Originally Posted by jbrady3324
Alright, I am back and my decision is made.
First thing first, the viewing angle isn't that bad on the 70" Elite given how large it is. The 60" definitely can definitely be crippled by the viewing angle. So for my viewing environment, this is not a concern. So it came down to color (accuracy and depth). I am not sure if the TV had the patch or not, but I did notice any pulsing or haloing (ok yea, if I put my face against the screen close at the I could make a case for some haloing, but that doesn't count!)
I watched Dark Knight (all around), Aliens (for dark scenes with whites), Star Trek (deep blacks with tons of color)Black Level and Contrast
I already know the Elite trumps when it comes to black level, but I have to comment on it again. Based on black level and pop, Star Trek and Aliens are absolutely stunning on the Elite. In terms of black level, I felt as if I was watching this on my 500m (deeper blacks than 141,111,151,600m) with just a bit more pop, especially when it came to the whites. Space scenes in Star trek just have amazing color pop. It is like watching an image on top of a sheet of black glass. Cool stuff. The blacks appear deeper here than the 500m because of the brightness of the color. I've watched each of these on my VT50 and they are stunning as well. Not trying to knock the VT50 as it is just about on the same level as a 151/141 in terms of black level and we all know that is damn good. During mid to high APL scenes, the VT50 stands firm with the Elite. Whites are brighter on the Elite, but overall the scenes are just as stunning on each TV. If all I watched was movies with dark scenes, I would have a tough time not choosing the Elite. Anyways, overall the Elite wins in this category which is no surprise. But it isn't as far ahead as you might think.Color Accuracy
I am keeping this section short. Color accuracy isn't really an issue. The colors are pleasing and accurate. If accuracy is the only thing holding you back from purchasing the Elite, my recommendation would be to purchase the Elite. Flesh tones in Dark Knight and Star Trek both looked great. Not a factor in my decision as overtime I would just accept it and forget it wasn't 100% accurate.Color Depth
Here is where the VT50 wins and where the displays start to look different. Unlike most LED/LCDs, the Elite does have color depth and good amount of it. However, the VT50 has more. It gives you that natural feel that I enjoy so much. I would say the advantage that the Elite has in black level is the same advantage the VT50 has in color depth and saturation with a slight edge to the VT50 (The VT50 loses to the kuro/500m in is this category)Motion
The VT50 wins. The Elite is very good though. I would accept the difference in motion over time and stop caring. So honestly, this isn't factoring into my decision a whole lot.
So which TV is better? I really can't say. I'm not sure. Technically the answer is clear and in the eyes of many professionals the answer is also clear, however for the enthusiast and consumer, I think it comes down to values and preference. I do know I will be sticking with the VT50 as I prefer better color depth and saturation. But it is hard to walk away from the amazing black level and color pop the Elite provides.
Next year will be interesting. I think The Elite has more to improve on and more headroom than the VT50. Thus I think the Elite can surpass the Kuro next year while the VTx0 might only be able to match it. IMO