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anyone own the Sony KDS-50A2000 Grand WEGA 50" SXRD 1080p Rear Projection HDTV?

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Old 12-28-2006, 07:48 PM   #1
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hey everyone, first post on this forum. looks like a very informative place so youll see me around from time to time on to the tv, can anyone tell me how good this tv is? ive looked at amazon.com reviews, circuit city user reviews. what are the pros and cons to the set? I should say im in the market for a 50" TV. doesn't matter if its LCD, DLP etc. just want the best picture quality for my budget of about $2000. the one drawback i do notice about this tv is no PIP, which really sucks but can live w/o. any help, or further suggestions on other tvs would be very helpful. thanks.
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Old 12-28-2006, 09:38 PM   #2
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Are you used to HDTV, or is this a first for you?
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Old 12-28-2006, 09:49 PM   #3
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I have a close friend that has one and she and her family love it! I myself was given a 60A2000 in exchange for my 50XBR1. I didn't think the A2000 had the onions the XBR1 had, so they exchanged that for the new 60XBR2, which is incredible! What I'm saying is if you're not used to a lot of HD programming, you may very well like the A2000. It's considered to be the Entry level TV of the SXRD Line. For the money, it's not bad and certainly better than most. What are you primarily buying the TV for? DVD, XBOX/PS3, HD?
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Old 12-28-2006, 09:52 PM   #4
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Hello and welcome. I have learned quite a bit from this forum and I sugguest researching like you are as much as possible before making your purchase. Go to as many DIFFERENT stores as possible to view the sets you are considering and just go with what your eyes tell you. If you ask any person in here what tv they would prefer it's usually the same one they have unless they are unhappy with what they purchased. Either way you will get an opinion. I have come to find that all tv's out there have problems, some more than others. So how do you decide wich problem you would like to take a chance on? First I will say that I am a Sony fan and if I had $2000.00 to spend on a tv I would get the A2000 but be aware that the previous model sxrd's from sony had an issue with their light engines most call the green blob and there are alot of people out there pissed off at sony because it's a widespread problem and it takes a while to get the sets repaired and once repaired they dont seem to be the same wich is probably due to sub-standard service work. But they are replacing the older problem sets with the current sxrd line so I would feel confident buying one and I did (KDSR60XBR2) plus you said you want the best picture quality for the money and the sxrd's produce the best hd image over any other rptv out there. Also if you happen to have cable and can get the SA8300dvr cable box it has pip built in so the tv does not have to have it. Good Luck!
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Old 12-28-2006, 10:09 PM   #5
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Are you used to HDTV, or is this a first for you?
The KDS55A2000 is on sale for $1999 straight from Sony right now. Not bad for a Direct 1080p 55" Set. If you buy directly from Sony, their extended warranty is much cheaper than most other Retailers.
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Old 12-28-2006, 11:38 PM   #6
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It is $1,929 from Amazon.com which includes free shipping, and Amazon.com is an authorized Sony dealer. Sony may charge shipping, not sure.

If you buy the TV from an authorized Sony dealer, you can still buy the warranty directly from Sony after purchasing your TV.
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Old 12-29-2006, 08:30 AM   #7
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Take dvdslw's advice and see as many tvs as you can. You can check out www.cnet.com for written reviews and rankings. I also visited other forums (like AVS Forum) and read various postings from current owners before I made my purchase.

By the way, Vann's is a Sony Authorized Dealer and they have that tv on sale for $1799.98 shipped:

http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it...c=PriceGrabber

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thanks for your opinions guys! this would be my first hdtv and to elaborate, i should say i will mainly use the tv for watching sports, regular tv and of course dvd's. I will probably purchase a ps3 in the future but am not really into games so much. really like the blue ray function on the ps3 though the room im in is pretty small (i don't have the exact dimensions right now) so I don't think i really need anything larger than 50." im probably gonna base my buy on internet reviews because to me, tv's look practically all the same in the store, and they aren't even calibrated to the best of its ability so your probably not seeing the best picture it has.
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hey everyone, first post on this forum. looks like a very informative place so youll see me around from time to time on to the tv, can anyone tell me how good this tv is? ive looked at amazon.com reviews, circuit city user reviews. what are the pros and cons to the set? I should say im in the market for a 50" TV. doesn't matter if its LCD, DLP etc. just want the best picture quality for my budget of about $2000. the one drawback i do notice about this tv is no PIP, which really sucks but can live w/o. any help, or further suggestions on other tvs would be very helpful. thanks.
i had the 55a2000 and returned it after 4 days. The more i watched the less impressed i was with the picture. Then i started noticing that skin tones had a green cast to them. The more i watched it the more i noticed the green cast. I tried everyway to adjust it out and couldn't so i exchanged the tv for a Mits. wd-y57 and have been happy.
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Old 12-30-2006, 12:06 AM   #10
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Might as well post this here,

I'm interested in how the a2000 does regular cable tv (local channels). I don't even have high def-cable, just a digital cable box connected through coax. I usually watch the digital channels, but still alot of the tv shows that my wife watches is just plain analog cable.

This will be my first hi def set as well. And I assume my ps3 and 360 will look great. And I plan to get a high def box and service for when I get the tv, But I don't want to be dissapointed with the quality from standard cable channels.

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Old 12-30-2006, 12:45 AM   #11
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the one drawback i do notice about this tv is no PIP
I use the ViP622 receiver from Dish Network. It is a dual turner receiver which handles the PIP function nicely.
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Old 12-30-2006, 01:37 AM   #12
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I was reading reviews about the Sony SXRD 60 XBR2 and it describes it as being 1080 p compatable...what it does'nt say is ..if it has a built in 1080p chip in it.DLP 1080p tv's pride themselves on having abuilt-in 1080p chip.Does this Sony have that?

Also,one main thing that might keep me from deciding on a Sony is..I owned a 46 inch LCD HDTV Sony last year 46 inch XBR2.One major irritating problem with it was the Digital Reality Creation feature..AKA..DRC...and in order to receive a good HD picture I had to use the DRC feature..only problem is..in HD peoples hair would shine..as if a bright light was glowing on the screen..each time someone would move their head .the hair would glow
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Yes the Sony has native 1080p resolution, it actually has three discrete 1920 by 1080 chips to display all colors in full resolution unlike the dlp's wich have one chip wich all colors must pass through. And it also has an adjustable drc pallete so you can set it to drc1, drc2, off or adjust it to your liking so that should help you as well. I was wondering if the tv you had was an XBR1 not an XBR2 as they had some issues with the 1 series having a green tint on some images and I dont believe Sony made a 46in XBR2 at least they dont now.

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Old 12-30-2006, 10:27 AM   #14
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I have a 55a2000..........been happy with it. You have to play w/ the picture settings, to get the colors just right & a brighter picture.

SD channels don't look bad. If you have CABLE find out if you live in an area that has ADS ( Advanced Digital Service) where your SD channels are broadcast in Digital. Makes a big difference, in picture quality on SD channels.
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Old 12-30-2006, 04:41 PM   #15
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Hello -

I'm hoping that I could get some valuable input from the guru's here.

I currently have a Sony KF-60WE610 - this is the 2003 rear LCD projection - an early model of this technology. Love the set and have not had any problems at all.

Most of my viewing is of D* using a Sony HD-300 tuner and OTA. (no video game use). The only short coming is that the set does not have any internal HD tuner.

I realize that the technology for the picture quality has improved somewhat.
I am looking to upgrade to some of the newer screens and have narrowed it down to two Sony models.

- KDS-60A2000

- KDS-R60XBR2

Could you please advise me to some of the basic differences/advantages etc. The local salespeople are quite confusing. Should I even bother upgrading at this point...or would a couple of more years alow even greater technology gains ???

Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanx.
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