Thank you Mark, you know the feelings are mutual.
That was a rather stale post of mine that was resurrected, although I do stand by most of what I said.
It's now a number of months since that post and I do agree that, as of now, there is no evidence that the black levels are rising in the current iteration of Panasonics. Whatever change they acknowledged they made to prevent this, appears to be working.
Where I do disagree with you Mark is the number of instances where the ABL does matter. During the period that I had both my 60" Kuro in the living room and my 60" Elite in the den, there were many instances where the differences were more than obvious. Whether it was nature shows depicting expanses of snow, hockey games with expanses of ice or even bright outdoor scenes with brilliant blue skies, the Elite's far greater 'headroom' was very clear. To my eyes it made these scenes simply more believable and enjoyable with a greater depth to the image.
Yes, the brilliant whites of a commercial are certainly another manifestation of the absence of an ABL, but who gives a rat's tush about that. I think living with both techs make you aware that these differences occur more often than you might think...and yes, I'm talking about 2 ISF'd displays, not one set to some ugly dynamic mode.
We do agree about the off-axis issues of the Elite, it's undeniable. I don't recommend the display for large family viewing or seating that would put someone significantly off-axis.
I disagree about the significance of the color issues (essentially low luminance cyan). It's simply difficult to see, seldom occurs and was totally missed by many professional reviewers. But having spent 100s of posts on that issue alone, I certainly don't wish to resurrect that debate again.
However for your next non-plasma screen @ 70" or 80" without off-axis limitations, I assume you're talking OLED? If so, keep that Panny polished and in peak operating condition, it will be a long wait.