Two things about Panny 'superiority' (flame suit on
1) I am still waiting to see the V25 before upgrading like many Panny fans, specifically the 54". Not only for the improved blacks but also for the styling as I dislike the glossy black bezels. Bronze matte metallic finish on the 54" seems to fit the bill. But this continuing notion that Panny has a superior picture to the competition based on original blacks when new
is clearly flawed, sophomoric comments to the contrary. If the phosphor adjustments work as advertised, then maybe. But clearly not with the issue seen in many of the photos. Take away the Panny blacks and you do not have superior PQ. You have what other brands offer or worse, even much worse. I understand the love for brand that many feel the need to constantly crow about but perhaps it's time to face reality. I suspect many on this board who wasted a good bit of bandwidth denying, excusing, joking, etc. are going to have a difficult time going public if the MLL issue hits close to home.
2) Laying aside the stodgy styling designs ... Panasonic is clearly behind other manufacturers when it comes to user access to PQ control. Why does this continue? A real answer is needed not some childish reply about they don't need to ... it's already perfect or something similar. They bury much needed PQ items in the SM and then start to deny warranty when you calibrate? Total BS. Panny owners might want to stop making so much yellow snow as pissing contests do not make for truth.
I compared a 54G10 to a Sammy 50B860 the other day at Sears. Even took my own batteries in case either of the remotes was dead. Adjusted the pics as best I could under those lighting conditions without measurement and compared both sitting right next to each other. The Sammy was superior in virtually every regard. The G10 on display looked to have already been hit with the rising MLL as the blacks were clearly dark grey, so not a fair comparison in absolutes. Just a fair comparison in terms of what Panny currently offers as ''excellent PQ'' to it's customers. Not so tangentially, Bob Perry connected to anything related to CS issues does not bode well for Panny, near or long term.
Been waiting a good while and I really want to stick with my panel of choice (originally a 54V10 but now the V25). But grade school sniping isn't going to fix panel adjustments gone wrong. If Panny does not/cannot 'fix' what is clearly an issue then like Toyota they will take a PR hit, even without major publicity. The word is already on the boards where folks go to learn and compare. That alone will make for a less profitable year in 2010 for Panny plasma.
Being fans of Panny doesn't mean we shouldn't hold them accountable when something goes wrong. It is, in fact, a major way we can contribute to continuing product improvement. Sometimes I think people lose sight of this.