It looks like I'm also part of this minority. I've been reading this thread form the beginning and had reservations on posting because of how the op and others have been ridiculed for their interpretation of what their eyes see. I thought we would have learned something form history by now. Anyway
Thank you to Yoda1, dalandis and others.
ChrisWiggles is on point. Thanks!
Here's my best attempt at an explanation and some other factors that may help to alleviate this problem for you. I am not a professional of plasmas or phosphors type technologies, however I have an understanding on how these technologies work from what I've read and can use my eyes to see the resulting effect of these technologies. If you have information that debunks my theory, please educate me.
This is all my opinion...It's phosphors decay with a twist?
The worst condition is when a white pixel changes to black. (Either a lending or tailing edge of motion) One plasma pixel consist of three phosphors, red, green and blue (RGB). On the pixels decent from white to black each phosphor needs to discharge. (Or reverse: On the pixels accent from black to white each phosphor needs to charge) As this happens, the fully light red phosphor begins its journey to black, first passing as pink, then red, then dark red and finally black. The same holds true for green and blue. They most likely fall to black at similar rates but I believe red and blue discharge faster. Side note: The human eye can't see the full range of blue. So at mid point, red and blue discharging slightly quicker, green at half brightness, but your inability to make out the full range of blue, causes you to see more of a mix with green, some red and very little blue. If you mixed these colors, you have a Yellow/Yellow Green.
Fact: Phosphors decay at certain rates. (afterglow duration)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phosphor_thermometryhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phosphor
Fact: I see this phenomenon, whether it's my eyes or my plasma.
Why we see this and others don't? I'm not sure. Personally, I'm able to see things with perfect clarity when they are moving at certain rates of high speed. For example: Watching cars go by at 155mph, I will see a motion blur. At 160mph, I can make out the car for several frames with perfect clarity. At 165mph, a blur again. So I think we're sensitive to the speed at which these phosphors decay. Like, being able to see the mixture of colors as a yellow/yellow green several times as the phosphors decays. Hence creating what looks to be a pulsing/strobing effect on the edges of the moving objects.
The first time a watched Sin City on my 42 Panasonic EDTV, the TV was about 2 weeks old, I thought my eyes were going to bleed and my head explode. (I haven't tried watching it since) Also, I can not play any first person video games on my plasma without getting a headache, for me that is the worst. At first I figured it was just my plasma or the source, but after going to a few friends and family members houses, I saw this same phenomenon on every single plasma with different type of source materials. Anytime white meets black with a lot of movement the condition to me is very obvious and hard to ignore. My quest began
Here are a few things that I've found that have helped to alleviate this problem for me.
1) Time. The problem seems to diminish as the plasma logs some hours or I'm just getting accustom to it.
2) The plasma's pixel pitch. The smaller the better. Pixel Pitch (H x V)(42 EDTV 1.08 x 1.08 mm, 42 HDTV 0.90 x 0.67 mm, 50" HDTV 0.81 x 0.81 mm) I'm very interested in Pioneer's new 50 1080p. The density of pixels should create for very small pixels for a 50.
3) Set the contrast down. Shorten the distance between white and black.
4) Sit further away.
5) Create ambient lighting. (Bias lighting)
or Wait for SED Technology?
I'd think as the contrast ratios become larger (blacker blacks and whiter whites) and if decay times stay at the same rate, more people will see this condition. The two examples given by Yoda1 (Post #181) and dalandis screen shot (Post #195) are the best examples of the condition I've seen, but imagine seeing that on a 42 or 50 inch plasma. For me plasma is still the best in PQ for sizes 37 and up and I'm planning on buying a 50 or 58 in screen soon.
That's my take. I only wish I was a better writer to help get my point across.
You stay classy AVS!