I would like to know more about the brightness this year. It sounds like the Panasonic GT50 is noticeably brighter than the E8000, is that correct? How is the E series' brightness compared to last years'? Since I will be enjoying 3D material as well as 2D, the brightness could definitely be something to consider. Bottom line, which set can display brighter images and brighter whites? I would hate to discover I trade in my D7000 to end up with an E7000 that is actually dimmer. Since the glasses dim the image quite a bit anyways the last thing I want is for the set to be dimmer than before. Plus brighter whites is always a good thing. Is the ABL more aggressive this year? Strangely, Cnet says:"With 3D sources the E8000 is clearly superior to the Panasonic, however."
What are they basing that on? I would think a brighter set would definitely improve matters in the 3D department. They say the E8000 has less crosstalk than Panasonic, based on Hugo, but I'd want to hear more on that honestly. I've heard many great things about the Panasonic's 3D performance.
Also from the CNET review:"its maximum light output is somewhat dim.""It's also worth noting that the 60-inch E8000 couldn't get as bright as the 55-inch ST50"
I'm also worried about how the set is said to go completely dark when a film fades to black momentarily. I've seen how this looks and it is very distracting. It looks like somebody just turned the tv off for a second whenever there is a complete fade to black. How does the E8000 compare to the Panasonic as far as that goes? Do the Panasonics go totally black during fades also?
Here's CNET's comment on that "feature":
"I was also a bit annoyed to see that in fades to black, the screen of the E8000 turned off completely, a behavior typically associated with LCDs and not plasmas. It does so more quickly than the PN59D7000 -- fast enough that the black screen flashed off and on distractingly during the black fades at the beginning of "Watchmen," for example.
That alone is enough to make me strongly consider the Panasonics this year. Too many issues to worry about with Samsung. I know the Panasonics aren't perfect, but it sounds like the E series is going to have some very annoying quirks, as last year's models did, and that's a bad thing.
As far as the fluctuating brightness pops, they say:"I have a hunch that Samsung may have intentionally limited light output to cure the "pops""
So they fix the fluctuating brightness by making the tv dimmer than last year and this year's Panasonics? Way to go, Samsung. Because owners of plasmas want them to get dimmer
, not brighter.