March 5th, 2009, 02:12 PM #11
For me it was more of the 120 trying to over compensate for herky-jerky camera movement. It would make me dizzy. But for sports with small objects like golf, hockey, football, baseball it REALLY helps with the flow of the object.
Originally Posted by Drum4Pigs
The only other beef I have with it is the black lacquer finish. It doesn't match any of my Stainless/Aluminium finish components...but that's do able.
Last edited by nocturn; March 5th, 2009 at 02:17 PM.
March 5th, 2009, 02:35 PM #12
March 5th, 2009, 03:14 PM #13
March 5th, 2009, 10:24 PM #14
It's a LOOOONG story that I'll try to sum up. Lets just say I've probably spent about six hours on the phone with Sony, and talked to everyone in their Fort Myers facility. And I never ONCE lost my temper, but it was close a couple of times.
Originally Posted by nocturn
They did everything they could to give the the story "sorry, too late!" After I mentioned the class action lawsuit under construction in Florida, they perked up a little. The first offers were basically TVs at or higher than Amazon prices. I told them they were crazy.
In the meantime, I decided to **** Sony and change my feature set in my living room. Yesterday, Amazon delivered my new 58" Panasonic Plasma that is absolutely AMAZING. I couldn't be happier with it.
So I worked Sony to replace the 55" for something smaller that I could stick in the bedroom. I originally targetted a 42", but they didn't have any. They had a 46W4100 and the V4100 for $1200, and the 52V4100 for $1200 and the 52W4100 for $1400. I said I had to think about it. I wasn't crazy about their final offers here, considering that compared to Amazon, I'd be saving about $125 after taxes, etc. I talked about it with my wife last night and called back today.
This is where the lucky part came in. I said that I would take he 52V4100. They said "sorry, they're all sold out." They now had NONE of the 52" left that I asked about the day before.
But what they DID have was the brand new 52V5100 that hit the website at midnight last night. It's basically a souped up V4100 with better dynamic contrast ratio (double) and 120Hz motion flow, which was only on the W series last year. Sony had it on their website for $2300. I checked Amazon, and their pre-orders are the same price. They said I could have it for the same price I was offered on the V4100, and he said assuming they get my serial number ASAP (I mailed it today), I might have the set at home before many retailers have it on the shelf.
So in the end, I'm getting a brand new model at a 50% list discount for my bedroom set. Not too shabby.
Sony knows that they ****ed up these sets with a design flaw. I think judging by what out there on the internet, the class action is going to cost them some money in the long run.
March 26th, 2009, 03:53 PM #15
So it looks like my TV transitional days are finally over.
The 58" Panasonic TH-58PZ800U that now sits in my living room I have absolutely fallen in love with. I'm telling you - after moving from an LCD projection to this was like making the jump to HD all over again. I never thought I would see a television this size capable of producing such dark, inky blacks without losing shadow detail at all. I spent about 3 hours calibrating it with DVE, and I think it looks pretty good. At first I was tempted to torch it a little bit because it pops so well, but after a few days, I'm totally used to it. The built in THX settings were so very close to properly calibrated settings. Very nice. I recommend, and this television could be had probably for a steal soon before the 2009 models roll out. My only complaint is that it tends to run a little hot, and it's pretty noticable if you stand close to it. Good for the winter, bad for the summer. I'll have to keep a close eye on our power bill to see if there's any difference there.
There are some Blu-rays I'm really looking forward to re-watching all over again.
Yesterday the new Sony 52"V5100 was delivered and I spent some time last night with it. It's very nice, although I noticed right away that it can't match the black level of the plasma. (It is much better than a lot of LCDs I've seen, so kudos to all manufacturers who have worked in this regard.) I will say that a trip to Home Depot is definately in the works to secure this baby to the stand and wall, as the pedestal that it rests on doesn't seem to be a very well-built stand. The TV shakes a little when I walk by, and manually I can torque it pretty good. A simple wall fastener and cable should take care of it.
Overall - very happy with both sets, especially the Panasonic. DirecTV is still the messed up part of the equation. Another installer came out who refused to do the work I needed done. I have to get an independent guy out to do it. *Sigh*
March 27th, 2009, 08:33 AM #16
Cool man. Glad it worked out for you.
The Sony should have come with the wall strap kit.
I picked up the (I believe it was) Home Depot 32" to 48" tilt and pan wall bracket for around $50. Best price I could find. The set is bigger than the bracket calls for but it falls way short of the max weight the bracket can hold.
Best Buy had the proper bracket for my set but wanted $150 for it...lame.