Originally Posted by jwhite00030
I have the 60ex500 abd Mine has a cinema setting
I think it was just a demo panel that may or may not have been an actual ex500. It basically was there to show off motionflow and bravia engine 2.
If the uk review says these are the deepest blacks they've ever seen on a ccfl, I'd believe it. I think Techradar is a legitimate source.
The z5500 (uk model, equivalent of the z5100 in the states) was very popular last year with uk reviewers. If this is besting that, we're talking maybe .003-.004 ft/L blacks.
When HTmag reviewed the V5100, they measured blacks at .008 ft/L. However, when I used their settings, I sacrificed a little shadow detail to get deeper blacks by lowering the brightness slider. This set was very inky.
The xbr9 review in HTmag had the set measuring in at .008, as well, yet the backlight was set to 1 vs. a setting of minimum. Then again, the xbr9 was using an S-PVA panel vs. the AMVA3 panel used for the V5100. Again, blacks could get lower than .008, but there would be a slight amount of shadow detail obscured, although this set was doing shadow detail equal to that of a panny plasma.
Getting the best black level this year would be with the backlight at minimum, brightness no higher than 51 (this was the best brightness I could get on a black screen before it would get light on the V5100, although this could be different) and perhaps a low gamma setting for more shadow detail, along with ACE on Low (anything higher caused a screen dimming effect and their was some shadow detail loss, though again, this could be fixed for 2010, in which case, I believe that Neilo TM got a .01 candelas reading on the Z5500 with ACE set to high), perhaps playing with black corrector which has been added to this year's models.
Backlight at minimum is actually great for a room with low ambient light. I always found the light output of this to be perfect for dark room viewing.
In eco mode on the V5100, the blacks would not be measureable with a light meter, although there would still be a glow on the black screen. The brightness would be too low for watching any material in a dark room, since the eco light sensor would set the backlight to a level below minimum on the slider.
These are really some of the best bang for your buck sets on the market right now.