Originally Posted by Otto Pylot
Mfrs are not required to list specifically what kind of panels they use. A lot of that is due to panel availability at time of build, panel size, etc. As far as BF goes, I'd be very careful about purchasing a tv, especially if you can't find any specs on that model. Some dealers have models configured for them specifically for BF. That way you can't price match nor compare specs.
Makes sense. The Panny 50A400U is on display at my local BB, and I had a chance to look it over and tinker with the picture settings a few day ago. It looks like this is probably similar to the British 50A400B
model, which received poor reviews. Contrast, color and off-axis viewing seemed quite poor, and blacks had a definite blue "haze" to them. And there are no CMS, calibration, gamma or white balance controls in the regular user menus.
By comparison, the color, blacks and contrast looked reasonably good (for a low-cost display) on the Sony 40R380B after a few tweaks, even though it lacked real calibration controls. The Sony 40R380B also has very poor angle of view though... and it's smaller and also more expensive than the BF deal on the 50A400U.
If you're using a PC as your sole/primary source, then it might be possible to tweak the color a little better on the Panny 50A400U using a colorimeter and the PC's external CMS. That would sacrifice even more contrast ratio though. So you're sort of damned if you do, and damned if you don't with this display.