Originally Posted by stuckinSoregon
The VT50 has the single pane of glass vs all the other plasma's that have the standard two pieces. The VT50 at my BB is sitting on a very low stand and standing up and looking at it I notice a slight change in the picture.....
I've been told this is due to he Louvre AR filter.... Do plasma's work better with just one pane of glass??
...The guy who will calibrate my tv says most people rarely switch between the two and usually stick with the ISFnight setting for majority of viewing....
thinking if I dont need the ISFday calibration then the ST50 will meet my needs........
As it is too far outside of our price range, haven't looked closely at the VT50, but had thought that it had a second glass panel that sits on top of the actual display panel.
This used to be fairly common, with the outer glass serving as a Protective - and sometimes Decorative - cover.
LG is advertising an outer protective glass panel on (at least some of) their plasma sets this year.
No. 1 Son has a slightly older Pan plasma with dual panes, and complains that - from certain viewing angles - it is possible to see a Reflection on the outer pane.
The louvred filter will create an apparent "shadow" on parts of the screen if viewed from either too high or too low of an angle. In actual usage, the only time this has been a bother (personally...) is when doing floor exercises Immediately in front of the TV, but if someone hung one high enough & did not bother to angle it downward toward the sitting position....
Suspect that your calibrator is probably right on switching modes - but then most people don't bother doing ANY "tuning" of the PQ beyond finding the pre-sets they like the best.
IF I were to have a set Professionally Calibrated, would want both a Day and Night setting - assuming the panel was in a location where Day viewing was going to take place.
We've adjusted the Cinema mode on our 60ST50 for blu-ray viewing - but this is now our primary "HT" set, and thus sits in our basement: We can light up the area rather well, but not even close to what our LR would be on a bright day!
It seems like most of the posts I've read have touted Custom mode on the ST50, but while Custom looks better than it appeared to on the ST30s, we still like the overall PQ on Cinema better for most viewing. Using the AVS HD709 disk, we made MINOR adjustments to the default Cinema settings. We've two other Pan plasmas in the house, both of which have been more extensively tweaked - and by someone with more experience at the task than I have - but if the ST50 is somehow "falling short" of those panels it is Very Difficult to see. (Of course, the wonderful blacks & improved contrast might hide some other flaws.)
If this panel were to ever move to our LR - our "secondary viewing location" - would expect to set up Custom for day time viewing. For now, sometimes play around with Custom whenever running up against some odd-ball source, but more the most part we (too...) are Lazy & it simply sits on Cinema....
(LR set is a 50" and we use "Cinema" for evening viewing, and "Standard" for day time viewing - we've "pumped up" the Standard mode.)
Have fun with your decision - and new panel!