Originally Posted by dlplover
To be fair I think us OCD avs guys might have a higher share of complaints than public that just buys a set and deals with it regardless of how crappy it is.
Yes and no.
Some things warrant the dicussion and can be detrimental to quality. I work in a retail store selling home theatre equipment and TV's. Average joe doesn't know jack **** about what they are looking for. They just know 'their mate bought this set and really liked it.' Of all the people I've spoken to, only 2 have asked me about Panasonics rising black levels, others were adament that Plasma wasn't even worth arguing that plasma was worth looking at unless it was a Panasonic and have been told
plasma is a dieing technology every company is moving away from.
I myself laugh at half the threads on this forum because way to many people are anal about **** they'll never truly be able to see or even have any reference too once a set is home. I bought a Samsung plasma because I liked how sharp the image was; it didn't seem to suffer from the same level of dancing pixels that I have always seen from Panasonics (this **** absolutely drives me nuts) and because I play a lot of games, I wanted an image that was as sharp as possible, or at least as sharp as what my previous LED was. It isn't, but it's closer than the Panasonic. I also really liked the colours the set was able to punch out, the amount of features it had for the money and that it's a nice looking television even when turned off, the Panasonics imo just look horrendous.
That being said, I know the Panasonics do better blacks and shadow detail. The difference to me however, is negligible when anything other than black is on screen, with colours and some brighter images on screen the black level looks excellent and this is how virtually images on screen are shown. As soon as colour and brightness is added, the contrast between what is 'black' and what is 'inky black' becomes nearly indistinguishable without a side by side comparison.
Basically I sometimes feel people here are entering a dick waving competition; everyone gets out there light and colour meters to even tell the difference. I hear people say **** like 'I wouldn't buy a Samsung / LG because the blacks are utterly shithouse.' I can only laugh at that ****.
I'm not arguing with anyone that there is no differences between TV's or that some do things better than others, but some people suggest there are such massive differences between some of these TV's that it's a life or death scenario. Personally, I think both the Samsung and Panasonic line up of TV's are phenomenal. Haven't looked into LG enough to make a decision there.
No doubt I'll have some AVS guru's rip me to shreds with some 'numbers' they pulled from some sort of calibration that said X tv had better blacks by 0.008 ftl but seriously, this place can be quite bad for making a mountain out of a molehill and in many cases, for the general public, ignorance is bliss and I specifically will avoid mentioning where each tv set or technology fails by comparison to another because unfortunately, no set is perfect and when you point out why to customers, they'll never be happy with what they have either.