Felix wrote:I have heard wonderful things about the Bravia line of tvs. When my parents replaced their TV six months ago, I lobbied for them to get one. They didn't and bought a pretty bad TV instead.
Is it a sweet TV?
So far, I love it. I was at Sam's looking at different models and it was sitting next to a couple of 55" TVs (which is the size I was planning on buying) but no matter how much I played with the controls and settings, I couldn't get those two 55" TVs to look as good as this 52" Bravia, so I ended up buying it instead. My only real regret is the time of year -- I'm sure it'll be on sale the weekend after Thanksgiving, but our old TV was on its very last legs and with the holidays coming up, I didn't want to end up stuck without a television if the other one died suddenly.
The Bravia comes with a wireless network card, and I'm sure this is the first television I've ever owned that had its own IP address. The "menu bar" or whatever you call it looks just like the one on the PS3, except it has a dozen sources already added (and I'm not sure if they can be removed). In other words, when you hit menu, you can either stream video from your own UP&P media server(s), or you can search for videos on YouTube, Blip.tv, Wired.com, or a dozen other sources. It really begs the question of, do I really need Pivo in the living room any more? The only thing we use Pivo for is (a) to stream media and (b) record media. Nobody records media but me (if someone else wants a show recorded, they ask me) so at this point there's no reason why Pivo needs to be in the same room, much less on a dedicated machine. I'll have to think about that one.
So now I have a digital television hooked to analog cable, and (like I knew it would) it looks terrible. We've already checked about upgrading to digital cable, so that will most likely happen within the next week or so. I don't know that Pivo in its current incarnation is capable of recording digital video, so it may all be a moot point soon.
Anyway, yes I do love it. So far I've only played standard definition video on it (DVDs) and it looks great. I'm thinking about moving the PS3 downstairs at least temporarily for a little blu-ray action.