Still messing with my new VT50 and I also apologize for needing a bit of education, being my first Plasma. I'll try to be more concise in what I'm asking here.
1. Is it normal for whites to get greyer as they fill the screen? Just making sure I'm not missing something or have anything wrong with my set. As mentioned, if I use my PC and open a notepad window, its white as long as its small, but as I drag the window to make it bigger, it gets duller and closer to grey. Even looking at other parts of the screen, the entire screen gets dimmer as more solid white fills it. Pulling up the TV menu, or a pause menu that covers up part of a game, increases the brightness. I'm trying to see if I can get a more consistent brightness, preferably close to the brighter side of what I'm seeing. Will it be possible to see a small white object grow larger without changing its shade? The all-white menus of my Wii U seem duller than they did on my LCD.
2. Is there a way to increase overall brightness uniformly? It will be months before I have the extra cash for a pro calibration, and wondering if there are certain settings that I could increase by an equal amount just to increase the light output a tad. Not by much but seems a tad more light would help. I'm in a very cave-like apartment, not a bright room at all. During the day there is a large sliding glass door to the left of the TV, but it has a dark curtain over it. Light gets in, but not too much, I still need the overhead light at times to find things in the room more easily without opening the curtains. I've tried setting the panel brightness to "high" and while I liked the brightness level, everything was washed out.