Originally Posted by Hydro150
I see what your saying Lurkin, but, what you are doing is waiting for something new
, but buying something now
to have during the time you wait. And I can't do that, I can buy either now or then and it has to be big (as in quality, not size.) The only thing that is keeping me from buying now (or whenever the XBR5 comes out) is this stinkin' LED technology coming out.
-That's exactly what you're doing. Waiting for something new (LED technology), buy buying something now (WCG-CCFL). I think it'd greatly help you out if you went to BB/CC and took a look at the XBR2, if you're not satisfied, wait until August for the XBR5, again, if you're not satisfied wait a few more months and take a look at the new sets, at the new (blown out of proportion) price tag. But then again, in doing that, there will be a new "motionflow" or HDMI 1.3b, etc. technology on the way. (making you re-think your next purchase, identical to this situation you're in now)
Originally Posted by Hydro150
And all I need to know is, is it that great compared to whats in the XBR5. And as you said you don't see anything revolutionary about the XBR4, it comes with HDMI 1.3 and since I have a PS3 which supports this feature, I'd like to use it even if it means dishing out a grand more. But my concern is this whole LED business.
It's all personal opinion, and not spec sheet hype. (which I believe you might be doing, something I did as well)
-I own a PS3 (recent purchase) as well, along with a 360. (I'm a HUGE gamer) My set will be used to play games 80% of the time. The advantage between HDMI 1.2a and 1.3 is unnoticeable (according to many testers who where fortunate enough to test HDMI 1.3). Take what you want from this, in regards to how many feel about HDMI 1.3-
10. What benefits does HDMI 1.3 really have, in translation to basic terms... and do I need it - or should I want it?
(I have answered this question in more detail for the Surround Sound aspects of HDMI in the Audio Section below). The answer isnt so simple, it could be anything from YES, NO or MAYBE... depending on who you are and what you have in your setup. Starting with the basics, HDMI 1.3 allows for more colour to be sent to the TV, and allows for TrueHD and Uncompressed Sound (PCM) to be sent Bitstream or "zipped" to the recievers. (More about that in the Audio section!) These features arent too great of a leap as they would like you to believe for 2 main reasons. The first being testing showing "deep colour" off of HDMI 1.3 against HDMI 1.2 was conducted with pictures and videos and the difference isnt exactly immediate at all. The second reason is that to get TrueHD and Uncompressed PCM Sound you do NOT need HDMI 1.3! HDMI 1.2 and previous versions allow this too! Most devices decode the sound first before sending it, so you dont need to actually send it "zipped". HDMI 1.3 is great, but 1.2 will do you just as well in almost all cases. You get great picture and the sound is identical in almost all cases.
and in regards to the audio HDMI 1.3 provides, it's basically non-existent-
03. Do I need to wait for HDMI 1.3 to utilize TrueHD or Uncompressed sound off of HD DVD or Blu-ray?
The answer is: NO, and MAYBE. Heres why... 1.3 only true benefit in the sound department over 1.2 is that it allows you to send TrueHD and Uncompressed sound "zipped" or Bitstream to the reciever to decode and use. Most devices on the market today and in the future (like the HD DVD players and the PS3/Blu-ray Players) decode the signal INSIDE the actual unit before sending it to the reciever! So this means that you do not need HDMI 1.3 and your getting the BEST sound available today and probably for many years to come. So the answer is NO because if you already have a 1.2 HDMI reciever and have next-gen disc player that decodes the signal its self then you dont need it at all. The answer is MAYBE because not everyone has HDMI recievers, and might not have a device that decodes the signals for them. It should also be noted that there are no 1.3 recievers out there right now, but soon they will exist. They will be considered "flag ship" units and cost more than usual.
Do in-depth searches into what you're wanting to know and compare, it'll help out greatly. The XBR2's are what sony used to launch the PS3's at E3, and many believe it's the ultimate TV for it.