Originally Posted by jerrolds
DONT use this tv as a monitor
If you REALLY want a gorgeous monitor look into a 27" 2560x1440p IPS monitor from Korea - i believe monoprice started selling them as well. CrossOver, Catleap, Shimian - i own a CrossOver myself. They use the exact same panel as Apple Thunderbolts ($1000) - but are about $350.
Thank you the suggestion and I'm sorry if I didn't make it more clear, but this is a situation were I need a large format monitor for a person with vision issues and sitting on a couch versus hunched over a desk.
My personal system already has a Dell 2713HN 2560x1440 monitor which is the same model as the Apple displays ( they use LG IPS panels). I researched just about every 27" model from the cheap TN panels to the samsung and asus PLS screens , and the Dell version was really just a much better setup for me by being a 8-bit screen with proper controls and a factory pre-calibration.
The Korean models all use panel rejects and shipping/returns are normally dependent on ebay transactions versus a real panel warranty and a factory calibration with a dE under 3.0 for sRGB my Dell has.
Too many of the Korean models cannot be calibrated well because they lack proper controls for setting the white point and some of the anti-glare coatings are iffy in terms of how much "shimmer" and glow they cause so I ruled them out.
All that said, I have a feeling I'm going to be stuck with a cheap LCD and just save for a ZT60 next year because I have yet to find a LCD model that can be close to performance of the VT50 and still be in a similar price range.
I really do not like the issues the edge lit LED LCD sets have with uniformity and motion resolution but I cannot see buying a very expensive direct lit, local dimming LCD for what would be a lot more money than a VT50.
Money for the display isn't an issue but I didn't want to spend extra just to try and match the VT50 instead of getting a VT50. I know based on on reviews the Sharp Elite screens and the XBR Sony's can just about match the VT50 but thousands of dollars more would eat into my 4K monitor budget pretty severely
Having to force this computer monitor use is really cramping my style.