I would like to hear what everyone's estimations are for the best 2006 rear projection HDTVs for console video games in the 60" (+/-5") size range.
Personally, right now I am considering the following two sets:
1) 2006 Sony SXRD a2000 60"
2) 2006 Samsung HL-S6187W (or 88W)
In order for an HDTV to be considered the "best" for video games, it would need to be able to both input and display all of the following resolutions with minimal lag:
- 480i (old consoles)
- 480p (Nintendo Wii)
- 720p (Xbox 360/PS3?)
- 1080i (Xbox 360/PS3?)
- 1080p (PS3)
Also, the TV would need to have a fast response time and no burn-in issues (burn-in issues shouldn't be an issue with the DLPs and LCoS displays).
If you make any welcome anecdotal comments to this thread (such as "I played game x of TV y and it was fine"), please include the output resolution of the console and any special modes (such as Game Mode) you had set of your TV during testing. For your reference here are the resolutions most common to older game consoles:
PS2 - 480i (some games at 480p I think)
GameCube - 480i (some games at 480p)
Xbox - 480i, 480p, 720p (rarely), 1080i (Dragon's Lair only I think)
Sony and Samsung each offer a Game Mode that is supposed to minimize display lag for video games. In Samsung's last CES display, they showed a picture of all the new consoles (Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, and PS3) to promote their new game mode. This implies to me that Samsung's Game Mode is designed to work at any resolution. Also, Samsung's Game Mode feature can be assigned to any input(s).
Sony's game mode is a bit more cryptic to me. On page 82 of the 2005 SXRD manual it states: "Direct mode and Game Mode are not available when watching 480p and 720p sources..." Does this mean that Game Mode can NOT be enabled for 480p (Nintendo Wii) and 720p (Xbox 360) console outputs? Is Game Mode only used for old 480i consoles? Any clarification on the SXRD's Game Mode would be appreciated. Right now, I'm under the assumption that the 2006 SXRD models will have the same Game Mode as the 2005 models.
If you feel you know of another HDTV that matches these video game needs, please feel free to suggest it. Please note that what one considers the "best" for them may not be the "best" for you. I will respect all opinions on the matter. Thank you for your time!