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My screen is better than yours

February 15th, 2006 · No Comments

At Panasonic’s pan-European Digital Networking Seminar, held in sun-kissed Lisbon, Portugal, the brand was fighting hard against the anti-plasma propogated by Sony and Sharp – both of whom have no PDP manufacturing facilities.
Panasonic’s 65 inch 1080p Japanese plasma was compared against Sharp’s same size 1080p Aquos, while a 42 inch PDP was ranged alongside a Sony V-series Bravia.
None of the scenes had been calibrated. All were in their ‘out-of-the-box settings’. The big Sharp had an immediate problem. The viewing room was rather dimly lit, causing the LCD backlight to glare like a torch, killing the black level. Few questioned the big plasma’s superiority. It was less clear cut with the 42 inch screens. While the plasma had far better shadow detail (the source material was the black and white Frankenstein sequence from the Van Helsing DVD), some observers in the press core prefered the apparent resolution of the Sony – which had a higher resolution panel and was managing some artful scaling. But up close it was clear the Sony had no more actual resolution -it was just a good detail brighter, with a far cooler colour balance.
Perhaps the fight was best called a draw.

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