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@ rickwil61:Maybe you have the color space set to full and the tv is limited to 16/235 instead of 0/255 which will make a difference at the ends of the brightness/contrast areas. I'm not familiar with the ps3 but I think my 360 has this option.
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Hi All,
I have a a chance to buy P65VT30 at a good discount through work and it is only 450$ more than P65GT30 (with discount). Can anyone tell me if it is worth to go with VT or is GT essentially same . Search here shows that some modes like THX, 96Hz and glass differs on VT over GT. But other than that, is there any other reason ? Are the VT black levels much better over the GT to warrant the price?

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Hello again,

Not trying to be pushy but can someone please help with advice on the steps I should take with brand new 65gt30. Meaning, should I run it all day and night, or are there certain settings I should adjust to get the best picture?

I have read all the pages for this topic and tried to do some research before getting the 65gt30. I could really use some help...please.



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... can someone please help with advice on the steps I should take with brand new 65gt30.

All you have to do is avoid fixed images, especially the high contrast ones, and black bars for the first one or two hundred hours. After that, try to mix what you watch so that the same fixed images or black bars aren't in the same spots for long periods of time. I stopped being careful after 500 hours. I watch a lot of sports with fixed images, and movies with black bars. We also watch a lot of movies, and TV (on DVD) that is full screen without logos.

For instance, if you watch nothing but SD TV, with black side bars, for the first 100 hours and then switched to a full screen image, the sides of your screen would be brighter because they would be 100 hours younger due to the black bars.

If you mix material with side black bars, top and bottom black bars, black bars all around, and full screen images then your display would come close to aging at the same rate all over. In that example, you would need to watch a lot more full screen material to average out all those black bars.

Fixed images from gaming, channel logos, and tickers need more caution.

How much care you take depends a lot on your budget, and how often you can afford to replace a display that no longer pleases you. It takes a lot of abuse to make a plasma unwatchable, but some people go nuts at the first sign of image retention, let alone burn-in If the History Channel's high contrast and very bright logo started showing up in my movies, I would go ballistic.

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should I run it all day and night

To do that you need a reliable source of images that fill the screen and have no fixed images. The only reason for doing that is if you're in a hurry. One reason to be in a hurry is if you don't have control over what others will be doing with your display while it's new. Let me know if that's the case and I'll suggest something that you can use.

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... are there certain settings I should adjust to get the best picture?

You set has different modes. Just try them all and see what you like best. At the other end of "best" would be hiring a good professional to calibrate your display.

For owner reports about having their displays calibrated use the link at the bottom of my post. The flat panel reports are listed in post number two.

Enjoy.
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Amazon has the 65GT30 back in stock now.

If I were to buy the tv this month, how many months do I have to be able to buy an extended warranty from Mack? Do I need to buy an EW the same month I receive the tv or just w/in the 1 year manufacturer warranty?
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Amazon has the 65GT30 back in stock now.

If I were to buy the tv this month, how many months do I have to be able to buy an extended warranty from Mack? Do I need to buy an EW the same month I receive the tv or just w/in the 1 year manufacturer warranty?

Ask Mack, then you'll know that the information is correct.
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I emailed them. I'll update my earlier post in case anyone had a similar question.
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I emailed them. I'll update my earlier post in case anyone had a similar question.

Have you taken a look at Squaretrade? With the 30% off coupons they always run its a great deal, and they have very good feedback in most forums.

They give you 90 days to buy after buying the product initially
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I've been told to go w/Mack instead of Square Trade. They are cheaper and apparently more reliable. I got a response from Mack:

The warranty needs to be purchased within 9 months of purchasing the television. In the email it has extended-warranties.com and Ted Unlimited logos at the top. So does this site,the one I emailed: http://www.mack-warranty.com/?gclid=...FU5qKgodrB9F_A

The correct place to buy a Mack warranty?
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What made you get the GT30 vs the ST30?

Is it worth the extra cost?

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from what I've rad the THX is worth the extra cost
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from what I've rad the THX is worth the extra cost

I dont even use the thx setting, You can use motion smoother with thx on
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Reading through this thread and trying to decide on 50gt30 and 55st30. I am able to get 50gt30 for slightly less than 50st30 so that is why I started leaning to gt30 model. Then I noticed 55st30 was similar in price. I like the idea of the ultra thin gt30 style, though. Will keep reading through thread because I am sure this has been discussed already.
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5 year Mack warranty is cheaper on Amazon than through Mack it's self. This can't be the correct price from Amazon for a 5 year warranty:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...&pf_rd_i=typ01

http://www.mack-warranty.com/?gclid=...FU5qKgodrB9F_A

Would that one from Amazon be the correct warranty for a 65"GT30 from Amazon(can't discuss price of what Amazon is listing this tv for due to no price talk)? Seems too cheap for a 5 year warranty

For anyone who's ordered fro Amazon and got the Avatar bundle, does the Avatar bundle ship w/the tv or is it shipped separately?
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I've been told to go w/Mack instead of Square Trade. They are cheaper and apparently more reliable. I got a response from Mack:

The warranty needs to be purchased within 9 months of purchasing the television. In the email it has extended-warranties.com and Ted Unlimited logos at the top. So does this site,the one I emailed: http://www.mack-warranty.com/?gclid=...FU5qKgodrB9F_A

The correct place to buy a Mack warranty?

Buy from Amazon, follow the link JLennerth posted. Or you can call Cleveland Plasma (a forum sponsor) as they sell Mack warranties also. Theres also a Mack Rep that posts on here from time to time

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5 year Mack warranty is cheaper on Amazon than through Mack it's self. This can't be the correct price from Amazon for a 5 year warranty:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...&pf_rd_i=typ01

http://www.mack-warranty.com/?gclid=...FU5qKgodrB9F_A

Would that one from Amazon be the correct warranty for a 65"GT30 from Amazon(can't discuss price of what Amazon is listing this tv for due to no price talk)? Seems too cheap for a 5 year warranty

For anyone who's ordered fro Amazon and got the Avatar bundle, does the Avatar bundle ship w/the tv or is it shipped separately?

Yup that would be the right price from Amazon. Thats the warranty you would buy for the 65GT
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Thanks GSDTrainer
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I'm probably repeating myself from my earlier post, but I have to ask again. Most of my purchases are from Amazon, therfore, I use that site to look at reviews from customers who have experienced certain products. Why is it that suddenly the 50 inch model is getting some bad reviews recently, more complaints of fluctuating brightness/black level inconsistancy, however, the 55 inch model is getting 5 star reviews? Is the 50 inch model a lemon? Whats going on? Those of you that have purchased the 50 inch model, have you returned your set for whatever reason? Those of you that have kept your set, have you seen any other issues?
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Most of my purchases are from Amazon, therfore, I use that site to look at reviews from customers who have experienced certain products.

It's my opinion that the posters at AVS are much more informed, as a group, than those at Amazon. Even here at AVS, I pay more attention to the posters that have been around a while. At a merchant's web site, the posts are usually a one time thing or a repeated rant, so there is no way that the poster's judgment can be evaluated.
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Yeah, you make a good point.
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You get people on Amazon who purposely review the product as bad(HD vs.Blu-ray) example when it was happening. People either don't like certain brands or are loyal to others. One reason I don't trust Amazon reviews unless there are a ton of them.
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So, I can get a P55GT30 bundled with 2 pairs of glasses, Avatar and a DMP-BDT110 3D BR player for about $200 less than the MSRP of the TV alone for the next two days. Is there one reason I shouldn't do this? One reason at all?
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Sorry in advance if I am asking a question that has been asked to death...

What is an easy way to test a 50GT30 to see if it has the fbr problem? Is there a setting and bluray chapter/scene the will invariably produce the problem I have seen on Youtube, If the panel is flawed?
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I can speak from direct experience in owning both the 50" and 55" GT30. The 50" exhibited more frequent and more obvious FBr than my 55".

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I'm probably repeating myself from my earlier post, but I have to ask again. Most of my purchases are from Amazon, therfore, I use that site to look at reviews from customers who have experienced certain products. Why is it that suddenly the 50 inch model is getting some bad reviews recently, more complaints of fluctuating brightness/black level inconsistancy, however, the 55 inch model is getting 5 star reviews? Is the 50 inch model a lemon? Whats going on? Those of you that have purchased the 50 inch model, have you returned your set for whatever reason? Those of you that have kept your set, have you seen any other issues?

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Unfortunately I can only fit the 50 where I need it to go, and only the GT30 since the ST and last years models are just slightly taller with the stand. I would have bought one last year but it was .75inch too tall (no I can't make the space where it needs to go bigger)
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Mack Warranty apparently had a good reputation at one time, but recent reviews have not been good. Check this at resllerratings.com

http://www.resellerratings.com/store...k_Camera_Store

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The GT30 that I bought last week was an open box model. They said that the original owner decided to go with the 55 inch rather than the 50. The problem is that when I pull up netflix it's still registered to the prior owner. I was going to do a factory default to reset the whole TV to see if that would deregister netflix. When I went into setup to reset the TV it asked me for a 4 digit password and it looks like the prior owner had set the password.

Does anybody know of a way to reset the setup password after it has been set?
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Mack Warranty apparently had a good reputation at one time, but recent reviews have not been good. Check this at resllerratings.com

http://www.resellerratings.com/store...k_Camera_Store

The few bad reviews I read were related to cameras, not tvs. Anyone else w/positive or negative reviews on Macks extended tv warranties? How about good/bad experience w/Square Trade?
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The GT30 that I bought last week was an open box model. They said that the original owner decided to go with the 55 inch rather than the 50. The problem is that when I pull up netflix it's still registered to the prior owner. I was going to do a factory default to reset the whole TV to see if that would deregister netflix. When I went into setup to reset the TV it asked me for a 4 digit password and it looks like the prior owner had set the password.

Does anybody know of a way to reset the setup password after it has been set?
Ask the store to help you by contacting Panasonic or contact Panasonic yourself?
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It seems that nobody here has had any problems with the set connecting with FIos but I figured that I would post that I did get the set to connect by disabling all WEP. I then performed a software upgrade and checked out al the Vieracast options. Everything runs pretty slow through their server. Since I don't use Netflix at this time, I'm not even going to bother to figure out why I can't connect when WEP is enabled. The set is perfect with no buzzing or brightness issues and I don't even want to have someone touching it unless absolutely neccesary. On another note, I've had Mack and Square trade warrantys in the past but never needed use them. Just wondering if there are problems with buying Panasonics EW as nobody has mentioned them. Thanks.
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I just read in another forum that someone eliminated the FBr issue by disabling the pixel orbiter. I have not verified this myself but thought I'd pass it along. Perhaps someone can give it a try and report back?
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