Originally Posted by JukeBox360
If you didn't like your elite then your not going to like this set.
The only wow factor about this set is size. Nothing more. Picture isn't anything great. It's just good. Nothing amazing about this set. Huge set with great uniformity for its size. That's about it.
I beg to differ. I started with Hi-def when I bought the Pioneer Elite Pro 58" RPTV in 1999. Since then I've also owned and enjoyed 3 projectors, including the renowned Epson 1080UB, and about 7 other LCD's of most popular brands. When it comes to what really counts - a clear consistent picture with no annoying artifacts or shortcomings, this set is head and shoulders above any other set I've owned in the past 13 Yrs. What really counts to me is neutral pleasing colour, a good dynamic range, sufficient brightness without blooming (Elite Pro 58" was very poor here). When I start watching a movie, I go through the WOW factor for the first few minutes and then I am totally drawn into the movie (like at a good movie theater) and find myself just enjoying the hell out of whatever I am watching. I'm not sure how you can improve the picture on this set except by perhaps having an even deeper black than this set provides. Unless you're watching in a totally dark room, I doubt that this is of significant value. The black level is NOT totally black but it's really close.
What used to annoy me and destroyed the illusion of watching a good program was, in no particular order, DSE, Blooming, dynamic lighting/contrast bouncing up and down, dark or bright corners, poor gamma, black level, pixels stuck on bright, motion trailing and smearing (apparent mostly in early sets from 6 - 7 yrs ago" ). That's all I can think of at the moment, but the main thing is that the 80" 632U does not suffer from any of these shortcomings. As I've stated earlier, the only imperfections I've noticed so far is the mediocre off-angle contrast and the slightly weird, but easily fixed, phantom puck following the real puck in NHL Hockey (Turn off 120 Hz motion).
In the last couple of days I have been aware of some occasional sound sync issues as well. They have not been resolved by using game or PC mode (which turns off all video enhancements which can cause sync issues). I'm pretty sure the cause is my cable provider, DVDO iso Scan Duo or Onkyo 609 receiver as they're all daisy-chained together.
Please notice I never mentioned the sound quality. I've been using an external amp and speakers for decades and would never consider using the consistently mediocre built in speakers in almost all TV's.