Thanks guys! Been reading up a bit on OLED. I definitely see what fierce is getting at... and incredibly, some of my "faith" has
My mistake was lumping OLED tech and LCD tech together. I see now that it really is an entirely different breed, with terrific potential. And the reminder about the prolonged evolution of plasma really helped put this whole topic into proper perspective.
Some things that I'm sure have helped my Samsung's color stability and longevity are that it's only on for an average of 2-3 hours a day (except during the Olympics or the Tour de France)... and I always have my living room completely darkened when it's on, so I'm able to keep its "Cell Light" setting at 5, instead of 10, and its Brightness setting is at 55.
Given that -- and barring catastrophic failure -- I'm actually
expecting it to last me another solid five years or so (maybe even ten)... at which point you've given me hope that there may be
an affordable viable alternative!
I definitely know about the 60" Pioneer KURO, by the way. Don't suppose there's a single enthusiast who didn't
want one... myself included. As I recall, when I bought my Samsung in October of 2009, it was still just barely possible to find a KURO... but they were also still out of my price range.
Sadly, of course, none
of this is overly helpful for JCUMV (the OP), who is hoping to find an affordable alternative within the next year