Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Vancouver, Canada
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Having had the 65X900B now for about 2 weeks and putting it through all its paces, I have to say I have mixed feelings about this set. It has its moments of absolutely dazzling brilliance but it also has scenes where I'm severely let down. At it's best, its to my eyes nearly as good as a ZT60, my reference for a near perfect image.
It's great when the scene suits its local dimming. Bright scenes outdoors with people, the images jump off the screen and look very three dimensional (like a ZT). It's also brilliant in the darkest of scenes (46:00 in Deathly Hallows Part II, when the army assembles over the dark hill) and is so exceedingly good here that you wonder how they managed to make an LCD look this black.
However, in all those tentative mid-bright scenes like indoors, like watching TV's Gotham in the police station, the edge lighting algorithm really struggles and the edges are corrupted. There is a brighter gradient coming from the edges and the colors are skewed along the left and right edges for about 3 inches. If you don't have any set to compare it to, it may even go unnoticed and you'll assume it's the source. But when you know exactly how it's supposed to look, you know that's not supposed to be there. I'm quite certain this is not sample variation because in test patterns, I can see that my set's edge lighting and clouding are very minimal. On full field greys, the edge bleed is less than a 1/4" on either side, perfectly consistent all the way up the set. The edgelight corruption only happens on certain scenes.
It's sad to spend this much money ($4k CAD out the door is a lot of money for me) and still have not have a perfectly consistent display. There IS NO perfect display at any price, it seems. Even the ZT admittedly wasn't perfect (image retention, uneven panel wear) but when you're just sitting back and watching a film, it was pretty damn close to perfection from edge to edge.
Maybe I'll tune out the edge corruptions in time and still enjoy the image even when it's happening? Not sure...
I really want to love this X900B, but it does have a big let down in this edge light thing. Ironically, I also have the entry level 60" W600 at home right now, and while it comes nowhere close in contrast, it's still pretty damn good and its uniformity is damn near perfect. And that was 1200 out the door. That is edge lit as well, but doesn't have any of the typical pitfalls.
It seems like to get this level of contrast performance out of the X900B, some sacrifices had to be made elsewhere.