Originally Posted by PoorGuySansTV
You mean better than a G20?
Sorry, I should clarify that. I'm referring to my old LCD, where even if the black levels were "worse" on my new plasma it still winds up coming out miles ahead because the screen uniformity, shadow detail and color reproduction.
Comparing to a G20/25 I'd say...
I'm sure a G20 has better blacks out of the box but the C7000/8000 TVs are much more adjustable. With calibration in a "normal" lighting environment they should look better. The blacks look 100% black on my C8000 with even a single, dim overhead bulb.
The C8000 has better anti-judder features too. Overall I'd say the 8000 is definitely a better TV, but it damn well better be given the price difference. With the current bundles out there the price is a lot closer than you'd expect, too.
The C7000 winds up being about the same cost as a G20/25 (350 for the 2 glasses + movie and 350 for the C6900 BD player.) The above applies to it as well, but to a lesser degree.
Overall, competition in the plasma midrange is tight this year, which is a good thing for everyone involved.
If you're watching in a pitch black room and don't care about 3D (demo it first) then I'd get the G20. If you're watching in a normally lit room and you like to really dial in your picture, get the C7000.
If you're going 3D in the 50" range:
You care about judder and calibration
You're not watching in a dark room...
I'd 100% pick the C8000 over the VT20 or the 7000 like I did. The LEDs aren't even in the running due to the high cost per inch, IMO.
3D conversion works really well and is a sore spot on the VT20. Plus because of bundle deals the C8000 is a way cheaper TV. The main difference (black level) isn't going to matter at all in my viewing environment.
People looking for the 3D, full on theater room experience should be looking at the VT25s though. In this environment, size matters a lot more. 65" is the biggest 3DTV this year and their performance in a dark environment will be notably superior. AFAIK
3D projectors aren't coming any time soon or will be expensive and 3D DLPs are lacking in the resolution department.
To me, 3D is worth it, even if you're not totally sold on it yet. The reason is that although I'm not convinced it's the future, I am absolutely convinced Hollywood WILL try to cram it down our throats in the next year or two whether we want it or not. For that reason alone, I recommend anyone buying a TV consider 3D as a must just to avoid missing out on stuff. Just the thought of having to buy another several thousand dollar gadget in 2 more years is nauseating to me.
For me, the choice came down to "what's the most cost effective 3D TV with the best calibration options I can buy?" The answer is pretty clear: the PN50C8000!
...this is sounding too much like a commercial. I'm obviously very happy with my purchase!