Originally Posted by audacious nick
Bold text is specifically applicable to your situation, the rest is FYI.
Here's how it goes down: IPS is good for off-center viewing, much better than VA, there is no getting around that. You can also consider OLED, because they also do a great job of maintaining great off-center viewing, but you do not sacrifice the black levels. You do, however, spend more for it.
That being said, no amount of FALD changes the fact that IPS has terrible contrast. The only ones that seem to argue this are P55 owners that want to delude themselves, and others, that it's okay. Which I think is pretty crappy of them, because I've seen the difference: it's pretty noticeable; the blacks are significantly better on the P65 (instead of being a dark grayish). They can pretend and pretend and pretend that it's not, but that would be like me saying that my old KS8000 had identical light control to my P65 or my OLED: it's obviously BS.
This being said, if you're watching in a bright room, that's probably not an issue that you're going to notice, because the bright light disguises it. Bias lighting will also disguise it to some degree, if you do watch movies in the dark.
Basically, it sounds like the P55 IPS is the TV for you, what with your off-center viewing and bright room.
I appreciate your reply as well. To keep it simple:
Can't afford OLED at the moment, or I wouldn't even have posted my question, haha. I saw one at my local store.....beyond impressive. Down the road.
I considered the P65, as you said, the blacks are better, and our viewing angle isn't THAT far off center, so it may be negligible. But, it's bigger than we need, plus more than I can comfortably spend.
The room is pretty bright, unless we close the blinds, which we don't always want to do, so to your point about disguising it......I get the impression that it wouldn't be "horrible", if it's not night time, and pitch black in the room. Of course, I haven't seen a P55 next to a P65.
I'm kind of torn.....the P50 would have the better blacks, but I want to go bigger, but the P65 is more than I want to spend. I'll look for a deal.
Couple questions, if you don't mind..... since you owned the KS8000, and that is a set I was strongly considering, except for my budget.....would you say it's a better set than the P55? RTINGS would say it is, and we've had a Samsung a long time, and it's a trusted name.
And also......do you think maybe I'm reading too much into this? I'm going from a 2004 Samsung HLP5063, to possibly the P55, with it's less than great contrast/blacks, and not to discount it or anything, but wouldn't the P55 most likely still blow it away, as far as blacks, contrast, and brightness? I would think it would have to, but maybe I'm wrong. Even though that might sound like I'd be "settling" for the P55, based on that, it's exactly what I don't want to do. But with some of the limitations of the IPS panel, amybe I simply wouldn't notice, with the improvement over the '04 DLP.
And seriously......the input is appreciated.