"It just kills me to read about people and their need for perfection of 'black levels' 'sharpness' 'color'."
I'm still in the dark about what "black levels" are.
"Sharpness" and "color" are cool.
"I am only 50, but started out with a 12" B&W TV, cable,lol, try "bunny ears", remote, that was my brother and I.
Then came OMG "color" ! !, wow!!"
I look back on 50 with a stoic's scorn:
We didn't have TeeVee at all until I was 12-years-old, though just about everyone else in the universe had it. We had radio and books. Never had cable (except for clothes-drying line). "Remotes" were in the remote, unknowable future.
Didn't have color until years after growing up and leaving home.
"Picture still had more snow than our drive way in December, but it was color!"
Snow!? Before we had TeeVee, I had to walk to school every day, in 6 feet of snow, twenty miles each way, and uphill in both directions. Those were what senile fools would call "the good old days," before the Laws of Physics were enacted.
As for 3D? Just this year I bought a 40" 2D, of the view that it will be my last so must last. I viewed 3D as a passing fad -- and now I wonder if I should have waited so I could experience what all the apparent fuss is about. Then again, I don't relish wearing two pairs of glasses at the same time, one eye blue, the other red, and possibly suffering induced headaches and being eaten by the "Life of Pi" tiger.
I'll go without, semi-comfortable in the knowledge that my eyes are already 3D with one pair of glasses, and wholly comfortable with the fact that all the dangerous animals are safely constrained in 2 dimensions.