sorry to stumble in... I've got a Kuro 8G, thanks in part to advice from members of this forum.
I noticed on Gizmodo today a link back to AVS via the C-Net report, mentioning D-Nice's name.
Only a couple weeks ago, I convinced my friends to buy a 46" Panny, one I just calibrated (via Spears and Munsil BD, nothing super extravagant). I was super pleased that for a set almost 1/9th the cost of mine (smaller, yes, too) I was able to get a picture that, while not perfect, was pretty damn good. Back when I bought my set, the competition was so outclassed by the Kuro, I was pleased to see how far things had come in just a few years.
Now, this. I'm not being hyperbolic, but it's indeed a twisted "bait-and-switch" if one of the key factors of these sets, namely excellent grayscale performance with deep blacks and bright whites, is compromised by a strange workaround meant, seemingly, to extend the life of a set.
I just wanted to poke my nose into this thread and give significant props to the many of you who tirelessly toil on the behalf of people like myself - educated consumers, yes, but without the technical background or tenacity to see such things brought to light. As much of this hobby has become little more than a sniping contest, with different agendas bandied about, it's still amazing to me that a community such as this can bring to light (as it were) such a dramatic issue, and, hopefully, will make Panny take action.
Yes, there will now be the usual Plasma vs. LCD sillyness (Plasma FTW!), and I don't want to prejudge the actions of Panny before they set things right. However, I'm comforted to know that there's a select group of you out there looking out for our best interests, and, if not always articulated, it's most definitely appreciated.