Originally Posted by billdag
There is this absolutely HUGE emphasis on black level and how wonderful it is. The problem is that you have to watch a set in near total darkness to appreciate the difference. With normal indoor lighting, even a cheap $400 LCD will have fantastic blacks. I watched a fairly high end rear projector (Epson 1080UB) off and on for about three years, and I got sick and tired of watching TV in a pitch dark room. So, I bought an 80" Sharp 632U with no local dimming but with full array backlighting. I watch this set with some ambient light including a string of fully adjustable LEDs attached to the back. My eyes and me have never had it so good. Blacks look delicious and colors and whites just POP. This is with a true native contrast of about 3000:1.
I've been a video and Hi-Fi hobbyist for too many decades to count and one thing I've learned..........there is always something really really important that distinguishes the best of the best (whether it's all that valid or not). When I was young it was signal to noise ratio (think Hiss on cassettes etc.) and wow and flutter. I honestly believe that if you take the average person and sit them down in front of a reasonably priced LCD set that has been set up by someone who knows a bit about adjusting contrast, sharpness, backlighting etc. they will be thrilled with what they are watching.
I even had my set professionally ISF calibrated and, in all honesty, the difference was quite subtle compared to my own settings.
I am leaning towards the 70" Vizio P series when it comes out in a couple of months. Looks like a lot of bang for the buck.
I've got a Plasma and 5 LCD here with contrast ratios ranging from ~2500 : 1 on the LG with an IPS panel
and up to 3500: 1 on one,and 4000:1 cr on another and (5000: 1 without local dimming or FALD ) on the newest Sony LED .
The Sony LED destroys all the other LED/LCD here daylight dim or (dark even more so ) if you ever get the chance to watch an LCD/LCD that can do 5000:1 contrast without FALD or other such things
I would highly recommend it next to decent Plasma or OLED which ofc are the best to date .
The difference between one of my Toshiba sets sets @ 3500:1 CR panel and the Sony with .022 black& 5000: 1 CR (4700:1 after calibration) panel is readily apparent in daylight and stunning in a dim or dark room with or without ambient light .or room light at night . If the Viseo Pee <sic> can match that contrast and maintain decent blacks thay might have something decent.
OTOH I would agree even a $ 4- $500.00 LCD with decent blacks
and contrast in ~4000-4500:1 + range can look just fine . Once you have that and halfway decent processing with an LCD other than Screen size additional investment
often yields diminishing returns IMO.