Originally Posted by Clamshell73
What I can't get is that there are no reviews or information on the new anti glare screen.
Panasonic and the internet vendor said that the anti reflective screen is an improvement over the 77U that was released earlier this year. What I couldn't get info on is whether the screen is dull like an LCD. I have heard alot of complaints from users on this forum that the anti reflective screen on the PZ77U somewhat makes the picture less appealing to the 700u.
Spent 2 hours in BB last week comparing the 77u to the 80u. Even tho they weren't side-by-side, it was easy to tell the difference. As many have pointed out, the 77u's screen is matte & dull, making it appear MUCH like a LCD, hence the likely reason Panasonic dumped the AG.
I gave each plasma numerous angle tests using BB's giant wall of front windows & the overhead bank of lights...looking at each plasma with it on & off. No question, the 77u does a fantastic job of attenuating glare. It was just like watching a LCD, a matte, dull look.
The 80u didn't attenuate the glare as much. As someone in another thread pointed out, with the plasma off, the light seemed to reflect in a "cross-hatch" pattern. The best example I can give is it seems to reflect it in a "kaleidoscope" manner or like light reflecting through a prism or a diamond. It reflects the light off-center instead of a direct reflection like a mirror or standard plasma.
The 80u exhibited all the great PQ as standard plasmas. The picture was sharp, crisp & clear. As someone described, it's like looking out a window...because a plasma is, after all, glass.
The 77u is, as someone described, like looking at a painting. The picture was not sharp nor crisp nor clear.
Now, perhaps the 77u & 80u are near equal in PQ in a dark room...I dunno...don't have the opportunity to evaluate as such, but in daylight with overhead lights, the 80u was MUCH clearer. And it's new AR seemed to do a fair job of reflections.
The ONLY thing about the 80u I completely dislike is the bottom sliver of the plasma. The black speaker grilles leave a lot to be desired, visually. It resembles some 90s CRTs' speaker grilles...quite ugly, IMO.
The PZ77u is FAR superior in shell appearance vs. the 80u.
But other than that, the 80u wins out in every other aspect for me.
My one & only plasma is a 50PX600u, which I am very happy with except for the gray-colored shell. My next will be a 50PX80u, which is going in the living room. The 50PX600u is retiring to the bedroom.