Originally Posted by greenland
Thanks for the feed back. I take it that you find the black level with "Light" setting to be more that satisfactory to you.
It's not as if that setting actually changes the black levels. Setting it to dark absolutely destroys shadow detail, or atleast it has for the last 2 generations. I've played around with test patterns on my 60u and what should be nice gradations become completely solid with black level set to dark. I guess with the floating blacks of the 6/7 series then more solid black on the screen = a slightly darker shade of black but at the expense of any decent picture. Of course we don't know enough about the 8 series to know whether it even has floating blacks or what the black level control does.
Originally Posted by Tideas
er? I'm asking, because both the new samsung LCD and the Viera 85u is comparably priced, which is more worthwhile as far as playing games go?
Gaming on plasmas is far better in my opinion. No input lag, no blur, amazing picture. I've gamed lots on Panasonic's 6 series and 7 series displays and they've been excellent. I expect these 8 series sets to be even better. Also the 46" 85u should be quite a bit cheaper than the 46" a650. This is the owners thread, though, and probably not the place for questions like this. Look in the other non-owner Panasonic and Samsung threads.