Originally Posted by Flavius
I was being serious. I am in the small segment of the population that can see flicker ALL THE TIME on plasmas whenever there is any kind of bright scene, in 60Hz 1080p content, TV content, film content, ALL content. Ahh yes, forgot about the blobs. No flaslighting at all on my HX950 by the way. But I had to spend twice as much as a plasma for it, so plasma is still a value proposition. I admit the power LED comment was silly and an easy fix. The other issues I mentioned, not so much. Is it juvenile to say good riddance to old and obsolete power hungry tech? The future is OLED, CrystalLED, and 4K projectors.
I think it is definately jumping the gun to say "good riddance" when almost none of the new tech options you mentioned are even close to viable replacements right now. I will be the first in line to buy a 65"+ oled if it is everything we hear it is, but 1) We are nowhere near affordable for even the 55" oleds (hell, we still haven't even seen either sammy's or lg's hit stores yet) The price will eventually get affordable, but we are still 4+ yrs away from that imho. 2) We don't know all of the drawbacks of oled. The biggest one I have concern over is panel life. What about color accuracy etc?... Still too many questions to be kicking plasma out the door.
As for CrystalLED, I must admit I know very little about it, but what I do know tells me it is even further down the pipeline than oled.
As for 4k projectors, well, projectors in general are not for everyone. 4k is something that really won't benefit anyone until there is source material, but even then ,as has been stated many times, will not be fully appreciated in screen sizes under say 70" at anything close to the avg persons viewing distance (and I don't mean thx distance, I mean a normal person with a normal home and not the "I sit 5 ft from my 65" tv" people) I agree that 4k in projectors will be nice for those that have that ability, both financially and with regard to viewing enviroment.
I am sorry to read that plasma flicker bothers you. I imagine crt's drove you nuts!!! I believe you to be in the minority with regard to this as I believe most people do not notice plasma flicker outside of the aforementioned 48hz mode which I still don't know why Panasonic still includes in their sets. Its pretty much unwatchable to me.
Anyways, I just fear this will become a carefull what you wish for thing with this "good riddance" stuff. I can see the headlines in 2016 already "The remainng players in tv's: Samsung,lg ,vizio and (insert some random foreign brand that in 4 yrs will be viable...say tcl) decide to abandon oled and backlit leds, citing that most consumers don't care to pay extra over current edge lit models" I really don't want to replace my gt50 with a 70" edge lit lcd (I mean razor edge led.. sorry) 4k vizio to watch my still 1080i broadcasts and 1080p blu rays. At least it will only be a 1/4" thick and have a twitter app
I don't mean to bag on vizio (some of there stuff is decent), but they seem to be the poster child for a new generation of cheap electronics with an emphasis on gimmicks and price versus quality. Sorry about my fiesty attitude, I am just bummed that we are even talking about the possible demise of panasonic in the tv industry, even if it is just premature ejacu... I mean speculation.
As a side note, does this cursor on the "new and improved" avs forum drive you nuts when trying to write a post? Its really starting to piss me off..lol.