Hey ya'll, I just purchased the tcp-50u50 from my local sears and have some questions and concerns. This is my first Plasma and I like it but I have had some issues and only had it for couple days. First issue was/is that there was static or snow that filled the whole screen, you could/can really see it when screen is black, at first it was only on HDMI 2. I called Panasonic and at first the guy tried to say it wasn't the tv but my ps3 or HDMI cable, I told him I tried my dish reciever with its HDMI cable and it would do the same and it doesn't happen on HDMI 1. After goin back and forth for awhile he had me reset the tv to factory, that worked at the time and I asked him what would cause that and if I should worry cause it is only a day old, he didn't have an answer.
So what is strange is I have the Disney WOW calib blueray and this problem first started when I was using the advanced settings in brightness, I noticed right away that there was static all over in the stars. After I did the reset on TV that seemed to fix it I tried the Disney WOW DVD again and BAM static came back while tryin to adjust brightness, I was using the HDMI 2 again. So I tried it on HDMI 1 with the Disney wow and right on cue when on the brightness screen with the stars the static came. Now on both HDMI's there is static but its not always there like it was the first time. On my dish reciever (which is HDMI 1) it doesn't happen that much but I will notice it when changing channels when screen goes black (it looks like what would happen to the old tvs when you didn't have signal) its harder to see when colors are on screen. On HDMI 2 It happens alot when playin on either Xbox or ps3, everytime the screen goes dark when loading or something there is static that fills screen. Im goin to reset my tv again but now Im worried about tryin to use my Disney wow again lol. Anyone have a clue whats goin on here? Is Disney WOW really causing this problem?
Alright a couple more things if anyone is still reading, On a certain channel(espn 2) theres sparkles all over, its different than the static, I mean it actually sparkles little white flashes all over the screen. So far ESPN 2 is the only channel I have noticed it on, I have never seen this on my LCDs. I have also noticed the screen will sometimes get brighter (Yes I have C.A.T.S. OFF) you can really see it while watching basketball for some reason, it will get bright really fast then slowly dim then get bright again, its actually hard to watch BBall games because of this, I don't really notice it that much watching anything else.
I like the TV, but Im concerned about these issues, I have acouple LCDs but this is my first Plasma so not sure whats normal and whats not for them. I purchased from Sears and was just looking at there return policy and it looks like they charge you a 15% restocking fee? I had no idea stores still do that, Im sure they would let me exchange it for another tv straight up wouldn't they?
I would very much appreciate any thoughts on these issues THANKS!