Originally Posted by Rrrrronnn
I love the 4095
But, does your answer mean that my question WAS silly, or that the xx71 Will provide better black detail?
Damn, what happened to the multi-quote thing?!
Okay, being a huge fan of the 4095...I said that. Of course the 71 is better though, and yes it does provide substantially better black detail...properly set up.
For those of you contemplating the XBR4 vs the 71's, from what I've seen and heard about the XBR4's...I would go with the 71's. If you absolutely can not stand the gloss screen and/or have a room that you can't really control the lighting in, then go with the XBR4. Usually people watch TV at nighttime though
. As far as feature sets go though, they're for the most part identical. I do however like the 120hz mode on the Sony better though, the 71's 120hz modes are really only good for games. Turn it on when you watch a movie, or television program and it looks like it fast forwards, then stutters, then fast forwards. It's very annoying and hurts more than it helps. For games however, so far it's fantastic. Sony's 120hz is much smoother and doesn't jitter.
1080p/24fps is great, I just came from the Panny 50pz750u, which was a great TV and I figured plasmas would deal with motion during movies better than an LCD would, but I was proven wrong by the Samsung. Everything from games to movies looks great in motion on this set. Being a hardcore gamer, I can honestly recommend this TV for the CRT gamer that is hesitant about the switch over to flat panels. You're not going to get CRT motion, but you're pretty damn close here.
I don't know what else you guys want to know that I or sharpjunkie haven't already addressed. I will let you know though, that I will be returning this set and picking up the 4681. Why, you may ask? Just because I can I supppose...plus I have like 4 dead pixels. It's not the fact whether I can or can't see them (I sit about 4-5 ft away), it's the fact that they're there and it bugs me to know that my TV is not perfect.
Great color depth for an LCD, colors are pretty accurate, motion is very good on just about every source, SD is above average, 1080/24 is amazing, BLACKS depth and detail are fantastic.
120hz mode sucks for everything but games, only 3 picture setting modes and all but "movie" are very limited in customization, game mode hurts more than helps, backlight doesn't change over when I use the picture mode button causing me to go into the menu and manually change it.
In the past year and a half, I've owned the Westinghouse LVM-42w2, Sony 50a2000, Panasonic 50pz750u and now the Samsung LNT4671. All were very very good TV's, but EVERY tv has its shortcomings. The 71 is no different...but its easily the best TV that I've owned and would definitely regret giving up. It's a TV that I can wholeheartedly recommend to any of my customers looking for a fullfeatured TV but can accommodate the glossy screen. I don't know what else I can write since its almost 4 am...I'm tired and I've got work in a couple hours. If you've got a particular question for me, go ahead a PM me, I'll address it there and review it on the thread. I don't check this thread everyday, but I'll know if you have a question because it will show up in my E-mail.
(Note: I still haven't had to calibrate the set yet, I don't believe in Avia or DVE. I'll use SpyderTV on the set when I get it back from a friend, and report the settings when I have them. I do feel my eye judgment is pretty accurate though!
My test equipment: Pioneer Elite VSX-91TXH, Denon 1930Ci, Playstation 3, X-Box 360 Elite w/ HD-DVD, Nintendo Wii, and pretty much every other video game system since Atari 2600. (Just incase you wanted to gauge the video lag on non-HD systems)