Just got my E8000 on Friday thought I would post about it.
This post is a bit of a VT50 vs E8000; if that might strike up some emotion or bad thoughts please skip to the next post
Just thought I would post my experience with my 64" E8000 thus far also someone who owned a 65" VT50. But the posterization was too much for me on some material. And the color is not as good as reviewed with an RGB source.
VT50 AR filter is something to behold, it's just amazing. The E8000 is very good, but it's not as effective as the VT50.
Color wise the E8000 is just better, I've done FULL color tracking on both, i.e. 25,50,75,100% saturation readings not just checking 100% or 75%. The VT50 just does weird things with RGB over HDMI especially /w cyan. On the E8000 everything tracked close to straight and hit the targets much better than the VT50 when you factor in luminance errors. Also as luminance (brightness) increases and you start getting the ABL to get aggressive the VT50 falls off and color gets weird. The E8000 is VERY good color wise, it's just amazing honestly. Once I finish breaking the TV in I'll post some color tracking graphs.
Contrast, the VT50 wins here but mostly due to the AR coating. The VT50's .002 blacks are just barely noticeably better. The E8000 gets VERY dark, I'm only 3 days into the TV and it keeps getting darker. The big difference is the blacks seem to float just a tiny bit on the E8000. My phosphors are still new and they're still breaking in, shots that go to black take a second or so to fully stabilize I've noticed. Once they do the E8000 is VERY dark, fantastic.
Dithering... the E8000 just does SO much better here. Not even worth much of a discussion. Anyone who's spent time with both panels will see the difference. Granted from any good seating position the VT50 only shows it occasionally.
Posterization: I saved 10 different movies I DVR'd to compare. There's a lot of scenes where the VT50 would drop details and would not have good gradients. Especially noticeable in faces. I've never had a scene look like this on the E8000. Since I watch mostly cable (U-verse; which BTW calibrates excellent on this TV it looks fantastic) I was going crazy with faces/details going soft on the VT50.
Video processing: On the VT50 I had to have my AVR (Pioneer VSX-33) do the processing (sharpness/chroma fixes) because the VT50's processing is pretty lack luster. Unfortunately I was pushing all of my AVR controls to the max to get it to look decent with cable SDTV and HDTV lite. On the E8000 the difference was HUGE, the E8000 can make sub BR material look close to BR even with sharpness down around 10. There are no major posterization errors on the E8000, and not much dithering. Watching a DVD (sent 720x480p progressive to the TVs) the difference was easily seen. The VT50 makes it look soft and just funky at times. The E8000 looked fantastic, almost HD like but not quite. Either way it looked excellent I was once again enjoying my DVDs (I wanted to watch the original "total recall" but I couldn't sit through it on the VT50).
Brightness pops; the VT50 exhibited some popping in darker shades (interesting most haven't noticed it but I've seen it on every VT50 I've looked at). I'd get a strobing effect (in very dark shades which would suddenly flicker to brighter). On the E8000 I notice the ABL more, but neither was a deal breaker really. Just quirks... ALL plasmas have dynamic brightness... just the way it is.
96hz/Cinema smooth. The E8000 is better here again too, the VT50 flickers a lot in any mode but 60hz. Cinema smooth looks great although I have yet to view it in total darkness.
Shadow detail; the VT50 is better here. But it's just a subtle difference and actually when the TV has bad posterization it's worse IMO. Actually kinda neat how Panasonic can manage the details but also keep it not looking murky (with a good source).
IR; VT50 I could read the words "Menu" on top left of the TV and "Return" bottom left in slides or white screen. Which never went way after 40 days of ownership (and trying to get rid of it). I did my calibration with "Control Cal" which means I rarely had the TVs menu up. The E8000 I can't say yet but so far I have seen no IR from menus or even the color slides when I checked the CMS calibration.
3d: E8000 is noticeably better. Too much flicker and cross talk on the VT50. Granted 48hz mode on the VT50 improved things a bit the flicker was too much.
So far I'm very happy I switched. I DO
really miss the AR coating on the VT50 it was magical during the day to make good blacks. But for me that didn't make up all of the things I believed were short comings on the TV.
Some notes with my brief ownership...
The E8000 is plenty bright! Also of note "standard" mode is about 1fL brighter than movie mode with the same settings. I measured 44fL with 15% windows; 20 cell, 90 contrast in standard mode. I only calibrated the CMS as I'm still waiting for the panel to break in further the grayscale is very close out of the box. I was just eager to see how well it could be dialed in and I couldn't resist doing a quick tracking test
Anyway, just my 2 cents after switching... I'll post some calibration data in a couple of weeks including full color tracking YCrCb 4:2:2 and RGB 4:4:4. I hope I didn't pee in anyones cheerios with my cross comparison. I have a nasty sinus headache as I'm typing this, so hopefully I project myself correctly Edited by SiGGy - 7/29/12 at 4:49pm