Originally Posted by hard888
Hello everyone. New guy here to the forum.
I'm one of the new owners of this 90" behemoth, which I am sure some opinions may put me in the insane category. However I did have an opportunity that presented itself and so I took the leap.
Coming from an 65" Panasonic from 6 years ago, I wanted something bigger. Our family room where the TV is wall mounted and where we watch TV 90% of the time, is pretty spacious and has a lot of natural light from the many windows (for those wondering why I didn't go the way of projection). The wall where the TV is mounted is rather large, so it made the 65" look smaller if that makes sense. And since we had enough room to sit 10+ feet back, I had the perfect enviroment to consider the 90".
Visited a local independent (but franchised) A/V store and decided on the spot after negotiations. $9200 and included free delivery and install (for reference). I won't disclose the name of the place due to the UPP.
I am no A/V expert so I'll give my opinion as I see it from first day of ownership.
The biggest factor that hits you is the size. It is just so "in your face". Nevermind how large this thing looks without it being turned on, but when something is playing on screen, you really can't help but be immersed into it. I don't think seeing it in the store as a display model may give you that effect since you are not in your home environment, but when this thing is at your home in your familiar setting, I can't imagine you not feeling the same way. Coming from a 65" Panasonic plasma, I feel like the 65" is the old 42" and the 90" is the new 65". You just don't want to go back.
The next thing that hit me was the color. I've always felt that the plasma units gave better color quality over LCDs. The plasmas have had a deeper color which seemed more vibrant in conjunction with the glass screen. Most LCD sets I've seen in stores just don't measure up. But I couldn't be more wrong. This 90" is on par with my Panasonic in terms of color and "pop". The images really look deep and have good contrast, but more importantly they pop. I don't feel like I lost anything coming from the Panasonic.
Then comes the picture quality. I was casually surfing the HD channels and will say that the Panasonic had a slightly sharper picture. The trade off would be that the closer you approached the Panasonic, the image became blocky/pixely. So you're forced to sit at a certain distance to get the better picture effect. That said, the Sharp is clear even up to the screen. However overall I would say the Panasonic has a very slight edge, but only so if you have 2 TVs side by side to really notice. On it's own the Sharp does just fine. If the Panasonic is a 10, I'd give the Sharp a 9~9.5.
I played a couple of Blu Ray movies; Dark Knight and Transfomers Dark of Moon. At this point, the picture did not suffer one bit compared to the Panasonic plasma. Picture was extremely clear, sharp, and popped.
The only downside I could find is the motion. In scenes where there are fast actions, I noticed that the screen image lags a little. It's as if the TV is trying to keep up with the fast movement if that makes any sense. The result of that is that there are some breakups during fast action. When I say break up I mean to say that the image becomes slightly pixelated (not the entire screen image, but just the "object" that is moving fast). I have played with the settings a little, and this still seems to be prevalent even when I set the motion to 240Mhz. Again, it's not entirely bothersome, but this is a subject issue. For me it wasn't so bad that it ruined the experince of what I was watching.
Lastly, although the set may still have a little of the Soap Opera Effect (SOE), it didn't seem that bad. Some content had it, but some didn't. I guess depending on the channel and show you are watching, it may or may not be there. And quite honestly even if that effect was there, I've gotten used to it quite quickly. That or the effect is minized enough that you just don't notice it bothering you. Again, could be subjective.
In the end I am very happy with the purchase.