Originally Posted by DaGamePimp
And I don't blame you one bit for your low expectations, this is the first display that I have ever owned where Game mode is the best choice for most sources. I am doing what I can to convince people to at least give it a chance but most seem too preoccupied by the title of the mode (I guess people figure if they don't game then there is no reason to use that mode). Unfortunately game mode appears to be at a 'mental' disadvantage.
Game mode with your color calibration and a few tweaks with color/tint/backlight is stunning, I can't express how good this set looks!
I was finally able to get some time to watch a dark movie in pitch black last night, so I chose Tron Legacy and it was amazing. With backlight on 0, it was not too bright at all, and I am amazed at how this set handles black level. I owned a Panasonic ST30 for about a month, and I don't know how the Sharp does it, but it works great for dark scenes. Its really strange too, because on an all black screen with no signal, its obvious that base black level/MLL is much higher than the plasma, but I swear that once any content at all is on the screen, even scrolling credits, it appears darker than the plasma! At first I thought it was brighter, but I watched a few movies on the ST30 with mid panel brightness and it would hurt your eyes on some scenes it was so bright......yet black level did not seem as good as the Sharp?!?! No complaints here though! I am also happy at how well the Sharp handles motion, there is some judder on fast pans, but both of the plasmas I owned while better, were not leaps and bounds better than the Sharp.
This set puts a smile on my face every time I power it on!