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Old 02-01-2008   #1
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Default Sony KDS-55A3000 HDTV Review

http://www.avrev.com/equip/sony_kds5...rd/index1.html

I liked the review and agree whole heartedly that people should buy one. These models will be the last RPTVs Sony makes so get them while you can!

Street Prices on these units go for:

50" version: $1500
55" version: $1750
60" version: $1900

The 60" version is a steal but many places including Amazon are already sold out. There won't be new versions of this set. So get them if you can find them.

I think these SXRD sets are some of the best PQ you can buy. It's a crying shame that Sony is discontinuing RPTVs.
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I agree the 60" model is a steal. I own one and for the price they are tough to beat. The options this set has are pretty remarkable as well, 24fps, 1080p over component, 120hz etc.

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I agree the 60" model is a steal. I own one and for the price they are tough to beat. The options this set has are pretty remarkable as well, 24fps, 1080p over component, 120hz etc.
Yeah the only problem I have is one I have with every Sony: Video Processing.

It's a small gripe when you consider the color accuracy of the unit and good contrast production.

They provide better picture than all the other Sony TVs and just about every other TV on the market minus the Kuros and the new Samsung LED LCD flatpanel. It's a shame that Sony won't continue to make them.
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Yeah the only problem I have is one I have with every Sony: Video Processing.

It's a small gripe when you consider the color accuracy of the unit and good contrast production.

They provide better picture than all the other Sony TVs and just about every other TV on the market minus the Kuros and the new Samsung LED LCD flatpanel. It's a shame that Sony won't continue to make them.
Yes it is a an issue with this set. I purchased mine last fall when they first hit the streets and the CNET article found an issue with 1080i not being handled properly on the cinema and custom settings. Well, those are the best setting to use so I called Sony. After two attempts I just got in the mail a flash drive to update the firmware to fix the issue.

I had the set calibrated and the tech set it was pretty spot on for color and he didn't have to adjust much. However my black's had a bluish push to it and he corrected it. Other then that he did very little to get the colors spot on.

I'll hold on to it until the prices of the LED LCD's drop and that will be my next set.
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After two attempts I just got in the mail a flash drive to update the firmware to fix the issue.
This is a good point people may need to check the date of manufacturing for their new sets. They may need to contact Sony for this firmware update since it's vital for good PQ.
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How can one ascertain the date of manufacture and current firmware in order to be certain it's running the most updated version? I just bought one at the beginning of the year...
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