Originally Posted by Ken Ross
My guess is that there won't be any shockers at CES this go-around, but who knows? Perhaps Panny comes out with their next gen plasma with improved black levels? Probably, since that seems to be an annual event anyway. Of course as is usually the case with any 'breakthrough' product or 'things CES' in general, is when and if a given product actually ships or materializes.
But hey, Mark, your mental gymnastics of the moment has always been your approach and the logic is tough to dispute.
The real question is do you want the best or are you OK with settling. Everyone's tolerance for settling is different, look at my wife, she married me.
I have the two best Elite dealers in cyberspace on my speed dial. In the event there is nothing new to see, I'll be able to address my delays in short order.
You know I'm not a big fan of settling, but I guess my concern is that as good as the Elites are, I find the existing flaw significant enough that another 4 weeks is not going to make or break my TV viewing this season. And perhaps by then, we'll hear more about whether they are going to address it. I don't really want to be in a position where we're debating which scenes have the background pulsing in 2016.
To be honest, the only reason I didn't buy the VT30 in the early part of 2011 was that the fluctuating brightness issue was obviously real (to me and others). By the time it was addressed, things like the Elite existed. Paralysis by analysis. yes?
But I'm not concerned with getting new, just something without a flaw that's going to be with me terribly long. If that means go cheap and go back into the breach in 2014, so be it. If it means I know next month the Elite is where it needs to be -- for me -- to get me 5+ years into the future, also fine. I had gotten there on the Elite, ironically enough, until the fairly substantial litany of complaints had mounted up. And while I appreciate your comments about not experiencing these problems in THX mode, for example, I'm not persuaded I want to be mode-limited to avoid a problem.
(Note to all: I am 99% convinced the color problems will be resolved, so that's not affecting my calculus at all. I'm just sharing these thoughts with everyone as CES is so very close.)