Originally Posted by TheAmericanStig
Can't tell if serious...
Plan B is just take the old girl (57" DLP) to the new place and either wait to get a 65 or something seriously good around Xmas/new year - or take the plunge at the end of September for the 60" S60 model range.
i'm dead serious. my CRT RPTV started 'degrading in picture quality' like 5yrs ago, so I bought my first plasma(Samsung b530) and was pretty much disgusted by how much worse it looked. considering I was buying a new tv because the CRT was no longer performing well, and the new tv was far far worse, I kind of gave up on the flat screen thing. I know now a lot of it was buying a cheap model and expecting it perform like a high end one, but I kept an eye on TV's since then and never really found one that 'wow'd me' until this year.
there are certainly a lot of things plasmas do better. I just find the lack of black bothers me far more than any of CRT's issues. the best plasmas released this year are so close to crt blacks, the only thing I still miss is not having input lag. I mean, I already suck at COD, but now i'm hopeless, haha.
I guess I kind of feel like those old guys trying to convince teenagers how much better vinyl sounds. I just hate that 'digital look' of a display that doesn't have enough gradation to make clouds, or shadows, or smoke etc look normal. again, I think the f8500, vt60, and zt60 do manage to display those things about as well as I remember crt's(my hitachi finally blew this past april)
bottom line, I certainly wouldn't expect the 'average' flat panel to be a huge improvement. i'm not sure how much difference there is between the s60 and st60 because I don't know if they sell the s60 in Canada, but I felt the st60 was the 'worst' I wanted to go. not to say it was terrible, I couldn't really see much difference between it and the vt60 in stores, I just knew I wanted a 'reference' quality display this time around.
I don't want to scare you away from an upgrade, the s60 or st60 is definitely worth looking at. I just don't want you to make the assumption I did, that all plasma's would be an upgrade, cause they won't.