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It will be interesting at CES to see what each company comes out with, but sets won't street for months. Anybody and everybody who is lucky enough to attend CES, please hound the companies like Panasonic about issue free sets. If you go to CES, tell them about the green blob issues and pink tinting etc. and tell them you hope they clear up these problems.
I used the D-nice break-in slides and his post break-in settings and my 60ST30 is bright enough for me. The only time I thought it was dim was when I decided to watch a B movie (in my books)... my dvd copy of The Red Planet. For the first time, I found many scene's too dim. All other movies like NCFOM, Shaun of the Dead, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada and Zombieland were all fine. I do watch my plasma at night and always will control my lighting. I come from front projection so controlling lighting is not a problem for me.
What I am interested to see, is whether Panasonic will be able to put out TV's in 2012 that meet or exceed the performance of the 2011 and either have no issues, or they fix whatever issue's are found, and quickly. Like many 2011 Panasonic TV owners, I am living with an ST30 which suffers from uniformity issues. On black and white films I can see pink tinting on the sides and on some content, black and white or not, I see vertical banding near the centre. So far it is very minimal and not an issue 99% of the time (knock on wood)...but if it gets worse, then I have a problem. For some people it gets worse, and for others, it stays the same or improves.
I am glad Panasonic fixed the Fl Br. issue in 2011. I have never seen it on my Nov. build 60ST30. The colour uniformity issue is a real issue that is causing too many people grief, so I hope it is eliminated on the new sets. Many people don't see it because they are colour blind, or they don't have their sets calibrated or set up with settings that show the issue. You usually only see it in dimmer shades of gray or near gray (tan, brown, off white etc).
I am keeping my set because I see no other alternative and for what I paid, I am gambling that it stays the same or improves. I will be keeping a close eye on the 2012 sets from all manufacturers this year. We need to impress on the viewers and calibrators out there to be on the watch for all these potential problems. I can't understand how the green blob and pink tinting issue was not seen by reviewers in 2011 unless production went bad later in the year, or there was cherry picking for reviewers.
The sooner more people see any problems, reviewers especially, the faster these issues will be resolved with the 2012 sets and future sets. If we don't make real issues a problem for the manufacturer, they just keep giving us product hoping we won't be bothered by any drawbacks. This has to stop. We pay good money for these sets. Sure there is a limit to how perfect sets can be, but issues of uniformity like we've seen here make plasma TV's look un-watchable and contradict the statements of what great picture quality we are told we will get with plasma TV's.
Newer and better features and performance are meaningless if issues bring down the viewing experience. Let's hope 2012 has better panels from all manufacturers, or that issues are brought to their attention and fixed quickly.