Originally Posted by venus933
"I find CNET bias towards Panasonic. I thought the write up on the VT50 was factually incorrect - - the 3D picture was horrific. Flat out unacceptable compared to LED/LCD."
You said the write up was factually incorrect but then you don't back it up with any examples. If I recall correctly cnet.com did state that 3D performance was a weak point of the VT50. Samsung's top Plasmas models on the other hand are very good with 3P performance so the VT50 sub par performance with 3D isn't because of the panel technology.
True enough, consumers have voted for LED panels but it's also true that most audiophiles and professional reviewers still favor Plasmas. Hence, you're going think a lot of other publications are bias in addition to cnet.com. And I don't know if Panasonic is no longer going to make Plasmas, it's been reported that they're going concentrate on outsourcing smaller LCD screens and the rest is babbling speculation. I do know this, Panasonic made a large investment in revamping their 2012 plasma line up. But it does make sense they'll eventually abandoned their plasmas in favor of OLED panels.
I must be one of the 1% who wants to watch a movie the way the director intended it to be seen.
Back it Up - direct from CNET write up:
3D: Updated June 5, 2012: When I first tested the VT50's 3D picture quality I called out its mediocre showing in what I consider the most important performance characteristic for an active 3D TV: reduction of crosstalk. But after the review was published I was alerted by readers that changing the TV's 24p setting (under the Advanced Picture submenu) from the THX 3D Cinema default of 60Hz to 48Hz would help. I got the chance to test that change today and can confirm that, yes, it works, turning the VT50 into a very good 3D performer.
Sorry - for my eyes the 3D performance on the Panny VT50 is abysmal. "Very good 3D performer?" You've got to be kidding me. But again, it's in the eye of the beholder so the consumer/purchaser needs to compare and make the judgment for themselves.
Regarding that most audiophiles & professional reviewers still favor Plasmas - - that's their preference. But the public/consumer is going overwhelmingly with LED/LCD.
Personally - - I do not want a TV that has to be calibrated by a "professional." Isn't that what technology is for? To make it easier for the consumer to get great performance, great picture and at a great price?
I remember having a conversation with a high end Audio/Video store ("Listen Up") and asking the salesman the difference between a Sharp & Samsung TV carried at Best Buy or available through Amazon. He said they were junk compared to what they were selling. Ridiculous - - they have different model numbers for different stores like Costco or Best Buy - - but the guts are the same.
And lastly - - I could care less about watching a movie the way the director intended it to be seen. I'm more interested in having a picture that suits my taste. The movie will be judged on its own merits - as always.