Originally Posted by Deja Vu
Any problems with the Samsung plasma - ghosting etc.? You still have it so can I assume you're going to keep it at least until the 2011 models arrive?
Yes, I've decided to keep it. It's not perfect, but I'm enjoying it too much to let it go. In my informal testing, the Panasonic bests the Samsung in black level and contrast, but in most other ways, I prefer the Samsung. Of course, the Samsung also does 2D > 3D conversion. If I used a 3D set only for the 3D content that's out there, I wouldn't have used it for more than a few hours. Conversion was what tipped the scale for me. (Admitted with a blush, because it turned me off initially.
) That said, I've found that I can't watch conversion every day, because it's so very funky when it fails (and it will fail - just a question of how often and how badly
). After a couple/three days, though, my 3D hunger overcomes all that and I watch an episode of Eureka, or Stargate Atlantis, with conversion switched on.
Ghosting is not nearly as bad as it was with the first demos I saw on the Samsung LCD displays - not by a long shot. To me, it looks about the same as the Panasonic in that regard - not a lot of difference. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs had virtually no ghosting whatsoever. I could probably count the number of shots where I saw very minor ghosting on one hand. OTOH, MvsA's 3D effects were much better, IMO, and I really didn't like the Cloudy color scheme (though I'm virtually certain it contributed significantly to the lack of ghosting). I'll probably watch MvsA ten times for every time I watch Cloudy.
I'm sure sets (and glasses) will be much better in this regard in a year or two. Right now, I'm more or less resigned to seeing ghosting occasionally in some shots. Though I'd rather not, I'll live with it. I suspect better glasses will develop quickly if 3D can maintain anything close to its current level of momentum. That should be the biggest single factor in minimizing ghosting, especially with plasmas. That's my "educated" guess - take it for what it's worth.