Originally Posted by Bazzy
May I ask if these new Panny's really will be behind the black levels of even the G8 Kuro Plasmas? The reason I ask is that the very highly respected testing site "HDTVTest" (whom most regard as the reference source for unbiased testing of HDTV's) measured G8 Kuro Black Levels at 0.03 cd/m2. Various G11 Panasonic models had Black Levels measured at between 0.04 cd/m2 and 0.05 cd/m2 so there was very little in it indeed. HDTVTest quotes for example:"Measured post-calibration black level on the Panasonic TH42PZ85B plasma TV was 0.05 cd/m2, i.e. on par with the TH42PX80 but a shade lighter than the 0.03 cd/m2 delivered by the Pioneer Kuro PDP-4280XD, although to be honest the difference is probably only visible through a side-by-side comparison in a totally dark room."
The Panasonic TH50PZ800 has a black levels measured at 0.04 cd/m2.
Based on the above, I would be very shocked and surprised if the new G12 Neo-PDP Panny's with all the new tech and a native contrast figure of 40,000:1 is not even able to up the ante by a mere 0.01/0.02 cd/m2. I would have expected them to blow way past that and I had originally thought that the new Panny's would have black levels in between the G8 & G9 Kuro's which kind of seemed logical.
Based on the figures given by HDTVTest and the apparently great improvements that the G12 Panny's are supposed to bring over the G11's, is it reasonable or even possible that the G12's will only bring such a extremely marginal improvement in Black Levels? If I have assumed anything or made any errors please excuse me - I am nowhere near as knowledgeable as most folks here but am endeavouring to learn!
Its one I really need to know the answer to.
I have been looking forward to the release of these neo-pdps and contemplating getting one.
But I am a black level fiend. I have to have inky blacks. there is just no doing without them.
I was very happy with my 8G blacks and loved them.
That is, Until I got a 9G.
Having a 9G may have spoiled me a little. So I seriously doubt I will be considering a neo-pdp if the blacks arent at least close to 9G levels.
Don't get me wrong, some of the features of the Neo's sound awesome!
Like the extra brightness and wireless hdmi, thinner, perfect motion resolution, etc.
But Blacks matter more to me than all those.
Maybe we will get the official numbers on the neo's MLL soon.
Until then, It looks like I will wait till the 10G kuro.