Originally Posted by myoda
Aquomotion, MotionFlow, are marketing terms to sell televisions. They don't do a lot (if anything) to improve a picture from a blu-ray disc.
Oh, yes, I'm aware of the different "lables" the varying companies use for this sort of interpolation techniques; the thing is, when I saw a demo running on a BRAVIA LCD when we were shopping for our SXRD at Sears and the Pirates of the Caribbean
clip depicted Johnny Depp nearly floating off the screen in some surreal fashion, I was absolutely hooked -- I recall playing with my SXRD, some time later, thinking I couldn't get the set to look like the demo I saw in the store, finally learning that my rear projection set didn't have those "refresh" features and wasn't designed to look like the BRAVIA LCDs. I also saw a clip, years later at a local Circus ****** before they went out of business, of The Dark Knight
running on a Samsung LCD with this refresh feature on and the surreal, off-the-screen motion just floored me again. I realize this soap opera effect -- or the "filmed on video" sensation -- is not the way to view film based content, but I think I would experiment with a new LCD's refresh features to apply a subtle, small amount of it...
I sit 12 feet away from my current 70 inch, and it's comfortable. I debated about the 80 inch, but decided it would be too massive for our space. (see my HT stuff) When I upgraded from a 27 inch Trinitron to a 51 inch Sony, it took about a day to get used to a larger screen. Upgrading to the 65 inch Mits DLP reduced the bulk and increased the screen size dramatically.
I'll check out your pics, thanks; so you're saying the 70 inch at 12 feet is "just comfortable"? You wouldn't call it "somewhat immersive"? This concerns me a little; would you think going up to a 75-inch or 80 would give the more "cinematically immersive" sensation?
What I found that made the most impact in our room when we migrated from DLP to LED was the lack of noise, and regaining 16 inches of depth back in the living room with a panel that's a hair over 2 inches thick..
I don't detect much video noise of any kind with our Sony SXRD, whether it's standard material or high def, but I think I know what you mean in that rear projection images can just look...well.."busy" and "edgy" sometimes. For what it's worth, I keep our TV's Noise Reduction for the HDMI Blu-ray input on "Low" and some measure of Noise Reduction is engaged on my OPPO Blu-ray player (a BDP-83); further, my Sharpness control on the TV is set to "25" out of "100" using the Spears & Munsil calibration BD, and this seems to reduce a great deal of grain on Blu-rays and mosquito compression artifacts and noise on DVDs...
As for the thickness, since even the new display will be situated flush-mounted in an entertainment center, the "loss" of the rear projection bulk isn't really a factor because the flat screen will be at the same distance as our SXRD is now...
Sony is in the 70 inch game now too. If you don't want 3D, the Sony panels offer an alternative to Vizio. If you do want 3D, I'd suggest the active solution from Sharp in either 70 or 80 inches.
I sense that the wall unit is an issue. Can you post of picture of it?
I would definitely consider Sony for a new LCD, and we're not interested in 3D. I will work on getting pictures of the wall unit...