Originally Posted by cajieboy
How true. When the SPF Tubes first came out, there were many threads on this Forum relating to it. After scores of personal demos, etc. I can tell you that the concensus was that you could not tell a smidgeon of PQ difference between the non-SPF and SPF models when viewing from over 4'-5', and even then the difference was extremely small. As for the anti-reflective coatings put on these SPF Tubes, there has been a lot of problems w/it coming off, and totally screwing up the screen. You're better off without it.
As someone who has owed both xbr960 and xbr 970 for more than year(both sets are the same size-34 inch), I disagree. At 4-5 feet, it is not even contest SFP tube wins hands down. Personally, I can not even watch xbr 970 below 6 feet because the aperture grill becomes clearly visible at that distance. On xbr 960, I can sit as close as 3 feet if I wanted to and still have smooth picture. I think that ability of the user to sit closer is big advantage of SFP tube that is often overlooked because it helps to offset relatively small screen size that was always the Achilles heel of the tube technology.
SFP tube has also noticeably sharper picture. I watch xbr 960 from around 4-5 feet, and the difference in sharpness is obvious to my eyes. Even at 6-7 feet, hi-Scan tube still looks like it is out of focus in comparison SFP tube. Granted, the difference is more subtle at 6-7 feet, so I can see how some people, who spent time in store or at the neighbor comparing the two tubes, could not tell the difference at 6-7 feet even though, it is still pretty obvious to me. We all know that stores often have bad lighting conditions, the feed is usually not a good quality, and the TVs are usually not adjusted properly.
To be blunt, I find it hard to take statements like "I went to the store/neighbor and saw no difference" seriously not only because it contradicts with my personal everyday expirience with both sets, but also of the unknown factors such as lighting, each tv settings, and signal that these evaluations usually affected by, but everyone is entitled to their opinion.
Yes, Hi-Scan tube is brighter, but I never feel that my xbr 960 is not bright enough for me. I currently have my brightness and contrast set at around 50-60% on xbr 960 with no brightness issues. Granted I try to control the lighting environment in my room when I do some serious HD watching.
I agree, I wish that Sony did not use the coating for some of their screens, and I can definitely see how someone who has kids can be vary of buying the set with the coating, but to be fair, if you are careful when you wipe the screen and do not have kids who like to poke around, the coating is usually not an issue, and it does help to reduce the glare.