Summary: I purchased this in July 2010; it is now March 2012. I am pleased with the sound and picture quality. But the manufacturing quality has been poor--I have had FOUR problems with this tv. (1) The side-panel controls didn't work, as received. It took three trips to a warranty service center to get it fixed. (2) Then a few months later, the tv would power off after 10 seconds. Tech support resolved it. (3) Then several months later, the same power off problem repeated.
Summary: Having studied the reviews and consumer reports extensively and comparing to other similar models, I finally decided this was the tv for me. I wish I hadn't. The sound is horrible--even turned all the way up, I can barely hear it 6 ft away. The delay when turning the tv on is the worst I have ever seen. I can go downstairs and get a cup of coffee before it actually comes on.
Summary: I thought I had completely checked this out. I was wrong. This tv does not have an audio output... none, not even a headphone output.... I should have just returned it immediately. Now I have to separately route everything thru the surround sound...Why would they make a TV that didn't have any audio outputs?????????????? What good is an IPOD dock if you have to use the TV speakers??????????
Summary: Everything looked fine at first, but after watching this TV for a while the sound started echoing. It had to be turned off and on again to stop the echo which always returns after the set has been on for a while. Checked the temperture in the cabinet hole in which the TV sits and it is just a little bit warm, not at all hot when this happens. Will return this set when the ordered Sony set arrives.