I have the newer version and I have had no problems with it.
Question for everyone who still owns the Akai: Do you still like your TV and are you happy with it?
There has been so much Akai bashing on this site, but I am very happy with my Akai and the PQ of it. I keep looking at other TV's at the stores and do not see any difference between the high end TV's and mine. Granted, they are not side by side comparisons but I would think I would see noticable differences when looking at more expensive TV'S. Maybe I just do not have such a critical eye.
I looked at ED and HD and side by side, I see that HD has more pixels and they are smaller. However, generally I would have to say with an HD feed from 1-2 feet away in the store they look the same. I stepped back several more feet and they still look similar. Granted, some TV's are brighter or more colorful or more black but generally speaking, they all look great.
The only BAD plasma picture that I saw was a Samsung today at BB for $$$$. It was set far apart from the other plasmas on the floor and without my glasses from 6 feet away I could see screen door BIG TIME and wavy lines and weird color changes. Maybe this is what some people see on thier Akai, but mine looks great.
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