Originally Posted by EscapeVelocity
happyhour, just make sure you stay away from Sharps yellow subpixel Quattron sets. I dont know if the 88UN is one, though, I do know the 78UN is not Quattron.
BTW, I pretty much agree with this..
Non passive 3D wont last, passive 3D will, but is less intrusive on the sets as a 2D monitor. Edge Lit makes for really slim chasis, but they havent worked the bugs out on that one yet. Id prefer to have Full Array LED, myself. The Internet Apps are not that great, you have much more flexibility with off board solutions (though integrated WiFi & Ethernet connectivity may be useful)....and it remains to be seen how much support they are going to give old discontinued products. But that is kindof a speculation on what the manufacturers are going to do...and they have upgraded older products already so. But you will have much more flexibility and customization, plus upgradability with Set Top Boxes and Nettop or Laptop HTPCs. Im not a big fan of the Internet Apps in BluRays either, for similar reasons. The PS3 however has been continuously upgraded firmware and software wise...and includes gaming ability and plays back BluRays...and improvements to its Internet Streaming connectivity...XBox Likewise, with XBMC, but lacks BluRay and I dont like that XBox Live BS requried for Streaming either, an extra cost.
At this stage in the game I definitely think if someone is interested in LED, then they should go with the full array. The only major potential issue I have read about is blooming. However, edge-lit customers appear to be quite dismayed at the clouding and bleeding that they have been seeing on all types of manufacturers models.
I honestly think you are paying $200-$300 more just for the internet apps on a television set. For me, it just seems like one more new piece of technology that hasn't been smoothed out enough yet for my liking. Believe me, I want the access (my house is wired for cat6 ethernet), but not necessarily built into my set at this time. For $100 I can buy a Roku or something of the ilk and probably be perfectly fine with that.
In 1977 my father bought an initial model year Ford Fairmont. Fresh off the assembly line that car was a rolling pile of problems. My dad swore he would never purchase a vehicle the first year it rolls off the line. I think that always stuck with me and have always avoided first gen products and technology.
Obviously, 3D, internet apps, LED, etc. isn't going away and companies are racing to provide more and more features. And I realize that there will never be the perfect television (or at least it's in the eye of the beholder). However, I am just fine with biding my time until I personal feel comfortable with something, especially when $X,XXX are involved.
With all that said, I will probably end up with the Vizio....
(But that 78UN has my attention...thanks for letting me know about the 88).