But it’s that extra yellow pixel that is the star turn here. To see how much difference this made I set up the 46LE821E sitting right next to my Samsung telly. My initial impression wasn’t particularly favourable, as the default viewing mode, Standard, struck me as rather dark and dull.
The Aquos nicely makes room for the menu when you need it
However, using the remote control to cycle through the additional viewing modes quickly livened the image up, and there are extensive on-screen menu options for fine-tuning the image further if required.
I also liked the way that the Menu button on the remote control shrinks the programme image slightly, creating room on the screen for the various menu options so that you can adjust the image settings while still having a clear view of the image itself.
The remote is decent too
With the two TVs sitting next to each other, the thing that became immediately obvious was how harsh and garish the colours on my Samsung set now appeared. The 46LE821E produced much subtler and more realistic colours, especially on skin-tones.
Why does every review ALWAYS comment on the built in speakers?? No one in their right mind would actually use them. If you're blowing the better part of £2k on a TV you're going to have/be getting a proper sound system too... or so one would hope! But interesting article and tech none the less, but I'll stick to my projector and substantially bigger screen for far less than a weeny 42" TV and that's WITH the sound system.
> Maybe we should start thinking about cyan and magenta pixels as well.
> It worked for the photoprinter market.
To complete your idea, you'd want black pixels as well.
They missed the basics.
"The set supports DLNA networking, so you can connect it to a home network and stream photos and music from a networked media server – although you can’t stream video for some reason. There’s no internet connectivity or any kind of web-based service either."
(quoted from article)
What use is a TV that can't stream video?
I swear, I will not be buying another TV until someone comes out with one that has a built-in capability to stream DVD subdirectories from a NAS device (i.e. I can ditch my DVD player.) That will be either official support, or a modified firmware. I own a lot of DVDs, and I am beginning to view a DVD player in the same fashion as a floppy disk drive - yet another type of media to swap whenever I want to watch something new.
I basically want the lot on my NAS, my media in the basement, and my shelf space reclaimed.
more black thoughts
Fly in ointment "The contrast could have been a little better on deep blacks".
Next time they could add black pixels (although SONY might have patents), it helps to spot the black helicopters.
Not the first time
I remember when Sharp actually tried this early in the last decade with 4-color CRTs as well, with the fourth color being, surprise, surprise, yellow. They shelved it after a while for no reason. I'm surprised that it took them that long to reintroduce the technology to LCD.
As for why they're not interested in the 3D race, well, they already won it, in 2003.
And the technology has been improved since and will make it's first consumer appearance outside Japan on the upcoming Nintendo 3DS.
Black helicopter. Because 3D displays that don't need glasses are truly ahead of it's time.