I'm curious, for those that are waiting for the shootout to make their decision, what's going to be the overriding factor? Is it simply which set wins?
Based on Kevin Miller already calibrating an F8500, they basically look the same as one of his calibrated VT50s with better brightness and clarity.
I've seen both sets in person, spent time evaluating them in a home theater setting with demo material and they are so similar to each other, it's ridiculous. If I had to give an advantage, it's the F8500 just because I enjoy the look of that image more, but don't we know how the shootout is going to go down? The ZT will win in blacks, and it'll win in other calibration measurements that are already imperceptible to the human eye on the set that comes in second place in those (I'm looking at you, delta errors) and the sets will basically look the same when they're displaying reference images, so what do people think is going to happen at the shootout that's going to change that?
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