[Tig] Plasma screens
pat at creativitymedia.co.uk
Mon Sep 1 10:17:06 BST 2014
Thanks a lot David for the advice, that's really helpful!
Colourist / Head of Picture
On 31 Aug 2014, at 23:27, David Mackenzie <lyris1 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Pat,
> The TC- designation is for the North American market. In the Europe the models you'll be looking for are TX-.
> The last generation Panasonic's consumer plasma displays were excellent. Briefly, the GT60 series (which in the UK only came in a 50" size) was in the price-performance sweet spot. The VT60 series, called VT65 in the UK if you can find one - was very similar, albeit with a different screen coating to better fight glare. (There was also the ZT60/ZT65 which was even more similar but had the panel bonded to the front glass to reduce internal off-axis reflections).
> There was no S60 in the European markets, unless I'm mistaken. The step up would be the ST60 which was excellent, and also the "value model". (The price hierarchy from low to high goes S, ST, G, GT, V, VT, ZT).
> I wouldn't go for the VT50 unless you have to - while it's still a fantastic display, the software implementation on the European model meant that the calibratable modes (with full grayscale, gamma and color management controls) were limited to something like 80-100 cd/m2 of light output. That may be okay for your usage, though.
> However, the 60-series models had this limitation removed with a control called "Panel Luminance Setting" which decides the number of subfields used to produce the image. You can have that set to "Low" and get a lower contrast image with better gradation and less plasma dithering, or "Medium" and get high contrast with just a little bit more panel noise.
> I reviewed all of these displays for HDTVtest.co.uk with Calman charts, so you can see how they calibrate. Readings were taken using a profiled Klein K-10A.
> ST60: http://www.hdtvtest.co.uk/news/panasonic-tx-p42st60-201303312779.htm
> GT60: http://www.hdtvtest.co.uk/news/panasonic-tx-p50gt60-201304052795.htm
> VT65: http://www.hdtvtest.co.uk/news/panasonic-tx-p55vt65b-201304212862.htm
> Disclosure: I, along with other critical display reviewers, discussed the needs for accurate calibration controls in these displays with Panasonic, and they were implemented in the product.
> David Mackenzie
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