|Originally posted by kaspj
Could you please comment on black levels on the NEC when viewing in a darkened room. Are they still black or dark grey? This is very important to me. Also, any grey or green pixels noise in dark areas?
I wish there was a simple, easy answer to this, but it's a bit complicated...
First of all, I'm not the *best* person to ask, because for me, HT takes place in the living room, and my living room has BIG TIME light control issues
. That said, I can achieve near total darkness at night. Using the HTPC, and bringing up the forum, the black background is absolutely pitch/jet black. So, that tells you what the panel is capable
of. Now, then, when I'm watching a DVD, sometimes blacks are BLACK, and sometimes they are dark gray, but this is clearly an issue with the source media. Beyond that, there are 4 gamma level settings, each providing a progressively darker image. I like level 1 - the brightest. You may prefer 2, 3 or even 4 if this is such a big issue for you. Then there's the picture mode... I prefer "Bright", which is very dynamic and vivid. But you'll probably get blacker blacks with "Theater 1" or "Theater 2".
There are many, many adjustments that can be made to the picture. It may take you a night or two to get it dialed in exactly the way you like it, but CAN/WILL the NEC produce pure blacks? Absolutely.