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And cutting to the chase in Chad's review:
"The EC9300 left me nearly speechless with it's amazingly lifelike, razor sharp image. There was tons of pop; unlike the LED LCD competition, the image looked punchy and exciting in both bright and dark movie scenes. Too often I am sent soaring with an LED's pop and punch in bright scenes, only to come crashing down to earth when a darker scene comes along with it's milky, fluctuating blacks. Not so with the EC9300.
I felt the image had a wonderfully smooth naturalness, which I referred to as "photorealistic" in my 9800 review. I saw great shadow detail overall; it was well balanced and neutral, though from my testing I knew it wasn't that good across the entire screen. When I looked for problems caused by the poor uniformity just above black, very occasionally I was able to see slight black crush in the upper left quadrant of the screen, but it was only because I was looking for it having seen issues with test patterns. I would never have noticed it otherwise, and my conclusion is that it was a non issue on my reference material. I was not able to pin down any confirmable sightings of the Dirty Screen Effect.
Motion could seem a bit choppy sometimes if I focused on it too much, but in the end I had no complaints.
Color was rendered beautifully; there was not even the slightest hint of the bluish dark shades or off whites mentioned previously. The combination of truly amazing contrast and very good color resulted in the most lifelike, realistic, and exciting image I've ever seen on a display.
In nearly every way, the EC9300 reminded me of the EA9800, which leaves me wondering if anything picture related was even changed. But that's not such a bad thing when, to quote my previous review, "the EA9800 is the best of the best, handily surpassing previous reference displays." That tradition continues with the seductively beautiful EC9300."
The reason I've highlighted some of Chad's conclusion is because it addresses nearly every one of the criticisms that 'non-owners' seem to have on every page of this and other threads. But I'm sure we'll be told that Chad's sample was an anomaly, a one of a kind.
Last edited by Ken Ross; 10-28-2014 at 01:42 PM.