Originally Posted by 440michael
First off thanks very much for answering. Yes, I'm using the standard mode but I have tried others. The default factory setting drives some of the settings to to very upper range. I have for the most part adjusted mine to about the middle but slightly on the lower side. I don't have any options turned on that adjust the picture. I have expermented with all source material. Older and very new. Same environment occurs. If it seems like I'm looking for people that might have the same kind of problems it's just beause times a-flying and I didn't want to let to much time slip by before I seek an enviroment that revolves around needing a tech. I was hoping that someone else might have had my problems and they had a concrete answer that corrected them. There is an authorized Panasonic repair service that's local here in the San Jose area that I am concidering. The picture gets so bad that I can't imagine an adjustment will correct this very grainy/screen door look that occurs in any darker environment. This is my first plasma and I wasn't aware of adjustments revolving around calibrating. The ultra grainy look that covers the darker portions during darker environments is so bad that I'm sure if an adjustment could take this out someone would have delt with this and had a fix. I don't like to be negative but I'm leaning towards I'm the one whos got the problem child. There is no way this condition of grain out could be discribed as something that's normal with plasmas. Not this bad. Thanks again. And maybe I'm wrong. Maybe there is an adjustment fix for this. Hopefully I'll find out.
You basically have 3 options with the current generation of Panasonic plasmas as far as dithering vs contrast ratio. I'll explain:
First, standard is absolutely the worst possible picture mode. It's extremely unfortunate that they labeled it "standard," as this implies that it would be a good place to start. Unfortunately this mode is simultaneously very dim and runs in the lowest gradation drive mode. Never, ever use it. In fact, you should really only use the "custom" or "pro" modes unless you want to use the THX mode.
Once you're out of standard you have three gradation vs contrast options. These are seen in the interface as "panel brightness," however that name is just there to avoid confusion (in reality it creates more). This is essentially the panel drive mode setting.
High: Increased brightness in exchange for increased dither. Basically no one ever uses this mode, because the damage it does to dark details is far worse than the slight increase in overall light output it provides. Standard uses this mode but also caps the power output, which is what makes it the worst mode.
Mid: This is the default setting for any of the calibrate-able modes. A Middle ground between high contrast and dithering in dark images. Generally considered the best choice for normal viewing distances, however you may still see dithering if you sit at what I'll call "monitor FOV" distances.
Low: In this mode the panel sacrifices contrast for excellent gradation, resulting in almost no dithering even at the darkest shades. It's less used than "mid" because it does bring the black levels up slightly and decreases the peak output. If you're setting very close to the TV then this might be a good trade, but we're talking about the "monitor FOV" distance I mentioned before. This means sitting close enough to the TV that it takes up as much of your field of view as a desktop monitor might.
Originally Posted by chunon
Seems the experience varies widely, I too had to help carry my tv in but had to get someone to help me put it on the stand later, believe me with this guy I felt fortunate to get it into my place undamaged dude was on the edge of a coronary just getting the box top off. I complained to Amazon since I had to help carry it in myself and received a $100 dollar credit. Enhanced delivery in many cases means you will have to help carry it yourself lol
Yeah, there's a huge amount of variance. It's not really an Amazon-specific issue, it's actually about how the freight carriers in your area handle things. In some places the large freight companies do direct delivery, while in other places (especially as you get farther from a major hub city) they sub-contract the delivery to basically anyone with a truck. In my case I had a relatively professional crew of 2 show up who were familiar with setting up the TV (probably done tons of them) and had it on the stand extremely quickly. But I'm in a city with the warehouse for the freight company no more than 20 miles from my house. Anyway, depending on your location the freight shipper might send it off with some other "company" which may consist of a guy with a van. Giving you some cash back is about the best Amazon can do because they don't have significant leverage over these freight companies, which make most of their money delivering incredibly large and heavy things to businesses. It's not optimal but you won't get companies like UPS or FedEx to even touch shipments this large and heavy.