Originally Posted by Steve S
If you ignore the Kuro worshippers today's sets are the best ever, at ridiculously low prices compared to just a couple of years ago. Sure, an old Sony XBR Trinitron has great blacks, but it cost more for a paltry 34" screen than some very good 60" tvs today.
Do you care more about price, size, or quality?
It's certainly true that the trickle-down effect has worked very well for televisions, and all but the most basic sets can now put out a fairly accurate picture. Just about everything is 1080p now too, and prices are lower than ever.
Value is unquestionably a lot better today than it has ever been. But quality has suffered at the high end - there really isn't
a high-end any more. The top-tier Panasonic sets are probably the best we have today (though not to my taste) but I would never call them a high-end set in the way that the old Kuros and Sony XBRs were.
I am happy to have purchased one of the last truly high end displays before they disappeared and were replaced with edge-lit LCDs and cheap plasmas.
Even my HX900 which has better-than-CRT contrast performance (better black levels than the Kuros even) still doesn't put out an image as good as my old CRTs - I really do miss them, and have recently been thinking about trying to source a Sony CRT again.
I don't miss their small size though, and ended up having to make the switch to a flat panel when I was no longer able to have my sets repaired or find suitable replacements on the second-hand market.
But even looking forward to OLEDs, Sony's PVM-2541 OLED monitor - a $5000+ 25" broadcast monitor - still has much longer image persistence than a CRT did, and thus, worse motion handling: http://i.imgur.com/mKhbiKK.jpg
Realistically though, unless you have money to blow, OLEDs are not going to be affordable for at least another 3-4 years, so I wouldn't let them affect your buying decision.
Originally Posted by Wizziwig
Never owned a Kuro. I did briefly own a Sharp Elite which measured pretty close.
I always thought it was a mistake for them to not shut off the local dimming zones completely like the Sony sets do.
The Kuros did not have as deep a black level as the Sharp Elite, if I remember correctly. (I certainly wasn't happy with the "gray" black level in a dark room compared to CRT)
Originally Posted by *UFO*
I have the w900a but am looking to return it because the picture quality is weak compared to my old U50 plasma. I used impulse mode a lot when I was gaming because it dramatically made motion smoother. It dimmed the picture, but the smoother motion was amazing. Better then plasma.
Just wondering, what about the W900 picture quality is "weak" compared to your older plasma? Unfortunately you do have to compromise in some area when buying a television today.