I sold pjs at retail for years, a decade ago. Expensive ones well over $10K from Sony, Vidikron, Yamaha, etc.. Brick and mortar stores absolutely hate Panasonic because:
A) they trounce the competition, even against ones that cost a notch more, so it is hard to push the more expensive brands.
B) They have no "regional protection", so there's nothing from stopping a competitor from opening shop in the same town
C) They have a low profit margin
This is why there are so few dealers who carry them, and the few who do don't usually display them (so you'll see how good a value they are compared to the high profit brand they would prefer selling you) except for online dealers where the overhead to stay in business is much less so it doesn't hurt to carry both high profit and low profit brands at the same time.
Although us consumers are all upset they may be going away, most dealers will be happy they're gone!
In A/V reproduction accuracy, there IS no concept of "accounting for personal taste/preference". As art consumers we don't "pick" the level of bass, nor the tint/brightness of a scene's sky, any more than we pick the ending of a novel or Mona Lisa's type of smile. "High fidelity" means "high truthfulness", faithful to the original artist's intent: an unmodified, neutral, accurate copy of the original master, ideally being exact and with no discernable alterations, aka "transparency".
Last edited by m. zillch; 07-05-2015 at 10:26 AM.