Originally Posted by jackobots
So please, anyone going to the shootout, if you could provide a comparison between the ZT60 and the F8500 from a clarity perspective, it would be greatly appreciated
I'll certainly be looking for that, but every time I've seen a VT60 vs an 8500, the 8500 looks sharper.
However today I was a bit disappointed in my trip to Magnolia today. I did another 8500 vs VT60 comparison. I found modes in the VT that do make the panel pretty bright...not as bright as the 8500 but probably bright enough for most conditions. Interestingly, on this VT60 all the modes were unlocked and there are quite a few.
But here's the disturbing thing I found. I was cupping my hands around the letterbox bars on both panels (both playing the same Blu Ray and both via component, not HDMI) and thought I saw a fairly visible difference in black levels favoring the VT. This is something I hadn't noticed before.
To be sure (like a fool) I took off a light jacket I was wearing and put it over my head and the panel (no, there was nobody around). There was a fairly significant difference in black levels. The VT was very very dark and, disturbingly, not only was the 8500 not as dark, but I saw fluctuations in the darkness of the letterbox bars as scene content changed.
I know a couple of people spoke about that here, but this was the first time I saw it myself. I don't recall seeing that at Robert's store either.
So now I'm not quite as sure about the 8500 and beginning to think a bit more about the ZT60. On the flip side, the 8500 handled bright lighting better (no surprises there) in terms of how it looks while displaying blacks. The VT, although definitely darker when I blanketed it with my jacket, looks more washed out with ambient lighting striking the screen. In fact the difference here was striking. The VT's black letterbox bars looked almost greenish as ambient light struck the panel. Yet the 8500 retained a much better looking 'blackness' in those same letterbox bars in the same lighting. I'm not sure if the bonded screen of the ZT would help in that regard.
As a result of the better handling of ambient lights, the 8500 displayed a poppier, more impressive picture. This would almost certainly flip around in favor of the VT60, based on what I saw with the my jacket-shielded letterbox bars, when the lights are down.
I noticed no popping on the F8500 during my viewing session.
The shootout can't come quick enough.