First let me say sorry if this post should have been placed elsewhere - I looked around and didn't see an obvious sub category. I also looked on the acronym definitions page to help describe my problem but couldn't find the obvious there either. So here goes:
Going from a Samsung PN58B650 I was expecting the "wow factor" with my first panasonic plasma, but was actually very disappointed. The best I can describe is that the picture doesn't have crisp sharp images. If you stand close to the set, it is very noticeable that the edges of text appear pixelated or having somewhat of a ghosted edge. It is particularly noticeable on channels with a lot of text that is changing - like ESPN sportscenter or CNBC financial. There are little news bars that "flip" to the next item, and momentarily the new text has the described problem, and then you see a slight change/improvement, but not complete improvement.
I thought possibly the issue is with the Dish Network input signal. When all input sources are turned off, the TV displays text message indicating no input sources, and this text appears crisp and doesn't seem to have the same grainy edges. I described this to Dish Network and they are sending a technician to check out. I went into the set-up / installation screen for pointing the Dish and it said my signal strength was only ~29% which seems really low, but Dish Network said it has no effect. The person I spoke to didn't come across as one of their sharper technicians, so you're never sure what to believe.
I wondered if the HDMI cable I use could have any relation to this. The ones I have are nothing special - just typical EBAY purchases. I've never bought into the idea that you need a super expensive cable but maybe I'm wrong about that. The 58" Samsung I replaced is broken (thats why I bought the Panny) so there's no way to say is any of my described problem existed on that TV. For sure I didnt have the same expectation and pay as close attention, so that picture could have been less than perfect also. But as much as people rave about Panasonics, I just cant believe that what I'm seeing is normal.
Appreciate any and all feedback.