Pros: Absolute best HDTV available, superb contrast, superb blacks, super color accuracy, no noticeable IR, easy calibration, excellent build quality, excellent antireflective screen, excellent image processing.
Cons: Very expensive.
Since price is no bar for you, you like shiny gold Elite badges replacing poor-man Pioneer badges, and therefore, this Kuro is for you. Easier to calibrate to perfection and offering an even better processing engine than the standard Kuro, the Elite line goes further with an extended warranty and in-home service. Unlike other high-end products where there are choices and debates (do you want to go with Lamborghini or Ferrari?), if you want the best HDTV, look nowhere else – this is the absolute best TV money can buy.
Pros: Superb contrast, black, and color accuracy (after calibration), no noticeable IR, excellent antireflective screen, very good build quality, great processing, good price these days.
Cons: Not easy to calibrate primary colors (must use ControlCal), barely adjustable out of box.
Pretty much the same as the Elite after being professionally calibrated, this set can offer you the best image quality being sold to mankind at the moment. It won’t even be outdone soon as OLED TVs probably won’t hit this size for a while.
Pros: Great image quality, accurate and natural colors, no fiddling or calibration required.
Cons: Plays second fiddle to its Japanese competition, 72 Hz mode is intolerable.
For the person who just wants to pay a hefty sum and have everything ready-to-go, the biggest 800U plasma will do just fine. Its THX mode offers superb color accuracy without having to pay someone to calibrate, and its 58” size will make 1080p look great and look “pimp” on your wall to boot!
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