Originally Posted by Jason30
As I wait for one of these to appear at a local store for me to view, all I can say from reading back through the posts on this and the commercial thread is there is an amazing lack of enthusiasm for this Panny. People might chime in initially after they receive their pdp, typically giving a lukewarm review complaining about black levels, lack of deep colors compared to Pioneer and others and less punch and 3D qualities than others. Tonypaul's review really didn't surprise me given such a lack of enthusiasm here for this $10k pdp. I hope my gut instinct from these pages is wrong but so far it sounds like this TV just isn't all that great. I see people more excited on here with their $2k 50" SXRD's than this expensive toy.
I'm enthusiastic about owning my set, but having looked at a lot of different TVs (DLPs, plasmas, LCDs, Lcos) before buying this one, the differences among them are not all that "earth-shattering" because the best from each group also produce outstanding picture quality. (To me, these new-model TVs need high definition content to take advantage of the TVs' advanced electronics.) Maybe, I'm also jaded a bit about getting this plasma because I already own a very good smaller plasma.
What this set delivers for me is clarity and sharpness in a very desireable size. There was a post from another member who said when you increase the size of a set you're bound to lose resolution and sharpness. I don't find that to be true with this set. It does a remarkable job of being as sharp and clear as a smaller 42" plasma. (It certainly produces a better picture than my 3 year old 42" plasma.)
I can offer this analogy to what I'm seeing and experiencing: when I first bought an HD DVD player, I wasn't blown away by the first HD DVD movie I saw. Compared to a very well-mastered DVD, it wasn't an "earth-shattering" jump. Rather a decent-sized step up in picture quality. The more HD DVDs I watch, the more I want everything in HD, however, and their quality becomes more apparent to me. But if I switch back to SD DVDs, I don't find their
picture quality to be horrid--just simply not as "enticing." Same with this TV. The more I watch this set, the more apparent the finer picture quality of 1080p is to me. However, if I watch my old tube set or somebody's 720p plasma, I don't find the picture quality to be horrid--just not as "enticing."