Originally Posted by JSpectre88
I'm still scratching my head trying to figure out if my set was defective or if other people just don't notice the subtler changes in picture from ABL. At any rate I managed to convince Panasonic that the set was most likely defective, and they agreed to take it back with no shipping/restocking fee. I'm still not sure if it really was defective, but it was not acceptable for me in the current condition. Most people only talk about it affecting extreme bright scenes, and professional reviewers seem to agree with that sentiment. On the off chance it was defective I'm still considering a higher end plasma as an option, I'll just be sure to test it out thoroughly beforehand this time.
I am pretty sure it wasn't defective and it indeed was ABL.
I am experiencing the same brightness problems ruining everything else in the picture with all the video content that is not entirely dark all the way and is clearly seen if there is more than half of the screen brighter than average.
I think a lot of people doesn't notice these subtle changes in brightness resulting in other settings in picture going wrong for decreased contrast and brightness. For me it is the first thing I notice watching a plasma TV. The contrast is wrong going from one frame to other. Comparing the contrast in different frames that is. It must be as it was meant to be by movie director. The ABL ruins it. The picture can be right in a single frame but it won't be right comparing different frames in the video, especially if in succession. That is far from true lifelike video for me.
I am experiencing this with the cheapest Samsung, PS43E450. I am sure it is ABL in action, as it obviously is in any plasma. The guy from store told me ABL can be turned off with codes. Not sure he was talking about the Samsung only or if it can be turned off completely. Would be nice if it could be set to something less disturbing.
I am searching the net and going back to that guy in store some day to find the ways turning the ABL off or to a less noticeable setting.
So I think people seeing these things during white commercials only don't see these subtle things in video picture. Their perception of brightness is less objective. (Although they should see worsened pic by worsened contrast as well.)
For me the snow must be white, not gray. Although I know the gray is just a darker white and looking at it from the darkest room in the universe it could turn out to be pretty white, my brain always remembers the true brightness of the real snow.
The worst part, of course, is the limited brightness in some of the scenes, not in all scenes, making the picture's contrast wrong in those scenes. So there is no constantly right contrast in pic, the video is not lifelike.
If the ABL results would be less severe the video would be much more beautiful. So I am looking at finding the ways turning it down.
I guess it is true the most recent plasmas got this things worse.
**** the power consumption, I want the perfect picture!
Sorry for my English.