Originally Posted by Scottyb09
I agree with your sentiment about the Elite not being worth 2x the price of the VT50. I own a 60" Sharp Elite but purchased it at a significant discount (I work in the industry). Had I not had the opportunity to leverage such a discount I would have been perfectly happy with a VT30 (at the time, now a VT50). I will say that I am absolutely thrilled with the quality of the display, especially for blu-ray discs
It's a bit more complicated than what you guys make it out to be.
I paid BB a visit fully intended to buy a GT50 and ended up getting the Elite. The tv sits in a brightly-lit living room, facing multiple windows. And the plasmas just did not look that bright even in the magnolia room.
Also, some people like/prefer plasma technology, others don't. Some people are willing to have to deal with IR (or having to coach the SO), others aren't. To a lesser degree, the potential buzzing could also annoy me (could hear buzzing from large tube HGTVs).
In other words, people have different requirements. And the Elite, unfortunately due to the high price point, is one of the VERY few options for great PQ without going plasma.