- how do you rate the risk for permanent burn in the Panasonic? Are burn-in methods recommended and would help?
- how do you rate the image retention risk of the LG, do you have experience on it?
- The Pioneer seems most fool-proof?
As long as you take the correct precautions, you can avoid permanent screenburn on the Panasonic. I haven't tested any LG plasma, but all the Pioneer Kuros I've reviewed were the plasma televisions that were most resistant to image retention/ screenburn.
How would you rate the SD performance against the PX70 models (37 and 42"). Is it an improvement, or similar?
Scaling is similar, but video mode deinterlacing (jaggies reduction) is better on the PX80 than the PX70.
In the end, I might end up with the Pioneer 4280 as it looks like the current Kuro will be best PQ for at least a couple of years until Pioneer takes the next gen panels from Panasonic in late 2009. What do you think? Will the PZ80/85 be better than Kuro? I'm not too fuzzy on 1080p if the picture is that good on the Kuro.
It is going to be extremely difficult for any other plasma panel to match the overall picture quality of the Kuro, let alone beat it. However,
a PZ80/ PZ85 will almost certainly offer a sharper picture (due to 1920x1080 native resolution) at perhaps a cheaper price than the Pioneer PDP-4280XD
Also, I am concerned about screen burn chance and image retention frequency. Vincent recommends following the 200h process to avoid these problems, and I would do so, just in case. But how high is the chance for it to happen? Also, if you get a 5 year warranty does it cover this risk?
As far as I'm aware, no warranty covers permanent screenburn. But with all the correct precautions, you can minimise the risk to zero.
In the review you stated that there are no possibilities to make your own input configs and save them, only you have 4 possible input configurations. But do you have freedom to modify those? I mean can you do:
Dynamic - make a preset for gaming
Normal - make a preset for TV
Cinema - make a preset for DVD/BD
Eco - make another preset for TV or whatever
That should be enough, if you can edit as much as you want...
Yes you can do that, i.e. assigning a picture preset, each with different settings, to different inputs. However, be aware that there are some hardcoded elements inside each picture preset that you cannot change. For example, [Cinema] mode will give the best overall gamma configuration; [Eco] mode will generally be darker due to lower power consumption, etc.
Are the HDMI on version 1.3 or 1.2??
To be honest, I'm not sure because I don't have a Deep Colour source (which is still not widely available anyway) to test it. However, I normally assume that if HDMI 1.3 is not advertised specifically in the specification sheet, then it's HDMI 1.2 until proven otherwise.