Originally Posted by aerodynamics
Based on the small samples only, I like the 5D more for its contrast and pop but something tells me I really need to see them full size to make a decision.
Off course that would be best, but certainly not very practical for most individuals.
The real issues to concern yourself with will only become apparent when viewing a Full size screen.
I've said it, and it's been noted many times on "Screens" that samples are NOT intended to judge performance, despite their frequent use for such. They can at best only be a approximate reference...and that is still problematical. To be even basically effective, a sample of 20" x 16" up to 2' x 2' is needed...not 12" x 8"
Items like Viewing Cone and Hot Spotting / Edge dimming can only be effectively observed when the viewer can compare the Center of the image field with the Edges.
Perhaps the only way to make any reasonable assertion with a small sample is to scale down a image field to relate to the actual size of the sample ( 1" = 1' ), and decrease viewing distance proportionately, but that is seldom done. Done otherwise, tests for Viewing angle can only provide a rough approximation. Hot Spotting even more so.
So many make decisions on samples alone, and any somewhat close study of posted comments show that once the full size screen material is up....oops, "If I only would have known...."
The only real determinations that Samples can provide is Color - Texture - Straight on Viewing Gain. Also, consider this; if Screen Mfg didn't offer Samples, many would not even consider their wares for purchase.
The only "almost" certain way to judge performance short of a personal full size viewing is to post up a request for Users to relate as much of their own observations as possible, and then hope for a response. Ignore Sales hype, advertisements...and yeah....tests done with smallish samples.
Of course all the above will raise the hackles of those whose use of Samples to test one application against another is near & dear to their objectivity...or lack thereof. And that is not to say they know the samples are so deficient for such usage, and use them anyway...only that determinations and judgements that come from the use of Samples are held up to too high esteem and are at best only very rough approximations.