My 42 inch Vizio vu42lf died last week so I picked up a PN50c450 (basically stole if from hhgregg with their sale this weekend combined with a coupon) based the generally favorable reviews on the forums a it's price point ( Word of advice: never get a new puppy, then build a new HTPC/gaming rig, then have your only flat panel die on you all in a three week span
Anyway, brought her home, mounted and hooked her up, diggin what I am seeing so far except a few things.
ONE: I know LCD's tend to be brighter and I am moving from a LCD to a Plasma but this set does seem quite dark, much darker then my old LCD. I mean, not dark enough to ruin the viewing experience, but I constantly find myself wanting to jack up the contrast and brightness (don't worry, I don't). Do you think this is just a normal LCD to plasma transition for me and plasmas are just noticeable darker, a breaking in period thing or what?
TWO: everything on the set looks very "soft" (for the lack of a better term) The LCD had much cleaner/sharper edges where as this set everything looks like it has a slight "blurish" filter over everything. Again, it doesn't ruin the view, just a bit different. My old set was smaller and 1080p, but I do site approx 13 feet from this set so I don't see an issue with the 1080p v 720p due the distance. Is this again, a normal plasma thing and I'll just adjust or something I can tweak?
THREE: I know, for the most part, gaming modes on plasmas are usually just a gimmick, but in the settings of this set is does mention reducing input lag (which I have heard is an issue with certain plasmas) for the sake of picture quality. Could this be the case of just another "gaming mode" fallacy?
I know a lot of this stuff will be moot based on plasams have a breaking in period and the fact that I have a "dead pixel" and am getting a replacement delivered on Monday and that set might just be a bit different ..... anyway, I'm looking forward to enjoying her for quite a while and want to get her tip top!
Thanks in advance for any advice guys.
P.S. My setting for the set (based then tweaked on ones found here) are listed below
Movie Mode. (Standard is too dim and Dynamic is useless)
Cell Light = 8-10 depending on content
Contrast = 75
Brightness = 65
Sharpness = 0
Color = 42
Black Tone = Off (didn't notice a diff with it on so I left it off)
Dynamic Contrast = Off
Edge Enhancement = Off
Color Temp = Warm 1
DNF = Off