Originally Posted by Harywood
The problem is that Panasonic knowingly mislead the public and the AV industry. We shelled out BIG$$$ based on specs and reviews which are only applicable for the first 1% - 2% of the panel's lifetime.
That's the problem.
The real problem is the 12G Pannys have inferior styling, inferior colors, inferior processing, inferior picture/calibration controls, inferior AR filters, etc. compared to the 2009 Samsungs. That's the real problem here. The only thing that Panasonic could hang its
hat on were the superior black levels, and slightly better motion than the Samsungs. The Panasonics do typically offer better IR resistance, but they also exhibit more phosphor lag than the Samsungs.
The other main objections to the Samsungs are reliability/build quality/customer service related concerns, and do not directly pertain to PQ, provided the display is functioning properly.
If the black levels end up about even with the Samsungs (give or take), the Panasonics clearly lose the PQ battle for 2009.
If the 2009 Panasonics had decent processing (not a soft, noisey, blurry pic), and fantastic colors (like the Samsungs), with sleek styling, then the slightly elevated black levels could be tolerated, since these displays are so cheap.
But why should people tolerate poor processing, off-kilter colors, a dim THX with a yellow/green cast, poor bright room performance due to weak AR filters, AND rising black levels?