Originally Posted by jboom91
1. I keep hearing about the black levels of plasma's and this may not be realistic but I was hoping that the screen's blacks would look "panel" black, like the black of the panel on the front of the tv. This is not the case with my lg and even though the blacks are good I thought they would be better, so I didn't know if maybe there are certain calibration things I'm supposed to do to make the blacks blacker. Does anyone have advice on this?
I think "black level" might be a term that should be put to pasture. Too many people say it and don't really grok what it means. Be a little less concerned about what a flat black screen will show up like on your plasma and pay more attention to details that can be seen in dark areas. This is what black level really amounts to, and actually it's even more pervasive than that. An accurate black level leads to more proper colour, in other words, if the black level is off, then every colour on the screen will be a little off as well. The reviews that I see for this screen seem to show it has good colour performance, so I would expect that it should have good black level--as any plasma should.
You won't have perfect
black levels with a plasma, but they should be as good as you can manage without breaking the bank for OLED, which is what we're all waiting for, and what some of us fear may never become a reality. When you don't
have good black levels going on, you know it pretty quickly, and not just from watching a blank, black screen displaying either. The entire image will have a washed out appearance to it.
2. I hook my xbox 360 up to this via the vga port with my xbox 360 hd vga cable and I was told that this was a good thing because I can set the resolution to 1024x768 on the xbox and I will get 1:1 pixel mapping or something, however when I do 1024x768 I'm getting 1 or 2 rows of missing pixels on the right side of the screen. When I set the xbox to 1360x768 however, I DO get all of the pixels used. I'm basically just confused about this and was wondering if anyone knows why this is the case when 1024x768 should be right.
I don't know the specifics of your model, but most televisions that have a 1:1 feature will have a setting to do just this, selectable in some menu. Poke around for that and see what you can find. I would not expect that a consumer plasma TV would have this 1:1 feature available for VGA inputs--I have seen it before but only in plasma monitors. Of course if you can find it in a menu or in your user manual then it should just work once you activate it.
Very odd that a consumer TV with a resolution of only 1024x768 would work with 1360x768 though, a lot of them only go as high as 1024. If you are seeing it fill the screen with that resolution used, then it would have to be your TV scaling the image down to fit, no 1:1. Anyway what I meant to say is, for consumer TVs I normally find the 1:1 pixel mapping option is set for either component or HDMI inputs, so check your model's specifics and see where it is usable. (If it even has it.)