Originally Posted by AvidHiker
Yes, they're significantly brighter than this year's E-series Samsungs (which may have been intentionally limited in brightness according to cnet, since they can't match the D). In fact, this year's Panasonics are also much brighter than Samsung's D series. Don't think it has anything to do with the filter.
BTW, it was also recently revealed that the cell setting on Samsung plasmas is a bogus control and the best setting is the maximum (20). There's no need for it anyway because you can control the peak output with brightness and contrast just fine, however with cell at 20 and peak adjusted to something not obnoxiously bright, you will have a harder time with grayscale calibration (misalignment of 10pt controls) unless you make adjustments in the SM using the emulator.
Where did you get these ideas? From what i have read, the difference between 50's and e's are small and im not sure 50 series is brighter than d-series at all.
Here are some brightness measurements from reviews:
D8000 126 cd/m2
GT50 106 cd/m2
VT50 97 cd/m2
Thanks to the [Cell Light] control, Samsung Plasma TVs can go as high as 219 cd/m2, without any rise in black level.
PS64D8000 measured 119.5cd/m2 and could have gone even higher.
Panasonic claim to have boosted the brightness on their plasmas this year and whilst the P50ST50B was certainly brighter in its calibrated mode, it still struggled to get above 90 cd/m2 and was thus robbed of some of its dynamic range. However this is a minor quibble and overall the P50ST50B produced an absolutely superb image.
E8000 34.7 fl
VT50 33 fl
So what you say sounds like false information to me. Panasonic 2012 models are much brighter than 2011 models, but they are not brighter than d-series Samsungs and E-series should be only 10-15 dimmer than d-series.