Originally Posted by Mathesar
This is the best info I could find online in regard to the differences in brightness im seeing, I believe the Kuro's extremely high ANSI contrast ratio is the main factor here.
There's an ISF calibration website that lists a number of TV's they've reviewed and break down each one into varies categories, one of these categories is "POP"
"pop" and impact: 1 to 10 points
Main contributing factor: modified ANSI contrast
Lesser contributing factor: light output, ABL
The modified ANSI contrast ratio is a measurement of the difference between the darkest blacks and the brightest images when both are displayed at the same time. High ANSI contrast is essential to providing a punchy image with a high "wow" factor. A set with poor performance in this regard may look washed out and bland with regular program material, even if it does well with MLL."
They review 2 Kuro models and one scored a 9 for Pop and the other a 10, The XBR960 is also listed with a score of 6.
Here's the list & ratings, scroll down the page to view a chart: http://hdtvbychadb.com/reviews.htm
Interestingly there are no Zenith CRT's in this survey. When I bought my 34" Zenith C34W37 in Dec '04 it was by far the best CRT (or any TV ) out there at that time, including the Sony, Panasonic and Pioneer Plasmas. I shopped carefully and found the contrast, image control and resolution of the Zenith was far superior, and IMHO, still is today. It has never exhibited corner fall-off, or gamma prob's a many 16:9 CRT's have reported, and never has need correction of any kind. At $2600 it was the most exepnsive CRT on the market, if I recall correctly.
I also was told by a salesman in 2004 (In a Tweeter store that is now out of business) that there were no flat screen 16:9 CRT TV's on the market, that there were no true HDT CRT's and none that had an HDTV tuner built in, and that there were no HDTV signals off-air that I could recieve if I were to get one, and he pushed the Pioneer Plasma for $12,000 on me. I had just come from looking at the Zenith, left the store, bought it and got 20 stations as soon as I plugged it in. And it looked better than the Pioneer by a long shot.
Also, just want to make a point about "Flat Screens"
All my TV's, Sony 20" Trinitron 4:3 monitor, Zenith and Samsung 16:9 CRT's are "Flat Screens", using extremely high grade flat optical galss for the flat screens.
When you speak of Plasma, LCD, or LED technology, they are "Flat Panel" TV's, in addition to "Flat Screens". Some are so poorly constructed that the "Flat Screen" is made of plastic that distorts in a short time from simply aging, and the wavy screen is worse than a 1970's CRT.