Originally Posted by Iain-
Pity, but that's your problem.
I find that 48 Hz. is the ideal solution to the jerkiness of 50/60 Hz. frame rate. It smooths everything; I couldn't live without it for 24 FPS film-based material.
Actually, Iain, my problem was solved by turning off the 24fps mode, which then restored the analog audio mode that automatically shuts off whenever the 24fps feature on the Panny BDT110 BD player is turned on. That allows me to use the wireless headphones, which require an analog signal, while still enjoying the stunning picture of the Panasonic P58VT25 plasma, which was voted by all 30 professionals at a Value Electronics Flat Panel Shoot-Out as their unanimous choice in being the best display that any manufacturer put forward. (This terrific plasma simply blew away all of the LCD/LED back-lit displays, ESPECIALLY IN MOTION RESOLUTION.)
Anyway, while you could be especially sensitive to the meager improvement achieved by using a 24fps mode, most reviewers and manufacturers seem to think that it makes very little difference. And if it did make a major difference, you can be quite sure that the 24fps feature would be mentioned prominently in both HDTV and Blu-ray player ads. With a lot of 24fps capable TVs and BD players you have to get far into the owner's manual before you can even confirm that your equipment includes that feature. Even at audio/video specialty stores you rarely hear professional salesmen/installers mentioning 24fps modes.
Panasonic made a point of highlighting 9 features that its BDT110 BD player has, without even bothering to mention that it also features 24fps. That's a strong indication that Panasonic feels that a 24fps mode does not contribute much toward excellent picture quality. And most of the reviewers who praised the BDT110 for having excellent picture quality, (it certainly does) made absolutely no mention of using its 24fps capability. I wonder what that means. (plus, I've read that with film based material, sometimes using a 24fps mode even has a negative effect on PQ)
But actually, Iain, if you are that concerned about images on your display having smooth motion, you should be using a high quality plasma, because that will put to shame any LCD/LED-back-lit TV in that area. And since plasmas are naturally great in the motion area they don't have to resort to using gimmicks like frame interpolation which cause the Soap Opera Effect while trying to smooth out an LCD/LED's motion performance. Also, LCD/LED-back-lit displays really fall down when it comes to motion resolution. I remember, a few years ago, Home Theater Magazine compared a bunch of LCD/LED-back-lit 1080p displays, along with some 1080p plasma displays, to find out how well the TVs maintained resolution with moving images. All of the LCDs lost half, or more, of their resolution, while a Panny plasma maintained full resolution. Consumer Reports also pointed out that the plasmas from the Panasonic series that included my own, displayed the best motion resolution of any of the hundreds of flat panel displays that its technicians had tested, over the years.
So I'm just saying Iain, that a guy watching a good plasma who doesn't use a 24fps mode, will still be seeing better motion performance than someone who uses 24fps with a LCD/LED-back-lit display, because that 24fps mode doesn't come close to making up for the inherent shortcomings that LCD/LED-back-lit technology reveals in trying to deal with fast pans or very fast moving images. But, having said that, we still greatly enjoy watching movies on our 70 and 80 inch LCD/LED-back-lit displays. If reasonably priced 70 and 80 inch plasmas had ever been available, maybe we would have bought them. However, my wife and I still get a lot of enjoyment out of watching large scale movies on either of our LCDs, (especially on the 80 inch) because with many such movies, larger image size greatly outweighs the motion advantage that is found with our 58 and 60 inch plasmas. So while LCD/LED technology might not be the best in a couple performance areas, I don't want to knock it, because I can easily understand why so many people derive great enjoyment from watching TVs that use LCD/LED-back-lit technology. A lot of folks simply aren't critics when it comes to things like motion performance, and when I'm at a friend or family member's house, there's no way that I want to rain on someone's parade by pointing out some area where I think that his or her TV is falling short in performance.
I guess, Iain, that people like us, on forums like AVS, are simply just a lot different than 95% of TV watchers who just aren't prone to being critical of various aspects of picture quality, while they are totally wrapped up in a movie.
Have a terrific evening.