Originally Posted by baron2
I agree with what you say about the 8G. i have a 5010 that is just awsome all around and my whites are nice whites as well like someone posted in the beggining of this thread about his 2007 Panasonic whites compared to models that came after that.. I find it has a different look than my 600m and 111. Blacks are not as good as the 9g's but the 8g has a different look going for it. Actually wish I had a 60" 8G panel. Ive read mention of LED/LCD and plasma comaprisons in this thread. There are not so good plasmas and not so good LED/LCD panels out there. I really love the look of a good plasma but am going to pass on the 2013 offerings and try something different.I am going to buy an old full aray local dimming LED from 2009 in excellent condition. My understanding from what I have read is its one of the best local dimming displays ever produced. Its price is cheap enough for me to experiment with that technology. I am sure the 2013 offereings for plasma will be great this year but will set my sights for 2014 if I am going to replace any of my Kuro's.
The only time i would ever consider another plasma by another manufacturer would be if i didn't own a Pioneer Kuro of either gen. Even the 7G had a great image although not as dark obviously. But there is (much) more to Pio plasmas than just black.
What would i be "upgrading" to i would need to ask myself...'perhaps' a (slight dip) in mll compared to an 8g that more than likley would not be noticable whatsoever unless side by side in a blacked room (how many people do that). Certainly not with lights on.
A few apps, touchpen, voice recognition - depends what your looking for i guess.
Kuro's can do 3D with external stuff, and it's getting better all the time with firmware updates and better glasses. If it's your thing, not mine yet, but one day maybe. It may only be 97% full out performance compared to dedicated displays but who cares imho. 3D shouldnt be taken reference seriously anyway imho, it's only a gimmick that's cool to watch now and again because you can and nothing else. Unless people were big time into video (most couldn't tell the difference because of being preoccupied with 3D). And not worrying about if it's being displayed 100% correctly or not) And it will still look night and day compared to 3D on LCD's in general regardless.
I don't believe there will be any "upgrade" as far as consumer plasma technology is concerned. Pios were expensive on release (especially in Europe/UK) but obviously hugely underpriced at the same time with regard, to tech and components quality. Why the 8's haven't been matched yet. Nevermind the 9's and "9.5’s". Black levels aside. There is an awful lot of catching up to do with (nearly) everything else. SD (processing) the most startingly obvious one. A long long way to go.
An upgrade to me would (only) be a 55"/60" 0mll 4k res OLED
For sure though if i didn't own a 500a and a newer M soon... A zt/vt60 perhaps, or an f8500 would be the only real new consumer plasma options. Or simply if i just wanted much larger and newer i suppose.
Sure my three yr old boy would love to watch a 65" 3D image - but what he don't have he wont miss
65"... That's one huge screen protector needed btw