Originally Posted by jsnyder82
The thing I'm most curious about is the 'oil painting effect' as I like to call it when viewing 720p material on the UT50. It's hard to describe what I'm seeing, probably because I've never seen anything like it before, so I'll probably have to post some pics.
First of all your panel most likely hasn't aged properly yet. From what I recall on my previous plasmas (including the Kuro) was the same way. 720p tv caps had somewhat of an oily picture. A) It's the source and B) it will improve over time. Plasmas in general can be described as an oil painting versus the digital over-processed *somewhat artificial* look of LCD. <---There I just stereotyped both technologies *oops* but as you said no tech is perfect and each will have their own characteristics. The over-processed look of LCD will be exaggerated using high bitrate 1080p sources. The painting look of plasma will be exaggerated with less than stellar sources. This is by virtue of design from my experience. But unlike the digital nature of LCD, that that oil painting look will improve, but probably not vanish. This is another tradeoff (like lack of 96hz) that I will take to get a true to source 1080p picture that is unrivaled by anything near it's price tag.
Much like the vertical lines ppl are describing you just have to remember Panny has accomplished a lot this year and there's bound to be things like this to pop up. But you go trading in this set for another and you'll discover a whole different batch of anomalies. Give it a few more months of regular viewing, and realize it's plasma trait. I should add a strong plasma trait. I noticed the same thing your talking about with both of my Kuros (4270hd and 5020fd) and I'd say 50% of the effect went away in a year. Our mileage will vary on this panel. I would say what your talking is a con to plasma but not con to your particular panel as source has a lot to do with it. It'd be interesting if you had an alternate way of getting that content to your set. You'd probably notice a difference.
edit---> Upon second thought I read your comment about PS3 gaming. Now I've come to the conclusion that your settings need adjusting or either you have a defective panel. For starters I'm not seeing any lines on my set (but could still be as I haven't spent a lot of time yet) but you shouldn't have a problem with games, including PS3 which defaults to 720p most of the time. I know I hated that too with my Kuro years ago. I forced upscaling with the 360 to 1080p and 9 times out of 10 it looked better than the PS3 version due to the lack of that upscaling chip that Ken Kutaragi SHOULD HAVE INDCLUDED IN EVERY MODEL. (what a blow to us videophiles lol) I'm a PC/PS3 gamer too and I'll post settings in a couple days when I get around to it and maybe that'll help you out. But to my knowlege plasmas shouldn't have that painting look with a modern game (720p/1080i/p). I will check this for myself with the 55" I got today. Hopefully the glasses come and I'll calibrate both 3D and Game Mode this weekend.
Are you still within return period at Amazon? Because they won't hassle at all. Sounds like you got one from the batch with lines. If that's the case you'll want to return it and buy from Paul's before their sold out. That's where mine came from and it has near flawless uniformity, and generally you notice these things fresh out of box.