Originally Posted by Cleveland Plasma
OK, we just got a PN58A500 in first (quick) impressions. <<>>
I also saw some of them along with the Panasonic 85u at a Ken Kranes today.
1,000,000:1 contrast number my hairy ass.
Black levels on that set, just like the 85u, were NOWHERE near the Pioneer Kuro for starters.
The PN-58A550 on display were next to a 46" Samsung 71 LCD series & honestly that LCD had better deeper looking blacks & brighter whites. The lighting in Ken Kranes weren't as bright as Circuit City or Best Buy showrooms, it was more of a Magnolia type lighting & other matted LCD's had a hazy look to them, so the lighting was not a factor for the meh-ish blacks.
Both the A550 & the Panny 85u did have brighter screens though & almost looked LCD in terms of whites.
One thing for sure is the native & dynamic contrast are insanely wrong on both sets. At least with the Samsung LED LCD's insanely high 100,000:1 contrast numbers had some truth to them as they could get a perfect pitch blacks from the set.
These new plasma set on the other hand look like a modest step up from their previous models & nothing more.