The legendary Sony brand
Sony is the giant of the industry, offering products in nearly every imaginable facet of consumer electronics. Sony is even involved in entertainment, owning many recording companies, and also has its hands in film production. Sony Televisions are known the world over, and instantly recognized as a trusted name. Sony was the first Japanese manufacturer of transistors in 1954, but also began making the devices to run from them. Sony made the very first transistor radio and has been breaking ground with new technology ever since.
Sony invented the first Trinitron color television in 1968 and since built an esteemed reputation for one of the world's finest televisions. Today, Sony TVs are on the cutting edge using the latest digital display technologies. Sony LCD rear projectors from the Grand Wega line are rear-projection LCD displays that have a reputation for setting the standards for others to follow in picture quality. Sony has also created some of the fist 1080P displays with a 70" viewing area.
Historically, Sony's strong point has always been having the sharpest, cleanest image quality on their Trinitron TVs. They're also one of the least-repaired TVs according to Consumer Reports; year after year, Sony televisions get high marks for quality control standards and long-lasting TV sets. You might pay a little extra for the Sony name, but not so much as to be cost prohibitive. They're still competitive with other names like Hitachi and Samsung, who also take pride in manufacturing high quality video gear.
Look for Sony Wega LCD monitors that feature the 3LCD technology. This simply means they're using three-chip LCD, always superior to single chip. 3-chip LCD rear projectors will give you a brighter picture less affected by intrusive room lighting. Many of Sony's TVs now are coming standard with a cable card and the ability to accept a Sony memory stick. The memory stick is kind of cool if you want to be able to feed the Sony TV some images to display right from your camera. It'll produce a slide show with available image files it finds on the memory stick and display it right on your TV.
Sony has put a lot of research and development into perfecting many existing display technologies out there. Sometimes when you read about the specifications of a new TV and see some new-fangled proprietary process being used on the set, it's a bunch of meaningless names applied to the same old process. While your eyes should always make the final decision as to which display you like best, Sony's proprietary processes usually do help address limitations of the display method being used in that TV. Since every display type has its drawbacks, some tweaking in its implementation can really go a long way to help image quality.
If there is a drawback to Sony, it's not much different than many other manufacturers. For one, their policy on dead pixels from their LCD TVs is not good for the consumer. Sony won't recognize a dead or stuck pixel under warranty. It's not just Sony - most LCD manufacturers have a set limit for number of dead pixels allowed as the device rolls off the assembly line before they consider it a warranty problem. Always look at the device you're buying before you buy and ensure you can bring it back with no questions asked. Be sure not to let the brand's mystique dictate image quality. For all of Sony's reputation, there are other manufacturers who make displays that are just as nice and if you're shopping you should give every one a chance. But if you settle on a Sony you can be sure you've chosen proven quality.