Originally Posted by rgldhl
Thanks for all your input. I trust your opinion becuase of the extensive testing you have done with the latest 1080p LCDs.
While I love a sharp image I prefer a film like image that is very clear and crisp to an image that is sharp but not "fluid". Based on your prior posts I get the feeling the Sharp is producing this kind of image. Am I correct here?
After viewing the TV for a few days are you still happy with the contrast and black levels of the set. Sometimes initial impressions change as different content is viewed. Would you say the contrast black levels are the best you have seen on your LCD testing adventure?
My initial impression of the "softer" feel of the Sharp still hold. I am also currently trying to find a PJ for my media room and have done some extensive viewing. I really find the best analogy to be that of comparing a DLP PJ to that of the SXRD. I tend to prefer the "sharper" more digital picture of the DLP over the SXRD. And hence I was a little nervous that the "softer" PQ of the SHarp LCD versus say the SOny - which I still find to be more razor sharp than the Sharp - would be an issue for me.
Without another set sitting next to it to compare scene by scene or frame by frame its hard to really compare - the Sharp really does a fantastic job at displaying pristine 1080i source. HD DVD's for instance - look fantastic. However, IMHO - they are more film like - or smoother - less "digitized" similar to that of say the Sony Ruby. I find the same on video as well as PC text. Hence for PC text some may not "like" the look as much as it does not appear to me - to have the same clarity and crystal clearness of some of the other LCD's - i.e. Westy for instance or my iMAC.
The "smoother" PQ of the Sharp seems to lend itself to the lesser sources as it does not seem to over emphasize some of the noise. And noise is present on lesser sources - the Sharp has no majic to make it disappear! Do not confuse the "softness" I am describing with a loss of detail - it is very much present and there. Some of the Discovery stuff and PBS feeds have been simply spectatucular - but there is a different feel to it.
As far as black levels and contrast. Again - my initial impresions hold up with some caveats....
Currently I am feeding all but my PC sources through an HDMI switcher into a single HDMI input on the Sharp. This means HD DVD, Video 480i/1080i and lesser 480p/720p signals. I have found that for the different source signals, IMHO and in my experience with my other sets - that you need to have a different set of settings/configurations for each of the different sources to obtain the best possibel picture - or one that I find pleasing. Given that I can only have one seting/configuration per input and everything is going into the single input...I am having difficulty figuring out the best way to get a "compromise".
The Sharp has different modes (called avmode - which I wrote about earlier) that you can use. However, standard versus user versus dynamic/game or movie - appear to have some different auto presets that are NOT available on the menu's to tweak. Hence even if you set dynamic and say standard to have identical settings in the various menu's - there is still some differences in what SHarp is doing with these under the covers. For one - something called enhanced contrast.
I have not yet been able to isolate what they are doign and how they are affecting gamma - and they most definetely are. So - trying to set up two avmodes for a single input or even 3 avmodes does not yield the same results - hence even when I think I get one source dialed in - say HD DVD it screws up my video hd source. To further complicate the matter - I like different settings for daytime and nighttime viewing. As I have already experienced - these setting differences have dramatically different results.
So the long and short of it is - yes - I still feel the SHarp has some of the best black and contrast levels of any LCD I have seen to date - it compares favorably with my Panny plasma (with a slight edge to the Panny in nightime viewing) and if I can figure out how to dial this in appropriatley for all my devices/sources and viewing I will be a happy camper