I mentioned calibration because that's how I compare all TVs--only after adjusting their picture settings to the best of my ability (and since I publish my settings, readers can get their own TVs very close to what I see and compare in the review). But you might be wondering whether the GT50 can beat the ST50 before both are properly calibrated, since the GT50 has the THX modes and the ST50 does not. Comparing the GT50's best THX mode to the ST50's best mode, Cinema, I found that THX Cinema was slightly superior in grayscale and gamma, but dimmer and thus less punchy overall. Of course you can increase the liht output of THX Cinema on the 55-inch GT50, eliminating that difference, but even after that THX on the GT50 isn't that much better than Cinema on the ST50--certainly not worth the price difference alone.
June 21, 2012 12:07 PM PDT
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| Caption by: David Katzmaier
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