Pros: Lots of inputs, good standard def picture. DVDs are even better.
Cons: Its heavy, but all big screen CRTs are.
Needed to get a larger screen TV for some time and plan to eventually get a High Def receiver, so had been researching sets for quite a while.
Whatever I got had to fit in our current entertainment center, so I was limited on width. The 36" Toshiba would fit, but just barely, and its even heavier than the Sony - somewhere over 180lb.
Given the fact that I only had so much width to deal with, I decided to get a 4:3 TV. The widescreens that would fit in the entertainment center were no "taller" than our current TV. Given that 95% of what we watch is standard def (via DirecTV), the 4:3 was the best fit. And when we do watch 16:9 material, the resulting picture will be just as big as it would have been with the biggest widescreen that I could have gotten.
Even though the Toshiba is so heavy, that is what I was originally thinking of getting till I saw it side by side with the 32" Sony. Not only was the Sony a bit cheaper, but I thought that the picture was better.
The list on the Sony is $1000, but its almost always on sale. I had decided that as soon as it got under $800 again I would buy one.
HH Gregg had it on sale for $797 and Circuit City basically matched them, so I was planning on seeing where I could get the best deal when I came across an open box return at Best Buy with only some minor cosmetic damage. Because of the weight, others have recommended getting the in-home service plans. That sounded like a good idea, so I made an offer and we eventually settled on $900 for the TV, their 4 yr service plan and delivery all included.
Their guys delivered it right on time, setup was a breeze. There is only so much you can test out in the store, so I was a little worried about whether my open box special would work right but all seemed fine. Nice to know I have the service plan to fall back on if I need to though.
I had read a review from someone else who had a standard def DirecTV TIVO DVR and they were happy with the picture with this set. I am too, though wasn't so pleased at first. Not sure why that was but its grown on me a bit in the 3-4 days since we got it. You do get some pixelation when doing freeze frame on the DVR, but moving pictures are gorgeous. Best quality output from my DVR is S-video, that is the connection that I use.
Use component input for the DVD player and quality is very good.
The TV has 7 inputs with meaningful labels that can be selected. Inputs are chosen by toggling through them, but un-used inputs can be labeled SKIP so its quick to run through the 3 inputs I'm using. 2 of the 7 inputs are component and the last is a HDMI.
There are 4 presets (vivid, standard, movie, pro) to select from. There is also an edge sharpener, and digital reality creation to add definition to standard def images.
You also have zoom control for HighDef content in wide screen format. You loose the sides of the picture, but maximize the vertical size. This is a zoom and not a stretch, the picture doesn't get distorted.
All of these settings are global, you can't customize the settings for each input as you might on a more expensive set.
I have a home theater system so its nice to be able to turn the speakers off and not worry about them.
Overall, I'm very happy with the purchase. Still working to tune in the settings.
Once DirecTV fixes the glitches in their HD PVR (once you go PVR, you won't go back) and offers one that will support their MPEG-4 format for the future, I'll go high def and be able to enjoy the set even more.
If a 4:3 High Def set is for you, I really recommend this set, even if only to watch standard def like me. At least in the Atlanta area, its easy to get one for $800. If its not on sale now just wait and it will be.