Well I've confirmed that the IRTrans software is set to "3" in the brightness setting. It's really really dim. Every other VFD device in my tv cabinet is clearly visible from the couch. Bit of a shame really. Would have been nice to find out it was just set to a lower light level.
With regards to your other comments, obviously there's the potential that it might not fit, dimensions wise, but i'll measure it all very carefully this weekend. The VFD/IR hardware in the S16V takes up a lot of room, so I doubt that the depth of the lcd is going to pose a problem.
In regards to the value you mentioned, I can get a 7" usb monitor for US$80. Strikes me as a much better option than selling my S16V and buying an S16T? In Australia, the difference between these 2 cases is about US$350!