Originally Posted by mikej3131
how does SD look on this set? and if yu commenton this, what connection settings did you use for it?
And what about black levels at night?
And viewing angles in a dark room?
How are dvd movies with this set?
Mike, I am a newbie in the world of large plasma and LCD's . My weeks of research consisted of reading this forum and comparing the knowledge I learned with my experience of dozens of trips to local stores to confirm or deny finding of other members for my own well being. I ended up with this set for a small vacation home I own in the center of the state - I do not have cable but realized that I can pickup all of the major networks from Fort Myers, FL about 50 miles away as the crow flies. One of the reasons behind my purchase was that I really did not want to have to worry about the weight of the unit on the wall, energy consumption, and most importantly the old burn in problem as the OTA content always has the network bugs on-screen - I also did not want to mess with a 100 hour burn in procedure the plasma guys talk about.
At the end of the day this set had blacks that rivaled and even surpassed most plasmas, it was non-reflective, bright as day, and the colors popped, so in the truck it went.
Your question: the black levels at night - they look great, go to a local store a night an turn off most of the surrounding sets. I purchased this set because of the black levels.
Viewing Angles: no problems at all, at least 170° although I would not sit at at that angle, heck what set will anyone watch at that angle.
DVD's look great as well - now the local races and basketball games over the weekend look better but they are true HD - upconverted DVD's are not as good, I really can't respond intelligently to this.
SD - Looks bad after watching HD - how bad, like a normal TV but bigger - as I said my programming is OTA so most all the stations I get in SD also have HD feeds. that is all the input I have now, I know it probably was not that iformative but I wanted to give you the courtesy of my response.
My two gripes so far is no zoom levels on OTA broadcasts and no TV guide.
Overall I am very satisfied.
Hope this Helps.