Panasonic admits plasma TV black level change but says picture quality still ‘excellent’

Now here’s a surprising announcement. Panasonic is answering the question posed by many folks as to the deterioration of the black levels of their plasma sets. Considering the black level debate is one of the top reasons consumers choose plasma over LCD, will be interesting to see the fallout of this.


It admitted that "background brightness will increase" but described the change as "automatic" over the TVs’ lifespan and part of normal operation in order to "achieve the optimal picture performance throughout the life of the set." It also said that newer plasma TVs will include a "more gradual change in Black Level over time," but made no mention of a fix for existing plasma TVs, whose owners first noted the issue at enthusiast web site AVS forum.