Originally Posted by gostan
Hopefully, it is the bright showroom lights making the VT50 bezel look reflectingly unpleasant. We need somebody in US to take a better pic when the VT gets released here. For now, I would have to say that the GT50 appears to be more aesthetically pleasing.
I've seen the VT bezel dating back to January. Honestly, you don't need a "better pic", the ones you see tell the story really well.
When the light in the room isn't hitting the strip itself, it's just kind of there. I have to tell you I am scanning around my family room and I have nothing else that is shiny silver in the entire living room at all. But I do have, for example, a glass clock (kind of ugly btw), that is largely ignorable when the light doesn't hit it and reflective and annoying when it does... Which brings us to....
... what happens when the light does hit the Panasonic's silver strip. You will see it hotspot. This happens on the Samsung LCDs with the shiny silver edge too. There is no avoiding it. It's pretty much impossible not to see it
when it's happening. I mean, I suppose some people are so deep in denial they can not see it. My late great aunt used to live one block from the NYC subway in a section where it ran above ground pretty much through her backyard (this is a true story). When the trains past, the house shook. She didn't seem to notice. "How do you live with the train noise?" "What train noise?"
So, yeah, some of you will never have this problem because either you have no lights in the room that ever are incident with the TV (unlikely to be honest in normal rooms and really any room that the sun ever enters) or because you're masters of cognitive dissonance. The rest of us will find an accommodation either by masking the bezel or just minimizing the effect through lighting adjustments.
I had originally considered this problem a dealbreaker on the VT series. I have reconsidered for a number of reasons:
1) I believe this will be the best display of 2012.
2) I believe the price for this display is eminently fair, especially given the opinion I expressed in #1.
3) There is a dearth of displays of 65" and larger available and I don't believe that's going to change much for the next couple of years. The fact is, it's been true for a half decade and while Sharp has made a bunch of displays available, I only consider one of those videophile worthy.
4) Upgrading one's TV is a pain. It's a large item, requires resetting a bunch of remote-related items, furniture logistics, etc. For this reason, I have moved it to a long-ish upgrade cycle. I estimate 5 years between this purchase and the next one. My sense is the VT50 will prove a satisfactory 5-year TV.