Summary: I bought this TV in October of 2009 for over $2000. Recently, it has been showing black lines when I first turn it on. The lines last for about 30 minutes, then go away after the TV warms up. I contacted Sony and they said that this is a known problem with this model. They are sending a refurbished replacement TV at no cost to me. The replacement TV has a 90 day warranty. I expect Sony products to have better quality than this.
Summary: I bought my 52" XBR two years ago, and it initially had incredible picture quality. But 6 months ago, and 6 months after the warranty expired, the panel started to go. I have spent the last 6 months dealing with the progressive worsening of horizontal lines, black spots, and flickering while the TV warms up. When I spent thousands of dollars on a Sony product, I expected it to last more than 1.5 years.
Summary: This was my first LCD HDTV. Out of the box it worked great, and I was very pleased. Unfortunately, after 10 months, the screen developed a raster to raster vertical green line in the middle of the screen. I placed a service order with Sony. The replacement display is still on back order (going on 5 months). After 5 months of the green vertical line, the display finally died. I can still get the on-screen guide to come up, but the video display is dead. R.I.P.
Summary: In Nov of 09, after a lot of research, I finally decided to purchase Sony's new top of the line (at the time), a 52" LCD TV, model KDL-52XBR9-52 for almost $2,000. I received the unit and for almost a year I was very happy with it. Approximately one week before the 1 year warranty was over, the TV started having problems. Some days, when turned on in the morning, it had double image and lines across the screen, for about 10 minutes, and then it would correct itself.
it died on me today 6 months from date of purchase
17 November 2009
Summary: I upgraded from a Visio (cheap Costco brand). I am not absolutely sure that it has a distinguishable difference in picture quality. It has lot of features. One of the main disadvantages of having too many features is that it results in too many buttons. The buttons are not always intuitive. So it takes time to get used to. One major complain I have is with the agility of the remote.