[quote=rgb32;19183229]I would imagine from the selected TVs that the VT25 would be the best of the bunch for this type of event. It is a nice display! That said...
They wouldn't pit a XBR8 in any prior comparison, and they've pulled the same thing this year:
1. Panasonic TC-P58VT25 3D plasma
2. Samsung PN58C8000 3D plasma
3. LG 55LX9500 3D LCD/LED Edge Lit
4. Sony KDL-55NX810
3D LCD/LED Edge Lit (not in stores yet) - Was the HX909 disqualified, just like the XBR8 was?
5. Samsung UN58C8000 3D LCD/LED Precision Edge Lit
6. Sharp LC-60LE925UN 3D LCD/LED (not in stores yet)
Where's the XBR-52HX909 or the XBR-60LX900? Oh... they had to use a NX810 instead of a HX9xxx... It's like they refuse to have a flagship Sony in the running, but pick the flagships of other mfgs! (e.g. VT25 series)
The '08 Shoot Out was held right as the new Kuros became available, which was right before the XBR8 was released. The excuse was that it wasn't available yet... The HX909 is available, but they decided to go edge lit only (no direct local dimming LEDs in the shootout)... hmm...
Sony simply did not make the XBR available for review. They wanted to put the new model in as it is being shipped in the next two weeks. It is the best Sony LCD I have seen although it still had plenty of issues. I believe the XBR was included in last's year's event or the one before, the XBR8 and it was a very poor performer, the worst of them all that year. I have been to all the shootouts and the Sony's have always been the laggard, until this year. The VT25 put the rest of the field to shame.