Originally Posted by BAdz
First off I'd like to state my disappointment in yet another manufacturer getting out of the Plasma game. I had such a hard time preventing myself from buying a Panny when I heard the news they were pulling out, and I've been pretty bummed ever since. Now I'm facing the same issue again with Samsung.
The open question I ask is how close do is 4k adoption?
At this point I don't have a problem finding the funds for an F8500 if this is going to be my last chance at a quality display (for the foreseeable future), but if I'm going to bite the bullet on this I'd really like to know it isn't going to become obsolete in the next few years because 4K gets into full swing.
Does anyone else have this concern?
- Current TV is a Panasonic TH-50PZ700U.
It's not an easy choice. I personally decided to just get a F8500. Time will tell if the choice was right, but I don't think I'll be disappointed in the next 5 years or more.
Here is what went through my head.
All LCD tv's and as such all suffer from LCD problems.
The resolution may be higher, which is nice but you still have lower contrast, motion blur, uniformity, and viewing angle drawbacks.
The one area LCD's beat plasma was brightness and bright room performance. The F8500 does not suffer from that drawback.
Full Array with several dimming zones is a step in the right direction and does offer improvements, but on a plasma you are able to dim every single pixel individually. Unless there is one led per pixel (which I don't see happening), then plasma will always have the advantage.
I think it's going to be awhile before 4K content becomes main stream. 1080P content is not as mainstream after all this time as you would expect.
HD cable/satellite providers deliver 1080i
Redbox has more dvd's than blu-ray's
Netflix can stream in 1080p, but cannot deliver 1080p consistently. How do they expect to deliver 4K?
4K will require faster internet connections or some really good compression.
I also believe hdmi 2.0 is just a patch. It's maxed out and meets the bare minimum requirements for 4K.
There is going to become a new connector standard in the future.
OLED is the only hope for a better picture, but prices are still too expensive and R&D is not as strong as I
would like. It seems like the only company taking it seriously is LG.