Originally Posted by sd13
Better black levels, more natural looking colors, better skin tone, and no big blotches of white clouds and flashlights on a black background that you will find on the samsung. I cant say enough about how great the black levels are on the sony. Sometimes when the background is completely black you will actually think the tv is off.
I have to agree. We bought one of them for the bedroom and I'm finding myself making excuses to watch TV in the bedroom now. It's nothing short of spectacular. The realism on the Sony is crazy good. I had some regrets when everyone gave me grief about spending two grand on a TV, but once I got that bad boy hooked up, I've never looked back. By FAR the most amazing picture I've ever seen in my life. It's shockingly good.
FWIW, I have absolutely no complaints or any of the reported problems. ALL TV's have bad reports on the Internet, it's almost become worse to read about purchases first because it messes with your head so much.
If I were you, I'd drop by Best Buy (or similar) and play with the settings on both a little. For me, there's no comparison. The Sony kicks it's ass. Better blacks, better color, brighter picture, more realistic looking "people" (once you adjust it). Better Menu system. The ONLY downside is the price and I think a lot of folks are kidding themselves. I think in a BLIND test (hide the brand), 90% would pick the Sony.
People can say what they will, but I personally think a lot of the Samsung purchases over Sony are because of price. Nothing else makes sense to me. The Sony isn't just a little bit better, it's a LOT better. It's the only one with Full Array Backlighting and that makes all the difference. It's one reason the blacks are so much blacker. With full array backlighting they can dim and brighten the entire
background (or just certain areas of the background) and not just try to influence it from the SIDE as in the Samsungs. Full array backlighting is what you are paying the extra money for, and in my opinion it's worth it if you REALLY want the BEST in picture quality.