Summary: It may be last year's model, but this TV has nothing the new ones don't, and fits nicely between 46 and 55 inch TVs. The full array backlighting renders blacks that are as deep as those on a plasma. The picture is stunning, especially after customizing it according to the recommendations on CNET.
Incredible Black Levels, Performance & Design with Good 3D
R. Sen Sharma "Rhubarb", Amazon
30 December 2011
Summary: Great 2D with incredible contrast and black levels. The only downside is, in extremely dark/black scenes with very bright/white visuals such as text, I will on occasion notice blooming. This is only noticeable if you look for it, and I've never had anyone else comment on it while watching with me. The 3D is good, but you need to keep your head fairly straight or cross-talk will creep into the visuals. These are minor quibbles, and I continue to be blown away by this TV.
Summary: If anyone has any doubts about buying this television (which is now a little out of date since a newer model has come out), I would tell you to not hesitate for a moment. This television offers the best LED/LCD picture quality of any set I have checked out. I bought this set this past Spring and I continue to be blown away by the PQ every time I turn it on.
Summary: I bought a new 52 in. XBR9 back in Oct. 2009 for $1,900, and the LCD panel has already gone bad after 22 months. Cost to fix = $2,800! I called Sony and they could care less! Offered to sell me another set for a reduced price. I wouldn't spend another penny on their products! Look elsewhere.
Summary: I did not buy from Amazon but I'd like to say its overall performance has been excellent. As all products have pros/cons, my experience tilts the pros in its favor. The deep black is impressive as all the pro reviews state. Out of the box the picture looks great but can be overpowering after awhile, its so bright and vivid at least in my room setting (shady room). After 3wks+ ownership and some tweaking with tips from online sources its a pleasure.
Summary: Why I Chose This TV I did not buy this from Amazon.com but wanted to share my experience with you all just the same. I chose this TV with the Help of the salesperson from another store. I told him what I was looking for and the lighting situation in my living room. He recommended an LED LCD over a plasma TV based on me telling him that I would be viewing the TV while the room might be brightly lit.
Summary: This TV is just amazing. Right out of the box I was amazed at the picture and it just got better upon making picture adjustments. Even cable HD cable TV playback looks just awesome. I thought I would never like an LCD TV, but when you get one with a high quality resolution, full LED array, it just doesn't seem to get better. I've seen the Samsung, LG and Sharp models and this one kept coming out on top with the picture.
Summary: After receiving the TV, I attached a Sony PS3 and left it updating. When I came back, the TV had turned off. After turning it on again, the unit would power on then off almost immediately. The standby light would flash 5 times. Sony Tech support indicated that a technician needed to get to the TV to figure out what was going on. I opted to return the TV.
Summary: So excited, new TV here in time for the Super Bowl! All hooked up and ready! Wake up Super Bowl morning, go to turn on the brand new Sony, NOTHING! Nothing, but a flashing red light. Tech comes to the house that day. Bad board? It was on for three hours! Oh great. Pull out the old Sony.Super Bowl on the old T.V. Wait three days for the brand new one. So excited. Open the box, and, screen is cracked from corner to the top. Hmmm...
Great size, ease of use, 3D compatibility and internet content!
Christian Lenoir, Amazon
3 February 2011
Summary: I purchased this TV because I wanted something big (believe me, 52" is huge) and also with options for expanding possibilities, such as from its compatibility with internet ready content and 3D capability. The menus are a breeze. I read some reviews saying it took long to flip through the menu and/or channels, but that is not my impression and I think the menus are not only easy to understand but are also "visually intuitive", and changing channels and menu screens is a...