Originally Posted by blairhh
I really find your words to be refreshing. I've been on here and the Highdef forum daily for roughly a month. The reason why I joined is because I'm contemplating a TV purchase for my bedroom. It's really really really annoying how the frequent contributors at Highdef pretty much keep telling me to "buy a Panasonic plasma" and they completely dismiss any alternative. Now while they might know what they are talking about, their absolute snob attitude towards anything not named Panasonic comes off as very elitist and ignorant.
the same thing is happening here in the E.U. on some forums (U.K. and Italy, for example). But my opinion is that a lot of people has bought a panasonic plasma only because they have "heard".. "read".. without using their brain and eyes. And many of them don't have a clue about plasma HDTVs and the AV world. For expert people it is easy to discover that thing... just read questions and answers (and comments, like they were at the stadium) they are doing.
Panasonic is a big company and they are doing tons of different products. Some of them are very good, I own many, but when 15 months ago I bought a 720p plasma display, after having read all the reviews about them (Panasonic, Samsung and LG) and used my eyes to watch at them and my brain, my final choice was an LG. That was the first LG product I bought in my life (I'm 51 years old, I own tons of electronics and I'm an AV enthusiast from when I was 17).
I'm a Senior I.T. Tech, and I can garantee you that the HDTVs of these days are more like a computer than a normal television. In fact, when a model is not working very good, it is always because of a software (firmware) bug, or because a not so good video processor and/or video-processing, or because a bad display calibration.
Why I bought an LG? Because it looks to me it was the 720p plasma display with less "problems", best video-processing (that time) with SD sources, and absolutely the best one when speaking about calibration features available. The last thing is really important if you want to get the best from a digital display. Blacks performances are not the number 1 on my list. Green ghosting, Color banding, bad deinterlacing, "soft" upscaling, motion blur or "soap opera" and all such kind of defects can be seen, and are disturbing, much more than an bit higher MML black level (fixed), because they are random. An higher MML can't be considered a defect, and it is easy for our brain/eyes get used to it. It is not disturbing like random real defects on picture. I hope you have understood what I mean ('sorry for my poor english) Reviews
On the flatpanelsHD.com web site, you will find a detailed review of the panasonic 42X20 plasma display. It is the E.U. version of the 2010 720p model (I guess it is called X2 in the U.S.). The review was made about 1 month and a half ago. Read it all and you'll discover whether it is better than its X10 (X1) ancestor, or not.
Last but not least, speaking about my own experience on my (old) LG, I can tell you that it is worth to have it professional calibrated. Or, at least, calibrated by yourself with a decent meter (X-rite i1 display 2 + Calman software home edition from spectracal, for example, is a great bundle at a good price). Even these cheap LG 720p display have the ISFccc presets (day and night) with a complete CMS, so it is not a problem to do it, expecially for a professional calibrator. Think that the calibration options are more complete than the panasonic G20/G2 (the full-hd model, yeah), and that the tool on the screen (during calibration) is even better than the one of the VT25 new 3D (!). You don't trust me? Right, so please read about that on this review: http://www.avforums.com/review/Panas...ma-Review.html
, and you will know the problems the reviewer has had during calibration with the TOP panasonic model (incredible but true)
(VT20 is the equivalent of the VT25, in the E.U.).
Enjoy yours 720p LG plasma, they are very good displays and worth every single cent you have spent for them (IMO)