Originally Posted by Major Nelson
yes, can afford it, but it won't fit in the built in cabinet it has to go in downstair - max width I can fit is 40" which cut down on my options quite a bit.
I am hearing you loud 'n clear Major. I am in the same spot. I've been looking at the alternatives--mostly the top models, but I think I've had an epiphany:
120 Hz has limited usefulness and "Motion enhancement" software at this point detracts from at least some people's viewing experience.
If there were any sources filmed at 120 fps, one would think a 120 Hz refresh rate would be perhaps even necessary. But there aren't, so what are we doing with 120 Hz refresh without real data to insert between actual 60 fps sources?
(1) Frame interpolation--a guess at what a frame in between actual frames might have looked like if it were actually filmed--purely artificial and often wrong in ways that are jarring on some sets and to my mind actually degrade the viewing experience. The technology is at best immature and at worst a bad idea intrinsically.
(2) Black frame insertion; I think this is what the Sammy 81 does--sort of. It is really line by line BFI. No new data, but apparently separating the real frames with black (achieved on a line-by-line basis thus avoiding whole-frame flicker by its unique ability to turn off limited portions of the LED backlight) gives less perceived blur. Reviewers seem to say though that the 81 has ghosting motion artifact and other issues, and they like the machine for other reasons.
(3) Ability to show non-juddered 24 fps films. Here's the only thing I would want from 120 Hz refresh.
I think the only thing that will decrease motion blur is... faster pixel response. You want those pixels behind the moving object to turn off immediately
after the moving object has gone--not interpolated frames--which is why the Sharp D82 with its 4 mSec response rate had customers that never thought motion blur was a problem. Too bad they had major banding issues.
Having realized that, I realized what I really want is a 120 Hz panel (for 24 fps) with the best available blacks and color accuracy, NO or defeatable motion processing, and a light slim bezel. A faster response time would be nice too, but that is rare. That leaves no (zero, nada) contenders. The XBR4 has everything except slim lightweight bezel, but introduces fan noise (in the 40 in size) and nondefeatable auto-dimming. So what to do when you can't get what you want?
Get what ya need: a used W3000, save money, enjoy viewing experience, and wait for a generation that fulfills, maybe even exceeds the requirements. Then sell the W3000 for a minor loss. Anyone out there moving up to XBR4 or Sammy 71 or 81 want to dump your old 40W3000 for a good price?