Originally Posted by slightlydismayed
I'm new to the forum and this thread, which I have been reading for a while now.
I'm a new PN59D7000 owner. Before purchasing, I was sad to read about these pops, which kept me away from buying this set, but I was encouraged by the CNET guy's recent article where he watched 5 or 6 movies and didn't encounter any problems.
I started going to retailers and staring at D series plasmas and never saw any pops, so when I found a good deal I bought the set.
All was well. Absolutely gorgeous picture after a few tweaks. Watched a lot of Planet Earth
, watched Up
, watched some crazy Japanime deal. No pops. Gorgeous picture.
Saw my first pop at the beginning of Planet Earth's
"Jungles," where the camera pans over the tops of some trees at sunset. I rewound and it did it every time. That was it though, so I didn't get too upset.
Came home somewhat drunk last night and put in Corpse Bride
. Was MARVELLING at how gorgeous the picture was, realizing this was the best PQ I had ever seen anywhere, wondering how I ever tolerated LCD, feeling smug, then there's a doorway scene where the background shadow lightened. Rewound, and it did it every time.
Again, I was perturbed, but I figured 0.001% of the time I wasn't getting any pops. But it did it again a little while later, then it did it some more. Prolly like 5 noticeable sudden brightenings through the first hour of this film. The sad thing is that the colors look noticeably worse post-pop. The other thing is that I'm not convinced it was returning to normal. I began to worry that it was just getting brighter and brighter without un-popping. I went to bed and had bad dreams.
I'm already extremely daunted by picture settings, but now I feel like my TV keeps moving the goal posts and I will never have a solid fundament to work with. It sucks because this set is capable of such sublime beauty, but now I'll always be waiting for the other shoe to drop.
Sorry for the long post. I just came here to commiserate.