Originally Posted by parodielin
I had the 60GT50 for 2 weeks. Decided that the 60Hz flickering at high contrast and the rainbow I can see were too annoying. I returned the GT50 yesterday.
When I returned to Bestbuy, I told them I can see rainbow and flickering but I think the set is normal. They opened the box, plugged the TV and turned it on. They told me "We're so sorry. This set is defective b/c of too much flickering.". They keep apologizing for the trouble I went through. I was a bit surprised to hear they said it's "defective" but I had a nice shopping experience.
Now I have a LED TV - no flickering, no rainbow. But it has clouding, bad viewing angles, the black wasn't as good as GT50. I am missing the picture quality of GT50. I gave it a few days to see if I can live with the rainbow. It started when my peripheral vision was looking the caption on the movie and now I can see rainbow at high contrast scene. When seeing that, it distract my attention from normal viewing and my eyes become tired overtime. After 100 hours burn-in, I gave up.
I have 90 days with the LED TV. At the end I'd have to decide which evil I can live with.
It will take your brain longer than 2 weeks to adjust to 60 Hz refresh. This is a well documented issue. Some can see it and some can't. I could but just like you I absolutely hated and refused to go back to the POS edge-lit LCD that I had just returned. Within a month, I was OK with my decision but still not completely adjusted. After 6 - 8 weeks I could only see it if I looked for it. Very glad I decided to give it the extra time.
If you are hyper-sensitive, you may never fully adjust. I believe the VT has a 90 Hz refresh rate (check that to be sure) and would probably illiminate the flicker you see. If you stick with LCD, I suggest Samsung. They do a better job with screen uniformity and black level than most of the others. If you have a fat bank-roll, the Sony full array back-lit LCD is a nice set also.
Whatever you do, don't settle for a set plagued with flash lights. If you think you are unhappy now just wait a few months; you will still be unhappy and kicking yourself in the sss for not doing something about it when you had the chance.