Anyone seen the new $8000 60" Sony at Circuit City?

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  1. Patrick Sun

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    So I was purusing Circuit City the other day (actually I got sucked in there by their cheapo price on their POTA DVD), and I noticed this really really awesome TV, it was the new $8000 60" Sony TV. I think it's a direct-view with tons and tons and tons of megapixels. I stood there watching some Olympics programming, men's speed skating, and I swear that it was so life-like that I was afraid the speed skaters were going to crash through the store! I looked at the Hitachi Ultravision RPTV ($3900) next to it, but it was like night-and-day, the clarity of the Sony set was just out of this world.
    Anyone seen this TV set? Comments? I was not only drooling when I saw this set, but probably a bit aroused in a HT kind of way. [​IMG]
     
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    Patrick,

    No way that's a direct-view set! The largest direct-view set currently being produced is 40".

    Crawdaddy
     
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    It's the Grand Wega, a 3 chip LCD RP HDTV. And it looks great.
     
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    Yep...Sony's new GRAND WEGA
    It does look incredibly life-like...I saw it last weekend at Magnolia Hi-Fi here in Seattle.
    What a set...maybe next year I'll replace my 57HW40 with the Grand Wega [​IMG]
     
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    According to a review, this set is lacking in black level.

    No way I'd settle for that even at $4,000.
     
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    At that price level, I'd disown a friend for chosing a RPTV over a front projector.
     
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    They really should have designed a better stand for it. It is expensive and ugly.

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    Saw it at the Sony Store on Madison Ave. in Manhattan a couple of weeks ago. It's not a direct view set but rather a hybrid of LCD and rear projection (if I understood the sales rep correctly). Looked great (HD feed) from all but the most severe viewing angles and weighed in around 150 lbs.

    I think the set is priced too close to the plasma range but the sales guy said they were flying out of stock.
     
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    It was a LCD being fed with the HD feed from HD net off direct tv...
     
  10. Allan Jayne

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    If you would rather go front projection, the innards of that Grand Vega are similar if not identical to Sony's front projector VP10HT (sp?). The resolution is something like 1360 x 768, DVD's 480p is upscaled and 1080i HDTV is downscaled but it still would beat an anything x 480 plasma for picture smoothness.
    Are plasmas with 750 or so rows of pixels and over 40 inches diagonal still up in the USD 15k and higher price range?
    I have a 49" Sony LCD RPTV with the same three postage stamp LCD panel array but it is 640 x 480 as opposed to 1360 x 768. It cost me about USD 2300. two years ago.
    Video hints:
    http://members.aol.com/ajaynejr/video.htm
     

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