Originally Posted by StinDaWg
I'm not really sure what you guys are getting heated about. Yes, if the black levels do in fact increase this is a very unfortunate thing, but some of you are acting like the black levels should be pitch black in a dark room. Even the almighty Kuros glow with all the lights off and no content on the screen.
I don't know what to make of all of this. Part of me thinks people might be imagining things even though some of them feel certain that they are not. Part of me is worried that there might be something to it.
But you are right about the black levels. My G10 is new and the blacks were never truly black (heck, even my Sony CRT's blacks are not truly black) only a fairly dark shade of gray. In a dark room the blacks on my G10 always "glowed". Even when I compared my G10 to my Samsung B610 LCD the blacks in many scenarios were not really all that much better. The overall contrast on my G10, though, just makes the picture pop and in that regard it looks better than my LCD or my CRT.
So, like I said, I don't know what to make of all this. Did my set come with the blacks already elevated? Do some people actually have G10's whose blacks were truly black, or at least pretty close, and are now much lighter? Are a few sets defective, or does this affect all Panasonic plasmas?
So many unanswered questions, but the fact is we don't have many actual facts to go on. We have basically one guy who actually measured an increase in his black levels. But then there are guys like LarryInRI who measured a fairly static black level on his X1 over hundreds of hours. I doubt his black levels increased before 200 hrs, which is evidence at least that not all Panasonic plasmas have significant increases in their black levels.
I've decided, in any case, that I am keeping my G10. I like the picture it produces so much that I can't imagine it degrading enough to put it behind my Samsung LCD. The richness of the colors, the uniformity of the picture, the way it handles motion, the negligible input lag, and the perfect off-angle viewing are things that I love about it that make me unwilling to give it up even if the black levels raise a bit.