hi mate I bought the new KDL-40V2000 from sony central chatswood yesterday ~ $3650 including 5 year warranty and delivery (literally walked it to my house since i live like 2 mins from the shop), so including the cheapest price on shop bot i paid about $320 for delivery + extended warranty + service + a couple of questions on phonecalls after installing (im a digi-tv noob and didnt know that my apartment was crap and that i needed $10 worth of rabbit ears to get my 3.6k machine working... :/)
Watch out buying it online with the only 1 year warranty, Sony will sell you a 4 year extra warranty in the instruction manual for ~$500. Sony Central will do a extended warranty for $189.95 i think
I'm quite happy with what I paid and the service to get it all up and running.
I find extended warranty to be the killer
here was what was in contention (not including delivery)
Panasonic 42PX600 (1024X7??) $2800 HN price, + extended warranty $350 = $3150pros - great colour (glass cover), TV looks great, good sound (very good sound!!)
cons - reflection, not as crisp as LCD, colour is almost cartoony, reflections, pixel refresh, expensive for a 1024X768 possibly not going to display future 720p well (i think?)
I would not hesitate to buy this tv if it was under $2800 incl extended warranty and delivery. in fact this was my #1 choice until yesterday when I heard the price incl warranty and delivery..
Toshiba Regza 42WL66 (1366X768) $3300 + free 5 year warranty from Toshiba + Phillips 7200 STB $400 = $3700
Pros - brilliant 1080i picture, sharp and beautiful, big size, DVD playback quality is only so so. Would be a great TV for someone with time to play with settings. FREE 5 year warranty!!!! (till december, get in quick!)
Cons - not that many, but i have noticed the colour is a bit washed esp on reds (look orangey) on the 42WL66, although the 46WL66 is perfect with some tweaking), no tuner. I love this T.V. ALOT. but in the end is not for me because of the tweaking and STB involved.
Sony KVL-40V2000 $3100 HN price for 3 weeks old display model + extended warranty $200 + Phillips STB $400 = 3700
Pros Beautiful colours and pq, you know the score, its a brilliant t.v.
Cons No tuner and only 1 HDMI port, expensive for what it is.
Samsung LA-40R7BDX (i think thats it?) for $2800 + extended warranty $200 = $3000
Pros Cheap, decent PQ, this would be a bargain if I could get it $2800 incl ext warranty.
ConsColour seems washed out even with setting playing, blacks seem abit muddy/grey. If i wasn't comparing to others and just stuck it in a room I probably wouldn't notice any of the cons!
I could have bought the bigger t.vs, but my trust in quality and colour is with Sony. Also I'm not sure if I will be happy with lower res on the Panasonic, and the Toshiba Regza colour still doesn't compare to sony (it is still an awesome tv, and if i wanted to use two remotes and tweak etc i would have bought it)
I need to have strong colour contrast not visible in many LCD's because I primarily play video games, I also need good normal TV PQ and DVD PQ because my wife likes to watch that. I am also not a tweaker and just want things to work 'out of the box' so an additional tuner is just an additional pain the ass for me.
Happy man, TV looks awesome on HD (well... 576p lol) even SD, colours look awesome. price was awesome and a no brainer once I compared the other t.v.s at the total price (delivery + extended warranty + STB).
TV setup was a breeze, the remote and menus etc are all instant and fast, the KDL-40V2000 is now patiently waiting for a PS3
My tips to all future buyers is talk about the price INCLUDING extended warranty, this is where most retailers try to screw you and make a buck. They will be more than happy to discuss price on the item, but will charge horrendous extended warranty.
I recommend you goto Sony Central Chatswood, brilliant service and no price gouging on extended warranties.