Originally Posted by bsavitz
I didn't really see them as contradictory.
"Deep black levels that nearly rival the all-time champ in that department". That means the black levels were close but not quite as good.
"It couldn't compete with the Kuro" was referring to the overall performance.
Just goes to show you how different people can take different meaning out of the same words.
Originally Posted by TopperMcFly
Incorrect. That comment was referring to black levels period, not performance in general. Re-read if you need to. Pretty str8 forward stuff here.Black level: The S1 performed admirably in this area, and if we had to guess (and we do, since we didn't have a direct comparison on hand), it equals or exceeds the black-level performance of the best Panasonic plasmas from last year. Compared with the displays we did have on hand, it couldn't compete with the Kuro, but handily beat the Samsung and compared well with the Sony in terms of delivering a deep shade of black and preserving shadow detail.
Topper is correct he was referring to black levels when he said "it does not compete".
But I do not see his statement as a contradiction according to the english language.
"Nearly rivals" means it does not Rival. It means it comes close to being a rival.
Being a Rival means to be in direct competition with.
therefore, He did not say the panny competes the first time.
So saying "The blacks nearly rival" and "do not compete" is not a contradiction. at least if you are going by the english language.
I have seen David contradict himself many times before but I don't see it here.
But still, from how it sounds, the pannys blacks are very good! And for the price, well worth it.