This is my first post so hopefully its alright. I've been looking at finally moving onto a HDTV display from my good'ole 29" Panasonic CRT.
Did a little research trip during the weekend and these are the front runners atm with thoughts below each:
(1) Sony 46" LCD 500 series - KDL46EX 500
Heard good things about 2010 Bravias. Purposely looking at 500 series since I didnt want to pay for any "Media/connectivity" features. I plan to run either a HTPC or WDTV type player so I dont need a TV with fancy multimedia features. Thus series 500 choice instead of 600 or higher.
(2) Samsung 46 LCD Series 6 - LA46C650
All my friends and family have Samsungs. Always heard good things about them specially when it comes to LCDs. The rep at JB HiFi did have both the Sony and Samsung side by side at default values and I found the Samsung to have more vivid colour/contrast.... but thats just in the shops? He said this was the closest TV in terms to price/quality to compete with the Sony mentioned above.
(3) Panasonic 46" Plasma V series - TH-P46V20Z
Ah the Plasma wildcard. I've personally had a soft spot for Panasonic and Plasma tech. I realise its about $500-600 more than the other two but I dont mind paying that if it is indeed a good panel. Also dont have to worry about response times and such... but LCD might have caught up?
The only problem is availability in the shops so I havent been able to see one in person. I did however see its 50" big brother and it looked fine. Need to find it on display in Auckland. (Im in West Auckland).
What I want and would actually use it for:
- 75% gaming, xbox360, ps3 and PC via HDMI. 25% movies.
- Not wall mounted
- Do NOT want 3D tv (not interested) or LED tv (price) suggestions.
- Main focus is on Picture quality. Dont care about weight, looks, connectivity. Purely about picture.
I've also notice a few HDTV that create frames in between for smoother action end up having a ghosting effect similar to days of old LCD. Would any of these panels have that issue? I did note that the Sony "brochure" mentions technology specifically designed to eliminate this when the Motion Flow 100hz is active.
Unique to Sony Motion Flow is complimentary image enhancement known as Image Blur (IB) Reduction. This is applied to original video frames prior to frame creation ensuring image blur is reduced and not accentuated in the final, displayed sequence of frames.
That said, it IS from a Sony catalogue after all so what are your, less biased thoughts?
Thanks guys, sorry for the long post but I hope you do read most of it instead of reply with generic answers. Any decent info is greatly appreciated.
Also lemme know if you need more info.