Originally Posted by pred1973
Still not there yet
Like I said, my 75ES9000 is good, really good, but for the large price-tag I don't think I should have to live with the flashlighting on the corners. I have one of the new Panasonic 65ZT60's on pre-order, and it kind of bugs me that I have to give up so many inches to get the PQ I am looking for. For a room with a normal/reasonable amount of ambient light the 80LE844U hits a very good price/value point compared to a lot of other tv's.
With the Elites being out of production, maybe Sharp could release the 945's this year, although I haven't heard anything about that. It would just be nice if they put out bigger panels with the PQ they have proven they are capable of with the Elite.
As an owner of the 80-632U as well as the previous owner of 10 other LCD's including the Vizio 551VXT with local zone dimming, I feel qualified to make a few general comments on black levels and motion artifacts.
I've been a videophile since the early 80's when I bought my first 19" RCA TV monitor with 330 lines of rated resolution.
Firstly, I am quite content with the black levels I've achieved with my present 80-632U set, even compared directly with its predecessor - the local zone dimming Vizio 551.
Yes, if you watch an LCD set in total or near darkness the black levels will not be very satisfying in some dark scenes. So, I always have a little subdued lighting in my room. That serves to darken black areas and makes for a less stressful viewing experience on the eyes.
IF YOU WATCH TV IN A WELL LIT ROOM (AND SOME OF US DO!) THEN LCD'S - ALL OF THEM.......... HAVE FABULOUS BLACKS!
Some people seem to home in on only one of the factors that determine overall viewing experience and for some, it's the never ending search for the ultimate black levels. It really isn't that big a deal for the vast majority of us. An honest 4000:1 ratio is very satisfying and subjectively BETTER than what you get at a typical movie theater.
It reminds me of my youth searching for lower and lower hiss levels and working my way through Dolby A, B, C and DBX on my audio recording equipment. After a while it didn't really matter but I kept looking.
As far a motion trailing and blurring I would refer you to the following article by Dr. Raymond Soneira, the president of Displaymate - http://www.displaymate.com/LCD_Response_Time_ShootOut.htm
A fascinating and eye-opening article that should rankle a few people........
My own personal test on my sets, has been to turn off all motion enhancements, freeze frame an area where I perceived blurring or trailing artifacts, and invariably, the blur was still there in the frozen frame. In fact, anything that is shot on 35mm film at 24 fps has an incredible amount of motion blur so much so that everything else is inconsequential. That is actually a good thing because without all that blur, you would see a very stuttery presentation due to the low frame rate.
The ONLY ONLY time where I could consistently ascribe motion blur on the LCD set has been with digitally inserted rapidly scrolling titles at the end of some TV shows. That is understandable and totally irrelevant for judging actual video/film content.
To me, what's REALLY important, and the reason I stand up for and enjoy these large Sharp beasts immensely is simply because they have the overall best viewing experience for me, so far. Here's what I like about them:
Large enveloping screen with 1080P pixel by pixel sharpness
Great color with lots of POP
Satisfying black levels alongside very bright highlights - E.g. city skyline at night...
Very clean consistent illumination with NO BLEEDING BACK-LIGHT, NO SOE and ZERO CLOUDING - that to me is the real BIGGIE and the only set of 11 I've had that that is essentially perfect in this area!!! None of the other sets even come close.
My only real criticism of this set is that off-angle viewing quality diminishes very quickly compared to my LG and Vizio IPS screens. Not a biggie but something to keep in mind if you're gonna have 10 - 15 people over to watch an event.Edited by billdag - 2/17/13 at 3:48pm