[mythtv-users] OT: LED or Plasma (was Advice on choosing a TV)
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Mon May 10 07:53:04 UTC 2010
Indulis Bernsteins wrote:
> OK, don't depend on what is set up in the store, if the LCD display's
> "demo mode" is set to be more colourful and higher contrast then it will
> look better in the store than the plasma.
Yeah, but I was expecting that. What I wasn't expecting was the
softening of the image in the plasma. I saw both sets driven
in two ways, direct hdmi, and via a box that scaled down to
480i. The Plasma didn't show a huge difference between the two,
where as on the LED the difference was startling.
> Depends on who set up each display. In real life you should use Digital
> Video Essentials once you have a set home, so that you still get details
> in dark shadows, that your eyes don't burn out from the bright
Trouble is, it's a bit too late when you've got it home.
> I think the best thing you can do is to NOT take what you see as any
> indicator of real performance in the home. I'd try a specialist site
> like avsforum.
Good advice. I've started doing that, and I'm finding a lot now about
Plasmas having a softening effect on the image. Some people saying it
took them a while to get used to it. Someone suggested it was due to
the dithering that Plasmas have to do. I don't think there was anyone
saying they felt they'd made a mistake getting a Plasma. What bothers
me though is I'd like the option to play high-quality 1080i into a 1080
set on not lose resolution. Softening is in effect throwing away resolution.
> I've had both plasma panels (42" and 50" Panasonics), and now have a
> Sony LCD 46".
> Read the display's manuals on-line so you can check that they can
> respond to the right resolution and Hz from the VGA port or the HDMI
> port. Just because the panel is 1080 lines does *NOT* mean thay this
> resolution is accessible from a PC attached to the display (yeah dumb I
> know but there you go, my Sony won't do 50Hz inputs via the VGA port
> which I need because Australia is PAL!).
I'll do exactly that. I'll grab the manual and return to the shop - see
if I can get sharpness out of the Plasma to equal the LED. In theory,
although it isn't ideal, a sharpening filter should be able to partially
undo any softening effect of the technology.
> Bu the way, I would go back to a good plasma over an LCD, the LCD has
> "clouding" so when you look at say a dark space scene that should be
> evenly black, you can see "fog" in the corners of the display.
That's interesting. I'm hearing that a lot in the forums too. Just a
shame about the softening thing, and with the constant improvements
in LCD (particularly LED), it's less easy to rule it out.
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