I've been lurking here for a while and thought I'd contribute. I'm a 34wx15 owner who's getting annoyed by the ghosting I'm experiencing with my set. I've taken this picture from Master & Commander. I find this film really highlights the ghosting problem as it's most noticeable in darker images.
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First, let me state this is NOT a DVD issue. The DVD itself looks fine on most other televisions. This image problem is apparent on all DVDs as well as my HD cable box, and XBOX 360 when using the 34wx15.
This image doesn't really do the problem justice, but it gives you an idea of what many of us our experiencing. First, look at the rope on the left side of the image. You'll see a second ghosted rope immediately to the right. It's faint in my picture (limits of a cheap digital camera) but visible. Also look at the two characters. See how the left side of their coast are faded? Again, it's more noticeable with two real eyeballs then a poor digital shot, but it gives you an idea
This ghosting occurs all the time, but it's most noticeable in darker images. It's particularly annoying in darker shows/films as you lose much of the detail from the image because of what's best described as a blurring effect. In technical terms this would look like a chroma/luma delay problem, but my understanding was that's the result of mismatched cable lengths.
I have tried switching video cables with my set. The image improved when I started using premium monster cables versus budget ones, but the ghosting hasn't gone away.
I unfortunately purchased my set from Sears. I didn't know it at the time, but Sears gets a discounted price from Panasonic because Sears uses it's own techs to service the sets. Because of this I cannot have a Panasonic tech look at my under warranty set unless I pay for it.
A Sears technician was at my house and did next to nothing. It was clearly the first time he had seen my model as he couldn't figure out the remote. All he did was adjust the brightness/contrast settings and degauss the set. He didn't even know about the service menu or how to access it (I showed him) and advised he didn't know what any of the settings did. So in the end he did nothing.
He basically told me that the ghosting would appear to be a limitation of the set. I'm not necessarily disagreeing with him as floor room sets seem to have similar issues, but it's hard to tell with the bright images under even brighter lights.
I know I won't have the perfect picture at this price level, but the issues I'm experiencing are too great to ignore. Too much detail is lost in darker films. I would love for someone have an actual Panasonic rep/tech look at their set and address the issue.
Hee hee, sorry if my first post makes me sound like an angry old man. I do love my set, but the ghosting issue is starting to drive me a little mad and I'd love to see a solution.