Originally Posted by rob80b
How close do you need to be to see this, I have the PX950 not the PZ but the blacks appear to be quite uniform, also depending on the video some produce excellent dark scenes others are of a dark grey, which leads to believe it's the video (DVD, Blu-ray) and not the display otherwise all videos would produce the same results.
I'm more of an audiophile as apposed to videophile but there are parallel observations when it comes to digital processing, not all CDs are equal in their audio quality some sounding more grainy and digital, lacking bass, so so midrange and harsh treble, while others are excellent, prodigious bass, excellent midrange, staging and depth and treble, analogue in nature, I'll assume it's the same for the digital transfer and production of Blu-rays and DVD (broadcast is another can of worms).
Also the video processing in the PK350 may not be of the same caliber as the PX/PZ950s or the player itself may have inferior processing.
Not to sound elitist but all three; Panasonic, LG and Samsung are all manufacturers of low-end consumer electronics so maybe my expectations are of lesser degree than those in the know.
This is all just food for thought but coming from a photography back-round I find the overall picture quality of the LGs very good to excellent.
LG plasmas black levels are very dark greyblack, charcoal, at best,the mll is not up to the best hdtvs available,plasma or lcd/leds, compare a panny or sammy hdtv with a dvd or blu-ray playing a movie with large areas of very black scenes,such as the alien movies and the matrix or any like them, and compare an lg plasma like your pz950 with the other two, or. even a top line sammy, sony or lg lcd/led hdtv, then, tell me,that lg plasmas produce deep,inky, true jet blacks !
And image retention is the highest amongst all plasma manufacturers.
There is a difference between IR, that is temporary, and burn in which can be permanent !!
In that regard,
lgs are pretty equal to other
plasma makers hdtvs when it comes to burn in, the risk is low. And I agree for the most part lg plasmas have very good pictures overall,and are beautifuly designed, especially the pz750 and 950 and I love the features and menu system.
But once again black isn't true deep inky, jet black, read reviews,
and compare with your own eyes in a store, like I did that is why I now own a panny 65GT30 which has true inky jet blacks, I OWNED THE PZ950 FOR 45 DAYS and clocked about 250+ hours on it and the image retention and dark grey,cloudy looking black level,drove me absolutely crazy,read my earlier post !!!
And another thing,
SAMSUNG, PANASONIC, and LG HDTVs are not low end electronics.
In fact when it comes to electronics manufacturers of HDTVs, all three are considered to be amongst the very best in the field,at the top of there game, they are by no means low end electronics manufacturers,
That would be a manufacturer like FUNAI, they are definitely very low end.
And on the other hand, PANASONIC, SAMSUNG,and LG are not considered,
esoteric, high end, audio/videophile
electronic companies either, that title,is owned by manufacturers like, B & O.
And yes SAMSUNG,PANASONIC,
and LG produce lower end, more affordable products in there line-ups,
with LG, being known for there more affordable, value conscience,but still, high quality products, like the top of the line PZ950 plasma HDTV, that sells for far less than a top of the line, PANASONIC or SAMSUNG !!!!