Originally Posted by Joseph Dubin
That what's so puzzling - so many have mentioned Chad's respect for the 960 and even though some vital factors are rated high, they are offset by the seven points deducted due to issues with geometry, purity, convergence, etc.
At work we have the 55 inch LG LCD/LED he rates as number one. I used the set's test patterns to adjust the user settings and to be quite honest, I was overwhelmed by the size of the picture but found it lacked detail (can't see the skin blemishes on Ellen, Dr. Phil, etc. seen on the 960) and depth (everything on top of each other, no sense of distance between the hosts and the wall behind them) causing it not to look natural.
As Chad mentioned, it is purely subjective and honestly the same holds true for all of us. But nevertheless, even without the seven points deducted, the 960 would only be in the middle of the pack as far as picture quality was concerned. So Chad, if you're monitoring this forum, would be quite interested if you could elaborate more on your research.
Yes, I have liked the XBR960 for a long time. It has great color and contrast and overall a very good picture. I think it's weaknesses are:
geometry, convergence, and purity
shadow detail and pop/contrast are a balancing act (can make one better at the slight expense of the other, but both cannot be perfect at once- both can be good
at the same time, just not awesome)
light output in brighter rooms
I am being very picky here, esp with the last 2.
The geom/conv/purity can all be significantly improved with calibration, esp with the magnet work. I'd estimate most of the time I can make about a 70-80% improvement in these areas. However, the problems are still there; reduced, but still quite possibly distracting. That's why I deducted the 7 points.
The shadow detail and pop are just because it's a CRT and without artificial help, either you can have great contrast/pop at the expense of some shadow detail, or you can balance it the other way. There is some gamma control in the SM which can help, but too heavy of a hand on the gamma control will result in too low a gamma in brighter images.
Non stressed light output is limited to approx 40-45 fL, which is great for dark or semi-dark environments; but it can be a little hard to see in a typical living room.
Your feelings on the LG LED LCD may be due to the fact that I evaluate the pic after doing a thorough calibration which includes the 10 point gamma/grayscale adjustment with a spectroradiometer and CMS adjustment. That goes far beyond what can be done by eye, even with a test disc or other test patterns.