Originally Posted by plmn
When you get it home, yes, it does make a difference. Bad blacks are very easy to see in a dark room. If you are looking at higher-end LCDs it's not so much of an issue but it certainly is on the entry level ones. And if you don't ever watch TV in a dark movie-type environment it also won't matter much. But to most people, it will.
Those "nice, bright whites" you see in the store are way too bright to view at home without seriously straining your eyes. It's only when you dim the TVs down to watchable levels in normal lighting conditions that you can really see a good comparison.
If you believe an overly bright TV will really look better in your home, well that's your opinion but it doesn't make the overwhelming amount of reviews that state otherwise "bunk". It has been shown many times that plasmas are more than bright enough to meet professional calibration standards.
I am in a mood this morning so here goes.
Bad blacks? So you take it home, turn off all the lights and turn on the set and look at a blank screen? Is that your test?
Bright whites. Ever catch the sunlight off of a bright white object outside in real life? Probably a bit to bright I think, we should call a professional to turn down the brightness of the sun. After all we can't have real life playing a part in what we see and watch.
Normal lighting conditions? What is normal exactly? Your place is normal and mine isn't? Who determines that?
Reviews are like opinions, for the most part they are crap. I know that allot of people here spend to much time on the web and by their post count may be the majority of their time here, but just going to a review site for recomendations is not a way to find a good set. I think I will be one of the pod people and go with what the reviews say.
Professonal calibration standards. Hey, did you hear? I started a organization last week that does calibration, now whatever I say and do should not be questioned and if someone goes against my opinion, they are automatically wrong! No offense to the "professionals" out there but I have yet to see a set calibrated to my liking. A set of standards is still just something that someone else likes, I really don't.
OK I should not do this before I have coffee in the morning, I appologize.