Originally Posted by videobruce
1. This would be assuming the store will let you do this. Most probably won't, especially big box stores.
2. It would also depend if a DVD or BluRay player was hooked into their distribution system.
3. If it is BluRay, there are files in the forum for one to burn a test disc, or use either Avia or Digital Video Essentials discs.
Well, I did get it done. And it was a very elaborate and long day. Worked out great !
Magnolia Design Center let me do it. They had all the TV's in a line side by side and some above and below each other, etc.. They were great and helped me a lot ! Excellent guys down there.
Also, the Blu-Ray player we had was a pretty high end one that had multiple HDMI outputs on it. So we decided to use it, instead of their "distribution system" to keep quality up and variables out. It worked out absolutely GREAT !
I did the tests/shootouts using Disney's WOW BD, and Spears and Munsil High Definition Benchmark BD. I then used various clips from The Avengers, Tron and The Dark Knight BD's. After that, I hooked up my XBox 360 via HDMI and tested them all with the games I play.
I scrutinized each TV to the fullest. Tested and looked for everything I could. The guys down there were pretty impressed at me but at the same time getting sick of me by the end of the day.. ha ha.
I was there for me and my mom. She wanted a TV too. And trusted my judgement and testing for her choice as well. She also wanted some Audio gear for her HT System. SO at the end of the day, we spent 10k there. Then they were not so sick of me :-D
My mom got the Panasonic VT50 Plasma (55") and I got the Sony XBR950 (55"). She watches ALL BD movies. So from my testing we all agreed, the Panasonic's colors were more rich, true and honest. For her, this was the best TV. For me, I play video games more than ANYTHING. And the Panasonic just was not representing the games as well as the Sony. The Sony is a lot more crisp and defined than the Panasonic. Way more detail. Plus add that to the plausible Burn In issue a gamer like me could have with the Panasonic Plasma, so I chose the Sony XBR950.
One thing I can say for sure, is they were the best 2 tv's in the store, hands down. To me, they even were a better buy than the Elite ! No joke. The Elite has a very bad viewing angle. and for its price, it was not that much better in PQ compared to the VT50 or XBR950. As a matter of fact, there were several things I liked about the Sony and Panny better !