Originally Posted by DavidHir
For sheer PQ, it does sound like there are very minimal improvements this year, but perhaps they're reaching the upper limits of their potential (based on manufacturing costs, etc.).
Then I wish they would just F costs and just start making Kuro's that exceed PQ of the previous Kuro's.
People will say things like Kuros were too expensive to make or they didn't sell well as there wasn't much demand. From what I hear Pioneer outsourced the glass to Panasonic, Panasonic said they couldn't make the glass after Pionner closed their glass facility so they discontinued the line. What the truth is - I DON'T know. I doubt many people besides top execs at Pioneer know the truth.
I think the truth though if you read this forum or just about any other forum is that most of us lament the demise of the Kuro TVs. They stopped making them a few years ago - just imagine where the PQ would be today if they had continued to progress as they had each model in the past.
We need SOME manufacturer to say - hey, if you pay more we can make the PQ you wanted. It probably won't sell well to mullet headed mouth breathers but if you are willing to pay a premium, you can get a premium TV. Just as BMW sells to a "niche" market so can high end TVs. I guess Mercedes is also in a niche market, oh and Lexus, oh and Ferrari, oh and Lotus, oh and Audi, oh and Lamborghini, oh and Fiskar, oh and Tesla, oh and.... Not everyone wants a Ford Festiva which also sells to a "niche" market. It is funny that cheap crap is considered the market but any quality stuff you might pay more for is a "niche" market. Oh but there aren't enough people that want a quality TV... If a car company can stay in business selling $250,000 cars that their owners will rarerly drive, I'm pretty sure some people would be willing to pay $7000 for a better 65" than Panasonic currently sells.