the $$$ ($600-800 MSRP) I save towards that new TV off in the future. Then I’ll have this beauty in the bedroom 🙂
All in all, I don’t really have any complaints about this television. It is a lot of money compared to non-sony televisions, but the quality of the picture made it worth it for me.