Originally Posted by tfoltz
The VT30 is the best set, but it does have fluctuating/floating brightness, as with all 2011 Panasonics. This is definitely a problem you would want to consider. Forum users from Europe are reporting a selective firmware update fixing floating brightness, but it has only been given to complaining customers; however, Panasonic has not formally recognized the issue or given any helpful information that would make you sleep easier. North American Panasonic employees aren't even aware firmware was prepared in Europe, let alone being released.
that is interesting information, i did not know that. thank you.
i notice FBr like once or twice in TDK, and Kung Fu Panda, but it's not the entire screen, and only parts of an image, and it's very subtle. to me, it's not distracting, and it doesn't take me "out" of the movie. i watched Battle Los Angeles on the weekend, and didn't see any FBr, but at the same time, when i watched that movie, i didn't think my set had the FBr issue. i still think my set is borderline, b/c i can't always replicate the issue when watching the same scenes on blu ray.
i feel like the right thing to do is call Panasonic, but at the same time, when i called them about the FB issue with my previous G20, they basically told me to eff off, b/c FB was a designed "feature". i told them had i known the set did that, i wouldn't have bought it, and they said "sorry to hear", and essentially hung up on me. this is Panasonic Canada btw.
anyways, that's interesting that a fw update can fix this. and as you mentioned this does affect all 2011 Panasonic Plasmas, at least it does on the 3D models. there have been reports that it's less visible on certain sets, and specifically less visible on the ST and VT for some reason, and more pronounced on the GT.
at the same time... for me... i'm wondering if it's worth losing sleep about (which i did on the FB for the G20). i see something similar on my 1 yr old LCD, when it does some picture processing business, even though i've turned off all the features. it doesn't bother me at all on my LCD, so why should it bother me on my Panasonic?
is it b/c my LCD was a cheap 40" Philips? or is it b/c it's happening on my more expensive, and prized (prized to me at least) ST?