Please note - there are no stores that sell Panasonic!
only Online shop Panasonic sells them .
So after a few days delayed delivery of my 65" AX800 I finally got it yesterday afternoon, and after initial impressions I'm afraid I have more bad news than good to report.
Took me a long time to set up, as the pedestal mounting method is very delicate and clumsy in my opinion. More specifically, it's difficult to hang the tv on the pedestal mounting points as they are so thin and tiny.
First I tried the Moshi MiniDP to HDMI 4K adapter that came with it, and, unsurprisingly, it only supports 4K @ 24Hz, nothing more. Just another Apple rip-off. So forget about 4K gaming on a non-Panasonic TV until a proper adapter or HDMI 2.0 spec graphics cards come out.
After a quick picture calibration, I watched a blu-ray episode of How I Met Your Mother, and was thoroughly impressed with the overall picture quality, the upscale to 4K looks incomparably better than any 1080p screen I've seen before (including ST60 plasma) - at this point I was getting really excited until I put an Indycar race on - now with camera in high motion with frequent panning left and right a couple of purple-ish vertical bands in the right-middle part of the screen became very apparent - so much in fact, that I couldn't stop seeing them after that. This ruined it for me and my heart sank. Both bands are on the right side, one about 2 inches wide, and the second one about 5 inches wide. I tried every possible picture setting after that, but it was clearly visible on all of them in any camera panning motion.
I don't know if this is something that will plague all of the models, or if it's just mine. But the vertical banding is so bad in my one, that I will probably be requesting a replacement unit tomorrow after I've given it another desperate try. In my despair I will even try to untighten the pedestal screws to see it that makes any difference since the narrow band is pretty much where the right hand screws are. But that's just a desperate long shot.
Hopefully the American counterparts will fare better. But I'm afraid it's going to be back to square one for me, unless the replacement unit is better...the problem is the tv I got was the only one available on order in the entire country from the store I bought it at, so I wonder how long will it be before I can actually get a replacement model.
I didn't realize that. You think a replacement unit would not have the same issues, or perhaps different banding issues?
Is this banding a result of the edge-lit technology? Meaning what is the potential for FALD AX900 to not have these annoying bands?
No this appears to be a standard random vertical banding issue, the dark narrow bands from last year appear to be gone.
I displayed a uniform grey picture on it yesterday and the bands were very obvious - one large blob on right hand side of the screen in particular.
One other store got one of these on display yesterday, so I'm heading down there with my grey photo and that Indycar race to compare the vertical banding and screen uniformity issues.
After having it one more day (and not watching any sports on it) I've actually not noticed the banding so much that it would be super distracting. And to be honest, Panasonic have done an amazing job with the picture quality. I just wish the intelligent frame creation (motionflow) would work more smoothly during scene changes - the stutter in motion flow is very noticeable during every scene change where there's movement on the screen.
I guess I might just be able to live with this screen - though it will be interesting to see the new display model's banding (if any) in store later today for comparison.
Also, it would be great to have optimal calibration settings. So far I'm setting it so it looks best to my eyes, but with so many settings I'm sure there's a more optimal PQ setting out there. I'm also unsure which setting outputs 4:4:4 - I imagine it's the Monitor preset?
Left-Right up to 40 degrees looks very nice (I can't measure more as my room is too small LOL).
Though looking at it from above the picture got all washed up immediately. Looking at it from slightly below (it's slightly tilted back anyway on that stand that comes with it) or direct line seems optimal.
Funny thing I'm experiencing on DisplayPort - I can only select 60Hz or 50Hz in Catalyst Control Centre (this is still on my old machine with Radeon 7970), latest drivers though.
I would have thought 59, 24, and 23Hz refresh rates would be available via DisplayPort as well?
Sorry, but haven't had the time to game, since I'm in the middle of building my new gaming rig that occupies most my time after getting back from work every afternoon.
I expect to finish building on Friday and if the burn-in goes fine, I will be gaming over the weekend. Pretty sure you will have the chance to test it out yourself by then. :-)
Sorry I couldn't be much help here yet.
Just got back from the store where I checked a 65" AX800 display model.
This one seemed to have somewhat better uniformity with only one 2 inch vertical band on the far left side of the screen. Definitely an improvement over 7-8 inches of bands on the right middle of my screen.
I will go and see another display model at another store when they put it up, and then decide which one is most acceptable.