It really makes me smile when people say: "plasma is dead".
I bought my Kuro when it was declared the best out there and kept it since because I DID NOT FIND YET a better set in all aspects:
- LIFELIKE picture (as watching life through a clean window)
- STUNNING UPSCALING: we watch plenty of TV sent in in only 720p and plenty of YouTube videos ranging from 360p to 1080p. They all look SO MUCH BETTER on my Kuro than on my Dell Ultrasharp monitor (the FHD that followed did not have as good SD upscaling!!!)
- we watch the TV during the day (we got TON of windows) and night always with some background lights.
- the Panasonic plasma, despite buying some of Pioneer patents, NEVER, until ZT60 has any good upscalling (tested few weeks ago)
So after over 6 years since I own the set, my wife and I we agreed to keep this (built like a tank) set till it completely dies!
When I recently compared Panasonic, Samsung and Sony best TVs, surprisingly to me though, I found the MOST LIFELIKE looking TV that I would proudly take home was the Sony XBR65X950B!!!
I am positive if that TV was put near the 55" OLEDs and the 64" plasma, the appreciation of that 65" set would have been higher!!!
ANY set (lcd, plasma or oled) when blown to huge sizes such as 79" or more is so much easier target for the human eye to spot imperfections on TEST MATERIAL.
I challenge people to spot the differences in a BLIND TEST while watching some TVstations, nature programing or regular movies (forget the Harry Potter one scene! OK