Originally Posted by EscapeVelocity
I agree with this, in general.
Ill just say that I think that you overstate the 2006-07 period. I think it just seems that way because that is when things really started to move into mass consumer purchases and was talked about as a "new phenomenon." Just a nuance that I think applies.
I don't think I overstated the banding issues in 2006 to 2007. Check the AVS and other forum threads back then for Samsung and even Sharp.http://www.epinions.com/review/Sharp_LC_52D62U_Television/content_310597553796?sb=1http://www.psu.com/forums/showthread.php/64749-Samsung-Other-Big-Companies-LCD-Question
Well, I can only state my experience and also if you go back to earlier threads here on AVS the 2006-2007 model years were definitely a period of more than average panel issues. . . . at least compared to today. I was looking to replace my last RPTV so wanted at least a 46" screen and myself and others were disappointed to no end with Sony clouding and Samsung banding. I really wanted to by a Samsung back then but banding was heavily reported. I did look at Sharp, but they also seemed to have issues at the time. I did also buy an Olivia for our daughter and is had a good uniform panel it's only draw back was weak contrast ratio. But it still is in service to day. I did also have a 26" Philips LCD that still has a decent picturehas a today. Remember, back then a 46" or 47" name brand HDTV was running between $2,200 and $3,000 or more. Sony was one of the highest price. I have a 42" 2010 LG 42LD550 now also, but LG wasn't really big back then. I did consider a Pioneer plasma, but could not get past the glossy glass screen since we have a fair amount of day time window light.
And, yes, I have seen banding to some extent on all brands over the years, but more prevalent was uneven back lighting and bleed especially in the corners of screens. That I've seen on way too many LCD/LED tvs. In 2010 I bought and returned no less than 6 TVs until I got one (the LG 42LD550) that was acceptable. It has an S-IPS panel. The 2007 Mitsubishi with S-PVA outperforms the LG in black level and viewing angle. But the LG has more accurate color rendition.
We also bought a 37" Vizio for my wife's mom and it also has a very uniform panel. And I set up a 26" Sanyo last year for our other daughter and it is surprisingly good. Balck level is good too if back light is kept lower. Contrast ratio and color was better than an LG 26LD350 in 2010.
One thing that is rarely mentioned and almost never divulged by TV makers is how they implement sub pixel technology which has a lot to do with picture quality. It takes fairly sophisticated circuitry to control and use sub pixel architecture properly and some TVs do not make good use of it.Edited by Phase700B - 10/25/12 at 5:47pm