"Blows away the Pansonic in side by side comparison"4.5 starson by pastorjdh
Pros: Super blacks, bright whites, fantastic vivid colors without overdoing them. Closest to natural of all the sets with vibrant colors at Best Buy
Cons: Lost some minor detail in the darkest scenes because the blacks were so deep. It was a little hotter than the Panasonics and I could tell it would generate quite a bit of heat in a living room.
Summary: After looking at multiple TV's over and over and over again, for over a month now and reading somewhere close to 50 or more hours online, I would say this Samsung really seals the deal with me. I want the 58" model and hope it will drop a few hundred after it hits the stores and websites in a few weeks. I was at Best Buy tonight for about an hour and a half staring at this 50" model (PN50B650) alongside a new Panasonic S1 series. I could not believe my eyes because of how everyone online rants and raves about the Panasonic. The Panasonic's blacks were mediocre at best and the entire screen turned gray, not black, in between scenes. I changed both TV's to their standard picture settings and compared them for a long time. Samsung blew the Pansonic away in almost every area. The Samsung's blacks looked every bit as black as the Pioneer Kuro sets and the whites were just as bright and colors more vibrant then either it or the Panasonics. Also the sharpness or clarity of the Samsung was far superior to the Panasonic. The flesh tones were slightly better on the Panasonic due to its washed out look but what a price to pay for good skin tones. After being addicted to this site for weeks I am beginning to wonder what incentives these guys have to so highly rate the gray screen Panasonics. High quality? yes I am sure. Superior picture or even close to superior blacks? Not even close! And yes I am aware of the stores lights and how they effect the picture. I can clearly see what the super bright LCD's will look like at home because I have one and realized after getting it home that the brightest settings are very unnatural and eye straining. Now I can readily see the unrealistic colors and skin tones when I look at the LCD's at the stores. I will be watching very closely to see what Cnet has to say about these new Samsungs. I hope they will view them side by side with the new Panasonic S1 or G10 series and give the people an honest comparison. Anyone else who has had time to view these TV's side by side please tell us what you think.I stand corrected, somewhat. Sorry for commenting as a ?user?. But, the G10 is identical to the S1 besides the internet features and the THX certified picture mode so there could not be a drastic difference in PQ. I do realize that Panasonic's standard setting is not the best and I did try different settings on it as well including its dynamic setting and none of its settings came close to the Samsung's picture quality. Certainly Panasonic would look much different in a dark room and if that is all I was going to use it for then I would consider it further. I would love to see both of these sets professionally calibrated but I don't believe calibration will change the tv's into different tv's, it would simply improve upon what is already there. Calibrated or not I am convinced that in any lighted environment the Panasonic's will look washed out compared to the Samsungs and the new Samsung B, 6 series and above, are better all around sets.
Updated on May 18, 2009
Updated on May 18, 2009It boils down to old saying, to each his own. I ended my review with a question of what others see when they look at the sets side by side. I hope Cnet does so soon.