Originally Posted by Macfan424
The way I read Parasite's comparison, the 5080 sounds flat out bad
. Not just somewhat "worse...than an Elite", but downright bad
. I'd think long and hard before buying a set like that unless it were a bargain priced model. I'm sure you guys don't mean it this way, but it comes across that if you can't afford an Elite, save your money and get a Vizio.
I understand you are just trying to explain why you believe the Elite is well worth it's high cost, but unfortunately, the justifications used makes it seem that the regular line is not worth it's price, which, while less than an Elite, is still considerable compared to the Panasonics and Samsungs of the world.
I read all the glowing independent reviews, one after another proclaiming how the "lowly" regular Kuros are among the best flat panels ever made. Then I come to an owners support group, and read that they are barely acceptable. Good enough for someone like me who doesn't know any better, but not for those who do.
I won't dwell on it, but I'm afraid I won't exactly relax either. I'll probably not ever think of my 5080 the same way. It won't remain the source of pride it once was. A tinge of disillusionment will linger.
But then, I knew I'd hear these unfavorable comparisons eventually. That's why I thought the threads for the regular series and the Elites should have been kept separate.
I hear you, and I own an elite myself. I've already given my impressions and
I'm sure we'd all agree that the non-elites are awesome sets anyhow. If I
couldn't afford the elite, I'd buy the non-elite without question.
After owning the elite, I have come to appreciate the extra features, including
gamma and colour control. I noticed right away that my blacks were quite
dark brown, and my whites were kinda greyish. I tried everything to fix it
save the colour and gamma control (I didn't figure it was that). After a few
days of break-in, I decided to give D-Nice's settings a go... and *WOW* by
adjusting the colour and gamma, my whites were much better and the blacks
don't look brown anymore. The glow is actually like my old CRT glow. All this
because of some settings that wouldn't normally be availble to me if I didn't
go for the 150FD. Furthermore, the colour settings are quite complicated
but apparently accurate and even UMR gave the impression you can't adjust
the colours on the 5080 in the service menu like this set can in the pro menu.
This little adjustment has made my viewing experience TONS better. There
are other benefits that I experienced that I won't mention, but I just wanted
to point out how something simple can mean so much. Heck, I adjusted the
R/G/B in PC-Mode to make the whites whiter (this is where you really see
the red push on the 150FD... could be perfect on other panels), yet the other
advanced colour controls are missing from PC-mode. This has really made me
appreciate those more advanced controls. By the way, I'm totally not a videophile.
If someone like myself can benefit dramatically with the simple 'feature', then
it's golden if you ask me.
It's unfortunate that folks take the praise of one thing as criticism of another.
This is not fanboyism or whatever someone else said. It's an honest observation.
I guess no one can be honest anymore without being wrong, dillusional, or misinformed.
We are here to share our impressions 'as is' to help each other out, after all.
(I forgot to add 'giddy' to that list of accusations)