Originally Posted by ken325i
Given the way Panasonic has not supported the resolution of issues with the 2011 models - luminance and color decoding - I will never trust or buy another Pan PDP. Their arrogance and lack of "customer focus" is pathetic. They push em out and walk away. I am hung with a GT30 now, but it will never happen again.
Originally Posted by rogo
I'm curious who you think has "customer focus". The persistent problems with other brands are (a) as bad if not worse (b) getting less resolution. Panasonic pushed out a luminance update and a color update. For some people they weren't 100% satisfactory, for a lot of people they were. They actually pushed out updates for both problems even though the vast majority of customers never complained / noticed either.
Sounds like customer focus to me.
Panasonic put out two fixes last year:
1) Fluctuating Brightness - After a scene change, there would be a change in the brightness of background objects after about 1 second. It was an annoying problem. The fix was fixed by an on-site Panasonic tech via firmware update or third party replacement of the A-Board. D-Nice says it is still there if you know where and how to look. I have not seen the problem since the fix so it was completely acceptable. This was excellent customer support.
2) Luminance Fix - This is tough to say. It clearly fixes the over saturation of Custom mode. It may have improved gamma on THX that is what others have posted. This was a download made available and not automatically applied. After the fix, I found custom mode was greatly improved and used it to calibrate my 65GT30.
Still there is something a bit different about the look of the GT when compared to my 500M and 600M's. There seems to be a push to the colors on the GT that cannot be corrected by altering the saturation. I believe there is a non-linearity to its performance so calibrating it with different window patterns 50 or 70% produces different results.
Using Calman and a Lumagen Radiance, the luminance of the colors was easier to adjust after the luminance patch.
I can get the GT close to the Kuro in terms of color but not quite there. Even if the 50 series does not get much improvement in black level, if the basics are improved, it should be capable of producing a picture that is as good in all but the darkest rooms.
The 500M is simply fantastic. It is noticeably better than my 600M because it has more punch and has less ABL (Automatic Brightness Limiting). On the 600M, I always can see scenes where the white areas of the screen darken.
The GT is better than the 600M. You can see ABL, but it is not a detrimental.
If the 50 series improves ABL handling, it will exceed the Kuro performance in normal viewing environments.