Stopped by Best Buy for a little window shopping. I asked the guy there if he wouldn't mind letting me use the remote to play with the S60's settings, and thankfully he obliged. It looked pretty dim at first, but the setting was on Standard (for some reason). I put it on Vivid and I thought it looked way better. I know I probably wouldn't keep it on Vivid if I were to buy it, but it was reassuring to see some brighter brights. It didn't look as bright as the LCDs, obviously...but I don't know....Our BB's back area was pretty dark, and the S60 just seemed kind of 'right'. Easy on the eyes, bright enough to show a wide range of contrast.
Personally, I tend to keep my computer montior on its lowest brightness, as it can get stupidly bright. I imagine that most people who complain about plasma brightness either:
a.) Have it set up in too bright a room
b.) Are too used to the more 'blinding' light of an LCD
c.) Don't have their TV settings set up properly
d.) Just have a bad panel
It's always kind of discouraging when I see the few people complain about plasma brightness...but I always see hundreds of other comments talking about how "you can't go back" and how it's basically better on every level. I'll have to trust you guys and hope that in the next several months I can get a good deal on an S60. I was disappointed that I couldn't really find the S30 at a good price anymore, so the S60 seems to be filling that gap now. Can't wait!
Edit: Regarding posterization....it will be there, no doubt, but I think when I move out, I won't be so jarringly close to the TV, and my eyesight isn't the best (my color perception is pretty up there though, as I work as an illustrator)
Edit 2: A buddy of mine is saying that I should look more into getting a TV from a couple years ago. Something like the G10. Is that really advisable? I don't want to buy a TV somewhere that I can't return it if need be. I can't really find any better plasma for gaming in this price range...unless anyone has any recommendations.