Originally Posted by Michaelll
The Panasonic tv looks like a good fit for a monitor, and I'm sure the price difference at 32'' wouldn't justify the extra 3D from what you are saying. The review that you have here for the EX720 is actually favorable as it states in the conclusion of the review itself, "All in all Sony EX720 is a good TV and one to keep in mind when you are searching for mid-range TVs." I am unsure why this site did not mention anything about the input lag of this tv as they usually do, but they speak of the response time being a very strong area for this tv and how it has excellent motion handling, which makes for a good gaming tv.
Actually you need to look more at the detailed remarks and test results than the final verdict to gain a full perspective. If you'll note in the rating chart they based that final verdict on primarily a Home Cinema target group. They said in gaming much of the dark detail was lost. Also note that beside poor wide angle viewing, even the 3D doesn't look 3D if you so much as tilt your head a bit. I expect more than that for the price charged, esp when you look at even the final calibrated results still showing the blue spectrum unacceptably high. Way past 4 on Delta E.
You need to factor in more than just how good the black level is too. Deep blacks don't mean a whole lot if they come with the tradeoff of severely crushed blacks, making it impossible to distinguish much detail in scenes with lots of dark colors. What you really need to look for in a good TV after you've narrowed down your choices to ones with acceptable IQ, is how well balanced it is. I passed on last year's Panasonic TC-L37D2 because of it's black crushing, it was very noticeable. By the time you tune out black crushing, the blacks are no longer deep black, they're a dark grey.
Conversely if you want all the bells and whistles the KDL-32EX720 offers, Panasonic's TC-L32DT30 has pretty much the same features, has received stellar reviews, is lower in input lag, and is industry leading in 3D performance, yet can be had as low as $760 online. Oh, and keep in mind the 32U3 is NOT 120Hz, it's 60Hz, but again, I argue whether a good 60Hz 32" really needs 120Hz, except for 3D applications. Always compare 120Hz to 60Hz in store to see if you really notice any differences in movies, because in games, you probably won't, esp on a 32".
If money were no object and I were convinced the next models would not significantly overshadow it or be better in value, I'd opt for the TC-L32DT30, but I can't help think the 32U3 is a better way to go. I've heard many testimonials from Panasonic TC-L32S1 owners that say it's excellent for gaming, and it doesn't have 120Hz, actual or processed. I've also seen first hand that the only time I can really detect 120Hz vs 60Hz in store, is when they run those demo loops where text rolls extremely fast across the bottom of the screen just to try and convince customers they need a more expensive TV.