Originally Posted by DNero
Hmmmm. Not sure what you mean about "noise", Elemental. There are a couple things that I noticed though. 1. Sometimes white "sparklies". I see that someone else reported that issue in the tweaking thread and I posted about it there. I don't see them often, and when I did notice them it was during the same show. Not sure if it's a signal problem, or what.
2. "Gradiations" in darkness in certain scenes For example, the other night I saw a shot of a full moon against a black sky. The light from the moon against the sky was "stepped", kinda like circles of brighter color near the moon, and as you moved further away from the moon you'd see rings of white moving to grey, then eventually black. Not a smooth/seemless transition from light to dark (I never noticed this on my old CRT... I think this is a "plasma thing").
I should say that as far as a fine-quality HDTV broadcast is concerned, I see no flaws period and I really look for them. . Absolutely flawless... stunning. Unfortunately though, I've learned that not all HD broadcasts are of fine quality, even if in so-called "1080i".
1. The sparkles are probably cable/connection noise. You should be able to fix this either by using better cables, checking your connections from the STB to the display or using a good component connection (where this seems to be less prevelant than HDMI). I don't believe the display itself can do much about the sparkles.
2. The gradation is a display problem. I believe you can address this through calibration - adjusting brightness and contrast. Will it go away completely? probably no. This is one area where the commercial Pannys have an advantage over the consumer sets, in being able to fine tune a picture. I believe the Pannys (and the NEC) claim to have the highest number of gradation, so theroetically you should have the smoothest gradation when compared to other plasmas. However, if this is what happens in reality, I don't know.