I had initially been considering a ZT60 but have lowered my sites on a Panasonic 60VT60 or Samsung 60F8500 and am trying to use the numbers people are finding in their tests to help figure out which one might be The One.
Lets start with 'Deep Blacks', the VT60 has been measured in one review
to be between 0.003 cd/m2 and 0.005 cd/m2 where the F8500's is 0.02 cd/m2 according to this review
. So the VT60 can be 4x darker!
Now brightness, one of those previous reviews
measures the F8500 at a peak brightness of 214.74 cd/m2 where the other review
finds several settings between 76cd/m2, 97cd/m2 and 114cd/m2 but ultimately claim a 'peak' number of 120cdm/m2 so the F8500 can be twice as bright!
Now interpreting these numbers is where it gets fuzzy and confusing, I can only assume (in an effort to be dramatic) the black numbers were recorded in picture modes that will result in deep blacks while the brightness numbers were recorded in modes that will give good brights as evidenced by the several numbers recorded for the VT60 so:
I don't care what the deepest black and the brightest white is across all picture modes, I care about what reasonable conclusions can I draw from these numbers as far as realistic contrast ratio, blacks, and brights within one picture mode
I feel with some confidence by reading between the lines that as far as the VT60 goes one could say you would see 0.003 to 97.0 (maybe 144.0) w/in one picture mode. Whereas with the F8500 reading between the lines of the the mentioned review and other posts its 'deepest blacks' of 0.020 cd/m2 are when you calibrate to a 120 cd/m2 brightness which tells me that yes, the F8500 can
go brighter but if you're trying to achieve deep blacks you're stuck around 120 cd/m2 max and given a similar desire for deep blacks on the VT60 you can get 0.005 cd/m2 blacks at nearly the same brightness of 114cd/m2, thats 4x darker.
Am I missing something?
I'm not trying to start a X vs Y thread, I'm honestly just trying to figure out what these numbers mean when actually viewing the TV. Also, this isn't going into a cave, this'll be in my living room but I do have some pretty solid blackout curtains and most viewing will be in the evening/night so no generally no direct sunlight.