Originally Posted by Mathesar
Wow thats a nice quality shot there (Eye pic).
First, thanks a ton for the Sony vs. Pio shots, or should it be better put, Pio vs. Sony shots
Here's what I see as the "primary" differences:
1) Kuro seems to fill more of the screen while the Sony seems to zoom or enlarge the scene. Dunno how to explain it, but look at both scenes, the size of Harry Potter's face, for example, or even the Lady's face and background information, etc...Sony doesn't seem to fill the screen properly.
2) Kuro has better shadow detail in the first shot. I think some of the other shots could be a back/forth discussion, but it is obvious the Kuro has more background shadow information...due to the full screen display vs. the Sony zoomed effect???...
3) Sony is much sharper, but it is also with different coloration. Perhaps increasing the Kuro's sharpness levels or light levels would show similar sharpness, but in these photos, the Sony is "much sharper" than the Kuro. Many will argue with this one, but that's fine. Just take the first photo and look at the girl's hair, face, and most importantly, at the out of focus characters such as the girl on the right and others sitting down. Again, adjustments could yield "as sharp" a pic from the Kuro OR an even sharper one
4) Colors look much richer on the Kuro. This is where subjectivity comes into play. IMHO, add some of that projector grain to the film look and I think the Sony's color best matches that color.
For me, I would be plenty happy with the Sony vs. other plasmas on the market. I've seen them all and the Kuro is so far superior. Seeing that the Sony rivals it and IMHO, is even comparable to it, tells me the second step down in the Plasma world would be a SFP CRT from Sony. However, I think that color could be changed on the Kuro, that the sharpness would become more apparent at further away camera shots since you are showing a WAY smaller screen by comparison in these shots that isn't very fair to the Kuro which should look equally sharp at a distance...it's like looking at a photo that is good, but not as good as the one next to it...however, the further you go back, the more both photos have the tendency to look similar, though the sharper one will always have the apparency of sharper/pop to it.
It's a shame there's so many processing issues with other plasmas and one has to buy a Kuro just to be satisfied over a CRT IMHO. After seeing these pics, I'm convinced the Sony SFP sets will produce a superior picture to any other consumer level set from Samsung/Panasonic/etc. but not to the Kuro or a tweakable Panasonic Commercial set.
Any thoughts on my thoughts?
I think the next step is an adjustment of one or the other sets so they match identically...and to maximize the sharpness as much as you can on both sets without degrading the image quality.