Originally Posted by flinchn
Dunno. My black screen looks like the set is off. In fact all of my blacks are pretty close as to fade into the bezel. Only between inputs do I see anything like that but only a spot or two on the left. Never during content.
Originally Posted by hatlesschimp
Originally Posted by wase4711
my black screen looks like its off as well...
Originally Posted by quovadis123
I see black clouding on white
I see white clouding on black
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I think what is happening here is that the initial excitement of the increased resolution is now starting to wear off a little and the underlying quality of the TV is becoming the focus. I am sure that this series of Sony sets is very, very good indeed. But even Sony cannot defeat the inherent limitations of LCD technology. They may have made the very best LCD screen that it is possible to make (I am hypothesising) but it will still be limited by the underlying LCD technology. And terrific blacks is not a characteristic of LCD screens.
We used to say if you want blacks, choose plasma, if you want brightness, choose LCD. Both techs have their place and work for different people in different environments. Where the main aim is to watch movies in a darkened room, plasma still reigns supreme. Where the main aim is to watch TV and sports in a normally lit room, LCD is the choice of most. It is not, IMO, a question of whether one is better than another, but whether one is better for your purpose than another.
Now we have a third factor in the form of higher resolution. If one wants the ultimate resolution, then currently one has to choose LCD. LCD may not be the best choice for some (eg those wanting the very best black levels) so they have to decide which is more important: 4K or black levels. Personally, being someone who only really watches movies, I would go for the black levels. Others would go for 4K.
I have met a lot of people recently who believe that the designation "4K" is some sort of badge of quality for a TV. It is not, of course. It is simply a statement of the resolution that the TV can achieve - all of the underlying benefits and drawbacks of the LCD technology are still there. What’s the betting that we will soon see some really awful screens, but with 4K - and they will be marketed as 'automatically superior' to the 1080p alternatives. I have pointed out to my friends that 4K is not an assurance of quality but I can see that they are skeptical. I have told them that a very good 1080p TV will still be a better choice than a mediocre 4K TV (when these mediocre versions hit the shops and Walmart) but I can see they don't quite believe me :)
I would recommend everyone has their screens professionally calibrated or that they buy the Calman software and a colorimeter and learn how to do it themselves (it isn’t hard once one has got the hang of it). The difference between an uncalibrated screen and a calibrated one is very significant, no matter how well one believes one has set up the TV using a calibration disc like S&M etc. A calibration will enable the TV to display the very best blacks it is capable of, along with the best colour gamut, greyscale etc. For a TV as expensive as these Sony 4Ks, I'd say calibration was not a luxury but an essential, if one is ever going to see what they really can do.
I hope nobody minds my poking my nose in. I am in neither plasma nor LCD camp as I nowadays use a PJ, so I think I can be unbiased in my views. Hope so anyway, Enjoy your TVs!!