WOW -- I think I want one...
That is gorgeous. A definite consideration for someone like me who doesn't really want to go the front projection route...
The 80" Sharp will be $5,499 (MSRP) when it starts shipping in early October. Preorders are already popping up for sub-$5k prices, I've read.
I've already been told by the wife -- after I just showed her the link -- that I can't have one.
Seriously, though, we have been having some money issues, so I understand this concern; but she made it like "you don't need an 80-inch TV..." Ahhhh...the downfalls of married life, huh?
BUT, it's not an Elite... this model (LC-80LE632U) is actually an even lower-end panel than their 70" 732 model (the 735 is better, and the Elites are better still).
So, Sharp went the whole "Elite" route like Pioneer? I wonder if Pio sued them for using the moniker...
Flat panel TVs are just plain dead appealing. I WANT one. I LOVE the look of one on a wall. The PQ of a still looks absolutely fantastic (different when things move, more on that below). My wife would be thrilled to get that much more open air in our living room. (You still need a long piece of furniture underneath to hold the components and center channel, but you still get back a decent chunk of air and the room looks more open.)
I, for one, don't care for the flat panel on-the-wall scheme; I see them in every home magazine and on every home decorating show, and I just think it's a passing fad. I don't care for the screen on the wall with the cabinet below it, like you describe, as I just feel like the room is "too empty"...but I totally understand why someone would prefer this, as you guys.
Don't get me wrong -- I don't absolutely hate the screens on the wall, or the low boy cabinets beneath them for the components, etc. I just prefer built-in cabinets or wall units/entertainment centers more. For example, our 50" Sony RPTV sits in a wall unit that is almost the exact cut out size for it, with cabinets to the left and right and a bridge shelf on top that holds our center channel. I've seen installs where big screen RPTVs like the SXRDs are installed flushed into a wall -- take a look at this guy's install on Blu-ray.com; he is running a 70-inch SXRD: http://www.blu-ray.com/community/gal...member=armcomm
That's how I like my screens to look.
can beat CRT in terms of overall PQ, IMO (and that of many others). The best of the Plasmas brag about black levels that are "like CRT". Plasmas have good motion, too, and good color (once calibrated) but they don't have a huge amount of brightness. Burn-in of static images and screen elements CAN be an issue (less with newer models, but it still has to be at least somewhat in your mind) Quite good off-axis viewing. LCD, by comparison, tend to have LOUSY black levels (one exception: the new Sharp Elites), and frankly they SUCK at motion. But they do well in lit environments. Color quality is a mixed bag, some do better than others. Off-axis viewing is often an issue. DLP-based sets can get huge, but they have their own share of issues. Black levels aren't as good as CRT. DLP motion is better than Plasma, but not always perfectly natural-looking. Color management can be an issue. Bulbs have to be replaced regularly.
I was very curious about Mitsubishi's new gigantic screens that are out now -- specifically, the ones in the 70, 80 and even 90-inch arena. They're DLPs, but I don't know what kind of picture quality they display at these insane sizes. I saw them being sold on home shopping networks like HSN and QVC as well, and really wanted to demo one, but I don't know anyone who has one...
A local "Rent a Center" store near us had the 73" Mitsu DLP with 3D support, and connected via HDMI (I asked the clerk) through a PS3, the image didn't look all that bad -- kind of on the soft side, but I expected that from a rear projection model.
What I really like about LCD -- and as I said, I know I am in a major minority here -- are these sets' refresh interpolation features, up to, what, 240Hz now? I simply like the way this feature makes film look a bit more like video (the dreaded-by-many "soap opera effect") on Blu-ray specifically. I can recall seeing two demos -- the first was when I was first shopping for my TV before the SXRD in a Sears, and they were running a Pirates of the Caribbean demo on a Sony LCD screen (Bravia, I think?)...my G-d, Johnny Depp looked like he was floating off the screen with that surreal kind of motion. I loved it and was hooked. Later on, I saw a Samsung LCD running The Dark Knight on Blu in a Circuit City before it closed, and they had this "motionflow" feature on (I realize that's a Sony-coined term) and the film looked like it was shot on video with that surreal feeling again. I happen to like that look in moderation, and feel that that's
what high def should look like (again -- I know I am in the minority here).
When I got my SXRD set up, I was wondering why I couldn't get that effect like I saw in the stores -- until I learned that my set didn't have the refresh/interpolation features like the LCDs (I tried putting my set on Vivid trying to imitate this effect and everything else you can imagine). So, I'd love to get a really large LCD if I could, but it looks like 60 inches is gonna be our limit...
mpeting technology has issues, and each compares itself to CRT as the reference standard. A well-calibrated CRT will have PERFECT color. It will have PERFECT motion. It will have PERFECT black levels. It outputs enough light to do fine in well-lit rooms (reflections can sometimes be an issue, but that can happen with other tech, too).
CRT's, however, are BIG (the cabinets, not just the screen... tho the screen can be found (used, at this point) in 65" easily, and 73" if you get a little lucky). And they top out at 1080i: they can't do 1080p. I can live with big, but it's not appealing. And because they're old, they usually don't have HDMI, mandating Component connections as the best option, and needing special converters to deal with HDMI. Burn-in can be an issue if you're careless. (Although my set is over 10 years old and has no burn-in, tho I do take care to make sure it remains this way.) CRT is not without issues, but as long as you have enough space, by most metrics that matter most to a true videophile, CRT is still king. (possible exceptions to be made for the Plasma Pioneer Elite Kuro sets, but they don't get as big as CRT and are nearly impossible to get... while used CRTs with another decade of life remaining can be had CHEAP on Craigslist.) But it's not appealing... until you turn off the lights and start the show.
Oh, I know about DLP sets being huge -- my folks had a 55" Mitsubishi Diamond Series rear pro that was like a refrigerator in their living room. I have always been told that the newer microdisplay RPTVs like Sony's SXRD were the way to go for huge screens at more affordable prices compared to plasma and LCD.
I wouldn't look for a used TV though.