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Make sure the intelligent sensor is off along with the energy saver mode. Plasmas don't offer the light output of a LCD or CRT, it's something you'll have to get use to. It's really hard to tell in the stores as vivid modes on LCDs use only 50 to 60% of their brightness and picture controls while a plasma will have the brightness, picture, dynamic contrast setting, and color all maxed out.
I also had a LG Plasma, the LG 50" 50PV450 and I didn't care for it's picture quality. It's list was $899.99 so it was fairly cheap for what it was. I returned it and replaced it with a LG 47" LED LCD 47LW5600 and just love this TV, but it lists for $1699.99. I was lucky enough to get the 47LW5600 for only $100 more than the 50PV450.
I consider myself a videophile as I nit pick picture quality characterics quite a bit. I went through several CRT TVs with my last purchase back in 2000, before I found a TV I loved, the JVC 36" AV-36D302. Luckily it only took 2 TVs this round.
One thing I found is with the LG plasma, it requires a very dark room with lamps to the extreme sides of it, not within it's screen reflective view. Since my television is situated in a 'living room' and not a dedicated basement 'home theater', a LCD offers the best picture quality in my home. I have 3 lamps and a picture window 4/5ths the size of the wall it's on. Even at dark, with only 1 extreme side lamp on, it's picture is not as dynamic or vivid as the LED LCD, but then again, this LED LCD is a top of the line model while the 50PV450 is a mid level plasma. You may want to try Panasonic Plasmas or a higher end LG plasma, or go to a LED LCD TV with local dimming.
Good luck with finding a TV that works for you.
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