quantamm wrote:Just a quick comment on the "you need 120Hz" and "you need 1080p" arguments. Yes, more is better, but most of you are overestimating the visual acuity of most people's eyes.
The human eye is really poorly put together. We can only focus an image on a small part of our retina, we have terrible ghosting, poor lighting compensation, we loose color vision in low light situations, and we are blind with every blink and every movement of the eye. And these happen to everyone.
Then, you've got a large part of the population who are near-sighted or far-sighted or have astigmatism or glaucoma or retinal damage or corneal damage. And you might have one of these and not even know it.
So yes, a 1080p set looks better than 720p. And yes, 120Hz is more than 60Hz. But you're not going to enjoy a 120Hz set twice as much as a 60Hz one. The top of the line sets are already pushing the boundary of what our eyes can perceive.
I agree with what you said, although of course many of those visual problems you mentioned can be corrected.
I have a 3-year-old 60HZ 46" Sony, and to me it looks stunning when I'm watching a 1080p Blu-Ray. But as I've mentioned in earlier forums, I like to window shop for HDTVs regularly, and them most impressive feature I've seen in recent times is higher refresh rates on LCDs.
120HZ offers the advantage of being a multiple of 24, which makes for smoother reprocessing than 60Hz allows. But without getting all scientific, 120Hz dazzles when you're watching sports. The way I would put it, is that it's like watching slow motion when you're not. It's amazing how you can see that golf ball or hockey puck.
Still, 120 HZ TVs are expensive. I know that won't stop some people from complaining every time Woot offers a 60Hz model, but let's get real. A lot of people have a place for a TV at this price point, at which it's totally unrealistic to expect 120Hz.
This could be a great second TV - perhaps for the kids, or for a sun room where you don't watch that often. Other folks just aren't that fussy - you mentioned those with poor vision, and still others might only watch the news, or whatever.
Personally, I can identify with those who spend a lot more for a slightly better picture. I spent $1900 for the 46" TV that's in my office, and my main computer monitor was $1800. But that's me, and I'm fine driving an 8-year-old car. So, if you don't make fun of my car, I won't mock your monitor, except maybe if it says "Packard Bell" on the front.
So, I guess what I'm saying is, let's be productive and discuss this model for what it is. If you were a real estate agent, and a customer came to you with a $200K budget, would you tell him "I'd spend the extra money and get a mansion"?