Originally Posted by SpeedDemon
The HX900 is most likely going to be better than the XBR8. It seems really likely given it's "full array LED backlighting" that it will come equipped with a U2VA panel and Triluminous RGB LED backlighting. And if it does in fact have both a U2VA and Triluminous then it will be a very sharp set.
It doesn't have the Triluminos system - otherwise they would have advertised that.
White LEDs *could* mean less wide color gamut than the XBR8 but that's no big loss for most people (not even Blu-ray makes use of it). We'll see if the set has an equally good basic color calibration out of factory like the XBR8, though.
I don't know about the qualities of U2VA, yet, but I expect at least twice the amount of dimming zones, reducing dimming halos on this set.
My biggest problem though is that LCD still can't match the motion resolution of a Plasma unless it performs motion/frame interpolation. I was watching my XBR9 in my bedroom the other day (which I'm returning for a boatload of reasons) and then decided to go out into my living room and watch my 60" Kuro; aside from the obvious better still picture quality on the Kuro, it was amazing how much better the motion resolution was as well. FWIW, I'm hugely against any sort of motion interpolation; my eyes can't stand it.
Practically all new local dimming sets utilize some form of backlight scanning - like the XBR8 already did. With that you come close to the best plasmas as it improves motion resolution - without interpolation if you wish (there is a separate setting for that).
The XBR9 offers nothing of this sort as it's still CCFL-based and has to rely on interpolation to battle on of the native LCD problems.
It seems to me that either your personal requirements are indeed very high or that you didn't make an informed decision when buying the XBR9. IMHO you should replace it with another plasma and be done with it.