Originally Posted by manorhill
I've spent a lot of time looking at a number of other TVs since i found this thread and It would be hard for me to justify an additional $1500-$2000 for a panny over my setup. But for some reason my setup does not have the black crush or purple problem others have.
Well, I bought mine on sale before Christmas with warranty and the added cost of over a grand for my DVDO iScan I'm close to if not over $7,000.00 Can. I can get a 8uk Panny for under $4,000.00 Can and an NEC for around $4,500. You mean to tell me that you would accept the Dell over either of those at a lower cost! you just spent the extra cash that you thought you couldn't justify. Now if you paid $1,000.00 for the Dell I would agree with you but this is a poor excuse for a plasma at even the $3,600. I paid for the set.
If you use DVE or Avia to attempt to set the proper contrast and brightness you might see the inability of this set to display proper grey levels, even on upscaled DVD.If mine is set by "EYE" I can get it to look ok but the the picture is washed out and there is a definite loss in PQ not to mention detail and possibly shortening the life of the set while at it. Maybe I am picky and have an unrealistic view of what is good, but I doubt that very much. I find no part except the outer appearance of this display worth it. The Crappy thing will display darker shadows,blacks and greys as static or Blocky/blotchy blobs depending on the shade of Black/grey it's trying to reproduce. Also it has a tendency to produce a haloing effect around light colour tansition to darker colours and around Higher contrast logos/lettering. I can't say that I experienced the purple black issue or the reddish banding in the blacks as described but I was using the iScan to feed native to the display with 1:1 mapping I might have eliminated that problem because of that. The DVI-HDMI cable thing may not be a real problem either as I see it because the problem is present on all inputs with all content, Granted some worse then others.
Possibly you got one of the now two known good Dells! I have that many in my living room waiting to go to the scrap pile/Dell. I just hope that yourself and those who like or are stuck with this set have no further problems with them and continue to enjoy them for a long time. I suppose ultimately it wasn't my cup of tea and just need something more, for less mind you
All that matters is you like and enjoy your purchase.