Hello! A week ago, I bought a PN51D450 to replace a dying projector (Infocus 4805) which has served us well for the past five years
. This is literally the first TV I've owned in about 10 years.
For this price point, the picture is amazing! In fact, I liked the picture on this model better than most of the more "higher end" models that I could find to see in person. The more expensive models seemed to me to have some kind of weird filter that made the images less sharp, almost like a DLP TV...
In any case, I'm having two small issues with this TV, and was wondering if you guys might have any advice.
We are using a PS3 to feed the PN51D450 via HDMI cable. Source material includes blu-rays, DVDs, and Netflix, all via the PS3. We have it set to "cinema" or "movie" mode, I can't remember what it's called.
1) "Shut-off black" - Whenever my source material fades to black completely, the PN51D450 turns off all lighting to the screen - completely! This is rather distracting, because it is a little bit different than just showing the natural "black" that the plasma can produce without shutting off the screen... I hope I'm making sense here! Is there any way to turn this function off?
2) Possible "banding". When I'm in the Netflix application, browsing through movies, there is part of the screen that is a solid red bar. On my screen, there is a slight discoloration on either side of this bar that appears to be a little bit "grey", different from the background color. Is this "banding"? I'm not noticing it when watching regular material, in fact, the only time I've noticed it, is with the Netflix menu. Would this "banding" be cause for a return?
Thanks very much in advance for any suggestions or feedback!