so i went to the nec showcase in sf today.
so glad i had the chance to see the sets! in fact, the place was a hotbed of all kinds of cool technology...thought I had to act like I was a dealer or something, but quickly found out that it didn't matter. there were even cool parting gifts.anywho, here's what i learned:
the 42" and 50" produce awesome images. the blacks are very black. the colors pop like a plasma should. i'm buying a 42". (I finalized the return of the Dell today)
the xr's (residential) and xm's (commercial) are the exactly the same, except for the inputs, bezel, and warranty. the commercial xm's have the 5-channel RGB input, component and dvi.
he confirmed the nec's will not take 1080p on HDMI.
my fiance doesn't like the bevelled glass thing on the bottom of the xr's bezel. "it look like a 70's era porn star TV" she thinks the xm's looks way better. but i'm not about to trade hdmi's for a bezel. the rep said that you might be able to put the xm bezel on the xr for a few hundred bones. i think she'll get over it once it's in home, but if not I'll check it out. it's her money too.
the rep said that the contrast ratios reported by nec are based on actual viewing conditions - NOT a completely dark room. given actual viewing conditions, a ratio of 1000 is very high. he also said nec takes much pride in their blacks, and he thinks it's clear that the nec detail in black images is "best in the industry"
he said the new 50" and 42" use glass that is unique to nec - not pioneer. he did acknowledge that the costco 42" pioneer uses the old 42" nec glass. but he noted that the resolutions of the 50" pioneers are different, and the pioneer pixels are rectangular. but not for long. pioneer is ditching the rectangular pixels and going to a more nec-like glass.
he said the warranty is in-home, and the technician network is pretty extensive.
i thought the image retention features were cool. the orbiter, the wiper - the nec's have em all. i found it interesting that he recommended playing the white screen for lots of hours as soon as its recieved to break it in and remove the fresh screen ghosting effects. "with a half-life of 60,000 hours, who cares? play it while you sleep"
i love that the PIP doesn't have any kind of white lines around the frames. i think the white frames are burn-in nightmares. the nec's have no frames, and you can arrange the 2 pictures in several different configurations.
the flat-panel lcd's were pretty cool, but so much $$$$ and blacks weren't as black as the plasmas.
the nec theatresync scaler produced a noticeably better picture on the 61". but for $3k, it better!! i'd like to see if it made much difference on the smaller 42"
fun stuff...can't wait to have it in my living room! i reall y hope the stand doesn't delay my ability to enjoy it!
Originally Posted by thorsenjon
Has anyone here had any experience with the warranty extension service that comes with some credit cards?
do a search.
others have had success.
but you have to follow the process EXACTLY.
keep very good records along the way
i'm gonna buy with credit for the free extended warranty.