... some thoughts I always have while reading most of the threads here... especially this one....
It's such a tough call. So subjective.
I had a friend over and he was just ooohing and ahhhing about the picture and E39 is right... sports are just fabulous in HD (I don't think the brand of set matters)... anyway, I was trying to explain about the "posterization" thing... but couldn't find any examples for the life of me. I finally went to an XVid file of CSI (624x352 and 350MB in size) and showed him some scenes where there was some macro blocking (due to the encoding process) and tried to explain again... he just didn't see it ! Not even the macro blocking ! It wasn't until 10 mins of explination and pointing out things on the screen like I was a teacher with a pointer, that he finally saw what I saw (and even then I think he was just trying to get me to stop with the explination and get back to the game
My point is... because picture is so subjective I am very hesitant to say "yay" or "nay" to anyone. I would hate it if someone spent X number of dollars because I said "it's great" and then they were disappointed.
All I can say is... I'm glad I finally gave in, got off the "which one is better" carousel and just bought "something". I made a decision and I'm happy with the outcome.
Are there things that I wish were better or different... sure... there is always something, with any set (just look at all the threads here for every single panel). Am I sorry I got this set instead of something else... not a chance. Would a panny or a pioneer have been better... perhaps. Would anything have been worse... perhaps. But that's all dependant on me not anyone else and really... how would I know?
I feel for all you guys sitting on the fence. I was so right there with you... you can probably still see my "ass-groove". This is a big decision and a lot of money. Some people will support you, and others will belittle your "inferior choice when the best choice is... insert-whatever-here". But it all boils down to your satisfaction in the end. So if you get one and you like it... bollocks to anyone who tells you different.
calim tried and wasn't satisfied so he sent it back... but at least now he knows some of what he can and can't live with. And good on him for taking the stand that "the picture quality just wasn't what I was looking for" and actually sending it back. That takes a lot of balls to now deal with getting it back and all.
So good luck to you all and God (or your deity) speed...
Anyone close to me who wants to view my Dell... if it will help you decide (I'm not sending a free invitation for movies at Casa De RADIatiON
)... is most welcome (bring chips).