Originally Posted by qwertq
thanks for the help.... something to think about as i will be watching mostly broadcast tv and hdtv cable, not too much dvds.
would you reccommend that i wait a bit to get a new tv then?
also not looking for over 46, i want around a 40 inch. do you suppose the scaling would be better on one of those?
Thats what I have... The 40 inch set. Its simply a trade-off. When you watch SDTV over cable, it will look much the same or a bit worse depending on the quality of your old TV. On the other hand, this TV handles HD very well and things look pretty amazing. I had a top of the line 32 inch Sony and I would say it looked about 10% better for the same size SDTV (its hard to quantify but thats my best guess).
So you give up a few notches of quality on the already inadequate SDTV but you gain with HDTV, HD-DVD, Xbox 360, etc. I would say Standard DVD is around the same quality. The technology is always getting better so you can just keep waiting but at some point you just have to look at what you will be getting and determine if its worth it for you...
Xbox 360 ++++ Looks way better and its now wide-screen 40 as apposed to squished down into a 32 tube which makes it equivalent to a 30 inch wide screen. Its about 80% bigger image in total and it look crystal clear.
Standard DVD ++ Bigger and Wide Screen. Image Quality is about the same.
Standard TV - Look a bit worse and only takes up 4:3 of the screen. Still it very watchable and if the show is wide screen you can zoom. Of course when you zoom it makes the picture a bit more fuzzy (by definition). Overall I think the TV does a respectable Job with SDTV. Also the lack of black level in LCD is amplified in this mode due to the lack of detail in the image*
HD-Cable +++ Amazing image quality in wide screen. Pretty much new to me. Once I got this TV I knew I had to try out HD cable.
HD-DVD +++++ I don't have one yet be I will be looking this X-Mas. It looks even better than HDTV or HD movies on HD cable because its not as compressed. Other than 360 games its probably the only thing that comes close to the TVs capability.
*The only negative to getting an LCD TV today is the lack of black leve in a dark room. There is a lot of talk about it and it a valid concern. I can't say I am 100% happy with the black level but my eyes were always a bit strained in a pitch black room so I usualy don't watch movies in a very dark room. Also, the issue is much, much less with HD content. So, once again its more of a problem with SDTV than HDTV. It is still an issue overall but with HD its much less of one.
At first I imagined I did watch TV in a very dark room but it turns out that that is only case about 10% of the time. Most often there is ambient light from outside etc. So the problem if good black levels certainly exists but there are ways to make it better and its not like all source matermial is a dark movie. All you need to do is know how to use the PowerSave, brightness, and contrast and you can work around 95% of the issue. If movies are you're prime use and you lake to watch all your TV in a very dark room you should take a look at Plasma but Plasma also has its set of issue you have to be knolegable about.
I do believe in the next year or 2 new LCD TVs that have programmable arrays of LEDs for backlighting are going to trump Plasma. SED is still unproven and may be too expensive but I get the feeling LED array backligts are much more practical and cheaper and may be the next big thing in TV. SED may work out but its going to be way too expensive for the average consumer for a least a few years after its even releases. In some respects I think this may be worth waiting for but I had already waited a few years for LCD to mature and I was not going to wait another year. The LCD/LED TVs may be less than a year out but they will definaly be more expensive. If you feel like you can wait a year than just do that but tech is always improving so you can never avoid the "I just got this thing x months ago and now y comes out and its way better" syndrom
LED Backlight Samsung 40http://www.gizmag.com/go/6118/
Great short bit on LED TV tech that I agree with...http://displayblog.wordpress.com/200...sed-40-lcd-tv/