I have the 42" X5. And the brightness is pretty bloody amazing
'in Game mode' when gaming of course. You don't
want to use game or vivid for film for the reasons below. It's not as bright as an LED/LCD of course, but
it's brighter than 'any' plasma i've ever seen.
For film....You're basically going to be stuck with Cinema mode which does kind of produce a bit
of a dim picture. The other modes when watching film create this nasty weird
Noise in the picture, to the point where faces look noisy, unatural and artifical...
Even when the sharpness is knocked down to 0... I'd prefer to use Custom becuse
of the slightly higher brightness and balanced gamma but i wont because of the distracting video noise. Cinema however has a slightly milkier gamma,
and the picture is a bit dimmer...But it's easily the most natural looking
picture and the noise is geatly reduced....Trust me, you're going to be stuck tinkering with that mode
as the others will greatly dissapoint you because of the disracting video noise.
With that said, this set has an amazing color gamut, and again it's thee brightest
plasma in 'game mode and more so in vivid' that i've ever seen. If you're just into film, then
forget about using either mode though.
The downsides.....Again, all of the modes outside of cinema produce a lot of noise, cinema itself
is a bit on the milky and slightly dim side, the motion handeling while good isn't as good
as my LG 2011 plasma which i've compared it to, and while the Black levels of the X5 look great in a dim room, in pitch dark
they're more like a dark shade of grey....Doesn't quite cut it for me to be honest. With all of that out of
the way i wouldn't recommend the X5...It's a nice set, but the U50 yields better black levels because
of the NeoPanel, aside from getting true 720p/1080p and the UT bumps it up a notch with 2400hz motion handeling
Anyways, I've gone back to my 32" Tube CRT using component cables until i figure out the right set i want in NOV for movies and the Wii U.
my CRT may be lacking progressive scan, a big screen, HDMI, flatscreen and 720p(lower res 720p that is) but honestly the fantastic
black levels, slightly higher brightness for film, great gamma and perfect motion of my CRT have made movie experiences more enjoyable
and natural to watch. Temporary set though! XP i'm down to these 3 sets below > I'd love a 60", but i'll most likely
have to cave and get a 50" considering i don't want to go over $1,200.
Panasonic S30 - (Worried about the black levels, panasonic 600hz sets don't have the greatest motion either)
Samsung E550 - (Dimmer picture? ho hum blacks?)
Last resort >
Panny' UT50 (Phenomenablacks apperantly, worried about the soft PQ of 480p & 720p conent.
This set shines in 1080p apperantly and that's that. also worried about the input lag for gaming)