Greetings everyone. My first post on this forum. I purchased the second last Panasonic plasma (60ZT60) available from Best Buy in the St Louis area about a year ago. I was using a 42' Panasonic professional that I had purchased in 2005 as my HT screen and was happy with the PQ, size not withstanding. When Panasonic announced they were abandoning the plasma market, I received the OK from the family CEO to acquire a new plasma before they disappeared. I almost waited to long. I am extremely happy with the purchase. I currently use a D-Nice night setting(professional 2) that looks great to my (partially color blind) eyes. The only thing that bothers me is extremely dark scenes in Blu-ray movies such as Godzilla or Edge of Tomorrow. I can't see any detail except in the brightest areas, using any picture mode including Vivid. I can see more detail(content may be a better description) for some reason or another in my wife's crappy 50 shades of grey LG LCD. This is a minor quibble as it rarely occurs. I'm curious about anyone's thoughts.
On a second not note, I'm not surprised Panasonic abandoned the plasma market after reading a number of the posts on this forum. I run Windows media Center with a cable card and a custom backdrop. If I throw up a black screen and look closely I can see some image retention. Is this noticeable under any type of normal viewing conditions? No. My 2005 panny is noisier than my Zt60. Is either noticeable under normal viewing conditions? No. My media center PC is probably unacceptable noisy to some on this forum with the TV volume turned off, again under normal viewing volumes it is not detectable. I realize we are paying a premium price for a premium TV. I doubt that profit margins are much better than the razor thin margins for mass market TVs. Cracked screens are one thing, but fan noise and image retention not noticeable by 99.9% of the public is another. Does anyone think that the vast majority of the public that goes out and buys a TV without any research, would notice such "deficiencies". On a low volume market such as plasma's, it wouldn't take many such returns to convince a manufacturer to abandon. I hope that the same thing doesn't happen to LG in the OLED market, or we may end up crappy LCD viewing angles permanently.
Of course I may just be completely wrong. My wife informs that I am wrong quite frequently. I have no statistics to back this up.... About the TV,.... not my wife.
Last edited by jfbacks; 01-02-2015 at 06:13 PM.