Join Date: Sep 2003
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Guys, FWIW I was at the shootout (I am a retired old geezer who can do what I want most days and I have bought two TV's (one of them a Kuro) from Robert so I was invited) and here are my impressions.
The Kuro held up much better than some of the reviews gave it credit for.
The format of the shootout at the CE thing was much too short. The shootout should of been a six hour event. Joel Silver had a ton of great information that at times he had to gloss over due to the schedule.
Why the industry continues to pursue a high-end LCD technology enhancements is beyond me. The excuse that is always given is viewers want a TV that they can enjoy in a fully lit room. And this is absolutely true for the average TV viewer who chokes on the idea of spending more than $1K on a TV. But when you start talking more than $5K for high-end TV's the overwhelming limitations of LCD (off-angle viewing, distortions caused by all of the various lighting back lighting schemes, a very noticeable lack of screen uniformity) compared to emissive technology (OLED, Plasma and even old fashion CRT) becomes very clear. Telling someone if the want the best TV viewing possible they have to do it in a darkened room is the same as telling an audiophile that if he wants the best sound in addition to great audio gear he will need acoustic room treatments.
As to HDR/WCG I am all for WCG, however, I am not that sure about all the things that HDR wants to do, especially when in come to color saturation. It seems that the holly grail for HDR is "make it look like the movies" which tend to over saturate color giving the picture an almost cartoon like quality. I personally am more for the holly grail being realism (like looking out of a window).
So these are my thoughts after actually being there. I have the feeling that this little post will probably offend at least half of the folks who participate here at the AVS forums, but please remember these are just the thoughts of a retired old geezer.