This article includes the following comment from him: "...seeing high-end LCD TVs return to creating beautiful pictures should be refreshing. Now if only they can tackle blooming and off-angle issues, and do it at a price similar to those late great plasmas. Maybe next year."
Some on AVS Forum have interpreted that comment to mean that David did not see any LCDs at CES 2014 that did not exhibit blooming and poor off-axis performance.
I suspected that the qualifier of 'at a price similar to those late great plasmas' meant his comment was only referring to lower-end LED/LCDs, but rather than argue about what his words were intended to mean, I decided to ask him directly.
Below are some excerpts from a recent email exchange I had with David asking him to clarify that comment and his overall impressions of the higher-end FALD panels from CES 2104:
DK: "For the record, what I meant was that I was hoping they could eliminate blooming and off-angle issues for a plasma-level (as opposed to Elite-level) price."
I asked David what he thought about the blooming performance of the high-end FALD panels at CES, including the Vizio Reference Series, the Toshiba Luminance panel, and the Sony X950B and here was his response:
DK: "In my brief time viewing canned demos on two pre-production Vizio R series TVs (one 65 and one 120-inch)--which gives a loose indication at best of how they'll perform in real-world testing of production models, when and/or if they arrive--I didn't notice any blooming.
My time spent viewing the Toshibas and Sonys were much shorter, but I didn't notice any blooming there either.
I guess it's worth reiterating that in no way do any of these viewings of mine mean these TVs won't suffer from blooming when they're released to the market."
I also asked him about whether he believed the Vizio Reference or the Toshiba Luminance panels would match the FALD picture quality standard established by the Sharp Elite, and here was his response:
DK: "From what I saw the Vizio Reference could match or outperform the Elite. The key to that panel's superb PQ was a high a number of dimmable zones--and the Reference has 384, more than the Elite (I believe; Sharp never exactly specified).
I didn't see enough of the Toshiba panels to say one way or the other.
I'd also throw the flagship Sony X950B into the mix...if I had to bet, I'd guess it would beat the Toshibas at least, and may also approach the Elite."
And finally, I asked David whether he noticed signs of blooming on the Vizio P Series TV at CES and here was his response:
DK: "...I didn't have a good enough look at the P to say one way or another."
David told me I could share these comments/clarifications with the forum, and so here they are .