Originally Posted by audiomixer
Boy are you right!!! How can one judge any item in life without some sort of test material? None of us "stare" at test patterns, but they sure give one an insight into the quality and nature of the television...be it good or bad.
That's easy. My "test material" for this television is the actual content I intend to view on it. And so far, I can report that my A2000 set passes the following "tests":
1. NFL football in HD
2. Other HD television programming
3. SD television
4. DVD movies upconverted to 1080i
I have not yet run my game console and HTPC test patterns, but I will report those results once I have.
Synthetic test patterns have their place, to be sure. I'm fascinated by how much has already been learned about the set's internal processing just by analyzing synthetic test patterns. But whatever shortcomings have been found don't bother me at all, because the actual stuff I watch looks perfect to me. Synthetic test patterns are also useful to objectively compare different sets, even if I personally think the personal subjective comparison is all that should matter for making a purchasing decision. The things that kept me from buying a DLP based set were the video noise, and motion artifacts in actual content on all the sets I looked at. I don't know if those things can be picked up by test patterns.