Originally Posted by Mr Bob
Franchot, you were not finding the blacks totally suitable, esp. compared to your previous CRT RPTV.
Any comment on the comparison of this Panny's blacks vs. movie film blacks?
I don't know if "suitable" is the appropriate word. Coming from my RPTV, I was "used" to a certain black level. Of course with this new plasma set I wanted it to excel at "everything." I was somewhat disappointed that it didn't match or best my old RPTV's black levels, but after having the set for over a month, I've come to recognize that the black levels are quite good, especially for a plasma.
Rich Harkness provides some excellent observations about the Panny's black levels in his latest look at the set. http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=748415
When I've gone to movie theaters I've plainly seen that the black levels were not as dark or as rich as my old RPTV or my tube TV for that matter. From memory I'd say that the Panny's black levels compare favorably to the level of blacks I've seen at movie theaters, but, I haven't been in a movie theater for many months, well before I purchased my set.
(Due to the "inconveniences" of today's movie theaters, I rarely venture forth from my own home theater. The exception is the ArcLight Cinema in Hollywood http://www.arclightcinemas.com
or the DGA theater on Sunset where a movie goer isn't bombarded with cell phone conversations, inconsiderate chattering, or babies crying. Due to time constraints, I haven't been back to either since I saw "X-men 3" earlier this year.)