So today I decided to go to Best Buy and then HHGregg to settle a few things about this TV. I was really getting upset that the ES6100
is a semi matte screen(clear) vs ultra clear, and then even more so when reading review about how the viewing angles were horrible, and the color was not as vibrant nor contrasting.
Ok seriously, I am as about anal about televisions as one can get. I currently have the UN46B6000 that is a 120hz w/ ultra clear screen.
At HHGreg, they had the 6100 next to the 7100....a 400 dollar difference between the 2 plus 60" (6100 @ $1700) vs 55" (7100 @ $2100)
I got the 60" 6100 from Best Buy online during black friday for 1399.99 and was about to trade that in for the 55" 7100 that was for sale at 1599.99. Those sales are gone and the TVs went back up again.
My First observation: the Motion blur/smoothness/etc - HHGregg had ESPN on all the channels, I payed close attention to the bottom messages as they panned to the left. The pan smootness difference was extremely slight...I had to concentrate on each TV to compare.
I eventually got tired and went to compare the next thing.
Second observation: Clarity. Both sets are clear. the 7100....a very slight edge...and I mean a very sligh. Once again. I had to pay close attention to notice.
Third: Color - the Color seemed a little bit brighter on the 7100, but that was due to the glossy screen. The difference was very negligable.
HHgreg allowed me to mess with the settings, so I had both settings at pretty much equal. Once I had both calibrated to my likings, the overall quality increase from the 6100 to the 7100 was about 10-15%...at most.
Now what I was able to compare the two, the trade off was now worth it. I am actually happy I stuck out with the 6100 @ 60". I think
I ended up with an extremely good deal.
The Glossy finish as it does help the color saturation, I get annoyed that I can see my shades and lamp from the reflection.
I really dont care about the 3D, and when I was looking for a set, I wanted the best 2D television set I can get. Honestly, from what was in the Best Buy and HHGregg, the 6100es is the best NON 3D you will find.
That Semi Gloss (semi matte) still looks really good and does not kill the vibrancy that some rater will claim.
What was funny, that 720 CMR looked only 10 percent bettween than the 240 CMR.....at most.
I can't wait to have my TV delivered.