Originally Posted by jsteinhauer
I don't play gmes, so I can't help. I can not compare to the Samsung.
I simply don't understand why people can't decide which display is most appropriate for them and go with it and be happy with it. After two days of use, I am pleased with this display. It is a vast improvement over my older set, and I will not now be looking to upgrade anything for some time. I think you will be hard pressed to find another LCD on the market with better blacks, though you might find more accurate colors. To compare it to a plasma doesn't make sense. If you have a light controlled room, don't play many games and don't watch a lot of television, there is no reason not to go with a Pioneer plasma. Every room in my home has nearly a solid wall of windows, and in the summer, daylight lingers until nearly 10 pm. The brightness of the LCD set makes more sense in this environment. Furthermore, we watch television and sports that often have static effects, and I wish to avoid the possibility of burn in.
I would not recommend an LCD display to anyone who wants the benefits of a plasma display.
I had Plasma for 2 years and it is at the bottom of my list. The question I am trying to reach a conclusion to is wither I should break my budget and go with the XBR8 SONY or settle for the 950 Samsung.
The reason why it is so hard to answer is because I do not have the possibility to test either set, and likely never will unless I can get both into my living room to play around with for a good solid week.
So instead I will have to turn to people who own the sets. I am very sensitive to visible PQ flaws or artefacts, like most people in these forums. If I get the SONY I want the set to as free from such eyesores as possible.
For 5000$ + tax, I want the blacks in a completely dark room to be 100% black and indiscernible form the bezel, even for my sensitive eyes. I want unrivalled vibrancy, sharpness and clarity. Lastly, I want the set to be free from backlight uniformity problems, like clouding or flashlights or even possible glaringly obvious dimmable LED zone artefacts.
I think I read someone write that the LED's behind the XBR8 panel are hand picked to ensure they best match each other, which is why the XBR8 is so expensive. But if that is so then why do I read in this very thread that the bottom corners of an owner's XBR8 is brighter than the rest of the screen?
Because, you know, every time I am likely to see some PQ artefact like that rear its ugly head and smack me out of my immersing myself into the movie I am watching or the game I am playing I will remember how much money I paid for the unit exactly so that I would avoid such things.
Then, 6 months or so from now, I might come to think that maybe a successor to my set might have arrived, costing less, that potentially does no have the same PQ artefacts I have to suffer through. If I get the Samsung, I likely won't care as much, because it is only going to cost me 800$ more than the Z I currently have and if something better shows up a year later I won't have problem with replacing it at that time. But the SONY, that is a different story altogether, for that price I expect the kind of quality that will last me at least 2-3 years.