Originally Posted by LoD80k
So I posted on some other threads to get more feedback. I was told to consider trading the GT50 for the VT50 so I can gain ISF calibration because the GT does not have the same capability. Can anyone confirm this?I bought the GT vs the VT because from watching the forums, doing the research, and speaking with top calibrators who own them for the price it didn't seem worth it. I was told the VT only got 5-7% better of a picture.
"Put 200 solid hours on the TV of careful non-static images, then call a high end professional local calibrator. ONCE calibrated, the VT50 will actually have a broader bandwidth (for lack of a better word).... it will be brighter cause the bandwidth gets "opened". It also will show darker areas darker = bandwidth opened.
This in turn will make the set look like the best picture possible on the market today IMO. It will portray a much more consistent picture and simply be doing what it was built to do. The GT50 does not have this ISF capabilities, so it can be calibrated, but the "bandwidth" will not get opened like it does with ISF software."
Saying it has a 5 - 7 % better picture is meaningless. It's like saying linguine is 5-7% better than fettuccine. The VT has a darker filter and therefore will give a deeper black. Every post I have seen indicates that extra black comes at the expense of producing a dimmer white. So nothing is "opened up" its just slided down. Both of these sets use essentially the same panel and can only produce so much light. The dark filter on the VT absorbs more of it. Darks are darker but whites are darker also. If you view in a dark room, the extra black from the VT will give more contrast but if you view in an average living room with any lighting at all you will not see it. What you may notice is a dimmer picture.
The GT can be calibrated to produce an excellent picture. The VT has more accurate "tools" for calibration that may appeal to studio engineers but unless you have reference calibrated eyes you won't know the difference. If isf sliders were this vital to PQ every TV produced would need these capabilities.
The PQ on these sets is very similar overall. What you need to decide is if you want to pay more for a set of adjustments that will allow you to display very accurate test images. Tv, cable, and satellite are not calibrated and neither are most disk players. So you also need to think about what you plan on watching.