Come on, guys, it's a thread about sharing information about a TV, not to win a contest over this or that other TV.
Having said that, as an attendee and owner of a 70X5, I will say that the shootout's Elite's bright side looked a bit off - like the gamma was off. The highlights looked too bright and somewhat blown. I brought it up during the discussions but nobody paid much attention
. Mine looks noticeably better!
And having said that, the VT50 looked really nice, but I wouldn't trade my Elite.
I have spent hours trying settings that reduce the pulsing, and found some that really help, with a bit of compromise over a straight calibration in the blacks and highlights but still giving excellent PQ, just not as good as could be but still to me equal or better than the rest.
It involves as you might suspect the brightness, contrast, backlight and gamma settings in very specific combinations beginning with the calibrated settings. The problem is that they probably will vary from set to set, and a tick up or down here or there makes a difference.
What I also found is that they can be in the Local Dimming setting, not necessarily the IVC Advanced Low which has somewhat higher blacks, where I found myself dialing in a backlight of 8 and still getting decent highlights! Just the blacks were not quite as good as a 22 in Local Dimming mode.
Yes, I strive for improvement when I see it's possible, and yes I do need to get out more
. But I do enjoy tinkering with 'tronics.
PS- I should say these backlight numbers are in ISF settings, which range from 0-100 unlike the +- settings of the THX mode.