Above is a link to a shootout Value Electronics did between the Sharp Elite, Samsung 8000, Panasonic VT30 and others. They picked the Sharp Elite as the overall winner with the Panasonic VT30 coming in second. I haven't had a chance to read it thoroughly yet but to me, it makes me feel even better that the Panasonic VT30 to me really is the best choice. The VT30 scored highest in the motion sharpness category which to me is pretty important along with coming in second to the Sharp Elite for black level. For everyone dinging the VT30 for color accuracy which the 8000 came in 1st, I thought it was really concerning how low the Sharp Elite scored in this category.
And really the big reason to feel so good about the VT30 regarding this shootout is the high price of the Sharp Elite. No more are the days when a plasma can't compete with an Elite product. This brings a very big smile to my face as a past Elite owner which the VT30 replaced.
Hope this link is beneficial.
Here is a cut and paste from the link between the VT30 and 8000 that came in 2nd and 3rd places respectively:
Meanwhile the Panasonic TC-P65VT30 and Samsung PN59D8000--which each cost significantly less than the Elite--took second and third place, respectively, in an extremely close vote. Zohn said that the audience agreed that the Panasonic VT30 had a better overall picture, by virtue of its visibly superior black level;.......
Looking at the different categories to me makes it very hard to justify the Sharp Elite over the VT30.