I had a Kuro 5090...
Drummerman, out of interest, what did you choose to replace your Kuro?
...The one bugbear I constantly had with the Kuro was an overall lack of brightness and to much dimming in bright scenes. Did other things well though it was to big.
Thanks for reply.
Hmm, might have to reassess my desire to track down a Kuro 5090...
Don't do that on the basis of what I just said, its just something that I personally found irritating. If you watch predominantly in (very) dark surroundings, it may not be a problem for you. Just bear that in mind.
I always try to view when it's dark or with blinds shut. Of course I'll aim for a demo, but that's not always possible when buying 2nd-hand...
Anyway, cheers for sharing your views.
Mmmmm screenburn not an issue? I am yet to be convinced on this subject. I had a 50" Samsung plasma that boasted anti-screenburn in the menu and this I employed. Only to find after watching GMTV in the mornings before I went to work, on my return home later the same day. I found the GMTV logo and clock imprinted in the bottom left of the screen, where it remained for about three days. It did eventualy go.
Thats when I sold up and bought the LCD tv I have now.
Im not suprised you had image retention on a samsung plasma, they run really warn and to my knowlege thats a major factor....... aswell as being rubbish.
If its a 50"+ TV Id go for a plasma rather LCD.......
Id disagree with another comment in finding an all rounder...... plamsa I feel is the all rounder.
Better on standared def than LCD, also very good with HD content, with LCD probably a little better.
Black levels on plasmas are better than Lcd and contrast with in the blacks are better, with some Lcd tv's manufatures, they put a black filter in the screen so your blacks arn't that horrid green/gray colour, the problem with this is when watching a dark film i.e. Dark knight, the blacks are nice and black but there is no detail with in them.
This is one reason why the pioneer kuro was such a popular tv, and was plasma........ Pioneer no longer make kuro's (massive shame) but Panasonic have taken some of there engineers for there 2010 range.
I agree with certain points you raise but I've seen good examples of both technologies. I was impressed with Samsungs more expensive screens a year ago and, more recently, with a certain panasonic LED/LCD. The Kuro, a decent telly, wasn't faultless either even if some punters like to proclaim so ...
a decent telly ? the best telly ever , id say that makes it more than decent ..nothing is perfect , true , but the kuro , designed in 07 , is still the best tv , amazing really ..
Glad to see I am not the only one to notice this issue! LCD TVs can't compete with plasma when it comes to shadow details, which is a very important factor for the picture quality.
Actually with the introduction of LED-backlit technology in LCD TVs, the black levels are now as good as on plasma TVs. Unfortunately the shadow details seem to suffer even more on these kind of TVs than ever.
I actually also just watched Batman, not the Dark Knight, but Batman Begins. It was at one of my friends place who just bought the highly regarded Philips 9704. Standing in the cave my friend commented: "Look at that deep black". Exactly, and that is the problem. The screen was completely black. No details what so ever!