Originally Posted by absolutic
I saw the set at Hawthorne (Los Angeles Area) Costco. It looks pretty good, obviously it is not a Pioneer Elite, but you are paying twice as less as Elite for a larger size.
Er....half as much. Sounds better !!
From what I observed, the picture was satisfactory, and Philips usually gives you a lot of inputs and QAM tuner which are plus.
It seems alot of people are interested in the tuners....don't most of us have/use STB's? I do watch SD and HDTV through the Philips tuners occasionally when I want a change-of-pace or to use the PIP, but that's about 10% of the time, tops.
Absolutic, the PQ on the Philips is right up there or a shade below Pioneer and Panasonic, IMO. If you were getting 80% of the PQ for 50% of the price, I'd say it's a tough decision. But you're getting at worst 98% of the PQ, IMO. Friends of mine have Pioneer: my SD looks alot better, their movie channels (because of the black levels) are a bit better, sports/live action HD is a toss-up. We all have cable inputs.
Again, the 9631 models seem to have improved on the 9630 lines which in itself was a big improvement over the 7000 series.