Originally Posted by Rpresner
I agree that both are good sets. But what i cant understand is the second point. Are the people claiming the VT25 the best not respectable people compared to the ones saying the calibrated sammys are better?
Apparently not. Certain people seem to hold tremendous weight in the opinions of certain calibrators, etc, largely because they have a huge reputation and following and have been in the business for many years.
However, everyone's brain is not wired the same way. Two completely competent people who work in the industry can look at two TVs and pick different ones as their personal favorite for "eyeball" effect.
This does not invalidate the opinions of either user.
I believe that a couple of people from the VE shootout panel even said that on paper, and with measurements the C8000 was better than the VT25, but they still preferred the picture of the VT25. Would that hold true if the VT25 MLL goes up to 2.5X as it is expected to do? In the case of CNET the answer was yes, they still thought the VT25 was better all around.
The type of viewing a person does is also a factor. Someone who watches a lot of SD content would probably prefer the Samsung because it has better 2D processing, less image noise, etc.
For someone who watches a lot of 24P content and likes the "film look" the cinemasmooth bug was possibly a deal breaker on the C8000.
For someone who is really into 3D, there was no question that Panasonic's 3D processing, faster phosphors, etc, really made it stand out.
So, like I said, you can't go wrong with either of these sets, but your opinion to choose one over the other very possibly has to do with personal preference, aesthetics, viewing habits, etc.
Which is why the continued barbs against Panasonic are particularly unfounded. You can buy the Panasonic TV knowing that the MLL is going to go up and still be pleased as punch with the set. Maybe your wife will let you buy the VT30 because of the modern clean styling, but says thumbs down to the D8000 because of the stand on it.