Originally Posted by jamare
but curved allows more reflection, and a lower viewable image angle(sitting offsides). which is bad. With a flat tube poeple can see the picture from the tube at more of an angle. Like if you sitting 5 feet to the right or left of the tv you can see the screen. NOw if you have the curve aka bubble your veiwable angle shrinks. And you also can get alot more reflection from background lights, lamps, whatever.
I own one of these (an Aconda 9383), bought new in Oct'03. Yes, the curved screen allows more reflections -- I have to turn off all lights in the room except up near the tv, i.e. out of reflection range. Also, the picture tube glass is a bit more reflective than what we've become used to with, say, computer LCD monitors -- obviously anti-reflection coating technology has advanced in the intervening years.
And yes, it has only one component video input, which accepts just 480i, 480p, or 1080i. And yes, the German you-will-do-it-right connection menus are a pain... And yes, it weighs over 200 lbs.
So why am I crazy about this tv and still have it? Because the image quality is incredible. It originally caught my eye when I walked into a high-end A/V store in Palo Alto... all of the display TVs were showing the same program material, it was two guys talking. On all of the other TVs, the white guy looked orange, and the African-American guy looked purple. On the Loewes, they looked like... human beings. Now I know a lot of this can be fixed with proper calibration of the other sets, and yes, most manufacturers crank up the settings to catch consumers' eyes in the showroom. But out of the box, Loewe PQ is near-perfect.
Also the onboard de-interlacer works like a dream.
You really should view one some time.
It's just a crying shame Loewe exited the American market.