Originally Posted by slacker711
Flamesuit? You sound positively giddy compared to your report on LG's OLED last year
Slacker, the 31" prototype they showed last year was dreadful. This at least looked rich and sharp and good.
One question, can you explain how it can be significantly better? What was missing?
For something with "infinite contrast" there were times when it didn't look amazingly contrasty. It looked very black on the blacks, but it didn't actually look that contrasty. The colors are absolutely not breathtaking at this point. And honestly, maybe with their WOLED method, they won't be.
Some of the sample material was either bad or the TV was actually false contouring on some of it. Again, this is all early and I don't want to claim this is how the production model would look. But this demo is not one of those moments where you walk ago going, "That is hands down the best video reproduction I've ever seen." I think people doing that are wanting to believe it rather than actually seeing it.
or are you saying that it is impossible for a television to be significantly better than current top of the line LCD's?
No, although I do believe that we have something of a problem where we're already watching Roger Federer and Usain Bolt. When Federer was at his peak, we wondered if this is as good as tennis gets. Turns out Nadal and maybe Djokovic are his equal and in some ways better. There is a bit of room for even more greatness there, to be sure, but let's be clear, we've already seen greatness.
Bolt? He may be close to the limits of what's possible. I suspect the Sharp Elite is more Rafa Nadal and less Usain Bolt. But it's not (assuming it's color fix ever ships), Andy Roddick. In other words, it already offers five-figure real world contrast, excellent color reproduction (and Samsung's $2500 plasma offers "reference color"), full-resolution motion handling, etc. So while I absolutely believe there is room for improvement, I think it's naive to believe there is room for an order of magnitude improvement.
My suspicion is most laypeople would have a tough time really finding a Sharp Elite that much better than a 6000 series Samsung LCD. And I suspect the OLED vs. Sharp Elite is going to be a similar gap once it's out there. That's assuming the shipping product is better than the prototype. More on the Samsung later; I'm heading over in a bit.