Some seem to be VERY susceptible to ABL, and not even the vaunted Kuro was enough to keep them satisfied. I'm just looking for proof that the new Panasonic line is worse since you brought up ABL as a selling point for the Kuro. As for the brightness comparisons, that would be inconsequential in a room with controlled lighting, and it still remains to be seen just how negatively the PQ is affected, but the VT can get above 40 fL. Better quality components wouldn't surprise me, but it's still speculation. I don't know about the lag differences, but the Panasonics are pretty fast in that regard (23 ms as measured by David McKenzie) while I read a recent measurement of 40 for the Kuro (unclear which model).