Originally Posted by Joe33221
Kutter, can you comment on how your TV has been since breakin?
I'm still experimenting with different settings for different sources and ambient light conditions.
I've been really impressed with Bluray source media. As I mentioned previously, I have not noticed the flicker at 48Hz, but only watched Indiana Jones so far. I plan to run the Bluray version of DVD Video Essentials sometime soon (I'm holding off on professional calibration until likely January or so), but the overall image quality has been very good.
For television material, the biggest factor is the source. HD channels look great. I've watched several shows including Survivor and I thought it looked decent. My wife is a fan of Dancing with the Stars and this seemed to look particularly good, or maybe that was just Brooke Burke on the screen
I've been impressed with how sports look in HD on the set. Watching hockey in particular, I was really impressed with the smooth, consistent image. My Sharp had some banding issues and this was always very noticeable with the white ice. With the Panny, the image is smooth and consistent - very, very nice. I watched a little college and NFL football as well on the weekend, and both again looked great.
I only get G4 in SD with Time Warner. I watched an episode of Xplay during the day and everything initially looked quite dark. I tried the "all-purpose" settings on page 2 of this thread and the image really improved. I turned on the Block and Mosquito NR and it seemed to clean up the SD image a little bit too.
The set definitely is more reflective than the Sharp Aquos - but no surprise there. I haven't had a chance to watch during the day on a really sunny day (it's been a bit cloudy here lately), but so far I've been able to dial up the picture and brightness setting and still have a very good image. If the plan is to use the set strictly for daytime viewing, then LCD is likely still the way to go, but for an all-purpose set the Panny plasma is fantastic so far.
I tried the CATS on setting - which is supposed to adjust the image for different ambient light settings - but it didn't work well. The image came out too dark. It means I need to manual change the settings depending on the time of day - not a major problem.