Originally Posted by dcpmark
I would pay 3k in a heartbeat for a NIB 141. The problem is I could only talk him down to 5.5k, which IMHO is not reasonable. I was willing to go up to 4k since it came with a 1 year warranty (from him), but we are too far apart.
The other issue is that given my non-videophile media habits of 98% FIOS programming heavy on sports and with little actual movie watching, I don't know if I should stick with an older Kuro or go with something newer.
Five & a half is waaaaay too tall. I paid 3.5 for mine, brand new - when I got it about 2 years ago (Oh, no... it's coming to end of warranty time). I don't think I would go up to 4, though. I'm sure that the seller will get that price. Someone will be willing to pay it. I think 3 w/o warranty is the upper threshold of reasonability.
BTW, I have FIOS, too and that makes up about 75-80% of my viewing. I can tell you that the most significant improvement in my PQ came when I switched to FIOS, from Comcrap. I had the 141 at the time and the difference in HD content was nothing less than STUNNING.
I had an older gen Pio Kuro (940), that was 768p. Depending on viewing distance, you will see a noticeable improvement going from 768p to 1080p.
If you don't get the 141, you would be well served by upgrading your 768p display to 1080p - especially if you get one of the latest gen plasma models, as suggested by another poster. Please don't get an LED/LCD display - motion blur, off-axis performance and other issues make them pretty much crap, by videophile standards.
Or, all things considered, you older Kuro is pretty damn good. You could always wait & see what happens in a few years. Who knows, one day they will have to make a Kuro-beater.