Originally Posted by iamnotmad
Actually, I do not believe that this is true, and I think what you write is a mis-interpretation of the statement made by panasonic. Since there is PLENTY of room for interpretation, your statement cannot be taken as fact (nor can mine).
But I am an owner stating what I see. You are non-owner stating a possible mis-interpretation from Panasonic.
I'm not sure what in Panasonic's very definitive statement to CNET is open to misinterpretation. The reason I am
a non-owner is 100% because I am misinterpreting/reading that statement as an admission by Panasonic that the main reason a consumer would buy a 2009 Panny plasma, the black levels, is not likely to be a valid reason for the life of the TV.
There are likely dozens of folks googling "Panasonic Black Levels" right now, and frankly I find Panasonic's ducking responsibility reprehensible. I got lucky - I was waiting for prices to drop to buy the G10. Right before I bought, I noticed D-Nice's authoritative statement, and was patient/lucky that CNET got that interview. Panasonic made a definitive admission that their black levels change. There is no room for differences of opinion of whether black levels will change on a G10 or a V10. The only viable discussion at this point is whether that change is material to the individual purchaser. It was to me - that's why I'm not buying a Panasonic 2009 or 2010 model. I just don't trust that what I buy will look the same in a year.
Then again, I wouldn't buy a Toyota now, when Hondas are out there and actually manage to slow down if you lay off the gas pedal....
If you bought a G10/V10, I empathize, but that doesn't change the fact that new people will be reading this thread every day, and a responsible community of users should not water down Panasonic's admitted (perhaps immaterial) error by not reading the simple language of their statements to CNET, just because they don't want to admit that maybe they were sold on their expensive TV's by Panasonics black levels, and now that the TVs will be losing that attribute, well, they may have made a mistake.