OK, first off, thanks to Roman@Invision for his friendly and fast service.
In the door for ~75%MSRP ain't too shabby either!
An unabashed black-level fan, I have been frustrated since replacing my first HDTV, a 2001 Sony XBR CRT. Many plasmas, LCD's, DLP's,and projectors later, I have landed one of these 8G's, mostly on the strength of this forum and it's like- minded (hello Mr.Harkness) folk. Was a bit skeptical of all the hype from trade shows and such,but hopeful none the less.
Anyway, I've had it (4280)running 4 hrs. now,both in filtered daylight conditions and now some night-time viewing and it does not dissapoint. I have it side by side with a 9G Panny 58 running the same source and having been self-calibrated with AVIA.
Naturally,the PIO is just out of the box, using standard setting for now.
Where to begin?
Universal HD-DVDs open with a starry space-like sky with planet earth in foreground-I have been known to count the stars in it to measure "blackness of space". I tried to take a picture of it, but was far too blurry to publish.
Suffice it to say though, the PIO is a new high, very near to CRT level black, as I remember it.
The one picture attatched is a night scene from the opening of SAT NITE LIVE.
Hopefully, it shows relative black level to the Panny , which may be the best plasma I have had . I know taking pictures like this is a crap-shoot but someone will ask for them anyway. I tried to keep the variables to a minimum.
I can take more if requested but please be patient as I test my new toy.
As far as the sidebars approaching the blackness of the frame, this guy comes pretty close -not quite a total blending, but closer than anything since CRT.
I expect to have an HD-DVD calibration disc by tomorrow, and will try to be better dialed in soon.
Very smooth, almost no dithering, unlike the Panny.
Pure whites,no grey whites here.
Plenty sharp and detailed , better than the 5070 I had.
Natural motion(120hz?) beats the heck out of any LCD I have owned.
Screen a bit more reflective than I thought, Elite will probably be better.
And of course, blacks to beat all ('cept maybe the 'ole CRT)
For the entry price , I think it's a winner.
Roman: Please reserve my 6010 in the fall!