Summary: This TV is a great product. I am not one to delve into metrics to describe a product unless warranted. This does not require an analysis. Strictly from a users perspective I can only say wow! I saw several reviews about banding and was concerned however mine was received in perfect condition. I went ahead and ordered it based on the Sony name and having had a great experience with previous 40" Sony Bravia XBR TV.
Summary: Since One Call has dropped the price for this set down to 3K I've been thinking about getting one. The only thing that has stopped me is all the stories about banding that I've been reading here. Yesterday I emailed sony support and asked them if they consider banding a factory defect or do they thinking banding is acceptable and still within factory specs. Here was their response from Noah: This model does not have any technical issues which you mentioned.
Summary: To start, I have been a Sony XBR series fan since I first purchased a 40" XBR 6 in early 2009. After that, I stepped up to a 52" XBR 9 that I got just before Super Bowl Sunday in 2010. I wanted to make the jump to this model earlier, but didn't want to drop the 5k asking price when it first hit the streets. A few things stand out about this television. I won't mention sound quality, because most who purchase a TV like this have a surround system to hook it up to.
Terrible TV, very disappointed. Banding everywhere...
28 December 2013
Summary: Well, sadily I am not at all happy with this extremely expensive purchase. Easily the most expensive item yet and it was completely regretible. First off, this TV looks no better than my 6 year old Samsung. Second of all, my older TV does not have bandling. What is banding you ask? I did not know what it as either until I purchased this Sony TV. Banding is a problem with the screen where large bands that run from top to bottom appear darker than the rest of the screen.
Summary: We bought this TV in March this year and were very happy with the quality of the TV. It met all the specs. I was also thrilled with the fact that the TV had Gorilla Glass and so would have some protection against slight dings that might hit the screen. I have a 5 year old in the house and in playing he accidentally threw his Thomas train and it hit the corner of the screen.
Summary: Let me start out with this is the absolute best picture I've seen! period. it's hard to remember that this is an LED TV and not plasma. I read all the reviews and went to all the local stores to look at the TV and compare with others and nothing came close. My opinion is that the HX950 beats out the new 4K sony. the picture is excellent in a bright room. (my living room) and even better at night. The TV has many settings as for you to dial in the perfect picture.
Summary: Picture is great. As could be expected, the sound is weak. However, once I connected it to a Sony A/V receiver, it could not be better! Everything runs through one HDMI to the TV. My Dish remote turns on the TV, and the A/V receiver is linked to the TV, so it turns on at the same time.