Thanks so much for the feedback guys ... I wanted to touch on the VT being no more then 2999 at BB ... unless you know something I don't I have to buy it for the price that it is currently selling for online and in the store and right now it's on sale for $3500 (on sale from the regular price of 3700) I did notice it was 3400 last week but went up to 3500 this week .... but there is no way to get the VT at BB for 3K like you stated unless you have some sort of discount or work there I would assume. If I could get the VT for 3K at BB I wouldn't even be asking I would just go for the big dog at that price cause the GT is currently on sale for $2700 (down from the regular price of I think 3300) which is a savings for me of $800 plus taxes plus a hundred dollar cheaper warranty so about a savings all in all of about $1K!
Infact though I hate ordering from an online dealer ... Amazon has the GT for $2499 and no tax!!! If I got the GT at BB with 4 year warranty it would be $3,425 .... if I got it from amazing with the Squaretrade 4 year tv warranty the price would be $2,701!!!!!!! (this is another savings over BB price ... I could save $425 buying from amazon for just the tv alone not including the lower warranty ST price over buying from BB).
Anyone ordered TV's from Amazon and how did there delivery work and how is Squaretrades warranty for TV's?
At this price the GT HAS to be the better buy! .... FYI the VT at amazon is $3,369 ... so the price diff. from the GT to the VT at amazons prices with 4 year ST warranty would be $870 ... Basically still the same price difference but wow what a savings buying from Amazon over BB (and BB doesn't have it in stock locally it would have to be delivered as well) ... but the nice thing I like about BB is if for some reason I don't like the TV I can just return it locally and get my money back that day and find something diff., I would assume with Amazon it would take forever to get your money back and would I have to pay return shipping? But WOW the GT is a KILLER Price with Warranty at Amazon though.
OK, now back to the TV's themselves here.............
I see that the advantages are the VT being better in a brighter room ... I myself have a somewhat bright room but not so bright where there is direct sunlight coming in from any windows like a bay window etc. so I don't think that would be a major advantage for me.
The Infinite Black Ultra I assume goes side by side with the VT having darker blacks ... that would be awesome to have the darkest blacks but keep in mind I have never had a plasma screen and with coming from an old rear projection 720p Sony, then to the Vizio XVT LED .... I would assume the blacks even on the GT would look WAY blacker then anything else I have ever been used to and not sure if getting a tiny bit better blacks would be worth the huge diff. in cost.
The 24p Cinematic Playback 96 Hz/48 Hz is something I have no clue about and will need to research more maybe and could possibly one advantage for me (wont know till I know what it is).
The Advanced Calibration ... I know its recommended to have this done and have a pro come and calibrate this set but I know it's something I will Never do or pay for so the advanced calibration option the VT gas over the GT really will never apply for me. Like I said I am simple kinda guy but would like the best set out of the box that I can just tweak a bit and have a killer picture over other set that are not so good out of the box.
And the One Sheet Glass bezel design ... another thing I will need to find the advantage of .... really I'm only concerned about the PQ so if this is to maybe keep the profile down and make the tv smaller etc. then thats something that doesn't really appeal to me(really If I would have a killer tv that was still 3" thick I'm fine with it) since it will be on a stand and not be wall mounted.
The one thing stated above that seems to be a "Plus" for me if it is correct is that the GT is a tad bit brighter then the VT (which he said is good for sports) ... I actually would want the brightest panel possible in this Plasma since I do watch sports almost more than anything else, and I like the brightness when watching my primetime programs as well.
Now Movies we watch on occasion and the blacker the better which the VT is top notch in ... but back to my point I don't need the "Best of the Best" of everything and if the blacks are just a TAD bit better then the GT, that won't matter to much to me.
I know it sounds like the GT possibly the way to go and I am talking myself into to just buying the GT instead of the VT ... but I still don't see the advantages of the $800-1000 more over the GT for a user like me!?!?!
Once again thanks SO much the feedback guys, any feedback or suggestions are good feedback and suggestions regardless and I would love to hear more ... I am taking this Sharp back today or tomm. and would really like to order one or the other by Friday if possible ... just wanted to advice from the best here before I make that decision.