Originally Posted by HT Nut
What is the difference between a 62MX195 and 62MX196? And am I to understand that you input 1080i and the set makes that 1080p?
I don't know much about the mx195 but from what I read:
-There seems to be a fairly annoying fan noise problem with the 195. I don't have that with the 72mx196. The noise may be there but barely noticable so to me it's not an issue. My xbox 360 is MUCH louder.
-One professional reviewer wrote there where only one global user preference setting for all inputs on the HM195 regarding picture settings such as brightness, color, noise reduction and so on... On the 72MX196 I can set personal preference for each input individually
-From what I saw in a store and read in reviews (HM195) the MX195 has more bluish blacks. This is not an issue on my 72MX196 but it may have to do with ambient lighting...
-Contrast and black details are also said to be better on the MX196. All I can say is that Black level on this set is beyond my expectations (having previously seen my friend's 56HMX95 on which blacks where not that deep, especially under dim ambient lighting). In a room with no light, blacks are not completely inky but reeeeally not far from it. Detail in blacks compares to what I saw on sony LCoS sets.
The MX196 inputs only 1080i via HDMI and upconverts to 1080p but it's good at it, at least visually. On my Sony KDF60EA20 I was able to send good looking 720p signal via DVI-HDMI from my PC my but 1080i was way too blurry and barely readable. On the MX196, 1080i(1080p) is crystal clear via DVI-HDMI. (I was only able to get 1024x768 (4/3) using VGA input which is not good enough for me and this why I prefer to use HDMI input over VGA).