Originally Posted by imagic
If you add cost to the equation, plasma remains a no-brainer for cinephiles. The filterless F53000 is not even that bad in a bright room, the blacks wash out but it's plenty bright. Mostly, having a LCD side-by-side with a plasma reminds me that there are two sides to the argument, and it's all to easy to lose sight of that.
I don't want to veer this thread too far off-course, but on the same token I came in here to see some fierce talk about how amazing this Panasonic is and two pages back it's barely even been mentioned, if at all.
So that said, I can not agree with you more about the F5300. I just picked up one of the 1999 EA9800 OLEDs from MicroCenter and I haven't even taken it out of the box yet. Even at 8 grand off the original MSRP of the LG, it's going to be TOUGH to beat the *bang for the buck* equation of my 51F5300. We also have an F8500, and I've had a Pro-141 and ZT60 pass through my hands over the past year and none of them, not a single one has put the smile on my face for the money spent my F5300 has. And the biggest irony is I didn't even get anywhere near the deal on my F5300 I did on all the other sets. Perhaps a measly 50 bucks off SRP.
It's in a room with two big windows (albeit with mini blinds over them in a closed position, but PLENTY of light still filters in) to the side and slightly off and behind it, and the performance NEVER suffers for the type of watching I do. I just can't praise this simple, boring, low end little plasma enough for what it is. The low end Pannys of the final gen, were they still available, would be equally as high in praise if not more, except that of course they're gone, and they're more susceptible to IR in any series.
The only other remaining thing left to ship this year that has my interest piqued is the Vizio Reference series. As a first gen high end product, though, I am thinking there will be trade-offs discovered by the early adopters.