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You're generalizing the consensus of those who attended the shootout and voted for the Samsung, by one attendees feelings?
I was in attendance as well, and we didn't sit 20ft away, perhaps Gene did. I was in the second row, directly in front of the Kuro, Samsung and Panasonic. The audience was filed with industry professionals and videophiles who were well aware of what a quality display does and should look like.
The shootout was very thorough, where test patterns and content were used to put the displays through their paces and to critique one against the other. Company reps and the calibrators went over the pros and cons of each display.
The audience over 2 days ranked the Samsung number one. The three professional calibrators ranked the Panasonic over the Samsung because of their viewing habits, and even still, by the slimmest of margins. I think D-Nice himself said he ranked the Panasonic as 100 and the Samsung 99.
Both displays are excellent. It all comes down to preference.
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