Originally Posted by HearingImpaired
Right, they usually trade off in different areas but the Panasonic is still usually a slightly better tv. I personally have owned two Samsung tvs and I have liked both. I mainly bought them because of the price difference/perfomance between the Samsung and Panasonic. I always felt you could get more bang for the buck with Samsung but that seems to have changed this year with the new and improved ST series from Panasonic and Samsungs new price policy.
Again, maybe, but it's too early to say for sure.
Also, when the TV's are that close it really comes down to subjective opinion about what is "better" even if slightly. To say that the VT30 was better means you are ranking the black level as a decisive priority over color accuracy, yet there's no rule that this is true. To each their own. And then when you have PQ SO close, features and design start to matter. I've been keeping an eye on close-outs for 2011 sets, for example, and can now get a VT30 for a tad less than the D8000, but I didn't because on balance I like the D8000 more even when cost is neutral. Because to me, both in terms of reviews and shoot-outs and from personal viewing, the VT30, D8000 and even D7000 were effectively a draw PQ-wise, but the Samsung's had a more pleasing design, swivel stand, lighter weight and better and more affordable 3D glasses.
2012 is a whole different ball game. On paper I'm liking the Panasonics. But the game hasn't been called.
We can go back and forth on this forever. It comes down to opinion.