spongebob- out of the box the picture is nothing short of breath taking! I can't wait to see what this thing is capable of when I get a full ISF calibration done!
Current US MSRP is $8995 I believe but could be wrong.
After discussions with Runco, I do not believe this panel will suffer the rising black level issues panasonic's CONSUMER line suffered. Remember these panels are made from the panasonic PROFESSIONAL line not the consumer line and are then gutted and many parts are replaced with Runco parts to their specifications.
I still cannot believe how wonderful the picture actually is. I popped in Lord of The Rings Fellowship of the Ring--- tv is on factory default with everything at 0 values (in the middle) and the colors and contrast were remarkable! Colors came right off the screen and contrast was spot on--a much, much, much brighter picture at 50% contrast than the 141 ELITE could offer. See guys, I loved my 141 but always felt it lacked brightness... especially on PURE mode and when ISF'D. I cannot believe how this tv is so bright and vivid at 50% contrast---yet black levels are strong and inky. Totally amazing!!
The one thing I think many of you will love is the fact that you will no longer have to "baby" your panel when cleaning it---the OPAL treatment is on the inside of the glass and the screen can be cleaned with regular household glass cleaner.
When the tv is turned off the screen is definitely black like the Elites. What I love most about this set is how the smallest details, like stars in space, really glow and can be quite vibrant without sacrificing black level. You really do see the smallest of details in the dark areas yet blacks remain deep and inky.
If I could have afforded the 65" at $14,000 I would have.
Another really cool thing you guys should be aware of, every once in a while Runco offers a TRADE-UP program... now what other tv manufacturer would give you credit towards a new product by trading in your old one??!!
These things really do hold their value.
One more thing... and I know this bugs some of you... you will never again have to worry about scratching the bezel since its solid brushed metal---a very nice touch!! Also... gets no distracting glare.
Sorry to keep going on... but.. I have one more important point. One of the benefits of the OPAL treatment is significantly less glare---and I have not had the opportunity to touch on this yet. AGAIN, THIS PANEL BLOWS AWAY THE 141!! Even on my factory settings of 0, I can see the picture quite clearly when our patio door windows are open. It does a much better job than my 141 at reducing glare.