Originally Posted by Specka
Anyway, I viewed the Samsung 8 series Plasma at 50" and the Pana TH-P58V10A. Both impressed me greatly. Trouble is, I'm downgrading from a 90" screen/HD projector to a LCD or Plasma, in a very large room. I really need screen size. I can get the 58" Pana for over 1k less than the Samsung at the same size- BUT the black issue? How bad is it really???
Final point - my room is quite light, has blinds, but there will always be ambient light in day time.
What 8 series Sammy were you considering?
If the '09 B850/860, that is likely more suited to your stated viewing environment. Same for the new 8000. They have excellent anti-glare but less so in terms of direct reflection, with the Ultra FilterBright Plus. Overall very good in bright or dark rooms. After Panny first 1000 hours or so, Sammy should be no worse than even, if not better in blacks. From the pics and direct views of affected sets I've seen, especially in dark rooms where blacks are exposed, Sammy will in fact be better.
All sets have issues. Sammy has a few knucklehead ones like screen buzz and broken Cinema Smooth. But Panny MLL rising over time to look really no better than their competitors is not good. The display sets I see with the black issue indeed look a good bit worse than the competition, which is troubling. I would rather have decent blacks
with POP in the PQ than washed out blacks
with supposedly better Panny processing, which I consider a canard. Panny motion processing is indeed superior with full 1080P but the competition is very close. In other regards, processing is a toss-up with personal preferences winning out. Sammy looks more naturally sharp by most accounts with less grain.
Is the $1K in savings worth the roll of the dice? Just saying. Now if the Panny blacks don't misadjust and stay within reasonable spec., it just might be. But who knows? According to the reports of owners of the larger 58-65" panels, they don't seem to suffer from the sudden misadjustment. But they will have elevated MLL over time. The questions are, where does it stop and what does it look like?