Originally Posted by hhaller
So how are you liking your KRP compared to your LH90?
I really liked the LG while I had it, but I didn't think the picture quality was in the same league as the Kuro.
Unfortunately I haven't been able to run them side by side with the same source material, so its hard to be very accurate with any comparison, but here are some thoughts I have after a couple days with the 600M:
-For some reason the 5" size difference really feels significant. It's almost as if 55" all the way down to maybe 42" feel big-but-not-quite-"big screen"-big.
-For sharpness, I'd say they're about a tie, with an ever-so-slight nod perhaps going to the Kuro. I suspect there are two things working here - the size difference and the reflectivity of the panel. I believe the glass on the plasma gives it a sharper look than the LG, but the LG is smaller so it definitely has a finer dot pitch (resulting in a sharper look). Throwing a third panel into the mix, my good friend has a Samsung A950 LED LCD, and I think that's probably a notch sharper than either the LG or Kuro. Most likely due to it's "ultra clear panel" and 55" size.
-Peak luminosity is interesting, the facts say the LG DEMOLISHES the Kuro here, especially with the backlight turned up (I was able to get over 90 fL out of it with a relatively flat gamma and good color on my meter). The Kuro in pure mode is probably (I haven't metered it yet) in the 30 fL range, but it still appears very bright as long as I'm not doing a side by side comparison. I really think it has to do with the better blacks (more on that below). For daytime viewing, and since I don't have the patch yet, I sometimes use Standard mode, which is very bright even with the DRE and other brightness enhancing features turned off. Overall here I was expecting to have to give up quite a bit in losing that peak luminosity of the LCD, but I don't feel that way at ALL, and I don't even have the patch to unlock ISF Day yet!
-Blacks are closer than I thought they would be, but they're still definitely better on the Kuro. Truly the first time I've seen the letterbox blend perfectly into the bezel. The LG can get almost as dark, but there has to be very little on the screen so that the LEDs can turn off. To put it one way, the Kuro really looks like it has DRE enabled (the ultra contrasty really white whites and really dark darks) all the time, yet with detail present that you'd never see with DRE enabled. I keep checking in the menu to make sure its not enabled (it isn't). I'm hopeful that the blacks on the Kuro will get even better with time as I've heard they can.
-Viewing angle is where the Kuro really shines head and shoulders above the LG. One of my main viewing positions is at about 30-40 deg from dead center, so this is critical for me. With the LG (and the Samsung LED did it too of course, but to a lesser extent), the off axis isn't abysmal, but when portions of the screen are being lit by LED backlights (e.g. on the PS3 XMB, where you have a lot of black punctuated by regions of ultra white), you can see clouds of might brighter "black" around where the white regions are located. This is clearly due to the fact that there aren't individual LED backlights for each pixel, so they light many that they shouldn't. This is pretty obvious from about 30-40 deg and completely unwatchable from more than about 50 deg. The Kuro seems perfect at all angles.
-Colors seem so much more vibrant and lifelike with the Kuro. Maybe its the semi-matte screen on the LG, but they just seemed a bit more muted there.
-The single biggest drawback to the Kuro (and its a big one) is my fear of IR. While its not fair for me to blame the Kuro for my own paranoia, it's probably at least partly warranted. Especially now that I've just gotten the panel, I feel like I can't even watch a full 1.5 hour movie if its letterboxed for fear of IR. Every time I watch an HD station with a logo at the bottom, I wonder about whether its bright enough to cause IR, and keep looking at it to see if its going to go away. Some stations, like Stars, have very bright, colorful logos that they don't show 100% of the time, but they come and go. I keep watching them to make sure they'll go away because I don't want uneven phosphor wear. When I went through the S&M test disc, I was paranoid about leaving any pattern up on the screen for more than maybe 60 sec. I'm hoping with time that some of this will subside. I've got the TV running through the break-in images when I'm not watching it largely because I just want to put hours on the set so that I don't have to worry about IR as much, not because I want to use D-Nice reference settings (I'll be calibrating with my meter myself).
-Aesthetically (turned off) the KRP Kuro blows any panel I've seen out of the water. It's so thin so it looks incredible on the wall, and the classic shiny black bezel really makes it look like a piece of art just hanging there. The LG is one of the uglier TVs I've ever seen, not symmetrical at all and not even square, so this was easy, but the Kuro even bests the much "prettier" Samsung A950. The ONLY drawback is the fact that the screen does not look black on the Kuro in the daytime. It's more of a deep blue/green color compared to the deep matte black of the LG.
I guess that about sums it up. Sorry for the novel.