After a few days breaking in the 111 (with some regular viewing...full screen of course...mixed in), I had a viewing session last night to really test out the plasma. I chose to watch Batman Begins (HD DVD version) since I felt I had a decent memory of how the film looked and also to prep for the release of The Dark Knight.
My older tv, which now lives in the bedroom, was a Samsung 4665f LCD. I'd always considered the Sammy to be an excellent television...great black levels for an lcd, good color reproduction, overall excellent image. That is until I'd really experienced the Kuro. The black levels of the Sammy are not in the same league as the Kuro. While this was impressive, the 3D effect the enhanced black levels provided were what really caught my attention. The picture looked very deep, and just more natural than what I'd always experienced with the Sammy. This really added a new dimension to my viewing...I was thoroughly impressed. The deep black produced by the panel also greatly added the color reproduction. I felt as if the colors were much more natural on the Kuro.
Another aspect of the Kuro that impressed me was the true 24p representation. As a 60 hz display, the Sammy performed well, but that was before experiencing what 3:3 pulldown could provide. I was truly surprised at the difference.
I might also add that I love the general look of the Kuro much more than the Sammy. I love how the speakers look attached to the side....even though they will never be used.
I'm really looking forward to D-Nice's review so I can take a look at his settings on the Kuro, but for the time being, I'm being blown away. I'm really excited to see what the set can do after a full break-in and better calibration. Thanks again to Robert and Wendy at VE; your service is always top notch!
HD DVD - 60
Blu-Ray - Lost Count