Originally Posted by Artwood
Ken Ross: maybe you've already stated it somewhere before but please answer me this because you might be the only one on planet Earth that many might consider to be objective.
f8500 versus Sharp Elite--what's better--plasma or LCD?
I want to hear an answer from you--if you give one the universe may blow up!
The other reason I want to hear an answer is the f8500 and the Sharp Elite and the ZT60 may be as great as it ever gets for 1080p.
The one that is the best is what future 4K displays should be compared to--since increased resolution may be hard to see--if future 4K displays can't beat out the state of the art when it comes to 1080p--then what is the point?
If 4K LCD and OLED CAN beat out the 1080p greatest then that's when I would say BUY THEM!
There's no easy answer Art, and it's not a cop out. The F8500 has better viewing angles, no question. Although my Elite has very good screen uniformity, from the F8500s I've seen, the 8500 is better. I'd also give the nod to the 8500 for absolutely no haloing. The Elite may display a very minor amount of haloing off-angle. Do I notice it? No, I always sit on-axis. I'd also suspect that the F8500 has better measured color accuracy. Will I see this? Probably not, but nonetheless, it's probably there and I'll make sure I tune to the Today Show and enjoy their cyan glass blocks. I should note here that I've never subscribed to the 'more saturated colors' of plasma vs an LED. If you have a good, calibrated LED and are viewing on-axis, I see virtually no difference in color saturation. Robert had an F8000 right next to a Sammy plasma and it was almost impossible to see any difference in color saturation. In fact in some scenes the LED looked a bit more saturated at times and at other times a bit more on the plasma. Most of the time there was simply no difference.
With that said, there is absolutely no ABL on the Elite. Therein lies one of the major hallmarks for me with the F8500, the best controlled ABL of any plasma. Many don't think it's important, I think it's very important. The Elite also has better black levels. How much of that will I see if & when I get it? That remains to be seen, but I suspect it will be relatively minor in the grand scheme of things.
So you see Art, there really is no easy answer to the question. If I did give you one it would be a disservice to your question.
Well, I'm still here, the universe didn't blow up, so I guess I didn't answer the question.