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samsung ln52a850 vs sony kdl52xbr4

z94tt
01-25-2009, 08:10 AM
i was just wondering what you guys would pick. i'm thinking of exchanging my Sony kdl52xbr4 for a samsung ln52a850. let me know. thanks for your opinion.

Loves2Watch
01-25-2009, 08:13 AM
I would as well.

z94tt
01-25-2009, 08:14 AM
I would as well. so you like the samsung better.

Loves2Watch
01-25-2009, 08:32 AM
Yes, I believe the picture, controls and options to be superior.

Cle. Plasma
01-25-2009, 09:16 AM
I agree about the 52XBR4. Now the 52XBR6 would be a better choice as they made some nice improvment compared to the 52XBR4. In a well lit room the Sony will preform better as this unit has a true anti glare screen where the Samsung has a glossy screen.

On a different note, if I was to have a LN52A850 with the glossy screen, I would swap if you a Pioneer PDP-5020FD ( if I could handle the glare ) After there recent price drop, I can not think of a panel out there that beats a Kuro for the price in the 50" size.

sawzalot
01-25-2009, 09:29 AM
I agree about the 52XBR4. Now the 52XBR6 would be a better choice as they made some nice improvment compared to the 52XBR4. In a well lit room the Sony will preform better as this unit has a true anti glare screen where the Samsung has a glossy screen.

On a different note, if I was to have a LN52A850 with the glossy screen, I would swap if you a Pioneer PDP-5020FD ( if I could handle the glare ) After there recent price drop, I can not think of a panel out there that beats a Kuro for the price in the 50" size.What is the recent price drop as per your knowledge in reference to a pdp-5020fd.....:what:

Loves2Watch
01-25-2009, 03:14 PM
What is the recent price drop as per your knowledge in reference to a pdp-5020fd.....:what:

I believe it is currently selling for $1999. See here - http://www.highdefforum.com/flat-panel-tvs/88296-pioneer-kuro-50-1999-a.html

z94tt
01-28-2009, 10:09 PM
i just got the samsung ln52a850 and i love it over the xbr4.

beepaj
01-29-2009, 10:27 AM
Sammy! Sammy! Sammy!

From a former Sony guy! :banana:

YoniX
01-31-2009, 11:44 AM
I agree, dump sony and go for Sammy ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!

daleb
01-31-2009, 11:55 AM
Until you have some $7k at your disposal and arrive at the XBR8, Samsung appears to be the LCD leader at this point in black level, controls, and overall PQ.
Competition only improves the breed.

z94tt
02-01-2009, 10:20 AM
not just picture quality but the style of the tv and weight is what made sammy a better tv.

sixoutiman
02-01-2009, 11:24 AM
i can agree with the fact that the 850 is superior in some ways to the xbr4. With the exception that the samsung 850 has the ultra clear panel which does annoy many people especially in a lighted room, it gives it better blacks and more vibrant colors... the xbr6 wouldn't be a bad choice though if you wanted to step up to that model.. it runs the bravia pro engine 2 and it has far superior sound than the 850 series because it has a built in sound bar underneath of it.. and it has more of a matte finish to be better in lighted rooms... other than that, both run 120hz and both have a 10 bit panel for smooth color transitions if you have a high quality hdmi

daleb
02-01-2009, 03:08 PM
not just picture quality but the style of the tv and weight is what made sammy a better tv.

Moot point for me...performance is everything IMO. Unless you are after a fashion statement. Is the weight that different from any other LCD? Or is your point LCD are lighter than a plasma?

They certainly are, but once it is in place, its seems that does not matter much.
Don't get me wrong, style in a good display is certainly a plus!

sixoutiman
02-03-2009, 09:47 AM
i agree.. weight isnt really a factor for me either.. unless you are mounting it, wouldn't you want something a little more sturdy when it's sitting anyway.. one disadvantage with plasmas though is that they do use more energy than lcd's but they run faster and give you deeper blacks.. If you're going with picture quality and not by weight.. plasma is deffinately a good way to go.. lets wait for the neo pdp though lol

daleb
02-03-2009, 05:23 PM
i agree.. weight isnt really a factor for me either.. unless you are mounting it, wouldn't you want something a little more sturdy when it's sitting anyway.. one disadvantage with plasmas though is that they do use more energy than lcd's but they run faster and give you deeper blacks.. If you're going with picture quality and not by weight.. plasma is deffinately a good way to go.. lets wait for the neo pdp though lol

The way things are going I have little doubt LCD can be even more competitive with plasma and at a lower price in time.
Plasmas are also getting a 'little' lighter and thinner. Both are bound to be around for a while, no doubt. Considering both technologies are outlasting LCoS and rear projection already.
The performance only had to improve and the price drop which it continues to do.