Originally Posted by AlanBuck
Stores must love you!
Since there no such thing as a 'perfect' set, what did you end up keeping that pleases you?? And what do you guys think new sets would cost if the manufacturers made them all 100% perfect? A 50 inch plasma today costs well less than half what a 19 inch set did in the mid 70's when adjusted for inflation. And while not 'perfect' yet....we are a LOT closer than we were then! lol That said I would not be happy if I bought a new plasma for improved black levels and it ended up looking like my 3 year old 60u ! Does anyone know if this black level issue exists on the S1 models too?
I know full well that there is no perfect set, but I know what they are capable of making. My Panasonic 42px75 is 100% uniform, so I expect the same from the current Panasonic sets (which I have finally found in the 54V10) I know that LCDs should not have two massive dark pillars where the 4:3 bars start (all three Sammies had these) And I know that black levels should not take a massive jump. (both G10 units did this on three occasions (second G10 was fixed with a A board swap, for about 150 hours) and I know that a Kuro should not buzz like a beehive. (even with power save 2 enabled) so I do expect some level of quality from HDTV makers.
My V10's blacks have improved slightly around the time I hit 100 hours, but I am going to wait and see if my blacks decide to jump or if they steadily rise over time. (I think that they match my G10 before the jump now) So far the V10 is the best display that I have had (yes, better than the Kuro, because blacks aren't everything, but they do matter) If my black levels fail to rise and the 2010 Pannys aren't impressive, then I will probably keep it. If they do rise, I will get Panasonic to swap it out for a 2010 Panasonic this summer. (even though it has a dent, it is still the best set yet, and I love that one sheet of glass look) If only the AR filter was better at blocking ambient light. (bright days make the set unwatchable, dark scenes have zero detail to them)