So I recently got a new Panasonic VT60. I’m coming off an old CRT so this is my first flat panel/smart TV. I did lots of research and based on everything I read and saw in stores, Panasonic plasma seemed to be the way to go.
The TV arrived the Friday before Christmas. So far I have been breaking it in by watching movies, making a point to pick as much full screen content as possible. I have not changed any of the picture settings from what they were out of the box.
So far the picture has been outstandingly good, and I am very happy with the performance. However there are two issues I had questions about.
The first one I think I fixed. I have noticed at times the picture seems dark. Not plasma in a bright room dark, but like someone turned down the brightness between viewings. Then the other night I was watching SVU and I noticed the picture actually getting darker before my eyes. It wasn’t a gradual, it faded in clear steps (about 10 total) until the picture was noticeably darker than it had been a minute prior. This wasn’t a change in lighting on the show, it was definitely the display brightness stepping down. I think it was a feature called CATS (Contrast Automatic Tracking System). I turned it off and I think I fixed it, however I am not 100% sure. Has anyone experienced anything like this before or have any insight as to what it may be?
The other issue I am noticing is tearing/motion blur/pixilation around objects when there is a lot of motion on the screen. More than any of the display models I saw in stores, and to be honest, more than I have seen on many of the LED tvs out there. It happens sometimes during BR playback, or while watching cable. My cable box was upgraded to an HD box and to be honest the issue seems to be worse on the HD box over the old standard def digital box. I am a bit confused because I thought the point of plasma was it was supposed to excel at fast paced motion. The effect seems to be worse during cartoons like American Dad/Family guy. Any thoughts on correcting this?
Never having an HD TV of any kind, I am a little unsure of what is acceptable in this department, and what is symptomatic of a problem. My fear is getting a lemon.
I have a Sony BDP- S790 for movie playback into HDMI port 1, and my HD cable box in to HDMI 2. This is a US version of the VT60, September build date.