[quote=FilmmakingFiasco;21670541]I'd like a little help/advice if anyone is willing to listen to some of my questions and concerns before I purchase an 82-840. I'm sorry if some of these are redundant. I've read through most of this thread and if they've been asked/answered before, I may just been seeking some clarity.
Some background: I used to have a Toshiba 65" RPTV from 2004 before moving to a 60" Sony SXRD A2000 from 2007-2010. Since the summer of 2010, I've had the Panasonic 50" VT-25. I'm wanting to get back to a bigger screen because I miss the larger engrossing image. I will be connecting a PS3, Xbox 360, Panasonic 3D Blu-ray player and occasionally my Macbook Pro.
I feel like I've been spoiled with the amazing image on my smaller plasma screen so I have general concerns listed in the order of importance.
1. How's the image quality going to be?
Keep in mind you are adding an additional 22" diagonal of screen. SD will will suffer some what especially on low quality content. HD on the clear screen model will look as good as the source and your calibration will allow.
Image quality is not a big drawback and can be stunning. Blacks could be better. If you are going to be using the display primarily for cinema you will find 65k bias lighting to be a big plus. An 82" will make on hell of a lot of light so you really need a separate night setting and or bias lighting. Your eyes can almost pop out of your head when you go from a fully dark screen to a fully lit one.
While seating distance is a matter of personal taste I suggest the longish end of the viewing range if you will be using the display for any SD content. THX recommendations are the most aggressive, you may see some SSE at the closest distances. I think you should be comfortable at 10 to 10.5 feet. Your 20" stand will be more problematic the closer you sit.
If your room lighting is appropriate the clear screen 82840 is the way to go.
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