Originally Posted by outsidordinary
spending an awful lot of time on this board primetime for a set you don't care for? properly calibrated the X1 is a great set
A decent set? OK. A great
set? That's where I come in.
I really don't want to rain on anyone's enjoyment of what is essentially a good product. This is, after all, an enthusiasts' thread, so in the future I will try and limit my comments. I think it is more relevant to raise these issues before
people make a buying decision -- not after. I'm not keen with online purchasing of flatscreens. But if others are willing, I think they can get a better unit by snatching up some of the older models before they disappear. (Pioneer owners can sympathize.)
I was poised to buy the 50PX80U for months. Just when I was ready, they disappeared from the local B&M stores. I was open-minded (even eager) about the latest-and-greatest replacement. But then, on several occasions, my eyes tell me that, in a couple of important aspects that don't require instrumentation to confirm
, the P50X1 is a step back from the previous year's product. I don't think it's such a large difference that most people coming from an older (and/or smaller) display technology would have a problem with it, as many here have posted. But I fear (hope I'm wrong) that it may be yet another sign of a tipping point in plasma's ultimate fate.
In Southern California, ads for flatscreen TVs have changed dramatically in just the last month. Frys hasn't run a print plasma spot in several weeks -- nothing but LCDs. Yes, I know it's a model-year changeover, but that didn't stop them before. And all other print plasma promotion has really dried up. It's not the economy -- heck, they're cheaper than LCDs, which are more prominent than ever in print ads.
My disappointment with Panasonic's X1 effort boils down to the fact that now that they are the putative leader in plasma manufacturing, they have (at least with this model) engaged in deceptive marketing claims and "restyling" to camouflage a lackluster engineering effort on what is/was the most popular plasma product to date.