Originally Posted by jamesco411
Pen, have you tried out your c450 with a Blu-Ray source? Do black levels improve with the better Blu-Ray source? I ask this because I was watching some OTA HD last night, and on 16:9 material the black bars didn't seem very black to me (in a pitch black room). In fact, I'd say they would be about equal to the Samsung A550 1080p LCD in the family room in the same pitch black viewing env. I'm not overly disappointed as the general PQ and colors on this set are fabulous, but I was expecting deeper blacks than my LCD being as this is a plasma.
EDIT: Also, anyone tried the MediaPlay/USB port on the TV?? I plug in my digital camera and go to 'photos', but all is shows is a bunch of empty boxes and none of my pictures.
The blacks on the set do get slightly better as it ages, but Samsung Plasmas aren't known for great blacks.
I have noticed that there are a few interesting things about the screen. First off, my screen isn't uniform, there are splotches on the screen that look off in color. (the screen itself, not the AR filter) it isn't very distracting, but it is there.
Second, the dither, Samsung is using 3 kinds of dither on these sets.
1. Static, it looks like a subtle unmoving grain to the image, only visible up close.
2. Spatial, this is the dancing pixels you see up close.
3. Temporal, also known as motion adaptive dither, it apears in dark scenes as more noticable dancing pixels when the scene is in motion.
For a point of reference, Panasonic doesn't use static dither, but has more agressive forms of 2 and 3 so it evens out with Samsung's being less noticable at a distance.