Summary: Bought this for our son, as a Christmas present. He tells me it does everything, connects to the network, accesses the internet, has a great potential of apps, and has an awesome picture. The refresh rate works out well for gaming. He is light years ahead of me when it comes to technology, and he is very impressed with this television. Once again the kudos goes to the Crutchfield Advisors for their expertise and product knowledge.
Summary: Purchased the Sony 50R550A for our master bedroom in conjunction with DirecTV's Genie. The Sony was less expensive than the comparable Samsung (how times have changed). Picture and esthetics are great. (Note that if you are purchasing a 'SmatTV' for the DirecTV Genie; DirecTV still has to install a Genie box on the TV. (Initially I had thought that the stand alone Genie Box would connect wirelessly to the TV...
Pros: Great picture quality. Speakers give off 'good enough' sound for our master bedroom. Esthetics are very clean. Enjoy the one button Netflix on the remote.
Cons: Although DireTV Genie compatible, the TV does not come pre-installed with the Genie Box. This may be more of a DirecTV issue as it is not well articulated on the DirecTV compatible TV page.
Summary: Very attractive cabinet, thin bezel & chrome stand. The Sony picture quality is always excellent (sharp without being harsh). This set is also very smart and provides excellent connectivity with home networks and other smart devices. Unfortunately, as with most LED sets, the on-board speakers sound tinny and lack dynamic range.
Pros: Price, Sony build quality, Smart device connectivity, warm but sharp Sony picture.
Cons: Tinny, flat speakers (common to most LED sets), Clunky Apps Menu.
Summary: Exceptional resolution and performance!!! The system is easy to set-up and a dream to watch. I would encourage anyone looking for a quality HD system consider the Sony KDL-50R550A. The menu is user friendly and easy to understand.
Pros: Picture Quality and ease of Set-up.
Cons: Web Browsing could be better assisted with either a pointer or cursor application.
Summary: The television is very nice and easy to set up. It's the perfect size for my family room. I haven't tried the 3D feature yet. Netflix and Hulu were a little more complex than the directions state in the paperwork for the free year trial.
Pros: Ease of use
Cons: free netflix and hulu are not compatible with my internet service. :(
Summary: Sony got this one right. Image quality and sound perfect right out of the box. Had some issues setting up wireless process, but SONY support was there and assisted me with the issue. Need to keep in mind router needs to be within a short distance from TV. Again crutchfield was great with support and recommendation. Thanks.
Pros: Image and sound . Free netflex for a year!
Cons: Remote could use a little attention. Kind of lacking the bells and whistles you would think you would see with this quality set.