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I'm thinking about getting a 60" Sony KDL-60EX500 for my parents to replace a 55" Sony projection SXRD TV they're borrowing from my brother because their 42" LG LCD broke.

I'm thinking of picking this TV up because I can get it for $1200, which if you include tax is almost $1000 off Best Buy and WalMarts price.

Anyone have any thoughts on this TV? Any experience with the series?

CNETs review and LCD Buying Guides review lead me to believe that the picture quality is pretty good. Internet apps isn't really important and the fact that this TV isn't an LED TV only seems to hurt it in thickness. It's 4" thick but the black level performance is what you would expect from an edge lit LED says CNETs review.
    
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Very good value for money TV. for the price, I'd definitely get it.
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Very good value for money TV. for the price, I'd definitely get it.
I agree, there's not a lot around that size at that price without being a rear projection TV.
    
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EX500 are mainstream or at least I thought so. Those are very great TVs, I was thinking about getting a 32" one. Gaming on 100Hz is a no go I heard because of the refresh rate. For movies 100Hz is wonderfull

I'd get that TV if I were you and had the money
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The only thing I was worried about on this TV was it's black level performance. Traditional CCFL LCDs usually have pretty crappy black levels but I guess this one is supposed to be pretty decent. It doesn't have to be outstanding or anything because the room is so bright it wouldn't really matter. It's good that it has a matte screen too because the room has a lot of windows.

I've got a 50" plasma so it's not like this TV has to be all that spectacular because we won't be using it to watch movies on. Most likely just HDTV broadcasts from DirecTV and of course the SD Military channel my dad loves so much.
    
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I picked up a 32EX500 and it's very good. I had a chance to grab an EX700 for $50 more but the edge-lit LED had a worse picture and I had no need for the internet extras or thinness. The picture on the EX500 is very good for the price. You parents probably won't care about lag but in Game or Graphics mode the EX500's are as good as any LCD. The 120hz MotionFlow gives an interesting smoothing effect. Turned up high it makes panning and action moments look funny, it's nicknamed the Soap Opera effect. And MotionFlow wouldn't be advised for gaming due to increased lag. The other benefit to 120Hz is the reverse telecine (3:2 pulldown) for movies.

Overall the 60EX500 is a great buy for 1200. Here are settings to use on the 60" model http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...3#post18869413
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