Originally Posted by DavidHir
I believe the ZT60 with the new phosphor system will have a very slight edge in color over the F8500 and VT50 (if both of these displays are about equal in color according Zohn who had Kevin Miller calibrate). I cannot see Panasonic not making the ZT60 improve upon the VT50 in this area despite its very good color.
Blacks I think will be very close - so close it may not be much of a factor - although I think the ZT60 by a hair just because Panasonic has owned this area for the last several years with plasmas.
Brightness will go to F8500.
ABL? Not sure, but it sounds like Samsung made some ground here.
You may be right Dave, but let's look at the issue of color. It appears we have two panels (F8500 & VT50) that already have very nearly perfect color. Will going from very nearly perfect color to, let's make the stretch, 'perfect color', truly be visible? Would you know when that 1-2% (for arguments sake) improvement in color occurred? I truly doubt it. In fact without knowing precisely what the color should look like, would we ever know where and to what degree that color error occurred?
We strive for 'perfect everything' and that's admirable, but I just wonder if we're not at a point where such small incremental improvements such as going from 'very nearly perfect' color to 'incredibly close to perfect color' is really going to be visible at all.
The same is true with black levels. Will the difference between an MLL of .001 and .0004 really be visible to any great degree? Perhaps in a bat cave, looking very closely at a screen that has no signal, yes. But let's face it, if there is even a small patch of brightness on an otherwise black screen, will we see this .0006 difference???
The real improvements in color, IMO, will come when we change standards and move away from Rec709, not when we see these tiny, marginal improvements within Rec709.
That's why I'm excited about the 8500 and possibly the ZT60. The improvements already seen in the 8500's brightness are not minor, they're quite significant and never before seen in one jump. The apparent improvements in the less aggressive ABL just piggy backs on the greatly enhanced brightness.
I'm pretty jazzed to get even close to the brightness of LED and the black levels of a great plasma or LED like the Elite.