Originally Posted by whipit
So for you was it worth the extra bucks to upgrade to the VT? I'm curious of your opinions about blacks, whites, color, ect.
For me, it definitely was, not so much for PQ as additional ISF functions and a few extra features. I'm interested in expanding my calibration abilities (although having seen Chad work, I'm not sure I want to compete professionally anytime soon ...), and I wanted to be able to play with the AutoCal features of CalMan 5 Control. IIRC, that was not available on the ST. As far as PQ, it's hard to say, because I never saw the ST calibrated, but I can say that picture looked as good OOB as the VT did OOB.
So I'd say that the ST is a fine set (actually, I tried the S64 (sp?) from Costco first, and it was a fine set too, just with two-point calibration), and unless you have an interest in ISF stuff, it or the ST should suffice. It was worth some money to me to be sure I would not ask myself if I should have gotten the VT (that's just me, and the ZT looks like stupid money to me). I'd add that the camera on the VT is basically a parlor trick, and would not sway my decision at all. That whole line seems like the best thing since Kuro. As far as B/W, color, PQ, etc., this set is about as close to perfect as they get, based on my review of DVE, WOW, Spears and Munsil, and CalMan 5 with an i1 Display Pro meter (as well as watching some actual TV, which I'm finally getting around to doing ...), as long as you have reasonable light control (as with any plasma). The assumption is that the ZT gets a blacker black, but I get a black that matches the bezel, so it's like MichaelTLV says, you can only get a blacker black by turning the set off, but you lose detail and contrast (g).