Originally Posted by thrang
I just took delivery of the 70 XBR - for those familiar with my posts, you will know this was a swap for the JVC 70 97FH (which was a swap for a thrice-unsuccessfully-repaired 70 FH 96)
I've had only a few minutes to play, but had to post some initial thoughts:
Without even adjusting a thing out of the box, this picture is appreciably better than the 97FH - dare I say I am wowed?
+ bright without subtle blowout of highlights, which the JVC would sometimes exhibit
+ uniformity seems excellent. I have a HD recording of a couple of NY Rangers hockey games on my SA 8300 DVD, and the ice surface remains remarkably linear, where the JVC would show subtle areas oy yellow or orange.
+ Much better black level - when there is black, it is black. There is no faint glow of light like the JVC would exhibit on solid black backgrounds (like the gaps between a show ad a commerical)
+ MUCH BETTER (lack of)SSE than the JVC. The 97FH was better than the 96FH in this respect, but the XBR2 blows the JVC away. A hockey game is a great test for SSE effect, and I noticed really no SSE at all from my viewing distance of about 13 feet. Wit the JVC, I did.
+ Better quality screen than the JVC. Both are the non-reflective screen, but the JVC's always seems to have surface uniformity issues that contributed to the feeling of looking through a dirty window -not the sparkle of SSE, but a dinger look. Subtle, but there. On the Sony, very clean.
- As with the JVC, there is some pincushioning of 4:3 material
- I prefer the black of the JVC to the silver of the Sony
- Sony is deeper, putting the rear of the unit up against my wall (but it's completely open above and all around, so I don't think I will have a heat issue... will I?)
+ On screen menus and features are far advanced vs. the JVC, but will report on that later.
All this was via an HDMI connection from my SA 8300HD DVR/
I have a Mac Book pro that will support the native rez of the display, as well as HD-DVD and Blu-Ray - I will report more when I can, but I'm going away for the weekend and am out this evening, so It may be next week before I can....
I will try and take a photo or two a little later and post...but right now, I am VERY pleased with making the move. Ok, I tingled - there, you got me to say it.