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Sony KDF-42WE655 vs. KF-42WE610 (1 Viewer)

Tom*T

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I am unable to see the difference between these two Sony WEGA HDTV's. I know the 655 is a newer model but I can't see what's improved/changed. The prices seem very similar also.

Anybody know?
 

Doug Miller

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Tom --

Funny you ask that. I had the 610 until today, when I had my 655 delivered. I'd gone through 2 Optical Blocks on the unit so figured I would move on. Here's a rundown of my new 655:

Out of the box, I like the new grey, it's darker than the old grey (although I liked the old charcoal rim around the screen I think it added a nice trick to making the picture appear darker). A few things I noticed off the bat are that they did a better job of seperating the inputs than on the GWIII. Another thing is that they overhauled the menu selection -- it looks a lot better, it's much easier to see.

The new built in tuner didn't do anything for local digital for me. Granted, I just bought a $50 Jensen antenae to try it, and got nothing. Not a big surprise considering I barely get cell reception at my house. They aren't kidding about the 50 minutes to program. I hooked up the cable and let it fly for Analog and Digital channels. I got a big grin on my face when it said it found 249 Digital channels... only to have the rug pulled out when it said I could only look at 50. Oh well, I could always wish that Comcast wasn't scrambling, right? I think the digital local channels look better through the cable than through the cable box. The picture is a little softer and more realistic. That said, I don't think it's worth the hassle of changing back and forth, along with missing out on the channel guide.

In terms of picture changes, any notices there? Yeah, maybe I'm smoking something, but it looks darker. Maybe the bulb change (the bulb wattage is different) does make a difference. I thought Vader looked more detailed than on the GWIII. Along with the colors, let me add that the new menus also have a range of where you're at, so it will tell you if you're at "40 Sharpness" instead of the GWIII 15 "ticks" from center or something like that. Sony really did improve the user friendliness of this model.

Problems, things I don't like? Yeah, I don't know why, but my remote won't work with my Sony DVD player. My GWIII remote worked just fine with it. I tried resetting the remote and reprogramming, but nothing. I'll call Sony if I get around to it, in the meantime I'll just use my DVD remote. Also, in terms of the remote, this remote isn't as good as the GWIII. The input change button is moved to the very top and got smaller -- the overall layout changed just enough to annoy me since I was used to the old one.

Other than that, I'm really happy with the set. I wish I didn't have a DVI Monster Cable gathering dust now (I need to buy a DVI to HDMI cable -- anyone using one yet? How's it working?).

Here's picks of old and new:
GWIII
http://gallery.avsforum.com/showphot...cat=500&page=1
GWIII Closeup
http://gallery.avsforum.com/showphot...cat=500&page=1
GWIV
http://gallery.avsforum.com/showphot...cat=500&page=1
GWIV Closeup
http://gallery.avsforum.com/showphot...cat=500&page=1
GWIV Menu Change
http://gallery.avsforum.com/showphot...cat=500&page=1
GWIV Translucent Menu
http://gallery.avsforum.com/showphot...cat=500&page=1

Hope that helps,
Doug
 

Tom*T

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That helps a lot! At $2,300 from Circuit City it seems like a good deal.

Thanks.
Tom
 

Michael TLV

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Greetings

Sony reps told my higher end store dealer friends that there was not a whole lot different on the new units aside from cosmetics.

Regards
 

JohnRyan

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Doug, presuming you have the 42" 655, could you tell me what the width is of the actual base that sits on the tabletop? I'm seriously looking into purchasing this TV and was trying to see if it would fit on the TV cabinet I have now. Thanks!
 

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