Originally Posted by Zephyros2
Well I got my first look at the TH-58PZ800U yesterday. A local store just got it in. One word, FANTASTIC, I spent a half hour comparing it to the TH-50PZ800U (just as good) and the TH-58PZ700U (the TH-58PZ800U is much sharper than the TH-58PZ700U).
One Very interesting note, the store had it set to Vivid so I asked them to switch it to THX, MUCH Darker, more so than the TH-50PZ800U, I think the only way I would want to watch it is set to the brighter Vivid mode, does anyone think this will cause burn-in over time?
Now, if I'm going to always watch it in Vivid mode, I may as well just get the TH-58PZ850U and have the added benefit of the Pro Setting and VieraCast, decisions, decisions, anyone have any comments on the tradeoffs?
If things go as planned, I will be receiving my 58PZ800U on Tues. I'll let you know if it's really "dark" in THX mode. When you are in the store and all the TVs are totally cranked up bright, anything that isn't cranked looks dark. Did you try and adjust the contrast (picture) or brightness? Did you set the Black level to Light? There are adjustments you can make to brighten up THX mode. Most stores wouldn't let me play with the TV because they were afraid of your reaction. Oh...doesn't look so good now, need to rethink this.
I'm sure that IR will be more of a problem with the TV set to Vivid mode than to THX mode. The harder you drive it, the more likely you should be to have some IR issues. I've looked at many plasmas in stores that are cranked up and really haven't seen any IR issues, so I think the whole issue is overblown a bit. I'm sure it happens at times, but it's a rarity.
After putting the Kuros aside due to the price of entry, I looked closely at the 850U, too, and I decided that THX mode did pretty much everything I needed. Set it and forget it. If I can't dial it in on my own, then it's calibration time. I've had other TVs calibrated and have never regretted paying for it. Hopefully that could be an option for you.