"new Elite"? A new Pioneer Elite 70" plasma? Got a link to this information?
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Sorry to sound like a broken record but "Best" is in the eye/ear of the beholder. There is no definitive "best" anything, it's all subjective. When you ask a question like this, the answers will always be what folks think is "best" to them in their system.Their suggestions may or may not be "best" for you.
Tpreaves, if your like me, whenever you see that word it provokes that-hey wait a minute-in the back of the head. Subjectivity is a wonderful thing and I can't agree with you more.
Still, the people at the AVS forums are very comfortable using better and best maybe because visual resolution, brightness, and darkness, are visibly measurable and not simply a sonic trace on a scope. I honestly don't know. I do know they were very helpful and lead me to the purchase of my Pioneer 151 Kuro who's performance still amazes. A plasma display which seems to have been a benchmark product to this day and long after its production stopped.
Pinto, this is were you'll find much more experienced answers to your display questions and were subjectivity is less of an issue.
I personally would go for a 65" plasma instead such as a Panny VT35 ect. The Elites are ok but there was a test showing that they did have color issues.
Biggest thing still is getting a calibration done on the TV to get the best picture out of it. Normally LED's are set far to bright ect when you see them in the store so a proper set up would be needed still.
Panny does make larger plasmas. They have 100" and also a 150" I believe, yet you wouldn't want to know the cost of them. I've seen the 100" and wasn't that impressed due to the lighting in the room killing the picture. A projector would have looked better in the application than that TV.
Having seen pretty much every display out there, including the Elite LCDs at CEDIA, the Elite is in a different class than most of them right now. It looked far better than any LCD I've seen for black level, off-axis viewing, contrast ratio, etc... There was no noticeable haloing or blooming around objects despite the use of backlit LEDs, even on fireworks.
I haven't seen it next to a VT30, but the VT30 certainly didn't have the Wow factor that the Elite did upon seeing it. It's very expensive, but it's the best out there.
The 80" regular Sharp looks really horrible I found, very bad as soon as you move off-axis at all, a little dull and washed out.
Sony's largest and supposedly "best" is the 65" XBRhx929. As a long-time XBR guy, I was really hoping to like and buy it, but it left me totally unimpressed. Lots of blooming and arguably a step backward from Sony's NX line.
The PRO Elite 70 is a different animal, being a joint venture between Pioneer and Sharp. The combination of Sharp's adding yellow to the RGB pixels and Pioneer's processing and local area LED dimming (apx 6x the number of zones as the Sony) make this a pretty spectacular TV. The support is outstanding and the factory warranty is 2 years and 3 months. Although Pioneer is no longer in the TV business, this TV has been in joint development with Sharp for the past 2 1/2 years, finally out this September. The goal was to build the best TV on the planet, with Pioneer contributing lots of technology and processing power gleaned from its Kuro series.
Admittedly, this is an expensive TV and probably a bit overpriced in today's market. I've decided to go with the superior technology and larger screen, ordering my 70" Pro Elite this past weekend. I'm sure it will cost less in 6 months, just like everything else, but I don't want to wait. It is replacing a Sony 60" KDL-60A3000 SXRD TV in my living room and should be here in a week or so.
I would at least try to see this TV before making any decisions. I just found out about it a week ago!
I went and looked at the Mitsubishi DLP screens in both 82" and 94"; and compared to Sharp 80" in same store...both are pretty good, but I thought the picture quality was better with the DLP; more cinema like if you watch movies; sports I think is better with LCD; but it gives you an almost articfical 'sharpness' and brightness, but can't match the dlp with colors and accuracy, and speed. If you don't need to hang it flat on a wall; for thte $$$ saved; the dlp is viable option in my opinion. The Elite is quite good for its size; but its price has to be considered a factor for us real world buyers...I have the Mitsu 73" now; and am planning on moving on up...probably to the 82" 740 series; as I don't need to spend money on a front sound bar; when I have a great integrated two channel/home theater rig...can get this unit for around $2800 delivered.
Fplanner, thanks for the links, very cool. It seems to me that we might be in a petty disagreement re: a marketing strategy. In the video link you provided, the speaker tells the audience that it was developed with Pioneer and Sharp engineers, and that it should be sold as neither a Pioneer or a Sharp, but as an Elite. That would suggest to me that it's quite possible, if not probable considering that Pioneer sold their previous technology to Panasonic, that the direct technology used with this LED has very little to do with the direct technology used in Pioneer's famed Kuro Pro plasma, and is newly developed. I suspect that Sharp will create a high end line, using the Elite name on other products just as Pioneer used to do, (though Pioneer did dilute that cache' somewhat). Anyway, thanks for the links, it's appreciated and I did find it interesting.
The Pro-Elite 70" arrived yesterday. WOW!! Lots of adjustments possible to really tweak whatever kind of picture you want. Very bright, but that is easily adjusted, and nice to have it there when/if I need it. Out of the box, has a similar picture to my 46" Sony XBR-4, only bigger and more detailed. So far the TV is exactly what I'd hoped it would be. I'll probably try 3-d over the weekend.
Thanks - I appreciate it.
TV watching has just become a much more "immersive" event - you really feel like you're "right there". Movies are like going to a movie theater. I wouldn't have thought this possible with a mere TV, until now. I can see why they get serious coin for these sets - no regrets, so far...