Reflections Reflections REFLECTIONS
So, I am considering upgrading from our old 42" Panasonic Plasma to a larger 51 or possibly 60" set. In our new home (OK, we've been here 5 years) we sit between 11 and 18 feet from the TV in our living room (don't get me started on the "watching from the dining room another 10 ft away) and the 42" is really just too small.
I start to duplicate my search from 7 years ago and come right back to Plasma...and right back to one of the the hurdles I faced then...glare and reflections
. Flashback momentarily to my solution in 2007...the one year only king of all anti-glare / anti-reflection plasma screens: the Panasonic PX77U series with a nearly full matte screen rivaling the LCD matte screens of the day
. Did it negatively impact blacks to a degree? Yep. Did it basically eliminate reflections from anything other than a direct lamp? Sure did. Basically, for us we got no reflections, smooth plasma motion, and more lifelike colors at the expense of deeper blacks and some pop - which we deemed "totally worth it". Friends and family who owned LCDs routinely commented on how good our "matte" Plasma looked in comparison to their sets.
Back to today...uh oh, everything has a glossy screen (even the LCDs). $^@&$%! Regardless, we pick up a $600 Samsung F5300 series last weekend at BB and try it out for a week. Our room is not really that bright, but does have overhead lights and (at an angle) a french door. We angle the set just so, but after a week we decide...it is just too reflective - returned it last night. It isn't the french door or any direct light source. It is the white walls and picture frames on the book case....or me sitting on the couch with a white shirt and what I'll describe as almost a general "glare" (hard to describe). The reflections are bright enough and so sharp, they become the focus of the eye instead of the scene at hand.
Sooooo...now we are contemplating one of three options:
1. Sammie's F8500
- Spending the coin for an F8500...ugh 3X the F5300 price for the equivalent 51! I have seen it at BB and understand what the AR filter is doing there (less about a full diffusion as with a matte screen and more a "slight diffusion" and dimming). Yes, the F8500 has great PQ overall, but I am focusing on reflections here.
- Live with the 42" Panny for another couple of years (or more), and hold out for an OLED/Moth-Eye combo (which may or may not ever materialize)
3. Give up on Plasma and go LED
- Basically, in the LED space it appears Sharp and Sony have the "best" antiglare/anti-reflection (essentially they "diffuse" more substantially), although, again, no one has a true matte in the larger sizes. I, of course, give up the other attributes of Plasma.
Anyway, thanks for bearing with me this long.
My question to you guys is with regard to #1 above. In your own homes
(as opposed to a crazily lit BB), daytime (or night time with lights on) viewing experience how bad and/or distracting you feel the reflections are (predominantly in the darker scenes) with things like white walls, a book case, window pane, etc?
If you have any thoughts on options 2/3 above, I'm happy to hear those too.