Originally Posted by WaveBoy
so with the gamma set to 2.2 and when the ABL hasn't kicked in, the lamp for example is perfectly visable? But WHEN the ABL kicks in it crushes shadow detail due to the brightness drop? I'm sure the color ends up looking less saturated and duller as well.
Its two separate issues
1) While watching Akira some of the darker details were not visible at the settings I had, so I increased the Panel brightness from mid to high and that restored them. This is a very nitpicky point, most people will not notice it, but I have seen the movie about 15 times so i know "what it should look like". This plasma is an excellent choice for dark movies like Akira, High Production value animations (they seem to use a darker pallete than animation used for television, they tend not to use pure white except for rare shots), normal broadcast television and other movies
2) The problem I am having is that I use my living room television to browse the interent and also watch Anime = lots of bright colors. This is when I am noticing the ABL kick in. I can turn down the brightness to 45% to get rid of all the ABL but now the colors just don't pop anymore. A good example is Bakemonogatari anime that has a lot of solid colors, but they are now all pretty dull at 45% contrast.
After messing with the TV for about 4 hours I have made some improvements so that ABL is a lot less noticable. Thankfully my room is very dark.
Changes I made
Contrast 50, ACG is not at 5 (seems to make colors pop more at the expense of colors being washed out) and Gamma is now set at 2.4 ( offsets the ACG changes somewhat).
I'll keep messing with the settings over the weekend. I think using this monitor for browsing the internet will always be inferior to using an LCD, but my goal is to improve it for anime as best as I can.
TL;DR: Plasma good for movies, television, color uniformity and black . LED LCD: Good for browsing the internet, watching anime or any other bright content like Hockey