Originally Posted by ssabripo
R, do you own an SXRD? do you own a Pioneer Elite of fujistsu plasma?
I'm confused: what is a "Pioneer Elite of fujistsu plasma"?
Originally Posted by ssabripo
have you had them side by side, both calibrated (preferably ISF calibrated)?
As a matter of fact: yes. I have seen most of the top Pioneer plasmas through the years ISF calibrated, as well as many of the top RPTVs. In a high-end store, I have been able to compare the Pioneer Elite 50" plasmas, ISF calibrated with the Sony Qualia 006 SXRD display ISF calibrated (as well, with me also tweaking picture controls to my liking). Both displays were fantastic
, with the SXRD display reproducing at least as much detail, color detail as the plasma, while doing so with the xtra smoothness due to lack of pixel structure, not to mention the bigger image overall.
The SXRD also brought out more detail in the dark areas of the image, with more even-looking shadow detail, than I've seen from any plasma, including the top Pioneer/Panasonic plasmas. (I also did a comparison between that display, in controlled lighting and control over picture controls, against the Panasonic 65" plasma, and the same observations held up: the SXRD technology had a richer image in terms of detail/color detail and shadow detail).
So someone trying to tell me that the SXRD RPTV technology is for someone who isn't concerned with good picture quality is simply ludicrous. It may be your opinion after comparing the displays, but it certainly isn't shared by most people who have experience testing out the displays.
Further, I have many times compared the new SXRD 50" and 60" displays to plasmas.
Just yesterday I was in a store's viewing room, under light controlled conditions, with a Sony SXRD 50", beside a Panasonic 50" plasma and next to that the Pioneer 5070 plasma. I adjusted picture settings on the displays and the SXRD still looked fantastic compared to the plasmas, with exceptional color detail, image detail, image smoothness and a dimensionality that easily matched and occasionally exceeded the plasmas. (The SXRD does have somewhat exaggerated color, but then the plasmas have their own color issues as well that need to be reigned in).
I have many times compared the SXRD displays to Panasonic plasmas and I've yet to see a Panasonic plasma with as intricate color detail as the SXRD. And I'm known as a lover of Panasonic plasmas around here.
A lot of people, including professional calibrators on these forums, find the SXRD displays produce "better" images than the plasmas they calibrate. There were a number of people too, when SXRD RPTVs came out who owned plasmas, including top of the line Fujitsu plasmas, who said they found the image better on their SXRD display.
Further, reviewers who calibrate these displays, such as Sound And Vision, pronounce them among the best images you can buy in a television set.
prefer plasmas for a few reasons. I've also followed the SXRD threads in the RPTV forum and I know that there have been some quality control issues, and here and there some people have ended up preferring plasmas to the SXRD. Then of course, many there also find their SXRDs preferable over plasmas they've seen or owned. Many picky viewers also are thrilled
with the SXRD's image.
So while I personally prefer plasmas, I don't let it blind me to the excellent qualities of the SXRD displays. I can see why others would prefer the SXRD displays over a plasma.
Clearly you have a lot of passion for your new plasma. That's great. I'm not trying to come down on anyone for prefering a plasma image over the SXRD; after all, I do too. But saying, or implying, that one would only bother consdering SXRD displays on the grounds of "if you aren't as interested in picture quality," as if the SXRDs were not a very high quality display is just silly. It goes against the experience of too many other people, professional reviewers included.
So it's great you enjoy your plasma so much, but remember it doesn't have to be "the best" in order for you to enjoy it.
[With apologies to others for thread derail...the Pioneer plasmas are stellar, as are the Panasonics]