Originally Posted by WaveBoy
Can the Samsung 43D450 produce a bright picture with 'white' whites?
You can select the Warm1 color preset for pretty accurate whites (D65), or Standard if you prefer more blue "crisp" looking whites, but whites will not be that bright on a full field of white due to the ABL (auto brightness limiter) which all plasmas employ to cut power and heat consumption when the picture level goes past a certain point (which is around ~50% on the D450). That means once the screen is, on average, covered with 50% of full intensity, dimming comes into effect. It's not too bad though, I play Forza 3 which has full field white menus and it still looks fine there
Just keep in mind with sunlight in the room the brightness won't be very high due to the lack of screen filtering and as such this TV should be aimed primarily for controlled lighting conditions.
Originally Posted by WaveBoy
And how is the input lag by the way? Plus do plasma's produce less input Lag than LCD's when gaming?
Input lag is perfect in Game mode, and still very good in Movie mode. I actually use Movie mode for gaming because the white balance and gamma is better in it. The input lag feels like around 30ms in Movie mode, and less in Game. I haven't measured it but I can say that I've gamed on Samsung LCD's in game mode which are measured at 46ms input lag and those are unacceptable to me. I believe it's the MStar processor on the cheaper series 4/5 TV's that have this lower input lag compared to the 6/7/8 series which have the Valencia processor.
Here are some pros and cons after owning the 51D450 for a few days.
-very quiet, no noticeable buzzing from any angle
-very little line bleed
-not a single brightness "pop"/fluctuation yet (and I am very sensitive to this kind of thing)
-no phosphor trail and excellent motion resolution
-screen uniformity is excellent
-seems impervious to image retention, even after a 3 hour calibration session with nothing but white windows on the center of the screen.
-low input lag
-half decent sound quality
-screen is reflective
-there is lowpass filtering of the internal TV tuner, and SD over HDMI. That means it cannot resolve all the resolution in those sources. Component video is unaffected however.
-very difficult to calibrate due to issues with gamma tracking at 80-90 IRE. On my unit Cell light, Contrast and RGB Gains must be so carefully balanced to ensure gamma remains flat at 80-90 IRE. A couple of clicks too high or too low and the gamma goes bad at 80-90.
-my i1D2 is not reading color properly from it. It's reading too much blue, producing a yellow white balance, so I can't calibrate it properly. Judging by eye Warm1 looks the most neutral, so I am using that.
-Skin tones don't look quite right. On certain bright skin tones there can be an orange intensity to them, on dark tones it can look a bit green and pale.