[quote=Mastperf;19738207]Hi guys, I'm new here. I'm planning to pick up the P42S2 and had some questions. I understand that in store displays are the worst way to judge a plasma, but it's really all I have to go by for now. I was looking at the 42S2 at Best Buy and noticed that the blacks were far more washed out and gray looking compared to the LCD's around it. Since this is plasma I know to expect superior black levels, so is this something that is caused by the lighting at Best Buy? I know the Panasonics lose black level but this was pretty much a washed out gray and didn't even look black. Is this something I should expect from this TV after the black level has finally leveled off and stopped worsening?
I still want this over an LCD (can't stand motion blurring on my games anymore) but really just want to make sure I'm making the right choice.
Thanks for the help, folks.
We got a 50s2 for my father in law for christmas and It looked bad in Sears next to the LEDs. The blacks looked grey and washed out .Went to Worst Buy and the S2 they had looked great. It is hard to judge a TV in a showroom.
Any way we got it home and the blacks are pretty darn good. It is a little grainy on S.D. but on H.D. and D.V.D. and Blue Ray its got a really nice Pic. I have a three year old 85U and cant notice a bit of change in the black level on it and its a great T.V.so far.
I would spend a little more and bump up to the G-20 but the S2 is I think a good bang for the buck T.V. We spent 1/2 on the S2 that my 85U cost three years ago.Come to think of it the S2 was 1/3 what we spent on a Sony 36 CTR 10 to 12 years ago.
If you go look at one in a showroom get the remote and change the settings to on the brightness to between 50 and 60 and then that will give you a better idea of the black levels.