After a year of TV research I passed on 2011 sets finally pulled the trigger on a 60" GT50 built in November. I'm coming out of a 36" Toshiba CRT Cinema Series that i really liked. I have to say while I love the price and the size i'm left a little disappointed at how inconsistent the picture is depending on which channel I watch. I ran the slides as directed by Dnice for 200hrs and firmware is up to date. DirectTV just installed HD, a Genie, all fresh lines, and new dish.
I have tried 1080 and 720 settings, Dnice settings, other settings, and sitting 13 feet away. Some channels and movies look darn good although even the best pictures still seem a little dark and lack detail like the Samsung and Sony LED's i saw at BB. I can see how this would be great for a night viewing motion picture vibe or perhaps for Blue Rays. However being a regular TV show watcher, some of my favorite channels and every day TV shows are very inconsistent. I see blur and graininess on some content, so bad that it's worse than my old CRT. Even the best HD content still gets grainy at times-the foreground of the picture is clear but the background blurs out.
I have tried to use Vivid to gain more pop like an LED or my CRT ,but just like turning up the brightness...any degree of extra light coming through makes the picture very very grainy. Also I have noticed significant soap opera effect on Vivid no matter what I do in the settings. I did not know that the picture modes impacted the motion so much.
I'm wondering if i should return for a 55" HX950 but price and size are holding me back. The guy at BB tells me that it could be dirty power, I need a calibration, $300 HDMI cable. I tried a Panamax mr4300 and Audioquest Carbon cable. No difference. Would an LED be more consistent and less impacted by power etc? For what a $300 cable, $400 calibration, $300 power conditioner cost, not to mention the plasma babysitting I can swing an extra $1000. Seems like top LED's have cleaned up the blooming and motion issues to a tolerable level.
After tons of reading I was sure the GT was a no brainier. My Dad's $1000 Costco Christmas special and my buddy's Sam's Club Vizio are far more crisp with more pop and detail. Guys, I tried to do the research and do everything right, am I overlooking something or am I just not the plasma fan I thought I was?
PS: I also have the 2 inch vertical band down the right side that Chad B and many of you had but it's pretty slight to where I only see it very occasionally when I look for it.
Edited by LoD80k - 1/19/13 at 11:48am