Originally Posted by undecided
As I learned the plasma guys seem to expect us from the LCD land
to do our own research
As far as I can tell the recommendation seems to be ST or VT. It seems the ST can be calibrated to look as good as the GT while the VT should be superior.
I am getting a 55VT30 delivered 3rd Jan to replace a 55LE8500 (banding). That said we watched Thor on Blu-Ray last night on the 55LE8500 and it was stunning - deep blacks, pop, and superb detail with almost no banding. My hope is the 55VT30 matches (or beats) the 85LE8500 picture but without banding.
i started with a 42phd8uk many moons ago (which is a 4:3 panel in 16:9 canvas). that set continues to work great with no visible issues other than some brightness decay, which is expected with a plasma that is as old as my 42phd8uk.
i am not willing to pay ~$2000 for a panel that is marketed as "flagship product this year
" that has banding, pink blotches, ghosting/halo'ing, or new firmware that renders the panel useless. if the engineers cant get this crap to work right then perhaps they should find another line of work. do it right or dont do it at all. just imho, etc.
i tried a lx9500 lcd because it was being hyped by the marketing folks, which turned out to be a big mistake on my part, and, my lx9500 was defective. and to boot LG has the worst customer service/support that i have ever dealt with.
so, coming from panny plasma i am thinking i might try another, i figure plasma technology must have advanced some since i got my 42phd, etc. just wondering if there will be some 2012 models which fix any issues the 2011 models had. i am no fan of the "lets release all new models every year and discontinue last years models
" like LG does !!!