So I'll be picking up the 50" UT50 in about 4 months(here's hoping material below 1080p(Such as Wii U & Wii games, plus DVD's do not boast the oil painting effect. eek!)
for now, i finally got a 42" X5 and I've got to say I'm mighty impressed with this set. First off the Black levels are very good. No, they don't exactly blend into the bezel but they're definitly close at times. The color gamut is absolutely fantastic and you'll beable to achieve colors that will
basically leap right off the screen, which comes in handy for many of those cartoony colorful vibrant videogames. For gaming, 'game' mode produces the best and brightest(Vivid slightly out does it but it produces a rough picture and the input lag takes a hit)picture when gaming, and cinema produces the best for film. Possibly thee' brightest plasma i've ever seen for gaming when in game mode, i was quite suprised really. Also...The problem with Cinema mode for film however is that while it does produce the most natural picture for film, there's just something odd about the gamma. almost like it has this slight milky look it and lacks 'punch' The end result is a slightly flatter look then what i'm used to.
And while the motion handeling beats out 'any' LCD and LED on the market, it's still not 'quite' as good as my prevous LG PT350 plasma. Blur is still evident when manouvering
the camera around the screen in first or 3rd person games, and at times there are little bits of green phosper flashing depending. The LG has superior gamma(you have 3 choices for it), more punch and better motion handeling. But the black levels on that set were pretty mediocre, and
for gaming the color and brightness were nothwhere near as good as this panny, 4:3 content resitricts you to light grey bars on the side of the screen where as the X5 gives you a choice between grey, dark grey, or black.
not to mention the input lag on the LG just horrible, the X5 however when set in 'game' mode with the color spectrum set to 'HD'(SD is sluggish) is pretty good, not quite as good as my oher LG LCD which delivers an impressive 16ms. I'd imagine the X5 is in the 20's.It's
Also game & Vivid mode look awful for movies. I could even say the same about custom. Non HD content especially Skin looks artifical, almost like an oil paining.
While Standard mode is far too dim. Setting it to cinema is a 'must' There's also more noise to the picture than my LG as well, that or there's some sort of intigrated edge enhancement
already set into the picture to compensate for the 1024z768 resolution.
Overall, i'm glad i picked up the X5, it's a great set for gaming on game mode, especially for wii or anything 480p. 720p content on the PS3 is fantastic
as well, it's just you're missing out on that extra resolution which 'does' make a difference. I can totaly tell the difference between playing a 720p
PS3 game on a 1024x768 set in comparison to a 1080p set which can properly display 1280x720p.