Well, I fianlly decided to replace the 10 yo Sony 34" CRT HD TV in my den. Actually, it was HD-lite because Sony never published its true resolution. After a bit of research, I decided on a Samsung 46" Ultra Thin LCD TV. This is an edge-lit panel, and although the 1" thickness is very sexy, there are issues with picture uniformity with this technology.
You may ask: WHY DIDN'T YOU GET A PANNY PLASMA??? (My ISF calibrator did!)
Well, I love the brightness of these LCD panels for my den that has a window, and with the latest models, the black levels are very good and 120hz refresh just about eliminates any lag. And, there is a full set of calibration controls to dial in a very nice picture.
But with certain scenes - with a dark gray or blue background, I can see panel 'structure' that appears as vertical dark lines. My TV doesn't seem to be affected by flashlighting and clouds, but these vertical line can be distracting. Admittedly, they only appear under certain conditions during camera panning from side to side. It seems that this is the best this ultra thin LCD technology can deliver. And the TV is basically for casual TV watching - for movies and sports, I'll be down in the Ferrara Theater.
What is your experience with flat panels?
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