Originally Posted by reguy
Boy, this thread hit the brakes. I think I've had it with my issues with this tv, and it's going back to C*****. Sorry to say, but, for me, RP is dead. I'm moving into a 60" plasma. I'm sure I'll have to get used to the "shrinkage", but I should be MUCH happier overall.
Sorry to hear you couldn't solve the problem. In a previous message I asked if you saw this SSE on other RP sets like the Mitsubishi? I also assume you are watching HD broadcasts, not standard. Right?
Before you buy a Plasma make sure the room you will be watching it in has little or no ambient light. It should be in a relatively dark room without sunlight or incandescent lights reflecting off the screen. I have a friend who has a 50" plasma in a room that reflects lights from a kitchen at night and I find the picture almost unwatchable, as you do with the SSE. The larger the TV the worse the impact of refection is.
Each of the three technologies has its issues:Plasma
has a great picture and no response time problem like LCDs, but it does have a reflection problem, and a possible burn-in if the same picture including the black bars present during std broadcast, is left on for too long. Finally the price is two to three times more for an equivalent picture size when compared to RP.LCD
has a great picture with little reflection in my opinion, but it can suffer from motion artifacts in fast moving scenes or sports. This problem is becoming less of an issue as the response times on the newer sets are at 4ms and going down. The main drawback for a LCD is they are not available to the general public in the size of the 67". I have seen good 52" sets for $3,000. 60" or larger run $5000 to $10,000+ for a 1080p set with response time at 4ms.
strong suit is price (you can get a 73" for $3000) and little reflection. The drawback is they are larger (depth, though not heavier) than LCD or Plasma's, require a bulb change every 3 years (approx) that costs from $150-$225 ($149 for the bulb on this tV). Finally on this model and some others, there is a bowing effect that is noticeable. You and one or two others have commented about SSE but I think that is either a defective set or is unique to a small number of people. This may be a similar issue as the Rainbow effect.All Technologies:
I would caution anyone about making judgments on a large screen HDTV when watching sporting events. I believe strongly that most picture problems spotted during those telecasts are the source problem. Even when the event is on high def telecast, not all the cameras used are high def. This is true even on NFL broadcasts. Most of the approx 15 cameras they have are HD, but several are not. Those non-high def cameras produce a relatively poor picture. To me the best way to judge a HDTV is to watch a known HD source. We have a channel called "Universal HD" that shows most of its programs in high def. They are stunning! Many local news stations have their programs in HD. The anchors in the studio look great, but as soon as they switch to the roving reporters who have standard cameras, the picture looks lousy. Lastly, don't forget most of us are moving up significantly in the size of the TV. Any picture or source problems are magnified on our big screens. As more and more of the channels convert to HD and the old cameras are phased out, I think a lot of our problems will disappear. It may take two to three years to happen, but I am not in a hurry. Even if I was, there is nothing I could do about it!
Bottom line is if you are watching it in a darkened room and have the money to pay for a 60" Plasma, I think you would be making a good choice. Feel bad for you for your RP experience and hope you will be happy with your Plasma.