Originally Posted by happy nightmares
Hey guys. Sorry I haven't been posting the past couple days. I have family in town visiting and a lot of things going on.
Just a quick update to my VT20 experience... Overall picture quality continues to impress me
, but there are 2 issues worth reporting, with one being a possible deal breaker for me.
Just to confirm the behavior is not present when viewing the same movie on any other TV in my house, so it's definitely a VT20 issue. I see that another 2010 owner (G20) has said he noticed the same thing on the same movie. Furthermore, I've seen a couple more examples of this floating-black behavior, including once in a video game (Aliens VS Predator). It's a very dark game and the lighting changes back and forth a lot. Just like the credits in that movie, the VT20 is... pumping the screen up and down
with brightness/darkness. That sounds weird, I know, but I'm not sure how else to describe it.
The good news: it does not happen very often. The bad news: when it does it's very obvious and distracting.
I'm not sure what else to call it besides "flicker"... Flashing? Strobing?... anyway, I will attempt to describe it more clearly.
-- If the scene is mostly filled with dark colored objects, but has a 'light' blue sky or 'white' clouds... the flicker appears to come from the sky/clouds.
-- If the scene is a dark room with a single bright lamp... the flicker appears to come from the lamp.
-- If part of the screen has big white box, the flicker appears to come from the box.
The point being... it always seems to come from the bright, or light colored parts of the screen.
And a 'solid' white screen, or solid 'light' color screen is the most obvious.
And sometimes, for whatever reason, focusing left or right of the screen makes the effect more intense.
My roommate initially said he did not see any flicker, but after watching the TV for a bit longer he notices some flicker, but is not bothered by it unless the screen is solid white. He admits it's not normal and described it as a... "fast strobe-light you can barely see".
After having a group of people view the TV today, it seems that everyone notices the flicker if they watch for a while, always in the 'white' or light colored parts of the screen, or especially during pure solid white screens like some commercial backgrounds etc.
The extent it bothers people ranges from extreme to barely noticeable.
For me, it's pretty bad. It bothers me a lot, and it's giving me headaches and eye strain. I keep waking up thinking today will be the day it goes away, but it's not. This appears to be a deal breaker for me, but I'm left wondering the obvious question here...Is there something defective with this particular VT20 unit?Or has some design change made this flicker a new problem?
Keep in mind I've owned 3 other Panasonic plasma models in the past, and never bothered by any flicker.
What do you guys think is goiong on?