Originally Posted by rogo
Yeah, I think that's it. As we get closer, the margin seems less and less impressive. I don't want to give the impression that it wasn't good; the ZT60 is going to be very good. I just wasn't like, "OMG, this is freaking amazing."
So, I'll have to concur with AVForums here. It was a good demo. What it didn't have was the "wow" of that Kuro demo from back when. But that's probably because the baseline VT50 was so much better than what existed back in 2008? 2009? Whatever year that was.
Yes, gmarceau, I have a VT50. So 2x the Kuro black level, then. I suppose it's possible the ZT60 will in fact test at half that, though I question how anyone eyeballed that with any precision.
As for pricing, Panasonic seemed pretty adamant that $1000 or so over VT MSRP was where ZT was headed, which was intimated to mean $4500 MSRP. Of course, things can change, but that was the number I was left with after multiple conversations. Whenever I tried to suggest "maybe $4000?", I found myself being talked back up higher.
Even if the ZT60 can meet Kuro blacks, isn't there still the issue that 2013 plasmas will have much more aggressive ABL circuits that 2008/2009 Kuros? Therefore, it can only be so good given current energy star requirements.
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