Originally Posted by htwaits
You can't go wrong with your plan.
This is AVS - we will find something wrong with next year's 2014s - guaranteed. Regardless of manufacturer. Show me a display that hasn't had a problem with it pointed out by a member in the last 8 years. Clouding, dithering, ABL, blooming, banding, image retention, buzzing, fan noise (new for this year), floating blacks, vertical lines. Green blobs, red blinking light of death - you get the picture.
There are 4 solid choices this year (maybe 5 with the S series), that many highly reviewed plasmas in one year hasn't happened in a while. Not just a few good reviews but many for both Panasonic and Samsung. They both did a hell of a job this year.
This is a great year to buy a new display, who knows what next year will bring and how much that new tech will cost. I love reading AVS, but at times those "things" we look for can overwhelm someone looking and give them a false impression regarding quality - like me and buzzing on the 8500. I am sure that would have been a good choice too. You know it's gone too far when someone wants a picture of banding posted. Heck, if you can't see it and love how your set looks then sit back and enjoy. My VT just keeps looking better and staying quite the more hours I put on it. Add a D-Nice calibration in a month and I will be set for at least a few years - my Pioneer lasted 4.5 years.
At a minimum, buy a new one and if your not satisfied return it and hook up the old one and then maybe wait for next year - still others to try though - remember that 4. My Pioneer is wrapped carefully in the garage just in case something happens to change my mind over the next month, good to have a back up. Climbing off the soap box - sorry everyone. Back to drinking finely crafted beer-s.