Originally Posted by Ken Ross
Greg, how much worse would you say your black levels are than a plasma like the F8500?
As for upconversion, your comparison is very favorable toward the quality of upconversion.
I haven't seen the F8500. I could compare to the Panasonic st60 that I have in the next room, except even that is difficult, because I keep the brightness control of the HU8550 turned down so that blacks are perfectly black. I have to have my blacks black, even if shadow detail suffers some. And then also, to reclaim as much shadow detail as I can, I have the Gamma setting on the HU8550 turned up to the max. This is not the sort of setup that an ISF sort of person would come up with.
So all I can say about comparative black levels, I guess, is that to make black parts of the picture appear to be really black, special measures are required for the HU8550.
Yes, I think upconversion works really well, but I have to qualify that by noting that I'm looking at a 50" screen, which is pretty small, and it might not show artifacts so readily.