Originally Posted by gweempose
So even with the clouding and uniformity issues, you still think it's better than the 844 you used to have?
I'll try to break down my opinions so far.
Bluetooth 3d glasses, this seems much better than the IR tech from the 844 on paper but I haven't spent a lot of time in 3d on this.
Much nicer bezel and overall appearance
TV seems to have a brighter picture overall
Seems to have a sharper/better image than the 844 by a small amount but I did notice it
A LOT lighter than the 857, but less fancy speakers if that means anything to you, it does not to me. I've never even heard the speakers on either unit.
Better uniformity in dark scenes, much less clouding probably due to the fact that it's back lit instead of edge lit like the 857.
ISF modes are available here but not yet on the 857, but that may change soon? Since I purchased tuning software for the 844/857 this is a bummer to me.
Given the option (unfortunately it's not for me, no longer available) would I go back to the 844? That's a tough choice. I personally wouldn't upgrade if I already had an 844 and if I had to choose between the two I'd probably pick a 844. I spend a good amount of time watching movies at night and even the "flash lighting" in the black bars is a bit too distracting. I need to play with the settings a bit more to see if I can minimize the issues I'm seeing at night in dark scenes. I am going to write Sharp and tell them their replacement is nearly exactly the same and see what they say. I'm not going to bother getting another TV but they need to know there's an issue with these televisions. With that said I'm keeping this TV because the image is pretty amazing for 90% of the content I watch and there's no other realistic choice (for me) in this size. I know forums are filled with only issues so I want encourage those interested in a LCD of this size to check them out and see if you can demo a unit in a dark room (the key here) with a dark movie like batman. Don't make that your only demo of course but see for yourself to determine if it even bothers you.
Here is the gallery I sent to Sharp for warranty purposes on the last TV for those that are interested. These are longer than normal exposures but they're certainly not like the 4 second ones see above. If your TV takes 4 seconds to show that kind of image then you're doing VERY well. All of these exposures are under a second but with various other settings of course. I haven't done this with the new TV but from what I've seen so far it's about the same. Google is determined to ruin every good thing they've made lately, so let me know if the link below does not work.
https://picasaweb.google.com/100983162528384215324/SHARPLC80LE857?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCMHO76zamOe-twE&feat=directlinkEdited by djwishbone - 5/4/13 at 9:12am