Originally Posted by ruiz00tx
Thanks for the info Zinger, now that it seems I am leaning more toward better value, it might be between this one and the ST50.
I have/had both sets with weird experiences. I first got the E550(64') and it looked amazing out of the box in movie mode. The only problem it had was that infamous Sammy buzz. I decided to swap it with the ST50(65'). The Panny out of the box looked terrible even on cinema mode and also with cnet calibration settings, the screen just had allot of dithering specially on dark scenes but after a few days of breaking it in with normal viewing and running a bit of slides the picture quality actually became quite superb, similar to the Samsung. slightly less sharper, maybe.
I ended up selling the ST50( to a family member(since he loves Panny) and got me the E550 again. Only problem now is that the new Sammy I received has way more dithering than the Panny did initially. My only concern is that I already ran slides for +200 Hrs (way more than I did with the Panny) and I still can see dithering making the picture seem not sharp at all.
Is that normal? Will it go away just like it did with the ST50?
Btw, I opted out for the Samsung just because to my eyes they both have similar pic quality, while the E550 is not only cheaper but has better 3D. The Panasonic has better Anti glare and the buzz is non-existent unless u put your ear to the back of tv.