Originally Posted by blaket81
Hey everyone, I bought the 55" ST50 from amazon and am expecting it soon. I'm a little nervous because it is my first plasma, I've always owned LCD's. People are talking about buzzing which concerns me. Someone else mentioned that this new filter that makes it better for bright rooms is making the picture softer in games, I game a lot so that would suck. I also saw CNET's review where they basically said the 3D is weak for this model, has anyone tried it yet? In the 2nd or 3rd page of the manual they talk about image retention, I thought plasmas were immune to that now. Please, anyone who owns this model can you touch on this stuff and whether you've noticed these faults yet? I apologize, I did not read every post in this thread, it is too long.
The buzzing on mine isn't really noticeable, it does pitch higher and lower during certain colors but to be honest it was never as bad as last year's Samsung I tried. So far no image retention and I didn't use break in slides and I game a lot.
Gaming is fine, the filter doesn't soften the picture. BF3 looks really good, I would say the only bad thing for gaming is that the ST50 doesn't seem to have a good Just Scan aspect ratio which when I had Samsung was what I used. Actually any other ration than H fill, size 2 is garbage imo. No input lag is detectable and I don't use game mode.
The 3d was where I was most disappointed as it is important to me too, that is why I decided to get another TV after my first 3d tv, the crosstalk was terrible on my first and it is bad on the ST50 as well. I am actually exchanging my st50 today for the E7000 Samsung to see if the 3d is better. Also, I tried a LG passive last year and it had really good 3d if using a 3d blu ray, but if you try On Demand content it is god awful which is one reason I didn't keep the set (plus plasma is just better
The only other thing that has bothered me a little bit is I think Dithering is what they call it, but it is where you see a snowy/grainy look on the picture where to me it looks like you can actually see the pixels firing. It can be annoying if you look for it and it is less noticeable on better signals, but still annoying.