Originally Posted by Savatage316
Believe me id do that but alot of places around here dont physically have the models i want in stock. Like they might have the 738s MAYBE and even then i cant really find much of anything.
But yea, i would of done this already if it were an option
What i think would be nice is to see side by side pic comparions from people who have a 740 and from people who have an 840....id love to see the comparisons like two seperate pics obviously.
Maybe ill do that when i have time to dig through this whole thread, but if anyone can somehow dig up good camera pics of both models in action...that would be a tremendous help.
It's tough, I know. Big decision.
As far as photos go, I do have that one shot of Underworld off of HBO that's posted along with the others in my album that's linked a couple of pages back. But you really can't go by photos that people take unfortunately. There are so many variables like the kind of camera, the room lighting, the quality of the photo itself etc.
I haven't compared the 740 and 840 sets side-by-side, but I did spend a good amount of time in front of the 840 at my local HH Gregg before I bought my 740. I had the same concerns as you. I can tell you this.
Because of my career, I have spent hundreds of hours in editing suites and telecine (color correction) bays. I have sat there and had the colorist tweak the individual colors by minuscule amounts. I have spent countless hours in front of industry-standard NTSC perfectly calibrated professional monitors. And to my eye, the picture quality on the 740 is fantastic. At least a 9 out of 10 (assuming correct viewing angle and properly calibrated to match the NTSC monitors). Is the 840 a 10 out 10? Even perfectly calibrated, I'd say not. The new Sharp Elite or the old standard Kuro would most likely be a 10.
I'd say it all depends on how much of a perfectionist you are and how much you're willing to spend to make things just a little better. For me, it wasn't worth the difference that the 840 would have cost. Because of the Black Friday deal I got, the 840 would have cost me about double. But I have been known to spend a lot for a marginal difference. I added a second Trinity sub for a difference that honestly I'm probably the only person I know can detect.
I'd recommend that you shop around for best prices on both the 740 and the 840. Then look at the difference in price and ask yourself if that amount is worth a possible slight increase in picture quality. Allowing for the fact that the 840 I examined at HH Gregg was most definitely not properly calibrated, I'd still say that it's difficult to imagine a picture THAT much better than the 740 on the 840. Even the Sharp Elite isn't THAT much better.