Originally Posted by AlanBuck
I don't how you can say this..the screen when the set is off isn't even nearly as black as the bezel if there is any significant light striking it. Mine is opposite a totally windowless wall and it's no prize for daytime black levels just with light coming from the sides (and the windows it comes from are about 10 feet away on the left and about 20 feet on the right). It's ok...but nowhere near 'incredible'.
And you watch your TV with the screen "off"?
How the screen looks off
is irrelevant since obviously most others can't watch TV with it off.
Like any other dissimilar materials, a black bezel and screen are never going to look the same regardless of TV or brand or quality or conditions, because they are two totally different materials with different light-absorption, light-scattering and light-reflective properties.
I don't know why anyone would want their TV's blacks to look as black as a black bezel anyway because if that were the case you'd never see any detail in black objects on TV. For example, if someone were wearing a black suit you'd never even see the pockets, lapels, stitching, etc. Further, there's rarely, if ever
, such as thing as "total real true black
" in real-life, or on TV--i.e. black=total absence of light or no color at all.
BL's are highly subjective, and all I'm saying is my "blacks" looked "black", black like they would be in real life
in both highlights and shadow
, yet retained great detail
(in the suit example) in buttons, threads, pockets, fabric weave, etc. When my TV is off
, I couldn't care less if my screen is bright pink or what, as long as it looks great when it's on and being watched.
BL's may also change in the Kuro's like the Panasonic plasmas (can't remember if they do), and could also be sensitive-to-adjustment-needed, or like the Panasonics just different from set to set. Maybe the BL's on yours just isn't the same as some others' Kuros.