Summary: I bought this TV when it first came out with the custom stand for around $4200 with warranty. The optical block we replaced for free. After about 4 years, I replaced the bulb. It was about a 5 minute job. For those that say it's (3) hours... they are getting ripped off. You literally take about a few screens from the side panel, slide the old bulb out (in casing), and slide the new one in.
Summary: Very nice soft case Hartmann Leather bag laptop or messenger. I got this as a gift several years ago and never had any use for it, so it's time to turn over to the next proud owner. As you can see from the pics it is in nice shape and I am rating this a 9 out of 10 due only to being a few years old. Again, please see pictures as I know very little about this bag other than what you see. It has no rips. scratches, scrapes or no noticeable discolor.
Summary: If you have room for rear projection, I would take this over plasma or lcd any day. Yes, there was a "green blob" issue, but Sony was very proactive in it's repair at no charge and had a great attitude. I've had no problem since. This tv is not capable of playing 1080p via blu ray which is confirmed by the linked article. That is the only weak link with this set. The 1080i format is still better than most units I have ever seen.
Summary: best picture available!! the price for the size of the tv and the quality of the picture is second to none! I highly recommend buying a sony sxrd a name you can trust in sony, and with new sxrd technology you can not go wrong!
Summary: We've had our Grand Wega for over a year now and it is the most amazing tv out there. Nothing compares to it. People will be visiting and if the tv is on they are just stop and stare in awe of the quality picture. We had considered the plasma screens and projection screens for our little theatre room but upon seeing the Grand Wega's rear projection we just knew it was the one.
What is the deal? $4100 for 60" and $4000 for 50" as of 12/26/05 at amazon.com
George from Washington, Amazon
26 December 2005
Summary: I noticed an earlier poster commented on price flucuations. As of Monday 26 December 2005 Amazon.com is quoting "$ 4099.99 for a 60 inch Sony SXRD KDS-R60XBR1 and $3999.99 for a 50 inch little sister of the same SXRD HDTV product line. What is the deal? I base my rating on what I have seen in person. I wonder when the best time to buy will be.
Price has decreased 25% in 2 months since introduction and before Christmas/New Years/Superbowl season.
Elegant_gentleman "Engineer", Amazon
6 December 2005
Summary: I welcome the opportunity to share my perspective as an owner of a SONY SXRD KDS-R60XBR1. I notice that the Amazon.com price has decreased 25% since the item became widely available in October 2005. I obtained mine through a traditional brick and mortar retailer, but believe the associates of Amazon.com can perform just as well. The item performs an excellent job.
Summary: I looked at half a dozen 1080p true HDTVs in October 2005 before settling on the KDS-R50XBR1 (the 50" little brother to this TV). I am thrilled with the picture quality, especially after fine-tuning the Brightness, Contrast, Picture, and RGB balance settings using the Avia calibration DVD. Especially on true HDTV 1920x1080 sources, this TV has an absolutely outstanding picture!