Originally Posted by SharpOne
I'm still in wait on to see how the whole XBR7/8 quality vs price vs the Samsung line comparable price to pan out.
It just seems that if the Sony quality isn't noticably better, they will be forced to lower the price on the 7 and 8 relatively quickly....at least that's my hope anyway...because I want a TV yesterday.
On that note, I believe that Sony's name is pretty strong in reliability and longevity of their products. I've never bought a Samsung anything and I believe they are relatively new in electronics (less than 10/15 years?). How has the life of their products held up over that time? Any one have any ideas on that. I don't plan on buying anything for quite some time after this...along the lines of about 6-10 years.
lol, I still have a 32 in magnavox tube I bought as a floor model at Best Buy 10 years ago. Which is what this TV will replace.
There is a comparative test of the XBR8 vs the Samsung A950 in a German magazine. Here are the results:http://img522.imageshack.us/img522/i...jpg/1/w640.png
It should be noted that the test is slightly biased toward the Samsung, as the White Balance and Gamma charts both speak in favour of the Sony. Overall both are very similar in picture quality. The Samsung has more accurate colors, while the Sony has the better white balance and gamma.
I have tested the A950 myself at home and my only complaints were gamma: the set has only a few dimming thresholds, there isn't a continuous backlighting increase across the whole luminance spectrum. You barely notice this during viewing, but this mainly means the backlighting gain mainly happens between 40% and 60% luminance (arguably a non critical zone for gamma).
So in the end it is a matter of picture feel. The Sony probably makes the more natural impression, though not necessary the best impression. The Samsung implementation certainly preserves shadow detail and whites, with an added 3 dimensionality out of the gamma. Black levels and luminance are very similar, so probably not decision-making.
It probably will come down to bulkiness, price and reflective versus matte screen in terms of chosing between the two.