Wonder if the settings of both panels were the same. Reason I'm saying this is because I was at a Pauls TV on Sat. and had the sales rep throw in a few blu ray movies (Star Trek, Pearl Harbor, etc..) and the 65 to me looked Bad (washed out /pixilation). When I told him this wasn't what I was expecting out a TV that's been getting great reviews. His response was well this is what you get.
This morning I went to a second Pauls' store (exchanging a speaker) and asked if they had the 65VT50, he said yes and walked me to it. Man, was I impressed nothing compared to the first one I saw. I must agree this is a very promising TV. Having previously owned the Kuros'141and 151, this is a set I'll be picking up in a month or two. So yes I would say the 65 does look as good as the 55.