Church Av guy or anyone else who might know,
Do any of the international
Panasonics have the option for DARKER input? On all my US Pannys I've selected DARKER for FUNCTIONS, SETUP, VIDEO, BLACK LEVEL CONTROL, INPUT LEVEL. The only problem is my EH-59 seems to lack that option and IMO the default is too light, probably like a US Pannys set to LIGHTER.
If I'm copying from a DVD player some have adjustments for brightness so I could compensate that way but other outputs like my Tivo HD have no such brightness adjustment and I don't want my DVDs to look washed out. Now it is possible to adjust my TV for the overly bright DVDs the EH-59 seems to make but I want my DVDs to be the correct black level for any TVs I might play them on.
I'm not talking about the crushed blacks like I noticed on the Funai recorders that I've used, on those the whites were too white and the blacks were too black but this is more like the black level is just a few notches too high. I like my blacks to be black but with the EH-59 I'm just getting more of a gray.
BTW one feature I like about the internationals that I've not seen mentioned is you can disable
the display when the unit is OFF. I've already got too many clocks and it's nice being able to at least turn one off.
I'm not sure what the default setting is for US Panasonics, I think it might be DARKER and I think Panasonic got into trouble with some older models that had incorrect black level which is why they may have the option now. I wonder if other areas(Europe etc.) use a different level for black level and since these units are primarily intended for overseas use, that's why they might not have that option?
Note what I'm seeing is very subtle and you might only notice it on a properly calibrated TV and during dark scenes or most noticeable with white titles on a black background.This
rather long and complicated thread talks about back levels and what I alluded to earlier with the early Panasonics. I'm thinking(but hoping this is not the case) that the international Panasonics may have a different black level than the US Panasonics....