I recently got my first plasma television and was initially impressed. It is the LG 50PQ30. The picture was nice but I've noticed that it doesn't seem to pop out from the screen. Everything seems dark and dull. I asked about this in the owner's thread for this model but I didn't find a definitive answer. I figured someone else, owner or not, may have some tips to tweak the set for improved performance.
My main concern is the quality of the whites. They have a serious gray dullness to them that is upsetting. I've compared this set to my brother's Insignia LCD and the whites are much
better on his TV. They're brighter and have a distinct purity. I find that I have to crank the contrast a great deal (between 90 and 100 in many cases) in order to get comparable results. Even at those settings, his TV still looks better. For reference, his contrast is only set to 62. This bugs me because I have read that it's best to avoid using contrast and brightness settings above 50 for the first several hundred hours.
We noticed a strange phenomenon when we tried playing Forza 3. The menus are white in that game so we used it to compare the TVs. It was strange because when the menu was full screen (almost all of the display was showing white), everything took on a gray hue. When the menu reduced in size to only about 1/4 of the display, it was significantly brighter and more vivid in the white section. It may be hard to understand what I'm saying. Basically, Forza 3 has a main menu that is mostly white. When you select the career option, it takes you to a screen showing your car in an outdoor setting and a small portion of the screen is the white menu.
I have the Energy Star thing set to off but it seems like the TV is adjusting the brightness or something to make the menu less bright/painful to look at. That's the only explanation that we could come up with, though we did not see any options in the settings that looked like they'd cause that.
Other aspects of the picture are dark but generally look pretty good. I've been watching some of my HD-DVDs and most of them are pretty impressive. It is hard to enjoy the movies, though, when I've always got those concerns about the whites in the back of my head. The TV is nice and the picture does look pleasing. It just really bugs me and I don't feel like I could keep this TV and enjoy it for years to come.
Does anyone have any tips, as far as different settings go? I have been using some settings that I found in the owner's thread. They were posted by a member (thank you to this person!) that used the ISF Expert controls to calibrate the TV in further detail. The colors look great but the whites don't seem to have been enhanced.
As of right now, I am very tempted to take the TV back. I am not entirely sure what the rules are on mentioning retailers so I will leave that out. The important thing is that they will likely be pinning me with a sizable restocking fee (15%). Prices are probably supposed to be discussed so I won't reveal how much that will end up being. The important thing is that it is more money than I want to toss out the window. It makes me mad that it's going to cost me that much just to try out a TV and find out that it is not working out for me. I understand that they are going to have to mark it down because I opened it but it's a tough pill to swallow. I asked about waiving the restocking fee if I opt for store credit but that doesn't seem like it will work out.
I apologize for going on and on. I appreciate any suggestions that you may have. I've gone through all of the menu options a couple of times in hopes of finding some setting that I've overlooked but I'm not too hopeful for that. I also figured it couldn't hurt to get some feedback from the helpful and knowledgeable people on this forum before I bend over for this retailer and take the restocking fee (unless you have any suggestions for talking my way out of that
Thanks for your time!