Originally Posted by laststop311
wait, so the st50 is .0032 and the vt50 is only .0004 lower at .0028.
That actually disappointing the vt50 barely improves on the st50. Whats the point of spending a ton extra on the vt50 then.
Those are the ANSI black level measurements (checkerboard pattern measurement) which is typically higher than the MLL (minimum luminance level... measurement at a black screen, or 0IRE). They measured the EU ST50 at around 0.0023fL @ 0IRE and they claim that the VT50 was too low to take a measurement. D-Nice commented about their MLL reading of the VT50 at the 'other' site and said that can't be right, because the meter they used can measure accurately down to 0.0003fL, and there's no way that the MLL of the VT50 is that low.
So with that said, I would wait for a technical review of the NA VT50 before we make conclusions on the VT50's MLL measurement. My guess is that the MLL for the VT50 will be around 0.002fL (D-Nice's latest measurement for the ST50 was 0.0028fL) for the smaller sizes, and a little lower for the larger sizes.
As for what the VT50 offers over the ST50, the VT50 has other features, like more picture adjustments (which will allow you to tighten up the picture a little) and 96Hz mode for 24p sources, and a sleeker design. The ST50 is definitely the far better value, though. As is the case with all consumer electronics, the more you spend, the margin of gain becomes smaller.