Having visited John Lewis yesterday evening, I had a close look at 2 of the TVs they had on display. Firstly, I looked at the GT50, which was showing tennis on BBC HD, and I was struck by how similar the picture looked to my Kuro, great detail, smooth motion, and a really natural pallette.
I then moved on to the much hyped ES8000, and was immediately struck by how awful the picture looked, so I checked which channel it was showing, and it was showing the other BBC HD channel. The picture to me seemed unatural, lacking clarity, and with a blotchy, pixellated overall look to it.
My wife even noticed the huge difference between the GT50 and ES8000, and said, that's what you get if you buy cheap products, only for me to tell her that the GT was £1100 cheaper. Shocked, she was.
It was also displayed side by side with a Panasonic LED TV, and the Pana, though not great, was hugely better than the Samsung.
Now I know that the settings could have been poor, but it makes no sense to me why JL would not want to show a two and a half grand TV off to it's best ability.