Originally Posted by slateX
Man, my old Panasonic can go brighter than I could ever want it to be, yet I've been reading about dimness in the recent reviews. Could it be that plasmas are actually not able to put out brightness like they used to, or is everyone just used to the insane brightness of LCDs?
I'd say my old Panny is very reflective but my brain filters it out and I don't notice it when the TV is turned on.
Yes, I have some thoughts on this, and that is that I do think newer plasmas do not put out brightness like they used to. I am in a similar situation as you, except that my old plasma died and had to be replaced. It was a Toshiba 50HP66 which I got in, I think, 2007. That Toshiba got really bright(without blowing out the whites and faces) and had the ability to produce a very contrasty picture, which I liked. Incidentally, about four years ago I also installed a 55" Panasonic plasma at my parents house, the model number of which I cannot remember. But it gets really bright and can do a contrasty picture.
Well, fast forward to now. I just bought a Panasonic 60S60, based on reviews here and elsewhere, to replace the Toshiba. Compared to my old Toshiba, it's just dim looking. After about a week of trying every setting I could find on AVS, I have been unable to get a satisfying picture out of it, and I am sending it back to Amazon. I also can't tolerate the dimming it does whenever a TV station puts up a white information bar across the bottom or side of the screen. I don't recall the Toshiba doing that.
My problem now is to try to figure out if the ST60 series, or maybe even a Samsung plasma, is going to be bright enough, or am I going to have to go to LED to get the look I want. These new LEDs don't look that bad to me.
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