Originally Posted by Brisco County
Are the S2 sets really that bad? I'm looking to go for a big screen this time around, but the options are pretty slim once you go to 60" and above. The opinions on the S2 models seem pretty mixed.....
It's not that the S2 is "that bad", rather the G25 and VT25 are "that much better". The S2 is a admittedly a lower-end model, and the jump in overall picture quality and performance between an S2 and a G25 is WAY bigger than the jump from a G25 to a VT25 (which is only slight for regular 2D content).
I was also looking at the Sammy 63C550, but the input lag is apparently atrocious, and along with some other caveats, that pretty much leaves me with the 65S2. If the G25 came in any size larger than 54", I think my choice would be obvious, but as it stands, giving up 11" for better features is a tough pill to swallow.
It's extremely unfortunate that Panasonic does not offer the G25 in 58" and 65" as it leaves a huge hole that is begging to be filled. Just based on other threads and discussions like this here over the past 5 years, i think there would be a good market for a mid-priced 58"-65" big screen for those who want much better than lower end performance 2D set but don't want to pay a substantial premium for the top-of-the-line 3D model to get it. If i were in charge, the S2 would have been capped out at 54 inches and make the G25 into the 2D alternative to the VT series by offering it in the 58" and 65" sizes.
I suppose that I could wait for the 2011 models to show up, but my old DLP really needs to be put out to pasture, so I was hoping to purchase within the next few weeks.
I imagine the 65S2 would still be a huge improvement over your DLP no?
There is some talk here that in 2011 Panasonic may be releasing their 58" and 65" models in the springtime instead of their usual late summer release dates and if that's true, then the 65S2 may get scarce before Panasonic makes it's usual January press release about the new model lineup where they outline what they'll be offering. Right now nobody really knows what kind of model lineup is planned for 2011. For all we know, they may get a clue and start capping the S3 out at 54 inches, then offer the G35 in the 58"-65" range, or consolidate their model lineup from the current 6 or so series to only 3 and offer the big sizes in all of them to compete with Samsung.