Originally Posted by -Ever-
I was going to ask a similar question in a few moments in its own post.
I'm newly re-entering the TV market. It's very curious to me that all of the current best rated TV's are all discontinued (101fd, 111fd, 500m, 8500). I'm wondering why all the best TV's are from 2009 when 2010 is virtually half over.
I think the sad reality is that 90% of consumers buy purely on size and price. Occasionally, they will get upsold on gimmicky features like 120Hz, but PQ doesn't really factor in besides what they can glean from 5 minutes at Best Buy with its awful environment, poorly-calibrated displays, and poor demo material.
Actually, I believe most of the 2010 Panasonics are better than the 2009s. I agree that the high end is still stuck in 2009, though.
3D is also become a distraction from pure image quality. The brightness needed to counteract the shutter glasses' darkening seems to kill black level.
BTW, for me, the "hype" is all on the gimmicks like refresh rate (for LCDs) and 3D. I don't consider what the Pioneers do to be hype.