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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Like countless other HD TV buyers, I did a lot of research before pulling the trigger on my new Sony 52W4100. It was time to finally quit entering prices in my spreadsheet and dive into the HD world. Our existing Sony 32in XBR was still awesome but after watching our new Sony HD I can't believe I waited so long. We are thrilled with our purchase. Setup was easy and the picture is crystal clear. The HD channels are scary clear. Colors are bright. Samsung was an option but I went with Sony because of our past experiences with Sony. We purchased the Sony Bluray S550 at the same time. My DVD's look better than ever. I have watched and rewatched Pirates of the Caribbean and Lord of the Rings. WOW!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2009
Got a great deal via Amazon.com...

You really have to make sure that the incomming signal is in fact full HD, as lower quality signals will look worse with the higher resolution. So generally, the Blu-ray has worked well, but some of the less-than-HD quality feed (even although on an HD broadcast) such as pre-recorded sports highlights not in HD, don't look great, and actually look better on my EDTV Smasung Plasma (actually, the full HDTV feed looks pretty good on the 480p set). I got pretty caught up in the whole 120Hz HDTV...not sure if there is much of a difference...at least the hundreds in price difference...but like I said, got a pretty good deal at just over $1800.

Ed
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2008
We spent a lot of time researching televisions before buying. (The reviews on Amazon were very helpful) The tv is great! We have a very bright room and there is absolutely no glare. The 120 Hz makes a big difference when watching football or hockey. The set up was easy. The delivery person was less than helpful, but we are really glad we bought this model.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Sony was determined to dent into upstart Samsung's market lead even before the most recent price reductions. The V and W Series for 2007 (designated as 3000 models to distinguish them from the 2008 models, listed as 4100) replaced their 10-bit processors and color panels with a more common 8-bit configuration. The change represented a cost savings to Sony, which in turn was passed on to the consumer, who previously had practically been "conditioned" to expect to pay premium prices on all Sony models. But the consequence was also "aesthetic": the new processors are capable of representing 256 color hues compared to the 1024 gradations of the previous V and W models.

The difference is perhaps not as great as the statistics would make it seem. The Sony W Series presents a sharp, stable, vivid and dramatic picture (including the "deep blacks" that Samsung once made such an issue of) that's capable of not only holding its own but standing out from the crowd. It's only after studying a current V or W model for an extended period of time and alongside a current Z model that you become conscious of greater complexity, richness, and "lifelikeness" in the 10-bit color picture of the Z model (indeed the W picture may even seem a bit more dramatic and vivid than the Z picture, but there is undeniably some noticeable "banding" marking the edges of various color shades and hues).

Bottom line: unless you're a serious photographer planning on using your flat-screen TV with your hobby or a cinematic connoisseur determined to get the most from a blu-ray player (presently the only sure way to enjoy a full 1080p rather than 1080i picture), this Bravia W is currently the best all-around value in larger-sized HDTV sets on Amazon. But if you wish to experience state-of-the-art color reproduction, it will be necessary to look at a Z-series or the pricey XBR line of Sony sets. Or, you might check Amazon's Warehouse Deals store for a 2007 model in the V or W series (designated 3000), but sacrificing such niceties as a 120Hz refresh rate.

My old Sylvania 27" CRT set lasted me almost 30 years. Unless you plan to switch sets every other year, be willing to pay a couple hundred more for a set you'll have no 2nd thoughts about. (Personally, I'd go for the 46" Z set or, if money is tight, the 40"V3000 for around $800! The 120 Hz (and next year 240) refresh rates add even more artifice to the film-viewing experience, at times making you feel like you're watching an action event on quaaludes.)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2008
I LOVE THIS TV. I AM NOT A VIDEOPHILE, JUST YOUR AVERAGE JOE. I MUST SAY FOR THE PRICE THIS THING IS INCREDIBLE. WORKED GREAT RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX AND THE PRICE I GOT WAS UNBEATABLE. SHIPPED FOR FREE, ORDERED WEDNESDAY AND HAD IT THE NEXT MONDAY. EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS WHOLE DEAL IS POSITIVE AND I WOULD ORDER ANOTHER TODAY IF I NEEDED IT OR HAD THE MONEY!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2008
Order new via Amazon. Excellent delivery service. Debated between this Sony model and Samsung LN650, but debate ended after seeing excessive glare on Samsung screen. Picture is superb, could not be happier.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 50 REVIEWERon January 24, 2009
We bought this TV this summer, about 6 months after buying a Sony Bravia V-Series KDL-40V3000 40-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV for the living room. We were going to wait for the 15 year old rear projection set in the family room to have a problem before replacing it, but after watching the other HDTV and especially after watching movies on the other one, we just couldn't wait. The HD is so much clearer and after having the big rear projection set, it was nice to have the smaller footprint.

We're were very happy with the first Sony and when we looked at other brands, side by side, to us there seemed to be a difference. The colors looked more natural and the picture clearer. We noticed on some of the other brands that the colors were bright, but not quite real looking. Now, that could have been the way they had them adjusted in the store, but the Sony just looked better, even at several other stores.

Set up was simple. We connected it to a Blu-ray player Sony BDP-S350 1080p Blu-ray Disc Player and have a Wii connected to it with Wii HD Link Component Cable. Everything hooks up easily and there's a separate panel on the side to connect things like a computer or video camera. The Blu-ray works seamlessly with it.

Two thumbs up for this TV!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2009
I was looking for a 52" TV to complete a loft in my house. I did the usual go to Best Buy, check out the going out of business sale at Circut city. I found that I really liked the 52" Bravia 120hz tv. However, i didnt want to spend $2,500 plus tax on it. While at Circut City a gemtelmen told me to get the model number of a tv I liked and check out Amazon. I put the model number in and got the tv for $1,869. Majer M&J inc is who I bought it from. I revieved a confirmation e-mail including a tracking number. I ordered the tv on a Sunday morning and got it Friday afternoon. Make sure you give them a phone number since the driver calls you when he is near your address and needs you to sign for the tv. The TV is awsome. Hung it yesterday and it has an amazing picture. I already have a 60" Sony DLP and I thought its picture was really good, and it is, but this tv is much crisper and a treat to watch. I dont know if I would pay $2,500 plus tax for it, but at the price on Amazon, its a good buy. I was a little nervous to buy a tv on-line, but it went smooth and was a great experience. Another side note. I go the Cheetah universal mounting bracket for $30.00. Worked awsome. Stores want $250.00 for the things!!! Dont do it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2009
We have had the Sony now for approx 3 weeks and so far so good. We had been using our sons LCD system, but he needed it back and unfortunately it was difficult to go back to our old non HD system after being spoiled...

After going thru all the reviews we narrowed down to the Samsung 650 and the Sony 4100. reasons for this was overall good reviews and reliability data.

I eliminated the plama screens because they do seem duller than the LCD displays. I did the comparisons at C OSTCO, but unfortunately they did not stock the Samsungs or a 52" Vizio. The Toshibas also looked pretty good, but weren't 120HZ.

Of all the LCD Tv's the Sony overall seemed to have a brighter picture, has 120Hz, 2 year warranty (C ostco), reasonably priced at 1799 at C ostco and also was concerned about shippment of such a big and somewhat delicate item.

Not sure if 120Hz is really worth it, but want something that will last esp. as we get Blue ray.

Whats interesting is that I thought I had some bad pixels at first, but eventually discovered that some of the TV camera shows have flaws that can be noticed...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2008
After going nuts for months analyzing HD TV specs and comparing 52" sets in stores I bought a Philips 120hz model at Costo who do have a 90 day return policy as I was leery of buying something this big and fragile on-line with cross-country shipping.

Long story short, the Philips had a few issues, it was returned, and I "bit the bullet" and went with Amazon for the W4100. My considerations went by the way because the TV arrived in six days, was unboxed and put on a stand by the bare handed White Glove guys, and the set has run as advertised.

The sets I compared were the Samsung 650, the Philips, and the Sony 4100. 120hz was important consideration for sports and action movies, and I didn't want to spend over two grand. The Samsung's screen is nearly as reflective as most plasma sets, a deal breaker for my very bright room. The Philips was best for that but for its power-cycling, re-sizing, and sound issues.

Watch for Amazon deals on this TV. For the price of the warehouse store Philips, I got a TV that has more features, a marginally better picture (although a bit more reflective), and a Sony Blu-ray S350 and four movies thrown in! And this doesn't cover the included delivery and set-up.

Sony Bravia W-Series KDL-52W4100 52-Inch 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV
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