Originally Posted by Mako88888
Just got back from Paul's TV in Irvine, where they've had a 735 on display for about a week. Ran a bunch of content through it (wow, DirecTV's 3D Channel is just awful, over-compressed mess) and it absolutely has the dark-corner vignetteing that this photo displays. 100% identical.
Still bought it.
First, for whatever reason the dark corners disappear after a second or two of a new image being displayed, not sure why that would be but they fade away quickly. Brain trick maybe? In any case it's only noticeable on a white background (which I had them reproduce for me in-store after seeing this shot).
Secondly, it really has a fantastic overall image. Blacks are fine, nothing to write home about as it's still LCD, but superior to the Mitsu RPTVs that were in the store (including the L75-A94 and 92840). Sucks to suffer with a 70" screen, would much prefer an 80" version of the 735, but it appears that's at least 6-12 months away.
Set came with 2 x 3D Glasses as a part of its price, currently on sale, and it finally decided the battle I'd been having between the 70" 735, the 75" L75-A94, and the 82" 82840.
All three of them are around the same price somewhat, but the Sharp LCD won me over with its vivid colors and noticeably sharper resolution and brightness. Blu-ray content was incredible through the set, really popped well, and the overall brightness is enough to compensate for 3D-viewing with the darker glasses in a way that none of the Mitsubishi sets can (with the exception of the L75-A94, which is very impressive but not superior to the 735 imo).
Delivery next week, looking forward to it.
Excellent observations which match mine. My first in-home observation is the 2D picture is 3D. I have already gained considerable experience, but have not tried the You-tube settings. Instead I use the i1 Display Pro meter with included x-rite pc calibration software.
After I finished the automated calibration with 478 test patterns (in 10 minutes) I went to the Windows 7 color calibration to check the gamma setting. On previous displays (like the Panasonic VT-25) I've never been able to get the two gamma circles with the slider bar to match-up. With the Sharp the were perfect matched (without touching the slider adjustment bar) so the gamma is a confirmed, true 2.2! As a result detail in the dark scenes are more natural than the dithering plasmas have to do.
There are more colors than a standard LCD. One sees more licorice reds, golds and amber oranges and yellows. The feared fourth yellow pixel was easily calibrated out yet the "pop" colors remain. This indicates the Rec 709 standard is rather limiting to what we see in real life.
Since plasmas limit whites, the Sharp x-gen panel improved light efficiency sets a new standard for day-time 3D viewing. That is, plasmas 3D pictures are too dim, especially during daytime.
My wife and son watched Avatar in 3D and did not get up one time with the shades drawn in in family room. The 70" picture, with two independent streams of 1080p sets a new standard for clarity. That is there is more detail in two streams compared one 2D stream.
These thin LCD panels will always have uniformity or dirty screen effect. It's visible in low contrast pans of the sky. Reminds me of old CRTs which had similar effect. 95% of the time you don't see it. Family members don't ever comment on it either.
The viewing angle is wide enough for 4 people which easily beats the Samsung and Sony displays.
I got a display model (out for a short time) for an extra $500 off. This is way less than half the cost of the Elite 70".
In conclusion, the 735 is highly recommended for 2D day and evening viewing and especially for awesome 3D!
Night-time 2D viewing is very good except for totally dark, low contrast scenes. Usually the high brightness and x-gen panels dynamic range, no LCD fog and ambient lighting prevent black level from becoming an issue.
Use in a black room is the only questionable justification to spend double for the Elite. (In this case a $4k front projector makes more sense).
The area which needs elaboration again is the 70" size in 3D with high brightness, color pop, resolution and contrast. Since 3D black level is lowered by the glasses, 3D looks excellent even at night. All this sets a new standard for all HDTV displays.
Logically then, passive 3D half-rez displays have instantly become obsolete (the LG's are on deep discount sale
) They work with my x-pand 3D glasses.
I like the 3X increase in energy efficiency and light weight too.