Originally Posted by SoSo
That has been debated so many time and everyone has their own opinion. I my opinion, Pioneer will honor their Plasma warranty as long as they are around much like NEC and Fujitsu. However, people were worried about Pioneer's survival as a company as well. To be very honest with you, I have absolutely no idea Pioneer is going to make it or not (I hope they do but in this state of economy ... ). But I think they will be around for at least 1 or 2 years which covers the manufacturer warranty. In term of parts availability, the biggest worry I have is the glass panel itself because 1, it is the most expansive; 2, that is what they stop making. With all the shattered glass during delivery, they should have plenty of other parts.
In terms of Panasonics, I also created a comparison chart for all the north American models here
. Since most of the large size one are not available yet (12G), the information is still very much incomplete. However, the G10 professional review by Chad B looks quite promising. In your case if I were you, I am assuming money is not too much of an issue if you are looking at the 151/141, I will wait for the V10 series (58" or 65") if you are worried about Pioneer's future. However, bear in mind, I believe the 12G Panasonics are not at the Pioneer Elite level yet. Why?Data is from Chad B's review of the G10 and D-Nice review of the 111.
- Black Level: G10=0.0079fL; 111=0.001fL
- Contrast Ratio: G10=7399; 111=17,800:1
- ANSI: G10=3892; 111=13,833:1
- 24p Material: G10=48 Hz "still flickers"; 111=72 Hz
Thanks for posting this. I am in the same boat, looking for a 50", and if it wasn't for Pioneer going out of business won't be buying a TV now, and would wait for another 9 months to a year.
Now, not sure if the money for an Elite 111 or 101, is worth it in 12monts? Is it? Anytime I bought the BEST TV/PC/Audio, it was just a waste of money, I typically now go for 2nd best as it has the best bang for the buck.
In this case, I am losing sleep actually. Not sure if the current Elite models will be "the best" in class next year (at the same price). So, again not sure if I should pull the trigger now or later for a Panasonic Plasma or newer LED-backlight LCDs! 50" is max size I can do BTW.
Any feedback? My GF is already pissed off I wanna spend this much $$ on a TV, and I need as much convincing argument as I can get!