The Samsung looks warmer (color temp) than the Panasonic, seems like he used Warm2 over 1. Based on the shadow detail, it also looks like Samsung's sticking with the relatively high gamma in the low end that flirts with crushing. That was definitely on display in the '08s too. FWIW, last years 650+ Series LCD's measured higher real world contrasts than any of '08 Panasonics in every professional review I came across. What backlight setting did you wind up with on the 7100, and are you using (or noticed) any auto dimming features?