Originally Posted by Leon!
The best part of this exchange was that Winston merely said "noticeably" inferior, a point that was actually conceded in the first sentence of the ensuing reply. Any degree
to which he found it noticeable was not even specified by Winston in that post, but only imagined as a straw man to rant against.
I have to say I'm enjoying the dichotomy of reaction to the feedback here. Positive reports are taken at face value & praised, while anyone of the opinion that the Elite does not quite measure up comparatively- in any respect, to any degree- is immediately faced with questions about how much time they actually spent with it; whether it was properly setup & under what conditions; & some were even accused of lying
about their experience with &/or ownership of the model! Does make for a good read though.
I have no dog in this fight and merely wanted to give someone's perspective of what I saw. The Elite was playing a well-known film to me - BD version of the Dark Knight.
Let me give a little more detail on what I saw positive, negative, and neutral:
Once again, the black levels were impressive. It's impossible to make too accurate a common about relative "black-ness" of the MLLs, but I will say they were very dark and appeared darker than the VT30 across the room. Lighting was different as was source, so I do not mean that as any conclusive statement about relative MLL, but do think i can pay it a nice complement anecdotally.
The shadow detail in the Dark Knight appeard to be lost with blacks being crushed. I sat with the Magnolia manager and confirmed it was in fact in THX mode. There are variables here (like colorspace on the bdp), but I perceived shadow detail levels lost, which might artificially create a "blacker" black to a naked eye browsing the showroom. This probably could be corrected with callibration.
Noise reduction was excellent, in particular mosquito noise.
There was aliasing in some scenes, which appeared attributable to frame interpolation. For example, if someone moved quickly, some ghosting or tearing of the lines of the image could occur. This is something that was not noticeable constantly, but this hobby has trained me sadly to look for flaws in many cases. That said, the soap opear appear of frame interpolation in 120 and 240hz tvs was almost non-existent.
Off axis viewing was better than a lot of LCDs. Then again, a 70" tv offers one wide axis in real life!
Overall, the tv was impressive, but that does not mean it was not free of foibles (just like everyother tv i have owned or seen including Pioneer PDPs and Sony XBRs).