Hello Everyone. First post here so don't chew up my simple method too bad
I purchased this tv (the s60) yesterday and just wanted to post my impressions.
First of all as many people here and other places have said, the picture really is amazing. I have been trying to find a new tv for the past 3 weeks and this is the third (or fourth if you count that I exchanged one one I have tried out).
The first one was a LG 47cs570 on sale for $500 and then two LG 47lm5850's for about $750, all of which had rather nice pictures but suffered from extremely distracting DSE that made them almost unwatchable for me.
So after more research I found that if I stuck with LCD tvs in my price range (around $1000 or so with taxes, 13% sales tax here in Ontario Canada) I really would just have to deal with the DSE as almost every set would suffer from it. So i decided to try a plasma, as they were said to for the most part not suffer from it. Well that has seemed to be the case as this s60 seems very uniform with no bright or dark spots or lines that I can make out. On top of that the super dark blacks are just something else, the dark grey blacks from LCD tvs always bugged me a little bit.
The only real issue I have with the set is the noise in the picture when looking close at the screen. I have tried to find information about what causes this "issue?" but all I can seem to find is that plasma's in general or at least Panasonic plasma's just do it. I sit the recommended distance away from the 50" screen and I really can't see it during normal viewing, but its annoying to know its there, just a minor ocd on my part I guess. When it is a bit of an issue is during dark grey screens, like some of the menu's in Forza 4 if any of you guys have played that game. The menu should be almost black, but because of this noise they look lighter than they should and I can just make out the fact that the noise is not static.
If anyone has any insight as to the cause of the effect, and a solution or at least a way to reduce the effect, i would love to read it.
Anyway that aside the tv looks great.
I also wanted to comment on the response time of the television. Reading through the first 20 or 30 pages of this thread there were many requests for the response time of the television, with no actual answers beyond that no one really seemed to be having an issue. So I thought I would provide my findings that actually have some numbers attached, though the accuracy of the tests i'm sure is far from ideal.
Anyway, the test is simply the auto calibration feature in rock band 2. The guitar it comes with has a microphone and a light sensor in it that is used to calibrate game to your home theater setup. For sound, the game emits a tone at set intervals and measures the time it takes from when the game sends out the tone, to when the guitar's microphone picks up the tone.
In the case of the s60 on cinema mode with no sound features enabled it was 43ms.
Next was the screen latency test. It uses the exact same concept as the sound test but instead of a sound tone it flashes the screen white and uses the light sensor in the guitar to detect the flash.
It's result was 37ms for the s60, which out of the tv's i tested was the best. the 47cs570 was a whopping 70-100ms which made games feel very offputting, not quite unplayable but they just didnt feel right.
The 47lm5850 was much better at around 45ms, which felt just fine to me.
Seeing as the test is extremely easy to do, if anyone would like me to test with various post processing effects on either sound or video let me know and I'll see what it comes up with.
Anyway, it was a long post and thank you to the people who made it through my ramblings. Thanks to everyone who gave this tv a recommendation as I am really loving it so far, I do believe I have been converted to the "dark" side
If I am the first one to come up with that joke for plasmas then the nerdiness of this community disappoints me a bit haha.