Originally Posted by jasonvr
I have to admit the urge has hit me too and I done a little looking around. The top competitors seem to be the full array LED backlit LCDs, specifically the LG 8500 series (getting harder to find) and the Samsung 8500 (no longer made).
My main drivers in looking around has been the heat output my 110FD and it's affect on my electric bill as it competes with my AC (works great as a space heater in my smallish home during the winter though).
In the end, I still can't justify any change. There is nothing more that I need from a TV (I still believe that 3D is a gimmick). And reading reviews of these new TVS the authors/reviewers are STILL comparing the TVs to the 9G Kuros (which as I recall aren't terribly different from the 8Gs) and they are still not living up to them in more than one category, including my main concern - black level. It was black level that had me return a Mits LCD to Frys in utter disgust after trying to watch the movie "The Number 23" which was dark throughout. That experience alone drove me to buy my Kuro and I have never regretted it.
Short of my Kuro "giving up the ghost", I don't think it will be replaced anytime soon.
Yeah, I also have a 2+ year old 50" 110. The overall picture has been great. But also have to admit that some of the new stuff ..and I include Panny plasmas here .. are awfully tempting --
This hulking Pio 110 "beast" sits above our fireplace and it is really bulky compared to the current batch of fp's, especially the LED models. Many folks have commented on it and how big it looks.
Have you noticed any deterioration of brightness since owning it? I have, even with the contrast turned up further (as well as the brightness). It was originally "calibrated" using settings found on this forum ..and it was fine at the beginning of its run.
Yer right, the heat from it is rather astounding. I try to save some $$ by keeping mine at the middle power setting (or sometimes lower), especially in the evening when the room is darker. The standby for the remote control even draws a steady 20 watts!
Another complaint is it's OTA reception. The tuner in this thing is crap: it won't allow for manually adding digital channels -- once it auto-scans it won't allow re-scanning without erasing the previous one. So there's no way to add channels from a different antenna direction.
Nah, it ain't a very efficient device compared to the latest batch of tv's. But that's tech evolution for yaz ..and the price for entertainment