Originally Posted by sunspot
OK, I was all set on getting this display, but now I'm starting to have doubts. I know these forums are skewed towards nit-picking (no offense intended. I'm a nit-picker), but there seems to be some real concerns.
We currently own a Kuro 5020 and love the picture, but need to move to a 65-inch display due to moving to a bigger room. We watch a lot of DirecTV(mostly HD, but some SD as well), streaming Netflix, and 1 or 2 BRs a week.
People are making it sound like this display is going to look like a blurry hot mess with anything less than a pristine source.
Loaded question: For those with previous Kuro experience(or any good plasma) , are you happy with this display?
For me personally, I'm not happy with how the set scales lower resolutions.
To me it is somewhat of a mess. If you have a AVR that scales to 1080p well you might be happy as a lark.
Other than that issue I've been raging about the set is awesome which magnifies my issue with it. Phone Panasonic today about the Blotting issue & they said they'd look into it & gave me a case # after trying tv reset & PS3 reset & blaming PS3 for a bit. IDK, we'll see what happens.
For those I saw wondering about ST50 or GT50, I like the GT50 more. I didn't see them side by side but from memory of the st50 I think the GT50 packs more punch in the picture with brighter whites & maybe a little darker blacks. I could be misremembering though
. I do know the screen on my GT50 is a bit more uniform & doesn't have the vertical darker area on the right side of the screen like the ST50 had did but that could just be luck of the draw.
So, I say spring for the GT50 if you can or when it's on sale. I'm happy I replaced the ST with the GT.
Having the options of THX don't hurt anything either.
Oh, & the buzzing, doesn't bother me yet. I can't really hear it unless there is no sound, like on the PS3 XMB & I go to a brighter screen. It could get worse but atm it's not a problem.
That said, I am contemplating getting a GT30 or VT30 if I can find one on display locally for cheap just because I know they do not have the blotting issue. I already checked about getting a new boxed one but they're gone. If I can't do that then the only thing to do is check out the Samsung but I don't have high expectations. If I don't like the Sammy plasmas & can't or decide not to get last years Panny then I'll probably just keep my Gt50 & work something out with a new avr scaling to the set.
Yes I am somewhat of a nit picker