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Black or Silver border Plasma enhances Black levels?

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by oliverlim, Mar 4, 2005.

  1. oliverlim

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    Hi,

    I am looking to get a PIO 43MXE-1. As there is a silver border and a black border model, I was hoping to choose one that would enhance the black levels of the plasma. I have read some that a non black border would make the PQ black "blacker" but have read otherwise as well.

    Which would be correct taking into account that I watch mainly in a dim to bright lighted environment usually. Never in a totally dark environment.

    Thanks
    Oliver
     
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    It is true that, if you have some additional light hitting youe eyeball from elsewhere, the screen blacks will look blacker, because your iris wioll be slightly more closed. However, I have chosen a black surround because I want the screen to blend in to the shadows when it's not switched on. I'd rather tackle the 'blacker blacks' issue (if there is one) with a little ambient light near or behind the panel - this you can move around and adjust its brightness, or turn off to taste. Plus I think silver looks tacky!
     
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    i was watching a calabration dvd the other day (if you have your plasma on a desktop stand)they where saying by putting a low whatt light on the floor behind the set makes you viewing better
     
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    Now that could be difficult for a lot of people as most have wall mounted them which makes the bit about floor and behind set a problem :D :devil:

    Gary
     
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    Not sure about PQ but I found the silver borders cause your eye(s) to wander occasionally.

    Black blends in nicely for me and gives a better viewing experience :)
     
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    Silver is better is you are thinking purely of enhancing contrast - mine has a black surround - when you can see "proper" black in the surround next to "Pioneer" black in the picture, you can easily see the difference.

    However, consider the lighting around the PDP too - Philip's amiblight system is an excellent way of enhancing percieved contrast (this works by lighting up the wall behind the panel).
     
  7. oliverlim

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    Thanks for all the responses.

    To cap, a lighter border on the plasma will actually enhance contrast levels of the Plasma PQ. Black borders looks more cool and in a darker environment, would blend in better in the shadows and be less distractive.

    Am I right? :)

    Oliver
     
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    nealgs if u read my post proper in brackets if its" ON A TABLE TOP STAND" :suicide:
     
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    oliverlim

    You'll not find many Cinemas with Silver screen surrounds :)

    Silver surrounds are distracting and don't improve perceived on-screen contrast.

    I'd stick with a dark bezel every time.

    Best regards

    Joe
     
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    Go black :smashin: looks a hell of a lot cooler :cool:
     
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    There is a black border around the viewable area on the silver MXE1 anyway, so I don't think it would make any difference... Certainly wouldn't effect contrast IMO...

    PS It's charcoal rather than black...
     
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    Have to agree. Black looks cool and having a silver surround would distract me a lot. My Panny PWD6 looks quite nice in black :thumbsup:

    Although my DVD player and Sky boxes are all silver - lol.
     

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