Originally Posted by liquidsense
Why are these and other plasma boards so Panasonic dominated? Is it purely a reflection of the market share that Panasonic has on plasmas? Or is it because "true" enthusiasts--the ones that like discussing these things on forums--tend to go with Panasonics? For instance, I go to **************, and there is not even a thread about the e7000/e8000 line. What gives?
I think there are a few reasons for this. One is availability. Where I am, only one brick and mortar place has it on display, not even in stock. Many online retailers aren't even carrying it, at least not yet. Two, lack of reviews. I've read two reviews, both positive, on Cnet and at HDJ, while it seems the Panasonic models, from the VT all the way to the UT, have been reviewed by everyone and their brother. Three, the 2012 shootout. Although declared the 2nd best plasma, the "approaching Kuro blacks" has everyone a-buzz. And the extremely positive reviews on the ST have fueled ths as well, and to a certain extent, the UT.
I was in this boat too, but after going through 4 Panasonics, 2 2011s and 2 2012, all with issues, I went with the 51E8000 and couldn't be happier.