OP, you should definently be looking foward to a replacement of any kind. I was more forced to replace my KRP600M after a burglary while no one was home. After i settled with homeowners insurance, i settled on the samsung PN58c8000. I literally picked up the plasma and brought it home and let it sit for a week because i knew what i was going to see would be underwhelming compared to kuro PQ. after alot of moping (being burlgarized and dealing with homeowners insurance is a complete drain) and enough nagging from the wife, i called a buddy over and we got it hung right in the old spot the Kuro was. needless to say i turned it on, changed to a football game and was not alarmed by what i was watching. carrying on into the evening i started to notice that the blacks were not kuro like, but easily second best and well represented. not to mention the samsung was brighter and better motion processing. the motion processing was easily my favorite as i did not realize how bad of a job the Kuro was doing because i was too busy gloating bout black holes and accurate primaries.
The kuro did one thing well. blacks and primaries. Dont get me wrong here, that combination had an effect on content viewing that no one will ever forget, but pretty much everything produced after that to this day has gotten closer and closer to kuro blacks and color reproduction. The overall viewing experience with the samsung was better, dare i say, than the kuro. The picture is clear as day on cable HDTV, colors are great, motion processing is remarkable, and the blacks left no complaints from myself.
Your going to have to face the fact that the Kuro would have eventually passed away at some point. You will just need to get your grieving process over with now instead of later down the road. Sounds like you didnt have it that long anyways and werent happily married to it, just casual dating, so the grieving will be much less severe and a new plasma is the best cure. if you stick to panny or samsung plasmas, you wont be dissapointed.
btw, best buy wouldnt let you reserve a ZT60 with credit?