I picked up the 50PZ80U several days ago and am having several issues with the picture. This is my first plasma. I'm coming from a sony rear projection KDF 50" E2000. On the 80U I am currently using the cinema setting with picture & brightness a little under 50/set on warm/sharpness at 50.
The panny obviously has better contrast, visual depth and a cleaner image (no screen door effect like the sony). And the colors are pretty good. Although not "perfect." Overall, the 80u obviously looks very nice with over-air HD broadcasts and Blu-Ray. But I have a few issues.
1. I'm seeing some screen flicker, almost like a CRT monitor with a lower refresh rate. I don't notice it all of the time, but I do often. Is this normal for plasma screens to have a slight flicker? I do not mean a motion flicker like film motion, I mean like actual refresh rate type of flicker.
2. I'm also seeing more banding in the gradients than I noticed on the rear projection sony. I'm going to do a side x side to double check.
3. Upscaling from Standard Def DirecTV looks worse on the 80U than it did on the sony. The image looks more blurry and colors look more plastic-like and almost "smudged". Could it be the additional scaling to 1080p of the 80u rather than the lower upscaling to 720p of the sony? Both tv's are 50". However, I do not think it is the additional resolution since a friend has the same setup I do but with a 55" 1080P sony rear projection and his standard def directv tivo basically looks just like it did on my sony.
4. I'm not a fan of the green trails and can see them easily. They are terrible while gaming and while watching black and white video(opening scene of Casino Royale). But I know they should reduce with more use.
What bothers me the most is the screen flicker. Followed by gradient banding. I can live with below average standard def scaling for a while until I upgrade. But that flicker almost makes it visually awkward to watch tv. (I am also bothered by the visual anomalies of rear projection DLP.)
Any ideas what I could try tweaking? Maybe I am just too sensitive for Plasmas? Has anyone else noticed these issues or am I just that unusual