Best large LCD TV for a former Plasma lover?
Planning to get a 78-85” TV within the next two months (most likely 78-79 based on price point) and I have been closely following the 4K Samsung (HU9000 curved), Sony (900B), LG (UB9800) and Panasonic in their topics. None of the local stores have those sizes to see in-store yet but I have seen most in smaller sizes. But pre-calibrated store is not an optimal test of these sets as we all know.
Here’s the crux of my concern. From reading the fans of these sets in their topics, it’s hard to tell when the things they love about the set are things I would love or hate. For example, I HATE Soap Opera Effect (SOE). Completely ruins the picture for me and I would rather cling to a smaller screen than settle for it. I get that some people don’t mind it and that’s great for them. And many people have always owned LCD since going flat screen so it looks totally normal to them. And many people really like the super sharp-effect of LCD’s that give them a very HD-video-like look. This isn’t a debate about what’s better between plasma and LCD. To each their own.
But since I am someone who really like the particular look of a good plasma, who happens to want to get the image very close to what you perceive it as in the theater (and yes I have considered a projector, so don’t need any suggestions about that, thanks), my concern is can any of the high-end plasmas be calibrated to look very close to that or am I out of luck? Certainly none of these come close to it in the store. Sure you can get great demo material, which is mostly made to take advantage of the video-like sharp look anyway. But pop-in a Blu-ray and I immediately notice the difference. If this is something the sets can be calibrated away from and look very close to plasma, even if not quite as deep a black, GREAT. Plasma is dead, long live LCD.
So I’m curious, for the people who own any of these sets or have closely looked at them who are plasma fans, have you been able to get them to have a similar image? No sharpness processing, no sense of the blurred motion, etc.? I am far less concerned with minor blooming, even minor banding as trade-offs. It’s all about whether the image looks film-like or video-like.
If the answer is no, I am inclined to stick with a cheap 1080P large screen LCD and just suffer the picture for a few years until hopefully either OLED matures or LCD gets better, or I over time get used it the look. But if the answer is yes, it can look very similar and film-like, I’ll invest the significant extra money for one of these sets. It’s just hard to get the answer from those topics because many of the biggest proponents there like the video-look so what they love is not the same.