Since all you guys seem to have been running the VM5 for a while this seems like the most appropriate thread to post this in......
We are evaluating a VM5 (the one with AR glass) for use in our digital merchandising system for work. We will be using one for digital merchandising and dynamic menuboards, while another one will be set up in a dining area to display TV. We have had one of the new LG MU-42PM11 plasmas for about a month right now, but are unable to use this one in our application because of a depth constraint in the existing cabinet...That is why we chose to go with the NEC. We just got the NEC in yesterday, and after spending a couple of hours tweaking it: I must say the LG seems to blow it away as far as image "Pop" is concearned.
Now I know that image brightness is not everything, definately in a videophile world, but as far as our application goes...Eye catching is what we are going for. I have the two set up side-by-side, and the NEC doesn't hold up at all against the LG. I took a nits (cd/m^2) measurement using our light meter on an all black screen with a small white square, and we were only getting about 220nits out of the NEC, as compared to about 415 out of the LG. I tried jacking up the contrast, brightness, ect, but all the whites still look like a cream compared to the stark white as displayed on the LG.
Couple of questions:
1) Any official number that anyone has found in documentation on the brightness (nits) and C/R for this panel.
2) Is there something iI am missing as far as settings go (I've read the entire thread and didn't see anything)
3) Has anyone else done a side-by-side comparison with another ED 42" plasma and noticed the same thing.
4) I am also having a problem running 852x480 (which the documentation states that it handles). I am losing about 2-3 pixels total and cannot get it to fit. I tried all the different settings, sometimes forcing to do a reset all to get back to where it looks close to right.
PC driving both displays using dual-head card in clone mode 852x480
Using VGA HD15 connections to connect to both panels
Same lighting conditions for both
I would say, even in a dark room I would vote for the LG, even if properly calibrated via AVIA or DVE. BTW, LG's claim to 1500nits and 5000:1 C/R is total BS.
Thanks for yall response, and any insight or suggestions would be great.