sammy 81's get perfect black when there is no light in the whole area illuminated by an LED where plasmas are never completely turned off.
However, the 1920 x 1080 self lit plasma cells have much more precision when lighting a finer detail light such as stars at night.
example: for a movie like 2001: A Space Odyssey, a flaw such as "minor blooming visible in dark areas" = blooming everywhere in most of the movie.
the individually lit plasma cells can illuminate a single star on the black background where the large area around a star will be lit by one of the 36 LEDs in the sammy 81.
thats just a single type of scenario. you have to weight your movie genre priorities for a theater environment.
But we're supposed to be talking sports here.
yes, sammy 81's have no motion blur (the only ones besides the sharp 91/92's) but only for 24p movies. the 120hz has no effect for 1080i60 broadcasts, which most sports use.
furthermore, the "minor" 6 foot off angle viewing fault is a huge issue for sports. unless you're watching golf, everyone is up and down and moving and jumping and getting snackes etc etc etc. probably 1/3 of the time they are no where near the sweat spot of the sammy and then that viewing angle will become a "major" issue.
so sports still = pioneer kuro
Originally Posted by Lotus
To quote CNET "For anyone sitting in the sweet spot in front of the set, watching in a dark room, it delivers better overall picture quality--namely black levels and color accuracy--than any HDTV we've tested so far. "
note: they only reviewed the oldest and lowest model of the kuro line (5080 = not elite, not configurable, only 768p). they still haven't reviewed any of the higher end Kuro Elites.
so, its true, they have not seen a better flat panel TV yet, namely the elite kuros.