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Let us know how you go with Myer. They actually seemed to be wanting to deal when I went in there asking about a Pana 46PZ800 ($2450 incl 5 yrs) and a Pana dmr-xw300 pvr ($750). It was just too easy. I got the impression that I could push them a little harder for a cash sale.

Unfortunately no luck at all with Myer at Eastgardens.

All they can say was to wait till Boxing Day for the 15% off electrical. Any further discounts on top of the 15%, I asked. Nope, they said. What a joke. Everyone knows 15% means BS, as it's only 15% off the ticket price.

I won't be going back for sure.

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Picked up the 46Z4500 at JB Hi-Fi on Christmas eve for 3499.00, and quite happy with it for the most part. Setup was a breeze, and got everything perfect the first time except for the fact after plugging everything in and removing all the excess cables I no longer needed, I forgot to connect the power lead.

The one main downside of the unit is the EPG service and specifically the event timers.

I like the idea of being able to set timers on shows which you want to watch, but the UI for when a timer event occurs needs some improvement.

When a timer event is about to occur, the TV will simply change to the channel (or to TV mode then the channel if on another input) and then display a message that its switching due to a timer event. This can be particularly annoying when you're playing a game on a games console when you're taking major fire and trying not to die (or be run over by a train as happened in my case mid-level in The Bourne Supremacy), or watching a DVD.

It also gives no information about the specific event to enable decision making process, so for that information you have to access the guide and go thru the list until you see the timer icon for a program about to occur, or bring up information on any program and select the timer list option on screen to see a list of timer events.

When a timer event is about to occur, it would be more ideal to display a dialogue box with the program information and give the user the option to:

- Switch now,

- Remind me again in X min, or

- Cancel this event and stick with what I'm currently doing thanks.

If the user of course does not respond to the dialogue box within an appropriate time, the TV can just continue with the default action (which the user could set from the system menu).

Additionally, from the EPG you should be able to access the timer list with a single button option and not have to view a programs details to access it. Its an unnecessary level of navigation which should be removed.

The other interesting thing is the LAN connection, and the fact it only supports audio and pictures. If it can process those with the truckload of open source code the system uses, why not include video as well. If they were able to do that, it would make this unit a real 'holy grail' device IMHO.

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Picked up the 46Z4500 at JB Hi-Fi on Christmas eve for 3499.00, and quite happy with it for the most part. Setup was a breeze, and got everything perfect the first time except for the fact after plugging everything in and removing all the excess cables I no longer needed, I forgot to connect the power lead.

The one main downside of the unit is the EPG service and specifically the event timers.

The other interesting thing is the LAN connection, and the fact it only supports audio and pictures. If it can process those with the truckload of open source code the system uses, why not include video as well. If they were able to do that, it would make this unit a real 'holy grail' device IMHO.

Which JB? Cash or credit card?

Get a PVR then you can ignore the EPG problem

I beleive that is an add on available later, if you have PS3 then that does it doesn't it?

I was watching a W4500 playing blue ray The Dark Night and the 100hz thing was bugging me sensless on action sense making all action look fake (as all 100hz does) and making it look to "Video" like instead of film. How is the Z?

I know it was just a store set up so probably not getting the best. But film should look like film and people should move as people do not with this HYPER movement that 100hz creates.

How does it handle SD television and DVDs?

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Let the "games" begin:

SONY Central stores in Queensland have the following advert in today's Courier Mail newspaper:

Free PS3 (via redemption) with all 46" and 52" W and Z series Bravia TVs.

No prices given, so I'm not sure if they will discount the price, or only offer the redemption on full ticket prices.

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Let the "games" begin:

SONY Central stores in Queensland have the following advert in today's Courier Mail newspaper:

Free PS3 (via redemption) with all 46" and 52" W and Z series Bravia TVs.

No prices given, so I'm not sure if they will discount the price, or only offer the redemption on full ticket prices.

Sydney CBD too?

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Merry Xmas all!

What price should I be aiming for a 46W4500 in the post Boxing Day sales?

Cheers

Ralphus

SONY Central stores (QLD newspaper advert on Boxing Day) have it for $3399 with free PS3 via rebate.

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According to my friend, Sony TVs are much lower profit than brands like Panasonic and Samsung, so 15% that Myer is offering will be more than competitive if you cant be arsed bargaining.

You're not going to get the 25% off you would usually get by buying a PZ or a Series 6.

46W4500 comes down to 2889.15

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Which JB? Cash or credit card?

Get a PVR then you can ignore the EPG problem

I beleive that is an add on available later, if you have PS3 then that does it doesn't it?

I was watching a W4500 playing blue ray The Dark Night and the 100hz thing was bugging me sensless on action sense making all action look fake (as all 100hz does) and making it look to "Video" like instead of film. How is the Z?

I know it was just a store set up so probably not getting the best. But film should look like film and people should move as people do not with this HYPER movement that 100hz creates.

How does it handle SD television and DVDs?

Purchased from JB Hi-Fi Joondalup, and on credit card. Salesperson had no idea how I was paying when making the sale.

I have an Xbox 360 which handles most of it, still nutting out some issues with twonkyvision to playback all videos via the Xbox off my Windows 2008 Server.

The Z doesn't seem to have any problems with DVD playback, everything looks good and normal so far. Still have to play back some really fast action content. Playback is on a Pioneer DVD-310S via composite, no changes to the standard configurations.

As for SD TV, it's acceptable, but you can really notice the lack of quality in a 576p transmission as commented by my housemate who was watching the boxing day test. It's caused me to use the HD channels wherever possible, and even then SBS's reported 720p transmission doesn't look that much better.

Also, has anyone noticed issues with the EPG data for selected channels with this model? I have found with all ABC, Nine and SBS channels the data will frequently vanish. It takes an attempt to access program data to bring it back.

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I finally picked up a 46Z4500 for $3440 including 4 years extended warranty at HN Alexandria.

Took a bit of running around, but I'm pretty happy with this deal. I originally wanted the 46W, but a lot of stores don't have them in stock.

PQ is excellent however I notice quite a bit of backlight bleeding. It doesn't bother me as long as it's not on normal play.

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PQ is excellent however I notice quite a bit of backlight bleeding. It doesn't bother me as long as it's not on normal play.

That's weird, the z4500 series is supposed to have even less back light bleeding than the w4500 series.

See the paragraph titled "Notes On 200Hz LCD Panel" at http://www.hdtvtest.co.uk/news/sony-kdl40z...20081124136.htm

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Hot off the press. The KDL524500 has landed (On Monday) and distribution is now taking place from Sydney.

Anyone wanting a KDL52Z4500, Bing Lee has a bunch in their Sydney wherehouse ready for delivery tomorrow.

Apparrently they've sold over 30 units since they were added to the inventory system & not one store has a demo unit on display.

I'm gonna be a mess until mine shows up tomorrow. :blink:

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Just picked up a KDL40W4500 for $2150 from Good Guys Maribyrnong, VIC. Standard warranty. Heard another guy haggling claiming that HN had offered them $2100 bundled with other stuff they were buying.

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Just picked up a KDL40W4500 for $2150 from Good Guys Maribyrnong, VIC. Standard warranty. Heard another guy haggling claiming that HN had offered them $2100 bundled with other stuff they were buying.

first off, a big hello and happy new year to everyone from a new comer.

I recently purchased a KDL40x3100 from the goodguys in alexandria, Sydney for $1699 (super special deal as they advertised). It turned out to be faulty TV and they didnt have any of them left in stock for a replacement so I had to settle for a KDL40W4500 for $2144 + 2 years extended warranty at $199. Hope this is a good TV.

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Got my KDL52Z4500 on Christmas Eve, Spent xmas setting up and connecting my old 5.1 sound system.

Very happy, even love the illuminated SONY logo that can be turned off if need be

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Got my KDL52Z4500 on Christmas Eve, Spent xmas setting up and connecting my old 5.1 sound system.

Very happy, even love the illuminated SONY logo that can be turned off if need be

Uh...supposedly they are not available in Australia!

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I thought the 52Z was unavailable in Australia until 2009. Woops...double post

I have had mine on order for 3 weeks now.

No one in Adelaide has the 52" in stock.

Thew will be in on the 15th Jan I have been told.

I BLOODY HOPE SO <_<

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I thought the 52Z was unavailable in Australia until 2009. Woops...double post

The first shipments started on the 23rd December. Quite a few of the Sydney dealers got stock. Definataly Sony Center and Bing Lee.

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David Jones in Burwood

Price $4400 for 52"Z. Special till end of the week.

Happy New Year to all and thanks for everyone's comments and insight which helped me decide on 52"Z.

Picked it up for $4200 at Bing Lee Bankstown NSW and stock arrived same day I ordered (28/12). Had to haggle just a bit.

It is awesome!!

Also took out the 5 year extended warranty for $180.

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Will a 52" Z Series (in its box), fit into the back of a hatchback car (e.g. Toyota Corolla), or did you have it delivered by the store?

Probably not even close, Box dimensions of a Bravia 52W4500 series is 137 mm long X 1000 mm high X 401 mm thick and weight is 48 kg.

I would assume the 52Z would be similar.

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