Have you checked out HDTVtest at YouTube? HDTVtest has a comparison video that compares the G1 with the A90J, which includes a reference monitor and some discussion about how they each come out of black. I haven't watched the newest comparison, but I think forum discussion suggested the A80J and A90J come out of black relatively similarly. I think the C1 and G1 comparison video did not include much near black discussion. I know the C1, CX, and C9 comparison video has a dark scene section.