Okay guys, I opened both TVs.. I'm gonna give a basic run down [with a detailed one later with pictures] for now because I haven't been able to do much with them yet.. And, I haven't been able to hook up a BR Player either.. or throw in the DVE disc yet..Common factors:
Everything else @ default right now[prelude]
At first, the e700un [ after channel scan ] wouldn't display any picture!! [ had HDMI set to input 8 ] I did change the input thru the remote, but got no picture!! Switched to Input 6, then 7 and same results!! I started thinking the TV was DOA
Then, I hooked up the e77un the same way and got picture right away!! Finally, decided to try a factory reset on the e700un and, once done, got a picture on screen.. Odd, but at least the TV isn't a dud!
Unboxing and setup was easy as cake!! Tunaman, you will need an extra set of hands for the 60" That thing is a tank!!
The good part was, it already came with the base attached, so that's a relief!
The remote, though kinda bla looking [ both TVs have the exact same remote ] works much better [quicker] than the Sammy's!
The screen on the e700un is glossy, while on the e77un is matte [which I prefer]..
Both TVs have 10 bit processing. The e700un
has a X-Gen Ultrabright Panel
vs an ASV Fluorescent Panel
on the e77un
, and I have no clue which is better and why
!! Someone please shed some light on these Panels!
I had'em set up next to each other and the e700 [led] definitely has better PQ. The blacks are blacker and truer compared to the e77. The e77, especially during commercials and SD channels, lack Blacks viewable on the e700! The blacks on the e77un appear somewhat *dirty* in comparison. I have to agree with Jeff in saying that, when it comes to dark scenes, the difference between the e700un and the e77un is pretty dramatic!! On the bright scenes, the e77un looks better!
Also, on the e77, there is an apparent green tint while viewing certain dark backgrounds. The Amex Gold commercial on the e77 was a visual torture as the black appeared purple!!
while on the e700, it was pure black [just as on the Sammy B6000]
Having said that, the colors on the e77 are gorgeous!! That 60" screen really gravitates you in !! I just couldn't get my eyes off of the screen while watching the discovery channel ' Planet WildLife ' program last night!! I was literally magnetized to that huge screen
However, once again, the PQ [shadow detail and inky blacks] were evidently superior on the 52" e700un !! I mean, as much as I wanted to deny it because I just love that huge screen, [ and it does look ginormous compared to the 52"] I reluctantly must admit, you'd be trading off PQ if opting for the CCFL over the LED!!
The e77un's screen appears to be more vivid compared to the e700un for some reason. I had to up the backlight on the e700un to +7 to get the same results as on the e77un [ backlight set to +5 ]
I wasn't able to change the 'Black Level' on either TV in the Standard Mode. Not sure if that can be changed at all, but I haven't tinkered with that yet..
Everytime I switched to the e700un, I kept thinking ' Why just 52" ?? !!! ... could've at least done 55" ' But, for well under a grand, how can you complain ??
Both of these compared to the Samsung Un55B6000, [ not calibrated using the DVE disc] I felt the e700un killed the B6000 in every aspect, except size and super attractive design!! I also have to say that the Samsung's build quality is much, much better! The Sharps feel a bit clunky..
The viewing angles on the e700un are light years ahead of the UN55B6000/B7000/B8000 and even the 2010 C7000!!
I also think the e77un's colors are better [more natural, real, life like] compared to the Samsung B6000 [ loud, almost fake]. However, the overall PQ [ignoring the flashing and off angle viewing] is much better on the B6000!!
I'm returning the B6000 because I can't bear the flashing when watching really dark scenes [ example: Black Knight and some History and Discovery channel HD programs ] I saw NO such flashing [ although I haven't tested Black Knight BR on either of the Sharps yet] on these two!! I also don't like the lack of a S Video port on the Samsungs!
I also, surprisingly, found motionflow [ 120 hz ] to be better on the Sharps! Didn't see much SOE [ Soap Opera Effect ]. On the Samsung, I either turned off the AMP [ Auto Motion Plus ] or set it to custom! Although, I do prefer separate settings for Judder and Blur control on the Samsungs..
If the Samsung B8500 would come down to the $2200 range, I would've just jumped on it .. but I can't justify spending $3k+ on a TV!
Anyway, as it stands now, the e700un wins hands down due to PQ, but the e77un isn't that far behind. I'm going to try hooking up a BR to both, in addition to some tuning... I'm hoping, with some calibration, the e77un catches up or closes the gap.. If I can get the e77un to where the difference in PQ is trivial, I'm keeping the monster!!
Jeff, the e700un is 120 Hz, not 240.