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Old 05-24-2013, 05:16 PM
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The majority of HDTV's function is as follow:
- using the TV's internal digital tuners = 5.1 output
- any other audio input into TV (including HDMI) = 2.0 output
Thats not exactly correct. It should read "any HDMI input to tv = 2.0". You can get 5.1 output via optical from a USB.

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First of all, it's not real 5.1. Onkyo and Denon are two where I would expect it. I'll check my manual later. It's not a feature that I would turn on.

I hope someone clears this up while I'm gone. smile.gif
Why would you expect it from them more than any other manufacturer? And if its not real 5.1 then any modern avr can fake 5.1 from 2.0.

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I just put something on order, should be here next week. biggrin.gif
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DD can be 2.0. I bet youre not getting 5.1.

wanna bet..biggrin.gif...I get it through my dvr and optical out via ota.

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The original q was how to get sound from the TVs sources such as Netflix etc. an optical cable does this well without having to use ARC.

[edited - tapacrap typos sorry]
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The original q was how to get sound from the TVs sources such as Netdlix etc. an optical cable does this well without having to use ARC.
Yes. I see that you posted that already. smile.gif
And I agree that ARC can be fussy.

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My TV is about the same. At about 15 ft away it's noticeable, but not terribly so. It's much better than the horrible noise from my previous Samsung E7000 Plasma. It's definitely louder if I get closer to the screen. I tried putting some sound dampening behind the TV, and it didn't seem to help. However, when I put my 1/8 inch screen protect I got to save the screen from my 4 and 6 year old tossing stuff the sound is completely gone. This tells me it's definitely coming from the front the TV which I am guessing is the normal plasma buzz people hear. My previous D7000 was near silent, and my 8 year old 42 inch Panasonic Plasma in my bedroom is also silent, so I was hoping this would be the same.

At this point, I am probably going to keep the TV, but there's a small part of me that thinks I should try getting another one just to see if it will be silent. However, aside from the slight buzzing the rest of the TV is great. It would be a bummer if I get a new one which had less buzzing but other issues (banding, dead pixels, uniformity...etc). I still really like the TV and it's PQ. Great stuff.

Thanks for posting. You're the first person I've seen who's owned all 3 past generations of Samsung high-end plasma. I always assumed they all buzzed about the same but your findings indicate otherwise. Were they all the same screen size? Were they in the same spot and orientation relative to your viewing position? Any other changes in your environment you can think of that could have accounted for the difference in buzz?
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For those talking about 2.0 channel sound becoming 5.1 channel sound, the old way to mux it was into is Dolby Surround Sound (remember that?!)
Pseudo 5.1 mixed from a stereo source.

Nowadays there are lots of other tricks to try and make 2 channel into something better, but TBH, none of them get you anything near compressed original 5.1.
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For those talking about 2.0 channel sound becoming 5.1 channel sound, the old way to mux it is into is Dolby Surround Sound (remember that?!)
Pseudo 5.1 mixed from a stereo source.

Nowadays there are lots of other tricks, but TBH, none of them get you anything near compressed original 5.1.
Dolby Surround Sound is not 2.0 mixed into 5.1. You may be thinking of Dolby Pro Logic. Dolby surround sound is still the standard (along with DTS). But now the latest generation is called Dolby True HD Master Audio. A lossless format.

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The last plasma I had was the Samsung PN50B860, this should be a big improvement from that. My only 2 gripes with that plasma was the black level and screen size. My F8500 should be here some time next week. I'll get Chad to work his magic on it later.
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Yes yes my terminology getting the better of me again sorry.
Pro Logic I was referring to. We used to call it Dolby Surround.

The VFD icon on the old stereo used to light up 'Dolby Surround Pro Logic' smile.gif

I am aware of the latest formats smile.gif
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Thank you my friends for assisting me. I will try the ARC HDMI connection first. So it will be HDMI out from AVR to HDMI 3 in the TV and then allow the ARC option in the receiver. Is there any option in TV that should be enabled?

If this didn't work out I will use the optical cable
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There's a great movie on Turner Classics Movies (TCM) right now if anyone wants to check their grayscale tracking. It's 'The Loved One.' Yes, that's Robert Morse of Mad Men. Make sure that you turn your Color to zero since Turner has a habit of transmitting B/W without turning of the color and it sometimes causes tinting to occur.

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There's a great movie on Turner Classics Movies (TCM) right now if anyone wants to check their grayscale tracking. It's 'The Loved One.' Yes, that's Robert Morse of Mad Men. Make sure that you turn your Color to zero since Turner has a habit of transmitting B/W without turning of the color and it sometimes causes tinting to occur.

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It's got lovely grays but seems to be quite soft focus?
Thanks for the tip about TCM.
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^^Yeah, sorry guys! I got a little over excited when I had the option of "Dolby Digital" availble in the digital audio out menu....obviously only Dolby Digital stereo when the source is an stb....but, hey it sure sounds great through my wireless infrared headphones...lol
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Well, guys, I just wanted to give an update. I will make it brief.

I ended up getting a 65VT60 delivered tonight as it was going to be that display or the F8500 for 2013. I am determined to upgrade this year no matter what.

Once it got dark, I fed the same Blu-ray video feed from an Oppo 103 to the 64F8500 and 65VT60. Yep, I had a mini shootout with both sets side by side seeing the exact same video.

I triple checked the brightness and contrast settings on both displays. I also checked ALL of the other video settings.

I am being as objective as I can as I have no brand loyalty; just looking for the best set for my viewing needs (or wants I should say).

There is absolutely no question the VT60 is for me. The blacks are notably deeper and rock stable on all content - like a vice grip. I was re-playing the same Star Trek scenes I mentioned earlier and a significant difference in my opinion.

I still think the F8500 is a great display and in no way am I trying to knock it. I am just giving you my honest, open opinion (again, dark room impressions although the VT60 still gets pretty bright - but nowhere like the F8500). As a result, I am not going to comment any longer on the VT60 in this thread as I respect this thread as an "F8500". I will still check in time to time as I will still have a general curiosity about the F8500, but the VT60 is without question the display for me.


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It's got lovely grays but seems to be quite soft focus?
Thanks for the tip about TCM.

That softness is due to the way that TCM scales their stuff. I'm not quite sure what they are doing but there always is a small black border around the picture. It's confusing because when I watch some of the movies that they show from my disk, the quality is superb. The new Lawrence (re-mastered in 4k) is so clear on the Blu-ray and much softer when TCM broadcasts it. confused.gif


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I'm ready to pull the trigger on a 64F8500 as my first plasma. This may be a strange question but will going from a 60" LED to a plasma have a big impact on my electric bill?
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...without question the display for me.

Glad you found the right one!
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Can the one's in the know recommend a good Foot Lambert light level for semi-dim movie watching?

It's not dark in my viewing environment by any means, there is quite a bit of light around from two 60w bulbs running at 65% by the TV.

45fL is a little too strong.
I'm thinking around 35-40FL ?
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Pie,

I view in a near dark room. There is one incandescent bulb by my chair but it is dimmed to the point of almost being off. In fact, it is so dimmed down that when the A/C kicks in, the bulb may go off because of the momentary power drain. In that environment, I watch at a peak output of no greater than 33 ftL. Higher than that and my eyes get fatigued in a very short time.

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I'm ready to pull the trigger on a 64F8500 as my first plasma. This may be a strange question but will going from a 60" LED to a plasma have a big impact on my electric bill?
It made no noticeable difference to mine. That was from a 47" full LED.

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First of all, it's not real 5.1. Onkyo and Denon are two where I would expect it. I'll check my manual later. It's not a feature that I would turn on.

I hope someone clears this up while I'm gone. smile.gif
Why would you expect it from them more than any other manufacturer?
They are just the two that I have the most familiarity with. Actually, I tend to leave my AVR setup alone except for the volume control. wink.gif
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And if its not real 5.1 then any modern avr can fake 5.1 from 2.0.
That's right. It's also why some think they are getting 5.1 directly from a external source connected to a TV. I checked and the current Denon AVRs have PLIIx M in Music mode which can drive the six speakers in a 5.1 setup using a stereo input. At least with a Denon, it's very easy to get that result using the remote.

I'm not saying that's what people are hearing, but it's a possibility.
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Dan, thanks for the link. That was the information that I hoped someone would find by the time I got back from dinner and some DVR football. smile.gif

If your 5.1 speakers are getting more than stereo under the conditions listed by Samsung, then check your AVR. It may be simulating 5.1 from a 2.0 input.
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^^Yeah, sorry guys! I got a little over excited when I had the option of "Dolby Digital" availble in the digital audio out menu....obviously only Dolby Digital stereo when the source is an stb....but, hey it sure sounds great through my wireless infrared headphones...lol
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I'm ready to pull the trigger on a 64F8500 as my first plasma. This may be a strange question but will going from a 60" LED to a plasma have a big impact on my electric bill?
Members with engineering backgrounds have done estimations and while there will be an increase, it shouldn't be enough to worry about. I don't recall exact results, but it seemed to me that the difference was small enough to get lost in the normal variation month to month.
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