Originally Posted by egrady
I've been very happy with my Elite 510 for some time. I've noticed flaws in all the fixed pixel displays, mostly with the black level and inaccurate color. Recently I've had the opportunity to demo an ISF calibrated Pioneer Elite 150. To be honest it is very impressive. Given that you started this thread two years ago, I was wondering if you felt that the gap between the fixed pixel and CRT technology had narrowed? In particular, if the Pioneer Elite 150 could actually be compared to CRT?
Depends on the quality of the display. 1080p in the Kuros and the FHD 1 and the 150 and the Panasonic HD plasmas has made great leaps and bounds in the past few years. Pio has a great writeup they display at CES, extolling the virtues of deep blacks, and they have been doing marvelous research on how to get their blacks deeper and deeper, always chasing the CRT blacks we have now and have had since the beginning. They have almost caught up, if you can afford them.
Several plasmas in the past few months have passed my stringent standards for grayscale, and have been declared by me to be ready to go OOB, as long as you pick the proper color temp in their user modes. At which point I only charge a minimum charge of travel plus $150 for checkout and I'm outa there, saving them the difference between that and what a full cal woulda cost. So not all displays need grayscale calibration OOB anymore. The manufacturers are finally getting it - videophiles want true to life pix by having the whites be the correct cream white - not artificially "Brighter!" pix, by having the whites be blue-white.
OTOH, there are other brands that look so pasty and unrealistic, that I could never live with them. The cheaper brands have kept producing flat panels just like the expensive guys, and you can really see the difference.
Sony's OLED tech has actually SURPASSED CRT in black levels! They offer an 11" model of flat panel for $2500 that has a million to 1 contrast ratio! It is truly stunning. They have made one as big as 27" now, but it is their prototype and that one's not in production at this point. It may be awhile before we see anything close to a big screen in that arena.
To answer your question, yes. If you can afford it. I knew 3 years ago from seeing what was at CES then - my first 1080p fixed pixel display, by Toshiba, and the fact that NO CRTs were being pushed that year, DV or RPTV or front projection - that CRT's days were numbered in the marketplace. I could view the 57" displays they had there from around 6' away, which is unheard of in CRT that has not been fully supertightened. And around 10' away on Panny's 103" plasma from 2 years ago, with mesmerizing colors and blacks. Hey, if you got $70,000, I am sure they'll fix you right up!
This year the head of Panny spoke, and evidently even at that price, they now have over 3000 of them out there in the world, cranking away every day!
Then he unveilied the unheard of - they rolled out the brand new biggest plasma panel in the world - the 150", with 2000x4000 resolution, twice that of 1080i/p HD. From my distance away in the audience, it looked stunning. Have NO idea how much THAT one is gonna cost!