The arguments as to the Kuro's no longer available, top of the line model are interesting. They definitely hold water IF one is a video professional looking for largely miniscule (is that an oxymoronic phrase?) difference that, frankly, would not be seen by even the majority of high-end consumers. While I would surely love to own a high end automobile which is no longer made, the fact remains that I can only buy what is currently available as your somewhat average Plasma Display Panel consumer. Yes, I wish Pioneer had continued to manufacture and sell Kuros. They'd likely be far ahead of Panasonic's offerings today. (Or perhaps not?!) But, what is out there so obviously points to Panny's ZT and VT series that discussions about a no longer available item seem to me to be futile in the real world.