My advice would be:
1) Donot buy any HD product unless it has HDMI 1.3, because otherwise
you will be wasting a lot of money buying in my opinion and
2) Are you sure that you are talking about the Sony TV, or have you
got it mixed-up with the best Philips TV, which is probably about
half way between 720p and 1080p?
3) If you want to ignore my advice in 1) above then at your own risk
A) There is a simple method to solve your problem:
B) You should be able to buy a bezel (frame), which converts the
TV into a picture.
C) I think that you would have to buy the 1080p Sony XBR2(USA),
which in England would be the, 'X' range, but verify with Sony.
D) Then you can ask your wife, which colour would she like out of
the range of colours.
Below, is a copy of an article about the Sony KDL-40W2000 (UK) similar to the Sony KDL-40V2500 (USA), which you can show to your wife, because the purpose of a TV is how good its picture quality is and not how pretty it looks.
Since, I think that the Sony is arguably the best TV in the 40"-42" range of TVs, and I am assumining that the larger versions of the Sony 1080p TVs would be as equally as good, it is impossible for me to recommend any other TV.
This is, because I wouldn't buy anything else at this moment in time if for example my TV broke down - I would probably buy a
Sony KDL-40W2000 (UK) similar to Sony KDL-40V2500 (USA), I think.
NB! As already stated that you should only be buying 1080p and HDMI
1.3 HD products !!!
NB! Below I have just copied a message, which I sent to somebody else, which might be useful.
SUBJECT: HDMI? 1.0 to 1.3
You are extremely lucky!
I was just on my way-out, but trying to find a forum, which I posted a message on, when I found your request for more knowledge about HDMI 1.3.
I shall store this website URL page onto my desktop, until I get back.
But, take my word for it, somebody who knows about HDMI 1.3 who then buys HDMI 1.3 is a complete idiot!
I shall continue and provide proof when I get back.
NB! This must be your lucky day!
I shall get back to replying to your message.
The experts say that to maximise the benefit of High Definition (HD) TV that the TV should be at least 40" and I am sure that it is at least 99% correct.
It probably has something to do with how far you have to watch the TV based on its size.
I wouldn't buy a TV unless it has 1920x1080p resolution.
For example I am sure that the film studios and probably broadcasting will be using 1920x1080p cameras, which means why pay more money to convert 1080p to 1080i to give an inferior picture quality and have to switch backwards and forwards when a fast moving object for example a fast enough moving car appears on the TV etcetera.
It has been stated that HD is more expensive than normal standard definition TV (SD) picture, but I don't think any person has asked the commonsense question why convert a 1080p signal to a 1080i signal, which is more expensive and creates an inferior picture etcetera.
I haven't seen the Samsung HD CRT TV, because I don't think that it is available in the UK yet.
I don't have much faith in the reviews on the website, which you gave:
1) Impossible virtually for it to get 5/5 for picture or sound
because I am sure that more expensive Samsung HD TVs are not
perfect for picture and sound.
A) For example for sound, the following should be better; 5.1,
6.1, 7.1, Prologic II, Prologic IIx, DTS, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby
Digital Plus, and DTS-HD.
B) It is obvious that the reviewers have not compared the Samsung
27" Slim Fit HDTV (TXS2782H) with for example; Sony 1080p TVs,
the best; Pioneer TVs, Panasonic, and the Philips HD TVs.
I shall now discuss the HDMI: 1.1, 2.0, 2.0a and 1.3.
You should be extremely concerned if you buy any HD product, which does not have HDMI 1.3.
1) I have heard of HDMI sockets or plugs falling off HD products.
A) Unfortunately, it would take too long to find out where I read
that information from and supply it to you.
B) BUT! The HDMI 1.3 is going to be a different shape, which is
probably to solve the problem of HDMI falling off HD products.
c) The picture quality should be substantially be improved.
1: At the moment the colour is capped causing banding and poor
A: Instead of displaying millions of colours
B: HDMI 1.3 will enable Billions of colours
C: A Billion is one hundred million
1* Increase of 100 times.
2* Not just double but 100 times!
2: High Definition Digital Sound
A: Dolby Digital Plus
B: Dolby TrueHD
3: Future compatibility with PC and Media system (wireless)
4: HDCP appears to be extremely unreliable, which probably an
HDMI 1.3 should solve.
5: Whether or not there are problems with AACS (encryption used
by film studios) HDMI 1.3 should reduce problems and
for example improve picture quality.
6: HDMI 1.3 should be backward compatibility
A: I shall believe it when I see it for example
B: Sony creating a BLU-RAY Computer, which probably cannot
play HD films, and cannot play MPEG 4 DVDs.
C: The HDMI 1.1, 2.0, 2.0a are not forward compatible to
HDMI 1.3 HD products.
D: There is a saying that it is impossible to fit a square
peg into a round hole I think it is
E: I am at least 99% certain that the new shape and version
of HDMI 1.3 will replace the HDMI: 1.1, 2.0, and 2.0a.
This means that the existing HDMI: 1.1, 2.0 and 2.0a HD
products are already virtually obsolete.
F: I also think that the reason why they are marketing the
HDMI 1.3 now instead of probably a few years time, is
because people like me are not being con by the
propaganda being given out by the establishment, which
includes some editors.
G: For example too many HD TVs provide a dreadful picture
quality (Shimmering, Artefacts, and Banding etcetera) in
Standard Definition and HD mode.
H: One reason for the poor picture quality is that the
picture has been capped (limited) unnecessarily.
I: Some people are going to say but
J: For example the Sony 1080p TVs are excellent but I would
say that HDMI 1.3 would take us a step near to 3D TV.
K: Before I forget, there is not just one new HDMI 1.3
L: But there will be two new ones.
1* The main one with a new shape
2* A mini one for cameras etcetera, which don't exist on
present HD products apart for maybe Sony?s PSP3 game
controller (late 2006).
3* The new HD products with HDMI 1.3 should be available
in early 2007.
4* I cannot see manufacturers who are taking shortcuts
using both existing HDMI sockets and HDMI 1.3
A* HDMI 1.3 is actually and literally should be
completely a different shape from the present HDMIs
5* Therefore, in my opinion people have been ripped off
by the establishment including some editors who
should know better!
6* Philips have created a chip - cost U$ 0.97 (think).
2) Hopefully, there should be a new HD TV called a Laser TV and LCOS.
A: LCOS is probably already in production.
c: Laser TV probably only one prototype has been demonstrated in
public and that was by Mitsubishi.
D: Nanotube - Combine CRT and LCD technology.
3) Therefore, I think that:-
A) DLP will probably replace plasma.
B) SED will be superior to LCD.
C) Laser will replace LCD & plasma if claims have not been hyped
1: But LCD would have to fight back with lower prices and 1080p.
D) Experts have been claiming that HD TV prices will be rising
But I think the only direction for HD prices is down relatively
NB! Before I forget again, I shall include some websites, which maybe
useful - Independent proof.