Originally Posted by rikemomo
Just a real quick note--I was able to finally set up the GT50 today and just now did some really basic calibrations (impatient wife) using the Spears & Munsil disc. I am nervous about starting a new thread about the GT50 without a real powerful post, so I will just jot down my first impressions here and make a better post once I get watch more content and dial it in a bit more.
1 - This set is just a bit thicker than the LED LCD Samsung I returned. This is a very good thing, it was light (I was able to move it around myself), and not hard to adjust on my cabinet.
2 - The hardware itself is gorgeous and the wife loves how it looks, which is amazing. The base is not just straight up silver--it does a gradient fill thing that is kind of dark silver to lighter silver, but it looks good. It's a very handsome set, much more grounded and serious looking than the Samsung.
3 - I cannot believe how awesome the black levels are. I honestly did not ever think I would own a TV that had a picture this amazing. I just played that DTS logo thing on my Oppo BDP-93, and I gasped--it's just SILKY smooth...but then the details within the letters, even in this stupid DTS logo...just sharp. SHARP.
4 - There are lots of picture options, so many that I am a little intimidated by all of them--I just have no idea what some of them do. I have the E-Help manual (thanks for sharing that), which I will read on the plane tomorrow, but I have a feeling I will get a professional calibration job soon.
5 - The colors are obviously crisp and vibrant, but I am going to watch some blu-rays tonight and see how things fare. I watched some HBO and NBC today and was very impressed with the detail in the picture.
I hesitate to go too much further--I fear I might dip into hyperbole and without proper measuring hardware, I am not sure how helpful my adjectives are going to be, but I am, honestly, blown away by this TV. I saw a Kuro at CES years ago and I think that I can get the same feeling from this TV with proper calibration and contentI am truly flabbergasted; coming from a 2006 plasma to this serious piece of hardware is an amazing experience.
I am thrilled that I stayed with plasma, I am thrilled I got this Panasonic, and I can't wait to share a better, more coherent rundown later on. But suffice to say, if you were considering this set, I for one wholeheartedly recommend it as strongly as I can, with no reservations at all.
Thanks for listening, more soon.