Originally Posted by mattrg
I have a couple weeks old Panasonic P60UT50, and I have a couple questions I'd like opinions on.
First and most important, buzzing. I know plasmas have a tenancy to buzz, but what is acceptable? On bright/light colored screens, I can hear the tv buzzing from my bed (~12ft), on mute or even low volume. If I'm sitting closer, it's even easier to hear. Is there anything I can do to help this? Does this get better with time, or worse? I'm thinking of exchanging it just to see if another set is better at all.
Second, picture noise. I noticed this in another Panasonic I had for a short time last year as well. To be fair, I really only notice it when I'm within ~5ft of the tv, on mostly dark areas. Especially in dark games for instance. It's a sort of moving noise in the picture. Is this a normal thing for plasmas? Specifically Panasonics?
Other than that, I do love the picture on this tv. Glare is a little distracting at times, and short-term quick-IR can be an issue. I also noticed some line bleeding a few times that was distracting. But it IS pretty.
My 58" Samsung 7000 Plasma 2 years ago did it so bad I had to return it....quiet scenes from 15' away, it's all you heard, drive you crazy. The 50 VT Panasonic Plasma had a MUCH lesser buzz I could live with. Pretty certain ALL Plasma's do this, you can really hear it emitting from the rear, usually around the middle toward the side, thing it's the power supply.
Got a 55" ST50 Panasonic Plasma yesterday, it buzzes, but you really only hear it if you have a silent room, and are right in front of it, and it's still faint.....nothing like that dreaded Samsung.
If you put the center of the screen above eye level, it should go right over your head, but this is hardly ideal in most cases.
As for the video noise, it's in dark scenes, like a fuzzy gradient shift....I noticed this too, seems to also be on all plasma's....I was hoping it would be my 10GB Blu-ray rip being too compressed, instead of an actual issue with the TV, but I have yet to test a retail blu-ray for direct comparison. My guess is, it's the TV being that I noticed it on the other Plasma's.....but the picture overall is so good, I will probably just forgive it.