Originally Posted by Timinator30
When people complain or compare black levels...what exactly are they looking at?
It seems like people only talk about the BARS above and below the picture while watching blu-ray, etc.
I don't use the black bars as a reference, I use a scene from Avatar (which plays in full screen, no bars). At the very beginning of the movie there are a couple of short scenes in space. To my amateur eyes this is a great test of black levels. When you watch the movie you'll see what I'm talking about. After I put the CNET settings in, watching in a dark room, the blackness of space was stunning. Literally jaw dropping, inky, as in ZERO grey anywhere, just pitch blackness along with the stars and the spaceship. I may be off base. As I said, I'm no expert, but it seems reasonable. I know websites have measured the VT25 Panny with deeper black levels (except for PC Magazine, which measured the C8000 Plasma about the same level as Pioneer Kuros), but man I have a hard time imagining a picture better than what I see on my Samsung. Fantastic picture!
I've been watching Generation Kill, which is full screen 1.78:1 and the blacks are a dull gray...it's really unimpressive and disturbing that a $2,600 TV, not to mention flagship plasma, would have such pathetic black level performance. I've e-mailed David Katzmaier about the issue, I'll see what he has to say.
To who asked it, I did try a factory reset, didn't help.