Originally Posted by cowboy998
I am in the market for a 60"-ish plasma and have been very disappointed in what I have seen in the stores. My Pioneer 42" is now three years old and I haven't seen a picture that looks as good.
I am not comfortable with buying a used Pioneer, so what plasma out there that i can buy today will look as good as my current TV?
Honestly 3D is not important to me, but it seems all the higher end sets have it.
I had a Pioneer 5070 for the past 4 years and just recently purchased the Panasonic 65V10. I bought one of the last ones from Amazon. I've had it for exactly a month today and I will say that overall, it provides a better picture than the 5070.
The blacks are blacker, that's what I immediately noticed. Well actually, the size difference is what I first noticed. The 65 makes my 50 incher look like an elf (not Buddy). I knew that the upgrade in size would make the biggest impact and I had the same concerns about, "What if the picture quality on the Panny isn't as good as my Pio?" But I ultimately decided that even IF the Panny's picture isn't quite as good as the Pio, I would be happy because of the size difference.
Well after a month, I have no regrets about getting the Panny. (However, after 1,000 hours I might have regrets if the black level rises significantly
) The size difference just makes such a huge impact on the viewing experience. If I could, I would have gotten the Panny 65VT25, but I couldn't swing it.
I'm still debating on whether or not to have my Panny calibrated for another $300. I'm pretty happy with the current picture. I have Directv, Xbox, and a PS3 connected to it and all of them provide an excellent picture. The only thing I've been scratching my head at is that when watching sports, the close up shots look way better than the zoomed away shots, especially on ESPN.
For instance, before the snap of a play in a football game, the camera will usually pan out so we can see both teams lined up. On those shots, the players aren't perfectly clear. There's minor dithering (I'm not sure if that's the term) above the player's heads. It's kinda like a watery pixel affect which I don't remember seeing on my Pio. But then when the camera zooms in on the players, the picture is perfect. I'm not sure whether this is a Directv issue or some setting on the TV.
I guess my main point is that you'll be happy with the plasma displays these days, especially if you're going from a 42 to a 60 incher. Whether Panny or Sammy is another issue. I have just over 100 hours on my Panny so I'm hoping the picture will get even better as the phospors age.