Originally Posted by trem0lo
Why a 9G Kuro of course! Grab a used 500m or 101, you won't regret it. Mine is a joy to watch.
I was at Best Buy Magnolia the other day and the only thing that comes close is the Sharp Elite. Not the Panny VT, and definitely not the Samsung. The Sharp has a great picture but I saw glowing around the text during the green movie preview screens. The size is impressive of course but the pq is just not there. It's very good, just different than and slightly inferior to the plasma Elites.
The guy said they'd be getting oleds within a few months. I put my money on that tech being the real Kuro killer.
I currently own a Pioneer 500m and Panasonic 65VT50. I have to say, a calibrated VT50 comes extremely close to the 9G Kuro. The only thing it lacks is the same black level but to be honest, it is practically impossible to tell the difference without them being side by side. I can tell the difference between my 500m (9.5G tech) and 65VT50 without them being side by side (I have always compared them side by side.. see VT50 thread) but the difference is not significant.
Without nitpicking little issues (lets just look at the big categories)... In a nut shell, the VT50 is really only behind in terms of black level, while the Sharp Elite lags behind in color and motion. The difference between the Kuro and VT50 black level is not as large as the difference in the Sharp Elite's color/motion compared to the Kuro
If you own a 50" kuro and want bigger, I'd go for the 65VT50. You won't be disappointed. As for the Sharp Elite.. it is in the same class as the Kuro and VT50. Kuro is still king, but Vt50 is a very close second and the Sharp Elite hardly trails the VT50 (you could argue it doesn't trail at all).
Going to BB Magnolia is NOT a fair way to compare the VT50 to a Sharp Elite.