Hello everyone. Long time lurker, first time poster. I wanted to share my experience with the 2 sets (b7000-G10e european version) when I was deciding which tv to buy. I saw both sets and initially the samsung looked more vivid and stunning, on the default movie setting, and with deeper black levels. However, with slight fine tuning the panasonic quickly surpassed the samsung. Also, the lcd had terrible motion response which is what made my choice a lot easier. I don't know if my eyes are more sensitive to ghosting but it was fairly obvious in panning and action scenes. Specifically, when people were running, parts of them appeared to be separating briefly and motion looked choppy. All sets were connected to sony Blu-ray players. Skin tones were definately oversaturated (which was partly corrected from the menu) and in slightly darker environment the panny outshines the samsung, as far as contrast and black levels are concerned. Also, the samsung loses a lot of detail in dark scenes, since it cheats to achieve black levels. Flashlighting is visible and there are times when there is backlight bleeding from the edges. The only reason I would prefer this tv is if I did all the watching in bright sunlight and needed a very slim tv for wall hanging. I just wanted to offer my 2 cents because some replies in this and other threads made my choice difficult when it shouldn't be. Finally for the first 100 hours that I have had the tv, there is no burn-in/ir, no fan noise even at 10cm and no heat exertion for those who think that all plasma tvs are the same.
ps: the gamma and w/b controls are really helpful in the european version and if panasonic gave more controls and didn't want to criple the set, in order to benefit the essentially same v10, this tv would have had huge sales over lcds.
I don't want to enforce my opinion or cause a tidal wave of reactions, but the fact that lcd tvs have almost destroyed plasma tvs seemed a bit ironic and stupid to me.Local-dimming led would probably be a far greater choice to the edge-lit.Bye!!