Originally Posted by airgas1998
let me guess for the return....
crappy blacks unless in a bat cave
whites not quite white
and on and on....
The Panny VT50 leaves a lot to be desired after having an XBR8 for nearly 4 years. I'm a little pissed at Sony for having their old flagship die on me so quickly, so that's why I gave the top rated plasma an honest try, but it falls short in these areas, crudely sorted in importance to me:
Plasma dithering / pixel noise: it is like an extra layer of film grain is always on. You never can get a constant picture. For an HTPC guy like myself, it is extremely annoying. The whites are not quite white, and they have a lot of dithering noise dancing in them.
Flicker. It flickers badly at 1080p60, even worse at 1080p24 at 48Hz, and still annoyingly at 1080p24 at 96Hz.
The blacks are only a dark gray, and when looking closely at a mostly black scene, I can even see horizontal lines moving in the blackness. Fade to black scenes on my old XBR8 were totally pitch black.
Image retention / burn-in: geeze, I didn't think it would be this bad. You bump up the panel brightness so it looks good, but it burns in quickly. Keep things dim, it burns in more slowly.
Fan noise. Those things are whiny. I'm not too concerned about the power & heat, but when they require fan noise louder than my HTPC, it is too much.
It doesn't happen all the time, but in some movement, especially in flesh tones and contrasting images, I could see a red or green shadow trailing the movement. Very annoying when it happens.
Inconsistency in the brightness. If you have a small amount of white in the scene, that white is brighter than if most of the scene is white. Very annoyingly noticeable for HTPC use with different things happening in various windows.
But the Panny does a reasonably good job of having bright and dark pixels right next to each other.
After having a local dimming zone Sony TV, you get spoiled, and it is hard to go back to anything else. They aren't perfect, but for the price and the features/performance that is important to me, it is what I want.