Posted December 14 2006 - 04:18 AM
| Originally Posted by Kevin C Brown |
Plasma. I haven't liked LCD (flat panel or rear projection) because of the worse blacks and contrast. They also both have a more limited viewing angle. And plasma colors are typically more accurate. Some LCD displays still have issues with motion too.
Don't like DLP because of the rainbow effect.
LCOS is viable, but they don't have a 42" display yet. If I was going to get a 50" or larger unit, and I didn't mind the depth, I'd definitely look into Sony.
I'm not a projector person. I want everything in 1 box.
With that being said, LCD is catching up. The Sony XBR2 displays and the Sharp D90's really do give the best plasmas a run for their money. But I don't think that comparable performing LCDs are as cheap as plasmas ... yet.
The Sony XBR2 displays - if I am not mistaken are using a 3 LCD panel projection method to completely elimenate the color wheel. This was originally introduced Epson in their Livingstation HDTV... and prior to that it was introduced in their portable business projectors which for many years were dominant in that market for the same performance reasons.
I bought a 57" Livingstation in part because I'm a digital photography enthusiast who enjoys his gadgets; and also in part because one of my very best friends works at Epson and got me the most amazing deal on one right after I had RETURNED a 4:3 Philips to Costco that was SUCH A DOG! The Philips was purchased on a whim because it was HD, a big 60", because it had a promotion which included a free surround sound system with DVD player, and my venerable 48" Mitsubishi had actually exploded recently. The Mitsu was actually about 15 or 17 years old and had been repaired several times already at considerable expense - and now I was told it was beyond repairable. So - with the advent of High Definition emerging I decided to get something cheap as an interim measure... and Costco seemed to have it in the Philips. That was an impulse purchase... and a mistake.
After a few weeks I found some spare time to learn more and more gradually about what was well regarded in equipment and what would have been better for configuration... as in at least having a 16:9 ratio screen and ANY other manufacturer then Philips for starters at the time. Then - I began t notice there was a semipermanent triangular rainbow artifact in 3 of 4 corners. It was prominant and very disturbing in a brand new HDTV. So - to my mild amazement I discovered that Costco had a "no questions asked refund policy of virtually unlimited duration"!!! UNLIMITED TIME DURAATION - NO QUESTIONS ASKED REFUND POLICY. With or WITHOUT a receipt? Who would have imagined that? I still was in disbelief as I confirmed the particulars at their member desk. SO - after arranging for a delivery service to haul it back I obtained a refund to the last penny after having had it for about 14 months! You see ... at 3 months I detected the defect with the rainbow spary in the corners, then at about 6 months I also noticed it was drifting out of convergance with annoying regularity and it did NOT autoconverge. ALso at 6 months I decided these two problems combined with its' rotten reputation from various reviewers convinced me the Philips was a 60" LEMON. So at about 9 months I discovered Costco would take the return. At about 11 months I decided on the replacement = the Epson Livingstation ina 57". At 13 months I had the replacement side by side with the Philips and was comfortable with getting rid of the Philips. At about 14 months my spouse FOUND the original receipt and I returned it. I almost returned the Philips without it and would have lost about $600 - and that would have been OK too.
SO... after I returned the Philips ... Costco simply put it on display as they were still selling new ones in the box. The proce was now $600 less then what I had paid and they made no differentiation between my floor model and the new ones being sold. Evidently they eventually sold it!
My Epson has been fairly nice and I've been happy with it ... especially for the money which was approximatly HALF the cost of a new Epson at the local BIG SCREEN super stores we have out here in Los Angeles. Plus I've enjoied mild "wows" from my digital photography friends who look on the photo handling features and firmware of the Epson with pleasure. Plus the 3 LCD projection system does seem to deliver a good picture with deeper blacks and no rainbow artifacts.
Oh well... gotta run now....