Originally Posted by sheshechic
"Satisfying" to one calibrator who doesn't own it and the another one bought the GT50.
Satisfying to one of the most respected calibrators in the industry... I'd say that's saying something.
I think it's misleading to insinuate that the only thing a GT50 has to offer over a ST50 is a "better out of the box" image.
For the most part, it is, because he stated that features don't matter and performance is what is important.
The gamma on the ST50's Cinema is low which will result in washed out blacks. The big draw on these panels is better blacks.... Some people may only need one mode, heck there was a time when that's all anyone ever needed. If that's all a body needs and they want to take the saved money to have the tv calibrated then the ST50 is the One. If a person is an videophile then the VT50 is The One. But if you want an image that makes you wonder if calibration is even needed and you watch in different lighting conditions and/or have a different preferences than others in your family then the GT50 is IT.
A lower gamma will result in a slightly more washed out picture, but it won't make black levels any worse. Seeing as how you nor I have seen a calibrated Cinema mode, all you can say is, comparatively it's washed out, but not washed out in it's own right. And this is all of course if they need a second picture mode. Saying it only has one good mode to calibrate is more misleading than anything, but to each their own I guess...
You're taking it way too far. There are benefits of the GT50 (albeit few). Considering the individual stated "I care not for features and only for performance", there's nothing misleading about my recommendation.
Another thing is that one review compared the ST50 to the VT30 saying how similar they are. I think so, the complaints on the ST50 threads, here and elsewhere, seem to say to me that the ST50 may have a similar IR problem too- not as bad as the VT30 but certainly seems far worse than what we experience with the GT50.
The ST50 shouldn't have any more or less IR than the GT50 or VT50 because they share the exact same panel.
Have you also considered that the ST50 has more discussion, probably because it has the best value out of any of the models, so there's probably going to be more reports of issues for the simple fact that there are more owners of this model?