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Pansonic 65in plasma 3D TV
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Great review. I recently test-drove the 50 inch VT30 at a shop, and was duly impressed. I found the deep black levels, high contrast and complete absence of motion blur were very refreshing as someone coming from an LCD TV. However, one thing sadly ruined the whole experience for me: flicker.
Every time the image cut to a large expanse of grey or dark colour (an overcast sky for example), I immediately noticed those portions of the screen flickering, much like an old 50Hz CRT would do. If I happened to view the screen out of the corner of my vision, the whole screen would flicker, regardless of what was being displayed.
Apparently this has something to do with the Pulse Code Modulation method that plasma panels employ to display varying degrees of brightness. Only a fraction of the population are sensitive to flicker, but it would seem that Panasonic have designed a TV without such people in mind as potential customers.
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