Originally Posted by BenDover
does the sharp have any of these "issues" that runs wild in the HX929 thread? the 929 was very favorably reviewed, as was the sharp elite.
i tend to believe that these "issues" people are complaining of are only visible/noticeable when viewing the test images that bring it out...during regular viewing i can't imagine it is prevalent.
what i've noticed thus far is that it probably has a lot to do with local dimming...ironically the technical feature that people initially clamor for.
we'll see, thus far it still sits temporarily on the floor beside the Q with only a Panny dmp-bdt310 feeding it blu-ray. i wanted to make sure the set was working and didn't have any major issues before getting too far removed from my accepting delivery.
my son and i watched a 3d movie last night (narnia...uggh), but it did look beautiful. wish i had the avatar 3d disc...only have the 2d version.
Oh, you have to get a copy of Avatar in 3D, it is like nothing I've ever seen...simply amazing compared to any other 3D. I bought a used copy off of Ebay for like 70 bucks, so worth it, we've watched it easily 5 times.
As for the new sets from Sony and Sharp, it is not local dimming that is the issue. In fact, I would not buy a set without local dimming. Again, *if* it's done right. I can tell you there are no issues with it on the Elite, and you wouldn't find me with any edge-lit set, as the screen uniformity is still a big issue for edge lit sets. The Elite is quite simply the best TV on the planet today, and don't believe me, read the CNET review, and the other trade rags that have done reviews in depth on it (Perfect Vision I think, and others). The black levels are insane, the white levels as well, and overall color dynamics will blow you away. Now, it needs a decent calibration, or at least a baseline tuning of the THX Movie mode, but other than that, she's good to go out of the box. The calibrated ISF day and night modes when unlocked and calibrated professionally are amazing, even better than well-tuned THX Movie mode. The only serious issue that was noticed was a very slight problem with the color cyan that renders some purples slightly darker than they should be. And only at certain levels it seems. Sharp has acknowledged the issue with the cyan accuracy, and they are working on a firmware fix that will simply be pulled down via the Net from the TV itself when released. But the issue is totally unnoticable during normal movie viewing, it was something pro calibrators didn't even notice until they did an in-depth study of the color accuracy across the whole gamut. They found this one area where the Elite is off, and a fix is in the works. I can't see the problem even with TV shows and movies with this specific shade of purple. Most people have never seen the problem at all. But of course it will be good to get that resolved, if only for peace of mind.
Everyone who sees the Elite when they come over is blown away by it - and these same people had enjoyed my Qualia for 5+ years. They simply think the Elite has brought things to a new level, and then throw in the incredibly well-done 3D on this thing, and people are stunned. I've made more people sit and watch the Hubble 3D IMAX disc and they literally will not give the glasses up. It's so well done, no crosstalk at all like with the Sony, it's a whole different level. Tomorrow I'm getting the 3D DirecTV channels added (there are like 5 dedicated 3D channels now on DTV), and I'll see if they have the same wow factor - probably not as much as a Bluray, but still interesting fun nonetheless. ESPN3D is probably the coolest. We'll see.