Today I went to Best Buy and Circuit City, and spent about an hour looking at tvs. Best Buy had the tvs on the wall, it was a dim lighting, not as dark as you would have it at home, but not nearly as bright as Costco. They had a 1080p Panasonic next to a 1080p Samsung, and a Kuro. To me the blacks of the Samsung looked "blacker". They weren't Kuro black but then again whites were brighter than the Kuro. Now, I know from reading here that the Panasonics have measured darker black levels than the Samsungs, but why did the Samsung blacks look deeper to me? When the signal faded to black, the Samsung screen looked black, while the Panasonic looked greenish-gray. Same thing with letterbox movies. The bars looked blacker on the Samsung. Are my eyes deceiving me? The only thing I can think of is that the filter on the Panny screen deflects light in a way that makes blacks look worse, or the Samsung has a filter that makes blacks look deeper than a machine will measure them. I also thought the Samsung picture looked a little crisper overall. I went to Circuit City and they had a 550 hooked up directly to Blu-ray playing an animated movie and it looked stunning. They also had a calibrated 58a550 next to a 85u Panny and again the Samsung picture looked as black if not blacker, and very sharp. Is there really that much of a difference between the two when you get them home? I had a 2007 Samsung 720p plasma and the blacks were nothing to brag about, IR was horrible, so I'm a bit confused. Anyone have similar experiences? The price they have on their 50a510 model this week (front page ad) is very tempting.
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1/26/09 at 4:41pm