Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Marin County, CA
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Got new VT60 65" Tues nite, 12-10-13. Set is on about 12 hours/day. Replaces Panny TH-50PX60U circa '07-'08, which seemed much brighter and crisper.
I love the natural color & facial image quality of VT60, but it seems so dim.
The room has indirect light during day (Nowhere near as bright as the room pictured a ways down on the ‘VT60 good in semi-bright rooms?’ thread.) TV is 12’ away from my recliner, diagonal across room in a corner. Behind and to left of it are 12’ of glass sliders facing SW, which I look out of to left of TV, BUT, they face a large patio covered with shade cloth, so no direct afternoon sun enters room. Behind me by a good 10’ is 15’x4’ window facing N w/cellular shades half down most of the time. No sun comes in from it. Small skylite above my head. No glare on screen at all.
Example: Watching football highlights on ESPN, with half the field in sun, half in shade (not exactly a fair test, I know) the shade part of the field has poor visibility. Other sports highlights all look like games being played outside during the day are occurring at dusk without stadium lights. In basketball games, crowd is almost all dark. Whites seem grey. Watching cable news channels, while people look very good, I can't appreciate them because of dimness.
On the old Panny, I could almost see people’s blackheads (not that I want to…;~), but now, standing close to the screen, faces are softer than sharp.
I'm set to THX Bright Room, and noodled with those three settings (brightness, contrast & sharpness), but returned them to normal, concerned I should leave settings be during break-in period. I have a link to Plasma TV website's calibrations, but was advised to wait to calibrate till after first 200-500 hours. Now I read here it’s too late, that if you don’t use slides out of the box for the first 100 hours, calibration is pointless.
I’m hoping none of this means there’s something wrong with my particular set, but that it’s just an adjustment issue, or one relating to the evolution of Plasma displays since I got my last one in ’07 or so—an issue of ‘it is what it is’. I could not bear to go through the logistical hassles/expenses of trying out the Samsung. I had to hire labor to just put this baby on its stand after delivery! Boxing it up for return would be a massive ordeal.
Does a set of calibrations exist which are optimized for brightness and might work even if I haven’t done the slides? If so, what is the link?
How long should I wait to try them out?
How useful is C.A.T.S. ?