Originally Posted by uncle
I remember a while back in this thread about one of the major differences between the non-elites and the elites being that the non-elites are in some sort of color mode 1, and the elites are in a color mode 2. I thought the only real difference between the elites and the non-elites was the elites had more settings for the real tecky. So.... will a elite out preform a non-elite.... all things being equal (settings, room conditions, etc...)
Here's my take:
Elites have colorspace 1 & 2, while non only has 1. Colorspace 2 is fantastic
for theatrical movies (watch Harry Potter or Star Wars!!) and is not just for
'techies', while Colorspace1 is good for stuff like sports and animated movies
as it amplifies the greens and reds from what I remember.
Elites allow discrete gamma *AND* colour settings! This alone is important
as stuff like shadow details and colour accuracy can be optimized. Often
there are posts indicating lack of shadow-details or red-push. These 2
functions allow immense customization of the TV. Both are best adjusted
by a professional, but many users here share awesome settings to get you
going. Make no mistake, these 2 settings have a HUGE impact on the TV's
performance. In fact, I had an amazing gamma setting to get some wicked
whites on my TV (something folks complain about) and another gives the TV
a nice evening-like hue.
Elite stand sits the TV lower which, for 60 inches, is better as it can sit on
a medium height table. Non-elite TV stands elevate the viewable screen of
the TV by about the height of the speakers (3-4 inches) which can be an
issue if the table that you plan on sitting the TV on is not super low. Your
optimum viewing level of the TV could be compromized. You don't want to
be looking upwards (even slightly) to watch the TV (hurts the neck)
Elite stand also hides the cables for the TV with or without speakers. With
the non-elite stand, the cables are exposed if you don't use the speakers.
There are other differences, but those are the ones that I find are very
important to consider. Some folks (myself included) argue the elites are
the ones to get for more than just 'tweaks' or whatever folks try to say.
Without the above (and some other) features, the elites and the non-elites
perform similarly. However, the above features make all the difference and
adds heaps more flexibility. I also own a 4280 (non-elite 42 inch) and I will
honestly say that I truly miss colorspace2, gamma, and colour settings. A
lot of movies just don't look as good without these settings. If you've never
seen such options on an elite, then you probably won't notice, but once you've
seen it on an elite, it's VERY VERY hard to go back! Just a warning. Pioneers
are already expensive, and frankly, you might as well consider the extra money
if you're going that direction. I just spent a heap on staining my stairwell (new
house) as there's no way I'd cheap out on my brand new home. It cost me
enough as it is, so why cheap out now?