Originally Posted by Knd
I've read all 10 pages and didn't see many comments on the black levels of this model. CNET said that the black levels weren't as good as some other models, which I'm ok with, especially for the price of this unit. I'm just curious as to how much "worse" they really are...
If your old TV is a CRT rear-projection then I doubt they are better. They are probably not even as good. But that goes for almost every LCD out there unless you really go up in price.
Compared to other LCD's I only know what I have read, which is that it is not as good. It looks as good as it's competitors on the showroom floor, but that is because all of the TV's have their brightness, contrast, and backlight turned up to 11.
For me it is a fair amount better than my 2 year old Samsung 4661. Where it pulls away would be the shadow detail which goes hand and hand with black level.
So since the black levels are better than what I am used to and coupled with all the other good things about this TV (price, size, resolution, color, size, price, size, etc.) I felt this was the best TV for me. I have to exchange it as I had a funky experience with the VGA input and the stand is crooked so if they are out of stock I may try something else. But chances are I will be going back to this.
I have not sat down to watch a movie and compare the 2 but I think I like the CNet settings better. I changed them a bit and set the filter to 'medium' from the recommended 'warm'. I also turned up the backlight a bit for a brighter picture.
The CNET setting definitely have a bit more pop but the Home Theater Magazine's are more accurate. I will probably stick with those but turn up the back light to 30-40 for daytime viewing and sports. The colors seem a bit more natural than the CNET settings too, although it is mainly apparent with flesh tones and not all the time. It seems to be determined by the quality of the source.