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Originally Posted by ssowinski
Do the 60ex700 and the 55ex500 sport different panels because of the sizes?
I ask this because I saw them side by side in a dark room at the sony store and the ex500 had better blacks and contrast over the ex700. The were both put in cinema and showing HD CSI feeds. The ex700 also had visible flashlighting in the corners with backlight at set to 7. There was absolutely no difference between the BE2 and BE3 during the 20 mins I watched before my wife pulled me away.
I've viewed both these models two weeks in a row and this week pretty extensively and I would agree with you the cheaper CCFL easily beat the EX700 Series LED and both were 60" versions - repeatedly viewing identical feeds the EX500 outdid the LED in about 90% of comparative content and was also shocked to see better blacks on the CCFL.
All I can say is the EX700 LED must be a budget level version or the person setting these up at BB don't know what their doing. This is something I never expected and I find it interesting you had pretty much the same experience but I have BE3 on my Z5100 and it's excellent and it didn't make any sense that the cheaper CCFL was outperforming it's LED cousin. Perhaps they had it set on economy mode which can dim down a panel significantly otherwise it made no sense.
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