I've come to the conclusion over the last few months, that Panasonic is about 3 years behind Pioneer in terms of the kind of display they can produce. Even with all the Pio engineers working for them, getting this technology to be cost efficient takes time.
It looks like the 2011 VT series should be pretty damn close to a 9G Kuro, while the G might get closer to the 2010 VTs.
2012 MIGHT be "the year" - the year when Panasonic has 101/500m performance.
We're looking at 2013 here for absolute black. I also predict Samsung gets there first.
The Sony xbr4 was a really amazing lcd for the time ($3500), but 3 years later, there is a model that outperforms it for under $800.
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