Just got a new LCD Flat Panel? Post it here ONLY. Please do not post projection models.
Tell me the following:
1. The "Model" you have.
2. What convinced you to purchase this particular model.
Local dimming, THX certification
3. What you like best about your LCD.
Great color saturation, and almost candy apple color character. It's enjoyable to look at what this TV displays.
4. What you don't like about your LCD.
Slight blooming with white letters on black backround, inconsistent black level when viewing movies with what is supposed to be consistent black aspect ratio bars. Seems sometimes like the program written to adjust the local dimming feature needs to be tweaked to improve consistency of blacks in the image, especially in contrast to brighter neighboring zones.
5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your LCD had.
I wish it was an OLED but that is impossible, so for what it is, it's pretty darn great.
6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacturer" about your LCD.
Bring on the OLEDs! LCD is good and you can try to minimize it's weaknesses only so much. LCDs have obvious flaws but still look good on most content.
7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your LCD.
I expected it to be a more perfect TV. I had high expectations. It's not a perfect set, but I've since learned LCD by design can't overcome the things that I wish it did well.
8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your LCD.
9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.
10 years ago, I would have paid over $3000 for an inferior 55" RPTV. Considering I paid $1673 after rebate, it's amazing I got a TV of this quality. Today's prices are more than fair IMO.
10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.
Despite this TV having a matte finish anti-glare screen, the sharpness is very, VERY good having ACED every sharpness pattern I've displayed on this thing. Edges are noise-free and there is plenty of razor sharp accuracy without adding any info that shouldn't be in the picture. For instance, when there is video of a cityscape of buildings being panned, the edges of buildings don't "shimmer" like so many other sets I've seen (unless there is an error in the source video from some kind of interlacing/de-interlacing). I recommend using 'medium' gamma for daytime viewing and 'low' gamma for night viewing to keep blacks as deep as possible. 'medium' gamma tends to have noticeably better contrast/shadows/shading but in dark room'd viewing, the deepest black isn't truly black, close but just shy of what I want, however, during viewing with competing room light, medium gamma is gorgeous. 'low' gamma for pitch black room viewing is required for truly deep blacks but the contrast/shadows/shading isn't quite as realistic as it could be. Still, even on 'low' gamma, this set looks really, really good. These pictures were all shot with the 'medium' gamma settings. Most people will honestly say that the blacks are deep enough even on medium gamma but there are moments here and there where I swear the local dimming programming in this set gets confused and fails to dim it's sectors enough and other times where it dims sectors and not others giving a slight 'uneven' look to some items on a black backround. For instance, on netflix, the screen just before your video starts, there is is a bar at the bottom that shows the progress of buffering. Part of the white border where the red progress bar grows across is brighter than the other and as the red progress meter fills up to the right, the white border gets brighter. This clearly shows me there is MUCH room for improvement in local dimming.
Showing off the black level this set is capable of in a pitch black room. It's really good for an LCD.
And yes, the pictures here look virtually identical to the picture I see on this TV. I was definitely nitpicking on my critiques of this set. It's clear to see in my pictures that this set is one great LCD when tuned up.