Originally Posted by xanadu1979
I'll ask again, what do you suggest I buy then? I can't afford a $2k TV.
An excellent question I have been asking myself lately. I don't know your limit and the reason why you are looking for a new TV set. So let me assume that it is XXXX, tax and all, and that you HAVE to buy a new set NOW. This may shock you and Testosterone: run to Sears today and get the Panasonic. IMO there is nothing better out there in terms of picture and the Sears bottom line price. Don't overlook the $250 off the sale price if you use their credit card. It doesn't get any better.
Further, Testosterone may be right about the PQ once you bring set home. Just like most guy shouldn't go a muscle beach to look for a date, lack of an immediate side-by-side reference may help you decide that what you see is good enough.
The reason why I didn't follow the advice I just gave you is this: my HD (32 inch CRT Samsung) has the most perfect picture you could imagine. The worst SD Comcast channel looks like HD. There is not a single thing I could complain about, PQ-wise. Except the size: I want a 60inch box for the movies. I sometimes wish the thing would just die one day so I would be forced to buy a replacement.
My frustration with Panasonic is that after all that waiting since the announcement earlier this year about LIFI, they finally unvailed something that, at $2200 list price, just can't compete on the TV beach. When an extra $500 buys the world's best RPTV, kds60a3000, Panasonic has a problem. Unless the price is reduced to what Sears wants today.
As a I posted elsewhere, LIFI looks like a winner. Beside instant ON, according to the VP of manufacturing at LUXIM, the company that makes LIFI module, the lamp expected life should be on par with any circuit board which is like saying that it is very long. Also, the brightness should be constant over the life of the lamp - whatever that is - as opposed to a slow decay typical of the user-replaceable lamps (no metal is vaporized and deposited on the glass as there are no metal electrodes inside the bulb - just gas).
Here is the bottom line: at XXXX plus tax it's a winner if you can live with imperfect whites and blacks. At 2200 it is not. Go get it and enjoy it.