Originally Posted by mcbiidermen
Thanks for your input, and for being thorough.
It's honestly a very hard choice for me because I tend to do a lot of both (games / movies). Although the older I get, only certain games really hit me and make me play non-stop.
I probably watch more movies on average now. But, when a game like Dark Souls comes out - that's all I do. I played Dark Souls for 3 months straight, couldn't stop playing.
I was hoping to see a good performance for Panasonic's new line of edge lit LED's (the DT50 and WT50). Early reviews suggest decent overall performance, with better than average 3D quality - but horrible ms for gaming. I believe I read over 50ms on the DT50. That's inexcusable.
At the moment I am leaning towards the VT50 55", but the decision still isn't final. I don't want to even tell you how much of my time making this choice is taking up.
I have just come to the 55" Sony after owning the 65VT30.
These are the advantages of the Sony -
Super sharp pics, perfect for playing static images, obviously 0 image retention and ZERO ghosting..
The VT30 at least had an issue where you would get the "afterimage" in dark scenes (I tried many sources, many calibrated settings).. Just the nature of the plasma.
I had owned the first gen Samsung 3d LED LCD and hated it because it looked artificial, had very poor uniformity being edge lit and now the Sony has taken that all away.
If I was chosing honestly between the 55" of the Sony vs 55" VT30 I would chose the Sony and I have loved plasmas for a long time.
One negative I have with the Sony at the moment and it really is very minor is the Clouding you get with the rear dimming panels.. but the black level is better I think than it was on the VT30.
As for 3d, aside from watching some content here and there it wasn;t a main feature though I will admit it was a little better than the LCD but not by much. I am still only playing around with the settings on the Sony so will probably even get it looking better but I am super happy with it. It also looks better physically, has no buzz, and if you sit closer you can't see the pixel dithering as you did on the plasma.
The only other down side to the Sony is the viewing angles.. The Plasma kicks its and any other LCD's ass in this regard.
As for fast moving scenes, and I am picky about this I have not noticed anything at all, there are slight uniformity issues when watching sports (say ice hockey or football) where you will get that slight clouding issue but it is hardly noticable and I prefer that to the afterimages.smudging on the plasma and best of all there is no line bleed so when you actually do any 2d stuff say hook up your HTPC and use it for a monitor is really makes the plasma look silly.
But yeah its the first LCD i have been happy with and I have owned a lot in the last 2 years..
Samsung 55 C7000 3d LED
Samsung 63" C8000 Plasma
Samsung 64" D8000 Plasma
Panasonic 65" VT30A Plasma
and now the Sony.
Out of the Plasma the panasonic won hands down for me, esp with the issues i had playing 24hz on the Samsungs, but the Sony pretty much negates all the issues I had with the Samsung 55".
As far as smart TV features go, the US model will be diff to AU model, however I have never bothered to use it.. nice bonus to have the Skype Camera though with the Sony and also 2 sets of 3d glasses
Anyway its a tough choice but if you do use it as a monitor def don't discount the sony.
Just be sure to watch the Panny in dark scenes with brightly lit people to see what I mean with the after images.