Originally Posted by Jugdish69
Overall, the Bravia is an excellent display and shows how much progress LCD has made.
The more I've seriously studied the current crop of LCDs, the more I'm convinced IMO, that the Bravia is simply the best. Before my return period was up, I decided to check out the Sharp 26" Aquos. No matter how carefully I adjusted the Sharp, the Sony displayed deeper blacks, better contrast ratio and superior colors. To be fair though, I went into the Sony service menu to optimize the colors and gray scale to my liking. I haven't done that with the Sharp.
However, the issues I'm seeing with the Sharp are not exclusively related to gray scale adjustments. Things like the contrast ratio and the ability to pull out detail and color CONSISTENTLY from scene to scene, is what sets the Sony apart. There is just a remarkable ability by the Sony to do this across the board, no matter what the picture content. On the Sharp, some scenes were fairly close, but many others diverged significantly. Only the Sony looked 'right' almost all of the time.
Keep in mind too, that for most of my viewing I was allowing the Sharp to use the HDMI input whereas the Sony was relegated to component! The Sony does better still when connected via HDMI (as do most displays). I tried briefly switching the inputs just to make sure there wasn't some weird behavior on the part of the Sharp via HDMI....there wasn't.
The one thing I did notice in the Sharp's defense, was slightly lower noise levels in dark scenes. This was most apparent at close viewing distances, but more difficult to detect at normal viewing distances. Interestingly, my Fujitsu plasma displayed the same noise that the Sony displayed. So I'm not sure if there was some negative by-product to the noise reduction that Sharp uses since it appears it was actually in the picture, but I didn't see it.
All in all, I'm more impressed than ever with the Sony Bravia.