Originally Posted by brainwashed
I was in the same boat, spent weeks researching and then decided on the Panasonic TC-P50G10. When I get to the store, all of the sales people were trying to talk me out of it... and then they showed me "Transformers" on Blu-ray on both a UN467100 and the Panasonic G10. The Panny looked terrible comparitively. How is that possible? That day I decided to purchase the UN467100 over the G10, but I'm haveing buyers remorse as in my home the Samsung's colors are overly bright... almost too vivid? And there is motion blur and poor off angle viewing. Ugh.
How is it possible that one of the highest rated sets made today looks so weak on the Best Buy sales floor? I just don't understand. I'm about ready to return the 7100 but when I went back to the Best Buy the Panny still looked gray, not black. Do I need to just pull the trigger and see the G10 in my own home? We are totaly new to the HDTV arena and it's alot of money to commit to a set without the ability to 'test drive' it in any real way aside from buying it and taking it home.
I saw in your follow up that you are headed for a G10. If you want blacks (ie wide contrast so you can saturate the colors etc) you will get them. Never mind what you saw at BB. The Samsung B7100 is Best Buy's house version of the Sammy B7000. It is possible (I say possible) that BB encourages their salespeople to sell their house brand. It is likely a good profit margin product.
Just in case... you are aware that HDTV is not plug and play, for best results? It's not your Dad's TV. The one you brought home, turned it on, adjusted the brightness and contrast once, and you were good for the next 5-10 years.
The HDTVs have "settings" which can effect a huge difference in your viewing picture. Some people do just take the HDTV home, and use the factory settings. Makes for some real crappy viewing, as factory settings are usually set for showroom screaming and burning of facial hair.
Settings can also be used for evil. Sounds like your BB buddies have the G10 set for a mode called "Crappola". That's where you take a TV with a well-know reputation (Like a G10). You use the settings to crap it up a bit. Then you compare it to the HDTV you want to sell. "Look at this G10. Decent TV, great rep. But look how much better our XZ9000 picture is!"
I have also seen people do some frighteningly heinous chit to their own TVs with the settings. Particularly on LCDs with that 120/240 Hz Motion stuff, which is to smooth flying pixels (blur) and de-judder the picture. It can really molest film sources.
But I digress..
I did note the 50 G10 is about $600 cheaper than the B7100. So that's a good thing. And my opinion is that there is a lot of fat in the B7100 price, for bells and whistles, which don't relate directly to picture quality.
So, Yes. It does suck that you can't get a decent test drive before you buy. And I do beat up on Best Buy alot. But their 30-day free swap is worth the premium to a lot of people. It's good for their customers and for their business.