Originally Posted by chunon
19ftl ? then it is not calibrated properly, assuming Cinema ? Calibrated in Custom mode I get 41ftl and it is accurate and pro calibrated, I get 31ftl in Cinema plenty bright enough. Maybe crosstalk is worse on the ST50 but it is non existent on my ST30. You love your Panasonics ? Not how your post reads at all. But I've owned 3 pannys 2008, 2010 and a 2011 model not once have I had an IR problem, and there are tons of people that have no IR problems with the 2012 models. Yes some folks do have issues, luck of the draw I guess.
Yes the TV is really about 18-20fl when being taxed fully. 42fl is ONLY when you measure a 1% window. Meaning when only 1% of the TV is illuminated it hits 42fl. I wish more people knew what the numbers represent that get repeated.
Most of the shootout numbers are not useful... Marketing. An example... the vt50 color accuracy charts produced do not represent real world viewing. They are measuring them outside of the abl with tiny 1% windows, this gives you pretty charts. But it really tells you nothing of how the TV performs with real world material when the abl is active. Really there should be another test showing if there is linearity between the abl and color accuracy with different levels of stimulation while the abl is being taxed.
Another example... Anyone who has a lot of experience working with these tv's will tell you the e8000 is actually brighter visually than the vt50 when you set peak white using a 1% or 10% window. Which one can be set physically the brightest? Unknown to me never tested. But using equal methods they don't perform the same.
Basically what I'm saying is looking at calibration data that was measured without the abl being heavily engaged doesn't tell you much. You rarely watch TV with the abl not engaged heavily. In theory the vt50 should track color the same regardless of window size. Things get complicated to measure when you factor in the abl.
With all of that said... The vt50 is good.
P.s. I have a 65" vt50 for sale for a good deal in classifieds.Edited by SiGGy - 1/1/13 at 9:13am