Originally Posted by plasma_fan
There is good reason why the last generation Kuro's are thing of TV legend.
I very recently upgraded from a plasma (Panasonic ST60) to an Panasonic OLED. Overall I think its a step in the right direction, blacker/brighter/4k/power efficient, etc. There is still some work to be done on motion, with BFI on and everything else off I find it close but not quite there. While not as wowed as I hoped the OLED is still a very nice looking set and tech, I think this is a testament for how good the better plasma's were.
There is a certain 'look' that plasma had that I liked, not sure if it was dithering, phosphor glow, or something else. Kinda like scan lines on CRT's each tech has their own feel. I also noticed a good difference in the 'look' of an ST30 and ST60 Panasonic plasma, In many ways I still prefer the ST30 even though its less black, less bright, and less colour accurate than the ST60. The OLED (with BFI and all motion enhancements off) has a certain fluidity to the motion that I also like (I believe similar to LCD screens, but i havent spent any time watching a high quality LCD)
In the end there was a myriad or reasons for plasma to be put to pasture, but its a good thing that current OLED screens are a very close competitor to the very best (modified) plasma in 1080 content. Plus OLED has the ability to do more and the tech is still young.
Side note, some of the comments on that youtube video are severely misinformed, or possibly paid for...
I feel the same way. Plasma has a distinct "look" that delivers a very pleasing image. I think it's the phosphor glow, as someone who grew up with CRTs. I just don't love my OLED as much as I loved my 500M (or my Sony FW900 CRT monitor for that matter). Absolute blacks are amazing and it does look great in HDR, but the overall image isn't quite as aesthetic, to me. Also, when content hits a near-black scene, and I can see the jail bars running down the middle of my screen, I kind of shudder. Over $3k on a display and those kind of uniformity issues, it hurts and it hurts bad
Fired up my 5020 last weekend with my Xbox One X and Red Dead Redemption 2 and it looked just amazing in supersampled 1080p. Better motion and better uniformity in a game that doesn't really go down to absolute black. I will keep my two plasmas until they die at this rate. Nice thing too is that, in the winter time, my plasmas keep my bedroom and guest room toasty while they are running
OLED has to address at least the uniformity issues. They look great with 80% of content but then for anything that isn't mastered to a 0% black (The Force Awakens, Arrival) or for near-black content in general it becomes a major issue. BFI helps with the motion stuff. It's not perfect but it's livable.