Originally Posted by Ph8te
I think the "real test" will be the shootout in the beginning of May.....That wway calibrators can get thier hands on the set and see if any difference can be made.....I dont have a real issue with what you have said though and think they may be hurting the videophille market that tends to skew higher end...
Going by an mll of .0016 for the ST and having seen the ZT, I can tell you that it's not that much blacker. It was pretty much even with the 9G Kuro, although I can't tell you for sure, the 9G might have been a tad darker-basically splitting hairs, you wouldn't be able to even begin distinguishing them apart unless they were side by side, at least I was having trouble. It was looking at black on the ZT and red/black on the 151.
Also, things may have changed regarding the sample I saw and production models may get deeper as has been suggested by the insider at HDJ, but honestly, it's really close at this point and I'm pretty sure even he can't tell the difference. Anything glows a little unless it's 0fL
My xbr960 had black so deep that I almost couldn't tell if it was on or off, that was deeper than my 500m, but with 99% of content, it's almost meaningless.
I know plasma is near its end now, because the under $1,000 tv is up there with a specialty $4,000 model.
The only thing that is really interesting is the 30,000 steps of gradation on low level content, but I'm not even sure how much you'd notice that, since the first VT60 review didn't really touch on its significance. The kuro still had much more saturated reds when both displays were at rec.709, but I don't know what we would have seen with both calibrated.
The ST60 is measuring better in contrast than the VT50, the set everyone thought was near a 9G. I can remember a VT25 review in HTMag that had those sets surprisingly close, with mid to high apl looking to have more contrast on the VT25.
The 2014s will likely be a little better. Either way, you can't go wrong.