Originally Posted by localnet
Well, we went out and bought a 42U1, nice set, but my God does it have reflection issues. I put it in my dining room and I think I can just forget about using this thing during the daytime or early evening. Debating on whether to return it or mount it downstairs in the bar area.
Other than that, it has a nice picture, as good as my Samsung 58B560 plasma but falls short against the Samsung LED B6000 I have in our bedroom, used the posted settings and tweaked a bit. I hooked it into my whole house AV system and all seems to be working ok, except for the component 1 input, allot of break up, artifacts on the picture. Switched to component 2 and all is fine now, well maybe not now, it to is breaking up. I have a 46" Sony LCD in the other room and no issues on that set playing the same source. And yes, the Panni has a better picture than the two year old Sony. I cannot say I am blown away, but it is a nice set, just wish it had AR, I thought it did until I got her home. It is like watching a mirror in dining room.
Still debating if I want to keep her...
It's funny you should mention the component input, because I ran into some weird little black pixels in Component 2 AND 1---but only with my Wii. I thought maybe it was the cables, but it's the same with a replacement set. Odd thing is, my 360 is fine through both inputs. I thought maybe it was the way the TV was resolving 480p images, so I set my 360 to 480p, and still no weird black pixels. It must have something to do with the Wii. I never noticed this on my Toshia 36" HD CRT, but that could have been due to size, or just something inherent to the plasma set. Either way's it's identical on both inputs, with different cables, so take that for what you will.
As for the reflection, I have it in my living room, and I'm not bothered at all. I'm sure it just has to do with light placement, but I had more of a problem with my smaller CRT than with the U1. Absolutely zero relfective coating, though, which I knew going into this set, so my expectations haven't changed in that regard.
The dithering is still the ONLY thing that's sticking in my craw on this TV. I'd really like input from everyone to know if this is truly just the nature of the beast, or if I have to call Panasonic. It's so silly, because I can only see it when I'm like two feet from the set (otherwise the eye resolves it fine), but no matter what, dark shadows always have the green dithering there, and it drives me nuts if I'm up close being to picky.