Sony KDL-46VL130 = sony KDL-46W3000
Sunday, December 2, 2007
I am looking to buy a new HD tv. We've looked at Sears and Costco. At Sears we had the opportunity to talk with a Sony rep but it was too early in our search and I think some of the tech stuff went over my head. I remember him saying something about motion stuff and I think it's the new MotionFlow (TM) technology which looks really good when you are watching football! (and we like to watch football!) I really liked the Sony Bravia KDL-46XBR4. CNET editors seem to like it too. It's quite costly though. Probably worth it but hard to swallow the 3300.00 (approx) price.
At Costco they have a Sony KDL-46VL130 for 1999.99. I know it does not have the MotionFlow (TM) technology but some of the other features look close. I've printed out spec information for the KDL46XBR4 and the KDL-46W3000 and wrote in the information off the Costco web site on the KDL-46VL130. Side by side they look "ok" and the lower Costco price is...well...very appealing.
Does anyone out there know what Costco's model number translates in Sony language? I know Costco has their own models made for them by Sony. Also, is the Sony Bravia KDL-46VL130 at Costco a new model or last year's revamped model that Costco bought? Also, what is the difference in these models and is it worth the extra bucks to buy the KDL-46XBR4 over the Costco KDL-46VL130? Costco's warranty is very nice and the tech support is appealing. If you buy elsewhere the "extended warranty" costs too much and after reading Lee Koo's question and forum answers on that, I've decided it's probably not worth it anyway.
I'd appreciate any input that anyone has. We are going to buy a new TV for our Christmas present and I value CNET's forum as pretty good information and advice!!!!!