Just got the TC-P50UT50 a few days ago from Costco for $599.97. The out-of-the-box picture was very disappointing so I came here to see what can be done.
I used Anikun07's settings for the Custom 2D mode and the picture improved dramatically.
BUT it doesn't seem to be there yet.
The whites are not pure white, more like a sort of very-faint-gray white, not the pure-as-snow white that I have in my other plasma, a 4 year old 2D LG 50PS11.
Also, the pinkish-red of the LG appears more like purplish red in the UT50.
I changed one of the Anikun07's settings of Color Temp from Normal to Cool1 and Cool2 and the white improves quite a bit but it still is not as good as the LG.
I understand that the UT50 should be broken-in for a few weeks at least, and also that there are additional settings in the Service Menu.
I got into the SM but did not want to change anything... yet, at least not until the unit is broken-in.
When using the Vivid factory mode, the white is much better but there is still a very slight hint of "grayness", it's just not pure white. There is NO improvement in the red. Also in the factory Vivid the flesh tones are just not right, but the picture is very nice in a show like PBS' Nature.
Now, is there a setting in the SM that will give pure white in the Custom 2D mode above (and also in other modes), and/or correct the red issue?
I just want the UT50 to give a great picture just like the LG, or as close as it gets!
I also have the DVE - Digital Video Essentials HD Basics Blu-ray that I may use after the UT50 is broken-in.
I do not have the AVS HD 709, yet.
The LG is also a value plasma, it was $699 four years ago, but it has more settings to play with. It also has ISF Expert modes.
The settings in the LG are in Vivid Mode and the picture seems to have a 3D depth, it's a great picture in flesh tones, in nature programs, movies, concerts, etc:
Color Temp: Medium
Dynamic Contrast: High
Dynamic Color: High
Noise Reduction: Medium
Black Level: Auto
Film Mode: Off
Color Gamut: Wide
Edge Enhancer: On
No SM fooling around.
I've read the beginning and the end of this long thread so far and intend to read more... but it's pretty long!
Any insights on how to correct the white and red issues described above are much appreciated.