Originally Posted by Original Nerd
It looks great. Can you take a few pictures of it playing? I want to see what the blacks look like and other colorful scenes. Anything would be helpful.
I uploaded several pics off my 850U in the "All Sizes" thread, if you want to go over there and have a look.
Also, to the poster who asked why this set over the 800U...
Truthfully, I was going to look at both of them, and Magnolia was my first stop (850), and Best Buy was next, (800). Magnolia had better service, and had a lower price AND did a price match to an ONLINE retailer for a set that had more features than the 800. I went ahead and bought one sight unseen. It arrived a few days later, and I began breaking it in. Later, I stopped into Best Buy to check out the 800U, and was surprised to see how washed out the picture looked using the THX preset, compared to the pic on my 850U that even had the settings turned down for break-in.
Now, Best Buy is a brightly lit store, and my lvg room is low light, so there is that. But others have seen both sets side by side in a low light Magnolia store and reported the THX looking more washed out on the 800, and darker blacks on the 850U. I happen to like the extra little pop the DCC toggles gives the colors versus the "accurate" colors claimed by the THX preset. I have worked on a few major network TV shows, and always noticed how the colors on the studio monitors really nailed exactly what was on the sets and the actors, but at home, everything seemed much more dull. The Studio Ref preset on the 850U reminds me of the the quality and accuracy of those pro studio monitors. My favorite example is the CBS sitcom, The Big Bang Theory. The sets and costumes on that show are accented with lots of vibrant, diverse colors that really challenge this set, and it truly looks live and rich without being oversaturated.
I must admit, though, there are occasions when grass looks a bit too green, and reds a bit too red, but then they will look just perfect at another angle when the lighting is different, so.... hey, nothing's perfect, right? But I've been researching HDTV's for a few years now, and have seen hundreds of sets, and I can say for a fact that for its price, this is THE absolute best HDTV available today at this size. Next level up will cost you a few grand more for a small but noticeable improvement in pic quality. If you have money to burn, then get the best you can afford. If you are like me, and just love to find incredible value (most bang for the least bucks), then you will LOVE the 850U!
That's why I bought a Lexus GS instead of a BMW 5 series. I enjoy driving the BMW more, but not so much more that it's worth all the extra time in the shop. My GS is hardly ever in the shop, and performs ALMOST as well as the 5 series. Value.