Note also that there is a big warning notice on the box saying that it must not be laid on its side in transit (as one might expect - large sheets of glass must be transported vertically, otherwise they break under their own weight).
This means that you really do have to have a space four and a half feet long by three and a half feet high by two feet wide - if your space is three and a half feet wide by two feet high, that's not good enough.
You will also probably need a degree in mechanical engineering to assemble the stand correctly.
Ach, it's not that bad, unless you try to take a bit of initiative and do it without instructions That was my initial plan of attack but I soon saw the error of my ways, stuck to the instructions and it was built in no time.
I actually thought it was pretty helpful the way Sony had the little cardboard cubes to help support the stand when building it. Well, I thought that after I'd fished them back out of the rubbish
See, it's pearls of wisdom like that I will need when mine arrives in a week or so! I suppose wanting to switch the telly on is too much of a distraction for many building the stand and makes you rush it.