Originally Posted by jerrolds
From what ive read the PQ of the E6500 is identical to the E8000, while the VT50 is clearly better than the ST50.
I've had both the 60ST50 and the 60E6500 - and the PQ of the ST50 is definately better, blacks are blacker and picture pops a bit more due to the contrast.
So in my experience i would think it would be VT50 > ST50 > E8000 = E6500
Worth $1600? I'd say maybe depending on how much you value PQ since (to me) the E8000 would still lose to the ST50
Id say the VT50 is 2 classes above the E8000.
Closing the value gap, id consider an ST50.
The E6500 and E8000 perform nearly identical to each other. Both have 10pt white balance controls and a color management system. And both use the same panels so they both have the same black levels and contrast ratios. Cnet does say that the video processing isn't quite as good as the E8000, but they both seem to be better than the Panasonic plasmas. In black levels and contrast, the Panasonic plasmas trump the Samsungs though.
The VT50 can be calibrated significantly better than the ST50 because it has more picture controls; but as far as visual differences, they are fairly similar, too.
@OP, both sets have their strengths and weaknesses. The VT50 is much brighter and has better black levels and contrast, so the picture quality in general is better and it will perform better in bright rooms. The E8000 has better video processing, is less susceptible to image retention, and is obviously cheaper. $1600 is the quite the price gap... I'm surprised it's so big. IMO, the ST50 or GT50 offer comparable (and arguably better) performance than the E8000 and should be priced closer. They'll be a bit worse as far as color accuracy, but they have essentially the same excellent black levels, contrast and brightness as the VT50.Edited by rahzel - 1/25/13 at 2:29pm