Originally Posted by ElectronicTonic
Glad it worked out for you. How do you like the Panasonic?
I only have about ten hours on it but so far so good. My 58C8000 had really good color and black level so the 50VT30 or 59D8000 were the best choices as a replacement.
I was also thinking of the 60GT30. I found 60" was just too big for my bedroom as 58" was pushing it, plus the GT series doesn't do 96hz (similar to our 96hz cinema smooth).
I was also thinking of the 59D8000, but instead of Samsung fixing the motion judder cancelation, they just took it off this years model and left the set without one. I didn't think that was a smart move.
The VT5530 is real nice. It has all the bells and whistles like the 58C8000. I cannot even notice the slightly smaller screen size. In reality it measured out to only 2" smaller. It is one smooth sheet of top glass, no molding around it. Really nice, vanishes at night.
The 55VT30 has inky blacks. I'm running 50/50 contrast and brightness and the picture is very clean and bright. I am expecting it will only get better, and It runs very cool!! My 58C8000 was killing me with heat this summer. TG for air conditioning. I am resisting cranking up the contrast until it breaks in this week.
Samsung and Panasonic are both good companies. Once broken in I will play around in the custom pro picture settings. It has similar picture options as the 58C8000's advanced picture menu.
One of the many things I like about the 55VT30 over my 58C8000 is the way it handles sharpness. My 58C8000 with the sharpness up would kinda glimmer or shine up when objects with details moved on the screen, until the objects stopped moving. The 55VT30 doesn't behave like that. The picture remains constant, it just sharpens up. I havn't tried 3D or 2D to 3D conversion yet.
I think if anyone here is looking to upgrade, the 55VT30 is a great option to consider. Its also nice have a SD card slot for my cameras SD card. I also want to note that the sound is really good.