I came from a D-Nice calibrated 65VT60, which I eventually sold and used the funds to offset the cost of an LG B6. Honestly, once I got past the honeymoon phase of being blown away by seeing “zero-black,” a lot of the weaknesses of the OLED became very apparent.
There are many things I felt the OLED did better. Obviously, black-levels being the most apparent. Whites were brighter and more vibrant, in comparison to the typically “dull” whites that are found on plasmas. There was absolutely no detection of DSE during bright panning shots, unlike my VT60, which exhibited DSE to a very mild degree. Also, the resistance to IR in comparison to the VT60 was very refreshing. As many have stated, the last generation of VT/ZT plasmas were an absolute nightmare with IR. Logos, bars, HUDs, and even subtitles, would often stick around for ridiculously long periods of time - even when properly setup and taking proper precautions. It really put restrictions on what I was comfortable using my VT60 for, confining its use to mostly movies and not much else. And Panasonic would provide zero support if something happened. It's one area where I feel they really screwed their customers to the point where I don't think I'd ever fully trust them again.
Despite having superior blacks, the shadow detail on the VT60 in comparison to the OLED was pretty obvious, even without doing a side-by-side comparison. The black crush on the OLED, which is an area that many people acknowledged, but didn’t seem too bothered by, really irked me. After spending hours fiddling with the gamma and grayscale with my meter, I could never eliminate it entirely. As many reviewers stated, you have two options. Either bump up the brightness and “spoil” perfect black, or just accept a bit of crush and learn to “adjust” to it. Fortunately, it sounds like early reports indicate that this issue is eliminated on the new 2017s, but I’m waiting for in-depth reviews before buying into these claims entirely.
LG had some really shoddy CMS controls to the point where messing with them would really screw up the picture. This was not an issue with my VT60 at all. Motion handling was better on the VT60 as well - even though I never found LG’s motion to be as offensive as some people claim. Perhaps I’m just not as sensitive to it. What I do feel the VT60 did significantly better than the OLED, however, was handling of less-than-perfect sources, including compressed HD cable, DVDs, and older BDs that might not have the best transfers. Sure, you can write these weaknesses off as irrelevant, but as a hardcore film buff, not everything I watch is “reference” content and I still considering upscaling to be an extremely important factor in determining a TV’s overall performance. This is one of the reasons why I’m paying very close attention to how these new 2017s perform in comparison to last year.
I guess both sets have their pros and cons. And if it wasn’t for the sensitivity to IR, I probably would have kept my VT another year and waited for 2017 LG or Sony OLEDs. Many people upgraded from a VT60 and were quite pleased with their 2016 OLEDs. And I guess it really depends on what you place emphasis on when it comes to picture quality.
For me, shadow detail, upscaling, and low-level uniformity were all very crucial factors and I just didn’t feel that the 2016s delivered in this regard. But from what I’m reading, it sounds like LG is on the right track.
Until then, my money is waiting.