The 36" sets were around 200lbs back in the day, and the 40" ones were about 325, but maybe they felt like 500 lbs, Rich
The box the 40" came in said 500 pounds. The delivery guys were bitching about heavy they were and how much they hated them for that. The 36" set I'm not sure of.
Are you sure you looked at the specs for the last Sony 40" set? MSRP was around $4,000. It had a DVI connection instead of an HDMI connection. I took it apart once and you would have to see what was in that sucker. Even had a large (for a TV) sub-woofer hidden inside. Excellent PQ, but the HD display was very small. (If anyone is wondering about me paying that much for a TV, I didn't, paid ~ $1,750 for it.)