Originally Posted by General Kenobi
Rad - I mostly agree with your list but in my experience I:
* Did not notice pulsing on any Elite I tested.
* Did not find the off-axis to be AS poor as it is made out to be
* Did not see SOE on the VT50 unless it was turned on
* Did not think the 96hz flicker was any worse than mine in 48hz... it may vary from one person and panel to another
* Did find the whites to be pleasing on the VT50
* Did not find the difference in blacks and contrast to be as close as the numbers suggest, in bluray content the Elite looked much much blacker
I'd also add that the Elite is more prone to perceivable DSE and struggles more than the VT50 when handling panning scenes. The VT50 handles motion effortlessly however the Elite also has more pop to the picture.
Just my 2¢
I agree, I was only trying to list everything I could from memory objectively.
1. I also don't (visually) see a color problem with the Elite even though the (numbers) show one.
2. I also don't find the off-axis to be an issue or very poor, in fact I think it's good for an LED. Note: This is one area I do like Plasma over LED.
3. I find the Elite (Visually) to have much Deeper Inky Black levels then the VT50 despite the (numbers).
3. I find the Full Screen Whites to be much better and very obvious in comparison tests and agree with the CNET review. It's expected because it's part of the Plasma technology.
4. I find the 96Hz Flicker to be very obvious on the VT50, in fact I could even see it through the camera broadcast in the HD Shootout. Note: The VT30 also had it bad.
5. I have spotted a few scenes that I have been told are part of the Pulsing issue on the Elite, however it's very rare and I don't consider it to be a problem but would like it fixed. I appear to be very sensitive to these types of artifacts, I had a bad case of fluctuating brightness on my VT30.
6. I've never experienced the 1080i de-interlace issue while viewing program material on cable tv. It's not uncommon for test patterns to show things that never manifest in actual video content. Note: 1080p is what is important.
7. Motion looks great on my Elite and I've never saw anything that bothers me, I come from two Plasma displays the VT30 and D8000.
8. I don't see any signs of DSE like many have, nor any vertical or horizontal banding like I did on my VT30 Plasma. Note: All displays can have it none are immune to it.
Summery, I'd buy the Elite again in a heart beat, however if the VT50 had a 70'' had equal black levels, didn't have that 96Hz flicker and wasn't so darn ugly with that outer silver bezel I'd consider getting one. Maybe the VT70 next year?
PS: Of course I'd still have to deal with the Buzzing, Image retention, screen burn and phosphor trails of Plasma technology. I don't miss that and i'm not sure I could ever go back to that.
PSS: I can't wait until OLED arrives.