I own a Samsung Series 8 46'' LCD
Originally Posted by mdsboy
I am considering buying either the new LCD (either a Samsung series 8 or 9) or a plasma (either the Kuro Pioneer or a panasonic Viera). I am stumped as to what to buy though. What TV would I most be happy with? Any thoughts?
. One of my best friends owns a 50'' full HD Pioneer Kuro. If price is not an obstacle, please buy the Kuro.
During past month I experienced backlight bleed and flashlight problems while using a Sony W4500 46'' LCD. I stick now with this Series 8 Samsung for budget reasons only. And because it gives a reasonable picture for the money (My 46'' was half the price of the 50'' Kuro). And because I managed to tweak the settings so that backlight problems are not visible (at the expense of some black detail).
Since i have the opportunity to check the Kuro quality several times at my friend's house, I have to agree that LCD tech, even with the latest improvements, does not reach the Pioneer Kuro level of image quality, in terms of black level/depth and detail, color accuracy and screen uniformity.
The main problems you may want to check carefully if you decide to go for a LCD:
Please, please, please, do yourself a favour and try the LCD you think is ok in a dark room enviroment and try to see some dark material before you buy. Select an empty (no signal) source and increase backligh/brightness and see the black screen uniformity problems derived from the backlight that may not be visible under a bright light environment. Then try to see if they are visible while watching movie material with dark content (with normal settings).
And please check the color/contrast change by moving to the left (or rigth) of the picture. In my Series 8 Samsung the change is quite visible. Me and my wife usually sit right in front of the TV and this is not a big issue for us, but it may be for you.
Also, be aware of the glare that is present in the Samsung glossy displays - they act like mirrors and you may find seeing yourself and the room reflected on screen as soon as someone turns on the lights.
With the Plasma (Kuro or Panny) backlight problems do not exist and image does not change as dramatically as with LCDs if you decide to watch a movie from a different position.
All in all, a Kuro plasma will win hands down against ANY LCD on the market (as of today). A Panny Z800 (or even a Z80 or 85) are also very good bets. If price is not an obstacle, why not go for the best? Why buy a VW if you can have a Ferrari?
PS: BTW the "DLNA" and "Wiselink" Samsung extras are crap.