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Well I may have solved the uniformity issues on my 51F8500...


...I bought a used PDP-5020FD.


Measuring it now and it's not very accurate but the uniformity is freaking perfect. And of course my iD3 can't measure the black level. No IR...No dead pixels. No buzz. Had stand, speakers and remote. $750.
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Well I may have solved the uniformity issues on my 51F8500...


...I bought a used PDP-5020FD.


Measuring it now and it's not very accurate but the uniformity is freaking perfect. And of course my iD3 can't measure the black level. No IR...No dead pixels. No buzz. Had stand, speakers and remote. $750.
sounds like a winner to me!

when you say 'not very accurate' you mean you haven't calibrated it yet right?

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sounds like a winner to me!

when you say 'not very accurate' you mean you haven't calibrated it yet right?
Well you can't really calibrated this set with user controls. Pioneer gimped it to sell Elites. CNet even called them out on it back in the day. Sounds like you can hack it to balance grayscale but no CMS.


And I may have spoken too soon. There IS a hint of redness to the blacks in letter box movies. Mostly in the upper right and lower center. But strangely enough I'm not that bothered by it. I'm going to do some homework and see if I can learn how to tweak it out. I've always wanted a Kuro to play with an now I have one. And for not much more than a 51F5300 would have cost. And I know the uniformity on that set was likely to be off. The Kuro looks as good as my F8500...if not better in some ways.


But anyways I digress. Sorry about derailing the thread....
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Well you can't really calibrated this set with user controls. Pioneer gimped it to sell Elites. CNet even called them out on it back in the day. Sounds like you can hack it to balance grayscale but no CMS.


And I may have spoken too soon. There IS a hint of redness to the blacks in letter box movies. Mostly in the upper right and lower center. But strangely enough I'm not that bothered by it. I'm going to do some homework and see if I can learn how to tweak it out. I've always wanted a Kuro to play with an now I have one. And for not much more than a 51F5300 would have cost. And I know the uniformity on that set was likely to be off. The Kuro looks as good as my F8500...if not better in some ways.


But anyways I digress. Sorry about derailing the thread....
i've heard there's a way to 'fix' the red tint. hopefully that's true.

i agree, i've wanted to SEE a kuro, i've never even seen one before. i had no idea i loved deep blacks so much because it wasn't until after the kuro's were killed off that i got rid of my crt. it was like this slap in the face when i realized 'off black' was no longer a thing... recent plasma has certainly gotten into the 'close enough' range, but i've wondered if a tweaked kuro would have been actually close enough that i don't feel it's a compromise to live with

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After reading through this thread, I'm hoping you all might be able to help me. I recently purchased the PN64F8500 and it was awesome! Bright picture, beautiful colors, and deep blacks. However, the screen had some defects from the packaging materials. I couldn't exchange it because the retailer had no stock left. Samsung agreed to replace the panel under warranty.

Here's my problem: the original panel reached near 50 fL in Movie mode at 20 Cell Light and 95 Contrast, and over 60 fL in Standard with 20 Cell 95 Contast on peak white 18% pattern. However, the replacement panel barely dings 38 fL in Movie at 20 Cell and 95 Contrast, and 46fL in Standard at 20 Cell and 95 Contrast.

When the tech installed the new panel, he tested two voltages and said they were within spec. I can't figure out why the new panel is so much dimmer with the same settings as before. I already checked all the bug and quick fixes like Eco mode, Motion Lighting, and Black Optimizer, but they all look good. I've tried a Menu Reset, Factory Reset, and a SVC Reset, but nothing has solved my problem.

I read in this thread that some folks saw a decrease in max output after adjusting voltages. I'm thinking that maybe there is a voltage setting that is capping my plasma's peak output. Do you all have any thoughts or suggestions here?

Other than maximum light output capabilities, the sets colors and gamma errors are excellent, below 1 DeltaE after calibration. I realize the current output is well within what we shoot for in dark room and normal viewing calibrations, but I like to crank up the light output when the sun is blazing and I'm watching from the kitchen or dining room. Is my panel defective, or does it fall within the norm for this plasma?
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After reading through this thread, I'm hoping you all might be able to help me. I recently purchased the PN64F8500 and it was awesome! Bright picture, beautiful colors, and deep blacks. However, the screen had some defects from the packaging materials. I couldn't exchange it because the retailer had no stock left. Samsung agreed to replace the panel under warranty.

Here's my problem: the original panel reached near 50 fL in Movie mode at 20 Cell Light and 95 Contrast, and over 60 fL in Standard with 20 Cell 95 Contast on peak white 18% pattern. However, the replacement panel barely dings 38 fL in Movie at 20 Cell and 95 Contrast, and 46fL in Standard at 20 Cell and 95 Contrast.

When the tech installed the new panel, he tested two voltages and said they were within spec. I can't figure out why the new panel is so much dimmer with the same settings as before. I already checked all the bug and quick fixes like Eco mode, Motion Lighting, and Black Optimizer, but they all look good. I've tried a Menu Reset, Factory Reset, and a SVC Reset, but nothing has solved my problem.

I read in this thread that some folks saw a decrease in max output after adjusting voltages. I'm thinking that maybe there is a voltage setting that is capping my plasma's peak output. Do you all have any thoughts or suggestions here?

Other than maximum light output capabilities, the sets colors and gamma errors are excellent, below 1 DeltaE after calibration. I realize the current output is well within what we shoot for in dark room and normal viewing calibrations, but I like to crank up the light output when the sun is blazing and I'm watching from the kitchen or dining room. Is my panel defective, or does it fall within the norm for this plasma?
was there any change in MLL or ansi contrast?


I definitely saw a decrease in peak luminance( I was actually THRILLED by this), but also got a significant change in MLL and huge increase in ansi contrast.

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