Originally Posted by TheSchlaf
Speaking of LED TVs from Amazon, the 55HX950 is only $2300 shipped. How does this TV stack up against the 55VT50 ($1450 shipped from Amazon). I mainly watch movies in a dimly lit room (can be darkened completely, if necessary). I've never owned a plasma before and my real only concern is IR.
I love the Sony HX950 and HX850 as far as LCD TVs go, but they pale in comparison to the ST50/GT50/VT50 for movie watching in a dim or dark room. I seriously considered getting a Sony LCD a couple of times and spent a lot of time playing with an HX950 at Magnolia and directly comparing it to a GT50 and VT50 in the same audition room. The Sony was sharp and crisp, and was bright (too bright?) but as soon as the scenes turned dark it's blacks attained a sort of glow and had a blueish tint, where the GT50 & VT50 were inky black and maintained excellent contrast. And the biggest deal breaker for me was as soon as i moved off to the side more than say 30 degrees the Sony's blacks quickly started to look gray and it started to lose contrast.
I could live with the Sony if i were the only one watching it as i never watch movies by myself - i tend to watch primetime shows, a lot of news programming, and on the weekends i watch a little sports and a LOT of auto racing and for these uses a good LCD would be just fine for me. But in those times where the family watches a movie at night it's clear to me (and most other people) that a good Plasma will always look a lot better.
As for IR, i don't discount the people that are experiencing persistent IR but despite watching a ton of news and having Speed channel up on my TV for hours and hours i'm only getting a little IR and it goes away within seconds or minutes after switching to other full screen content. IR is pretty much a non-issue on my GT50.