Originally Posted by SToRM666
I'm very interested in hearing more impressions about the differences. What kind of differences in picture did you notice besides black levels and viewing angles? Is the plasma screen better or worse to watch in a dimly lit room? An LCD can be quite bright at times to watch, is this also the case with plasma?
I'm still dialing the TV in so it's hard to make absolutes yet. I also have only been able to view it for a few hours. I should have better impressions after the weekend.
There's just a 'difference' between viewing something that emits its own light compared to something that's backlit. I almost want to say the plasma is warmer and more textured, but that would imply that the LCD was lifeless and lacked detail which is certainly not the case. Plasma always has a bit of "alive" picture quality because the display is never static. You pause programming on an LCD and walk up to it, you get a static picture. You pause a plasma and walk up to it, and the picture is still dancing with tiny dots, it's just inherent in the tech. So, it's just "different" and there's not really a judgement of which is better. Ultimatly, the human eye and brain are amazingly adaptable and that type of picture will become the "new normal" after a while.
I also noticed a few very slight uniformity issues under very challenging screen conditions dealing with the edge lit nature of the the display. At first I thought "that's a little disappointing" but then I realized that I was being overly critical because it's not like my ST50 wasn't occasionally challenged by content. Line bleed in plasma is certainly still a 'thing' and noticeable on some content. So, it seemed unfair to let my expectations of PQ get so affected by the edge lit nature of the display when I had already made peace with the picture quirks of my last TV. The same thing comes with fluctuating brightness due to the local dimming and dynamic backlight. It can be noticeable. But then again, so can ABL on plasma.
That's really what it comes down to. Each display has its strengths and weaknesses and having lived with the previous display for so long, the adjustment has already been made to live with the weaknesses of the old display while new weaknesses are more apparent because they are new. That will undergo an adjustment in time.
I haven't done much dim room viewing yet. Initial impression is plasma edges the TV out there, but once you are immersed in the movie, I don't know that you would notice.
Originally Posted by dbennett1130
I take it that you did this all in person. Did they call Frys to confirm the sale price? That was the final roadblock for me last night.
I'm trying to figure out what to expect when I go to pick up / negotiate tonight. My plan is to show them the dates on both printouts (Frys sale price and my BestBuy order placement) - but right under the $1699.00 price point on the Frys printout, it says: Limit 1 per household [when purchased between 1/12/2014 and 1/16/2014].
Amazon used both of those points against me (the purchase limit and the timeframe) - so I can't help but expect Best Buy to do the same.
I'm looking forward to hearing your impressions as well! Thanks
It was all in person. No, they did not call Frys because we don't have a local Frys. Frys doesn't operate in our region at all. The website was enough. I had to log in with the account I created to view the price, but it received manager approval because it was still in stock. They did have to fill out a ton of paperwork on their end because I guess Sony fines them if they sell below a certain price so they have to prove they are price matching and not just running a normal sale.
As per their price match policy, they shouldn't have given it to me. Explicitly in their policy, they will only price match local prices. But I had nothing to lose by trying and apparently $300 to gain.