What the hell! I just saw the 65 inch XS1 in a mall at a Sharp booth. Weird, as
I wouldn't expect the thing to be fully available to check out in the middle of a
mall in Mississauga, Ontario (Canada). For the folks in the area, it's at Erin Mills
towncentre. I totally didn't expect it.
I gotta say, this was one awesome looking set. The size alone blew me away
(I'm used to a 60 inch plasma but 65 seems so much larger) and it's damned thin!
I mean, I checked it out from the side and it's super thin! I totally loved the
mount they used on it too! It kinda reminded me a lot of Pioneer's 9mm demo.
As for the PQ, this looked *FAR* better than any LCD I've seen, and that includes
the Sony XBR8 / Samsung 950. I had to look twice as it was like a souped up
plasma with seriously vibrant colours. If this thing came down to 8K, I'd hit it!
No questions asked. At the current price, it's out of my league, but I think this
is one set that's at the end of the upgrade-itis road that many folks are on.
It's that good! This is what I expect from the new neo-pdp's... and it's in the
flavour of an LCD! The only thing I'm unsure is the blacks since we're talking
a mall here... but considering the environment, it looked fantastic.
Sharp definitely is back with this one... finally! I mean, it's like an LCD that's
source-lit (instead of back-lit). No sense of transparency or anything... just
pure colour! Oh, and I didn't see any ghosting/jutter at all! Impressive!