Originally Posted by mohanman
I keep posting on this forum one day saying the PQ is awesome the next day saying it sucks. Out of sheer desperation I decided to purchase a Sony XBR 929 LED to compare too.. perhaps I like that pop/brightness of an LED after all.. I'll post my comparison results. Gaming on the VT30 just doesn't do it for me, the PQ is so dull no matter if I use custom or game mode. I think the one thing that I just hate about tvs these days are the amount of settings.. it drives one crazy.
I have both. Panasonic TC-P65VT30 and Sony XBR-55HX929 [ room ]
Although I personally prefer the Panny, the Sony is incredible and most of the family/friends prefer it over the Plasma!
The pop on the Sony [especially the blacks which are better than the Panny!! ] is superb, if that's what you're looking for! The blacks are inky [almost wet looking
] but don't push the brightness to below 40 or it'll crush the blacks!
The thing with 929s [ I went thru 3 before finding the *good* one] is vertical banding [ more apparent on the 65"ers ] which may or may not fade away after 100 hrs [ yes this TV gets much better after 100-150 hrs! ].
Then, there is clouding and blooming. There's nothing you can do about the clouding issue. Some sets have more than others. Local Dimming is disabled [ and cannot be enabled ] when you hit the HOME button [ menu screen ] or use the web browser. Why Sony chose to do this, is beyond me.. and most other owners!
The blooming is another downside of these full array locally dimming sets. My Samsung B8500 had it, the LG LH90 has it and so does the HX929! However, lowering the Backlight may help some!
What really turned me off [ hence this set resides in my room ] is the off angle viewing!! UGH! I wish Sony had used IPS Panels over TN like LG used for their LH90 sets! Poor... POOR, washed out PQ when viewing off center, which gets progressively worse!!
The banding may fade after 100-150hrs [ like on mine ], the blooming is bearable by lowering the backlight [ I have it set at 2 for night and 4 for the daytime. Be sure to disable the Ambient Sensor!! ], the clouding is your draw of the luck.. But, nothing you can do about the poor off angles!!!
Also, I hope you have a decent sound system [ HTiB or at least a soundbar if nothing else ] because the speakers on the 929 are beyond pathetic!!
Either way, I hope you get a good set and enjoy it!!!
Test for Vertical Banding here [ use solid colors ] : http://www.walvisions.com/TestPatterns.html