Sony Store in the Galleria - During the demo there was some video game with really bad ghosting or artifacts. COuld really tell what was going on but the thing hurt to look at, not very crisp at I. I'd never play the thing. HOwever there was a polar bear scene which many have commented on and that looked fantastic.
Magnolia Store Best Buy Galleria - I sampled the C7000 with Monsters Vs. Aliens and also the Panny with their demo disc. First one I saw was the Panny. First impressions... even without 3D, that is a very impressive 2D TV. Amazing picture with plenty of pop and great blacks. When viewing in 3D, it was startling actually. I didnt' expect the effect to be this good. Off angle viewings was fantastic. I walked around the screen to about 30 deg. of either side of the set while watching 3D. There were no issues with off angle that I could tell. What was incredible was the 3D kinda follwed you based on your perspective. Meaning as I walked to the left, the edge of the cliff expanded in that direction and the horizon still remianed set in the distance. Overall this was the TV I thought I'd purchase.
Teh C700 was another story, I really looked for the light shining in at the edges like the 2009 models had and I found it. Their 2009 back lit LEDs had light that would shine through on the the corners mostly and the 2010 model still had the same behaviour. However, I asked my freind that was with me if he saw anything and he didn't notice a thing. I think if you are in a purely dark environment and are looking for it, you'll find it. To the casual viewer (or in a bright room) it will not be bothersome. THey only had MOnsters Vs. Aliens running and it did provide a great 3D experience. I'm not sure if I saw what you would call ghosting but as I got up and walked around the set the image was not as crisp as it was with the Panasonic. While there was still 3D a plenty I did not get the same effect of the 3D folling me and the image did almst blur a little on the edges. I treid sitting in the middle of the TV and turning my head in different directions to micik laying down etc. There wasn't a major difference in clarity by tilting my head to the side. While impressive, I really wanted to see that DVD on the Panasonic. Since it's a 3D animated movie I figured it would be night and day on the Panny. The manager said they could do that for me at a later time after they go more set up. Panny seems to have the Samsung beat in 2D picture and off angle viewing. Not really a surprise since we're comapring Plasma to LCD/LED and the VT is Pannys flasgship whereas the C7000 is at the lower end of the spectrum for Samsung. Pricewise is where Panny really makes a huge difference. At only $2500 the Panny seems like a much better option if you can live with only 50" instead of 55". Less than $3000 for a flaship model based on the VT25 that won best in show at this years CES is a great value (reviews on the 25 have been ammended due to the rising balck level). Before I buy there are a few things I want to see and will sample in the coming weeks. First off is Samsungs plasma release. Will Samsungs plasma deliver an offangle and better overall 3D experience similar to the Panny since it's plasma and can deal with motion better? Second, what about the 2D to 3D conversion? Panny doens't have it, Samsung does. What will it look like on the plasmas? Will it look better than what has been reported on the LCDs? If it's decent and by decenlt I mean kinda like buying an HD TV and getting a 720P picture instead of 1080p picture, it may be worth it since there will not be much of any content availble for a year or so. Will it be the true 3D experience? No, but it sure would make gaming fun. There are only limited cable stations that will be broadcasting, Avatar isn't coming out in 3D any time soon and there isn't a massive list of 3D video games and movies that will be availble in 2010. So if the conversion works for existing movies and video games to a decent degree, perhaps it's worth giving it a shot due to having mounds of content at your fingertips. In April I'll post some feedback on the C7000 plasma, how it stacks up with the Panasonic with off angle viewing and the 2 to 3d conversion for movies and video games. until then I'll keep my eyes out for other people's feedback.