Viewing environment Poll for evening viewing of plasma displays. - AVS Forum
View Poll Results: In the evenings, I watch a plasma display
In total darkness 9 34.62%
With some room lights on 17 65.38%
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post #1 of 16 Old 12-22-2013, 06:12 AM - Thread Starter
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There is always a lot of discussion about how black the black levels are on plasma displays some of which only matters if you're in a totally blacked out room.

The question here is how many actually watch their plasmas in a totally darkness (bat cave conditions) without any amount of room lighting.

In the discussion area of this thread, please comment about how you feel about overall picture brightness.


Remember....this is about plasma displays only.

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Last time I watched a movie in total darkness was - never.

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I watch in total darkness most of the time, but maybe a small percentage of time with lights on. In a totally dark room is the only way to fully immerse yourself (especially with Blu-ray movies) and see the display perform at its optimum level in terms of contrast, blacks, color, etc. The image takes on a completely different life in a dark room.

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The only time I'll watch in "total darkness" is when watching a movie, which is about once a month.
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There is always a lot of discussion about how black the black levels are on plasma displays some of which only matters if you're in a totally blacked out room.

The question here is how many actually watch their plasmas in a totally darkness (bat cave conditions) without any amount of room lighting.

In the discussion area of this thread, please comment about how you feel about overall picture brightness.


Remember....this is about plasma displays only.
I have been watching movies in the evening and night in a fully dark room since the black levels on my s60 don't look washed out even in total darkness and with low apl scenes. I use the bias light for gaming and sometimes when watching TV shows.
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Being single I have room darkening shades in the living room that I never open. I can make the room almost pitch black during the day. I keep one 100 watt light lit unless I am watching movies, then I kill that light and turn on my bias light behind the TV. When D-Nice calibrated my set I told him to set day and night to same 30fl/l since I want ideal color and contrast all the time.
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What about an option for both, since I do both and I am sure many others do as well. I do most of my watching during the day with daytime light coming into the room from a side window ten feet from display. I have the VT60 65" and there is no issue, even if I open the drape next to the tv, 5ft away, as in both are now open. Environment: My ceiling is painted dark green, so is the front wall, but the side walls and back are a much lighter pastel green. 18l x 14w x 8h. I do most of my nighttime watching with no lights on, as in watching a blu ray, gaming like GTA5 or even tv viewing, but occasionally have a light on. I have the COntrast set at 60, tried at 50 and at 70. No issues either way with light conditions given above...so the tv has a lot of headroom if one pushed the contrast. Most importantly and what I think you are asking Jim P, unless one has windows instead of walls allowing as much light outside as inside, or a window that allows direct sun ray(s) to impact the screen, this is a non issue. I remember back in the day, watching my Sony CRT tv with the sun reflecting off it...guess what...I didn't watch it...within reason, no tv can have the sun directly shining its rays on it and be a non issue. I can relate to kluken in the above post, sounds like what I have and do most often.
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i have Phillips Hue (wifi) lamps all over the room that i use.
but no direct light to the panel as it lights up the display.

its 4 Hue LED lamps at max brightness and one Phillips Bloom at max.
they are placed on the longside of the tv.
also 3 spotlights( Halogen Lamps at 35W each) on the ceiling pointing downwards.

inky blacks on the Kuro and plenty of light in the room and the picture is amazing!
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a comlpete dark room is just to tiring
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I also have 6 dimible LED pot lights above my tv on my ceiling. During the week we just watch our TV shows/Sports in the evening with the lights on 50-60%. In the weekends when we watch Bluray movies we watch in either total darkness or just with the Ambient light behind our plasma. Picture is Amazing either way.

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i always prefer to watch in total darkness when possible. but there haven't been too many displays that look good under these conditions since crt.

so for me, it's usually a compromise of what i want(totally dark) and what looks acceptable. still, 90% of the time, i just turn all the lights off. imo it's the way movies/tv is supposed to be watched, and it's the only way to make my room 'disappear'

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What size screen do you have and how far away do you normally sit?

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When I'm in my Den, - total darkness.
When in the family room, - many lights. What can I say, the wife likes light.

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I always have my kitchen lights on if not dimmed. I only use the lights in the living room which is off the kitchen and where I watch TV, if I need them because I am working on something while watching TV.

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For evening viewing when I had my LED it was lights on. Now with my VT60 they are totally off or dimmed very close to off.
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What size screen do you have and how far away do you normally sit?

doesn't seem to matter.
my 'history' has included
27" from more than 12'
50" from ~6'
50" from 12'
120" from 10' and 16'(two rows)
currently
64" plasma and 120" projection screen from 12-14'

i prefer watching in the dark because i prefer the 'intimacy' of only seeing the screen. i don't like the distractions of the room taking me out of the moment. i watch in the dark not only for movies and games in the theatre room, but also in my bedroom. i had to return a couple of edgelit LED's i tried in the bedroom because the flashlighting was way too obvious under those lighting conditions(i went so far as to install 3 pot lights above the tv to help, but they needed to be way too bright for comfortable viewing). fwiw, i ended up with a ccfl backlit lcd in the bedroom.

it's just preference.

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