Originally Posted by VA_DaveB
You've turned yourself into a classic "paralysis by over-analysis" victim. You are already at the low end at $500 for a 50" set. My advice for you would be, forget the specs you're quoting and go look at whatever is available in a local store and pick one.
Sounds about right. After checking reviews on several HD televisions and seeing they all have at least 25% less brightness than the Samsung and LG VA panels, I gave up on that idea. Turns out I was right about them being dimmer, but some of the UHD panels in my price range are also dim.
We went to local Fry's last night and got to see the Samsung and LG VA panels plus the LG IPS RGBW panel. Fry's agreed to price match NewEgg on the LG 5500 and hinted that surprise sales are coming for Black Friday that even the staff on the sales floor have no knowledge of. The quantum dot displays blew us away. If only...
I advised him to get the Samsung VA because it is the brightest panel of the available options, it has good black level/contrast/uniformity, plus that TV has gaming mode and 5.1 passthrough via either ARC or SPDIF so he will not need a new receiver to play UHD sources.
The lack of backlight control and low light output of the Pansonic VA is a show-stopper.
The lag on the LG VA will completely destroy its utility for gaming but we both stood there wanting to get that one anyway because of the anti-glare coating and the judder-free 24fps plus he is incredibly brand-loyal to a fault.
The LG IPS RGBW panel has poor uniformity, as well as color shift and artifacts from the white pixels/processing, plus its actual advantage in viewing angle seems to be totally underwhelming per my cursory glance at it, and it is no brighter than the LG VA panel so it seems its only advantage is price.
We are going to keep looking for Black Friday sales. Hoping a 55" UHD VA that has good black level, good uniformity, good brightness, good upscaler, 24fps, anti-glare, 5.1 pass-through via ARC and SPDIF, and gaming mode with low lag comes on sale for about $550 or $600. I might be able to swing that.
If not, I am just going to buy him the Samsung at Costco and let him deal with the judder and glare as best he can. He is not giving up on the gaming, especially now that he has a new gaming PC to play with, and I am not giving up on the contrast and uniformity because I like to watch movies in a darkened room. Judder and glare seem to be the least offensive issues.
Thanks for all your advice. This is a great forum and I really appreciate all of you giving of yourself freely.