Originally Posted by KidHorn
I think you're nuts. You can get a brand new Panny 50ST50 for around a grand. They look awesome. The black levels are fantastic. I would at least look at one before getting your old pioneer fixed.
I understand Pioneer made some great TVs, but if you ask me, their greatness is exagerrated. The new Pannys come real close performance wise.
The black levels are not "fantastic" compared to the second generation Kuros.
Originally Posted by orologio
So, I went to a store to take a look at the sharp elite and some other led panels and I immediately decided to repair the Kuro. Reason is that I can't stand the color and contrast change when viewing off center - I almost never sit dead center.
Even with the acclaimed Sharp Elite I noticed a remarkable shift by moving even slightly (I now don't understand the claims I read over web).
If you are viewing in a bright room, contrast shift is not nearly so noticeable on LCD panels. When you are in the dark it is terrible, especially local dimmed LED panels. I don't know why people try to argue against that fact.
While I would still be wary spending $1K on repairing a discontinued TV, it seems like you have made the right choice if viewing angle is a concern and you don't want to downgrade to a Panasonic. (Personally I feel the best LED backlit LCDs exceed the Kuro in a number of other performance areas which are important to me, but viewing angle is not one of them)
Originally Posted by hoozthatat
Just like 240Hz LED/LCD's are approaching
the motion resolution with that of a PDP
With scanning backlights and 3D panels, LCD has matched or exceeded PDP motion resolution for a number of years now with lower image persistence.