Just so we are clear, when I mentioned the 60hz refresh rate I was refering to the flicker that messes with your eyes as the old LCD monitors did at 60hz.
Yes the plasma pic is very nice, but the pos I bought for a couple days had so much flicker specially in the bright areas, you could not pay attention to the the movie.
In no way after calibration does my picture look fake. Out of the box, yes looked like a well lit christmas turd.
Nice that you are happy with you plasma, but the one I had was not close to acceptable. Probably due to it being an LG? Not a low end one neither.
The studder issue I narrowed down to something to do with the DTV box, and dvr. My other box has not done it to date (about a week)