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Old 03-15-2017, 08:46 PM
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This almost seems too good to be true. After several years of having resigned myself to looking at the disappointment that my P50S1 turned out to be, I decided to google "Panasonic viera plasma black level fix" today, hoping a patch had been released or some fix had been developed. Lo and behold, I came across Mironto's DIY black level restoration guide. While I was immediately filled with excitement, my elation faded as I read page after page of what would be required in order to achieve the MLL reset. Then I checked out the link to Audiodane's site, regained my excitement and, of course, immediately shelled out the $50 for the PMCv2. I can't wait to receive this device and hook it up to my eight year-old Panasonic to get rid of those awful black levels that have been plaguing my movies/TV/gaming for all these years. Hope I'm not the odd one out who's TV doesn't work with the device, for whatever reason *fingers crossed*. I'll post back when I receive the device with results and before-and-after photos.
If it works for you tv, you'll be a happy camper. I couldn't believe the difference in V10. Make sure you get some before and after pictures.
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FYI, I posted out a notice to PMCv2 newsletter subscribers ... Check it out here... Only a few PMCv2's remaining ...
http://audiodane.dandk.org/last-rema...n-opportunity/


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Thanks audiodane for all your hard work and support on this device.
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Here are my before and after pics. There's certainly a noticeable difference, especially with the black bars when watching widescreen movies and when the screen goes black during movie/shows. The difference is substantial enough to satiate my desire for an OLED, at least for now, which is probably a very good thing considering OLED still has room to improve and QLED, though not self-emissive right now, may be self-emissive within a few years and will seemingly be a serious competitor to OLED in the future (possibly even now, if reviews are accurate). Overall, I'd say I'm happy with the PMCv2.

I do have a potentially stupid question: my black levels seem to be rising quickly and I'd like to manually reset them. Do I have to remove the PMCv2 from the TV to do so, or can I just flip the switch while it's still connected (I'm thinking this will do nothing/reset them to the previous levels)? Thanks!
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Here are my before and after pics. There's certainly a noticeable difference, especially with the black bars when watching widescreen movies and when the screen goes black during movie/shows. The difference is substantial enough to satiate my desire for an OLED, at least for now, which is probably a very good thing considering OLED still has room to improve and QLED, though not self-emissive right now, may be self-emissive within a few years and will seemingly be a serious competitor to OLED in the future (possibly even now, if reviews are accurate). Overall, I'd say I'm happy with the PMCv2.

I do have a potentially stupid question: my black levels seem to be rising quickly and I'd like to manually reset them. Do I have to remove the PMCv2 from the TV to do so, or can I just flip the switch while it's still connected (I'm thinking this will do nothing/reset them to the previous levels)? Thanks!
Also, I should have used the scanning white bar to clear the screen before taking these pics The after pic looks slightly better with a clean screen.
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That is a curious question. I've never seen such a dramatic rise in MLL. Are you sure your set is healthy?

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Here are my before and after pics. There's certainly a noticeable difference, especially with the black bars when watching widescreen movies and when the screen goes black during movie/shows. The difference is substantial enough to satiate my desire for an OLED, at least for now, which is probably a very good thing considering OLED still has room to improve and QLED, though not self-emissive right now, may be self-emissive within a few years and will seemingly be a serious competitor to OLED in the future (possibly even now, if reviews are accurate). Overall, I'd say I'm happy with the PMCv2.

I do have a potentially stupid question: my black levels seem to be rising quickly and I'd like to manually reset them. Do I have to remove the PMCv2 from the TV to do so, or can I just flip the switch while it's still connected (I'm thinking this will do nothing/reset them to the previous levels)? Thanks!
Hi James,

Yes, the PMCv2 can be operated while attached. You may certainly use the manual reset method to your heart's content. There is no limit or warning based upon its use. The only caveat is to follow the instructions provided. For example, while you can flip switches while the TV is on, and it most certainly will not damage the TV in any way, that's not the way the PMCv2 is designed to operate. Put the TV in standby first....

There are two ways to go about what you want -- the manual reset method on v2.2 software units repurposed one of the switches. That is certainly the easiest way to accomplish a manual reset. The other method is to go through a complete undo cycle followed by going through a normal "new installation" method (skipping the physical removal and re-installation steps)... I recommend the manual method. It's easier.

I am also surprised that your MLL seems to be rising much more quickly than others. I don't believe other S1 owners have reported such. That said, I do know what while the commonly held belief was the first MLL rise at the 300 mark, there were at least a few people who reported their rise to occur sooner, around the 200hr mark. That is why the PMCv1/v2 devices were designed to reset at the 150hr mark, to make sure I catch as many corner cases as possible. And that hasn't seemed to be a problem for anyone. Try out the manual method and see if in fact you can get restoration before the natural 150hr mark and report back. I think we're all curious on your findings!

Let us know if you have questions..

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