Originally Posted by doublemazaa
Keep us in the loop, I'm thinking about getting the same set.
Well I got it this weekend and played with the settings using some of the ones listed here and I absolutely love the tv. I give it a 9 out of 10 for price point and picture. ** The only downside in pciture I see so far is on watching hockey (see my name) that some warm and cool spots are noticeable on the screen with white background panning back and forth. It's not bad, but if you look for it you can see it with a lighter line developing between the two major zones just slightly offset from the middle of the screen. Normal viewing of movies doesn't show this flaw at all, but it is a little disappointing that it's even there. I'd expect a uniform white balance across the entire screen so I'm not sure what the cause of this would be honestly. I ran the burn-in scrolling image for about 3 hours to see if it was some sort of issue that would get better with break-in but it did not change.
Compared to my 5 year old Samsung plasma, the picture is much better with blacks and I really like the Gamma, Black level and Dynamic Contrast settings in the advanced menu that wasn't available in the older models. I tried several of the user listed settings and some of my own tweaks as well and honestly, any of the settings seem to look great, just some look better for specific viewing material than others. So much better than the LED 1080 picture I had previously.
The clear image panel anti-reflection isn't that noticeable, so it still has the traditional glass-like reflective qualities you'd expect in a plasma display but I watch in fairly dark room with the windows behind the set to I'm not getting bothered by that.
Overall the best features to me are the cell light setting, test pattern screens in-menu, along with access to so many advanced settings (although for someone like me that can be a bad thing because I'll be playing around with them all the time rather than just settling for basic brightness/contrast like my old 50" plasma which still has a great picture imo). None of this is probably new compared to the previous model as I found settings for everything I looked at here in this thread, but it's a great value tv at this price and I am very happy with the purchase.
Another slightly annoying thing was the HDMI slots come in from the side on the back of the tv so close to the edge of the screen that you see them and if you don't pay special attention to hiding them, they just hang off the side and are visible.
If anyone wants me to post menu pictures I can for comparison purposes to previous models.
I have since investigated this further and have come to learn all about banding. I have never noticed this problem on my other plasma, nor on any of my LCD displays so it's about time I got to enjoy this annoying phenomena. Compared to some other out-of-box sets with banding issues, mine is about a 2 on a 10 scale so I am not going to bother returning it or complaining about it any more. Very minor and would not deter me from recommending this tv to a friend or family.Edited by HD Hockey Guy - 3/19/13 at 1:03pm