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music_to_my_ear's Avatar music_to_my_ear 06:07 PM 12-06-2013
Are there any ZT60 owners that are happy with the set find the 3D brightness to be not enough? Or is it sufficient?

Im still trying to decide between the ZT60 and VT60 for my cave

rightintel's Avatar rightintel 06:09 PM 12-06-2013
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Good to know.

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That's the thing, I am a Prime member so I didn't pay for shipping. Apparently their default compensation is still to refund what the shipping would have been. I'm not one to argue with that! biggrin.gif

I thought my Prime membership excluded TV's-nice!
vinnie97's Avatar vinnie97 06:52 PM 12-06-2013
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Be interesting to see how many the eventually build - CNET has panel # 00000 - see their Review by David Katzmaier
The Panasonic insider at high def junkies stated 30,000 for NA.
Terebi's Avatar Terebi 07:51 PM 12-06-2013
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Originally Posted by music_to_my_ear View Post

Are there any ZT60 owners that are happy with the set find the 3D brightness to be not enough? Or is it sufficient?

Im still trying to decide between the ZT60 and VT60 for my cave

Just watched Into Darkness 3D with no complaints. Had to duck a few times though.

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Terebi's Avatar Terebi 07:58 PM 12-06-2013
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Isn't prime membership only about 75 a year? Why pay 300 in shipping when it's free with a prime membership?

Wait, wasn't shipping free on the TV to begin with, without a membership? It was when I got mine.
SwiftSweeper's Avatar SwiftSweeper 11:12 PM 12-06-2013
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I have a 65ZT panel number 857- with a build date of July 2013 - how many panels have they now produced? anyone have a higher panel #?

October build date for me #14773

#15249 - October build.

Has anyone heard of November or later ZT builds?
SwiftSweeper's Avatar SwiftSweeper 11:28 PM 12-06-2013
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Originally Posted by music_to_my_ear View Post

Are there any ZT60 owners that are happy with the set find the 3D brightness to be not enough? Or is it sufficient?

Im still trying to decide between the ZT60 and VT60 for my cave

I tried a 3D movie on Netflix and a few PS3/PS4 3d games. I did not find 3d brightness of my ZT to be an issue.
bob brennan's Avatar bob brennan 04:18 AM 12-07-2013
Had Samsung PN63C700 - 65ZT MUCH Brighter!!!! - No issue with brightness at all!
cosmos5861's Avatar cosmos5861 10:54 AM 12-07-2013
Got my new ZT60 this week!

Where can I find D-Nice settings?

Also I am trying to find the very low profile mount. Any suggestions?
changboy's Avatar changboy 11:04 AM 12-07-2013
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JimP 11:50 AM 12-07-2013
Earlier this year during the flat panel shootout it seems that the zt and vt were day calibrated to something around 30 foot lamberts.

I suspect that they would have gone higher but didn't due to some technical reason.

I'm trying to find out if anyone recalls what the reason was as it very well may matter to whether I purchase a ZT/VT.

Was it because pushing the brightness higher pushed the panels above the level where you could accurately calibrate them?


I tried to search for this and found 20 pages of links and I'd like to make a purchase before they go off sale.
Mrbustanut's Avatar Mrbustanut 12:33 PM 12-07-2013
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Earlier this year during the flat panel shootout it seems that the zt and vt were day calibrated to something around 30 foot lamberts.

I suspect that they would have gone higher but didn't due to some technical reason.

I am running CNET settings that were calibrated for 38 foot-lambert. Picture looks stunning, no problems at all.
cosmos5861's Avatar cosmos5861 12:45 PM 12-07-2013
I have gone into Menu - Help - Version - Status 4 and it reads A0012-00000 how to I determine how many hours used?
repete66211's Avatar repete66211 12:49 PM 12-07-2013
Mine is calibrated for optimum picture and it measured 30FL. Some calibrators also have a day setting but I imagine there's some compromise involved for the sake of a brighter picture.
SwiftSweeper's Avatar SwiftSweeper 12:49 PM 12-07-2013
Does running D Nice slides as the break in method mess up ZT picture pre sets such as THX Cinema and THX Bright Room?

I understand that D Nice slides suppose to make ZT panel perform similarly to his own set. This implies to me that the slides alter ZT panel's characteristics such as brightness, contrast, color, and such. I also understand that the THX picture pre sets are calibrated individually on each ZT at the factory, so the THX presets have different settings on each ZT. Therefore, there will be a mismatch between THX settings and the panel after the slides are run because the slides altered ZT panel's characteristics. Granted, it might not matter if one uses the slides or full screen content for ZT break in because ZT plasma panel's characteristics change during break in regardless of the break in method used.

Am I off base in my conclusions?
SwiftSweeper's Avatar SwiftSweeper 12:56 PM 12-07-2013
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I have gone into Menu - Help - Version - Status 4 and it reads A0012-00000 how to I determine how many hours used?

It shows that you have 12 hours on your set so far.
repete66211's Avatar repete66211 01:20 PM 12-07-2013
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Does running D Nice slides as the break in method mess up ZT picture pre sets such as THX Cinema and THX Bright Room?

I understand that D Nice slides suppose to make ZT panel perform similarly to his own set. This implies to me that the slides alter ZT panel's characteristics such as brightness, contrast, color, and such. I also understand that the THX picture pre sets are calibrated individually on each ZT at the factory, so the THX presets have different settings on each ZT. Therefore, there will be a mismatch between THX settings and the panel after the slides are run because the slides altered ZT panel's characteristics. Granted, it might not matter if one uses the slides or full screen content for ZT break in because ZT plasma panel's characteristics change during break in regardless of the break in method used.

Am I off base in my conclusions?
All units have the same THX settings. They are not calibrated individually. A test unit was calibrated and whatever the settings were on that one are applied globally to all units.

As far as your other questions go, the plasma's picture will vary over time with usage. The picture at 300 hours is not identical to that at 10 hours. To what degree they vary is testable but short of that it's anyone's guess. The purpose of the slides (as you know) aren't to alter the picture, they're to get the phosphors past the "hot" stage. So the THX (and any other) settings won't look the same right out of the box as they will after some use.
cosmos5861's Avatar cosmos5861 01:46 PM 12-07-2013
I have my panel on THX bright room. I am watching DirecTV 1081source (Football Game). The display seems very dim. On the ATT commercial which has a white backgrounds seems very dark not white at all? When watching Avengers on my MacMini THX Bright seem also dark. Any advice or setting that I need to adjust?
vahighland's Avatar vahighland 02:57 PM 12-07-2013
So, I've been D-NICEing my tv and have almost 300 hours with the slides and 'safe' programs. At what point is it ok to start watching 4:3 material?
DrJayDub's Avatar DrJayDub 02:59 PM 12-07-2013
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So, I've been D-NICEing my tv and have almost 300 hours with the slides and 'safe' programs. At what point is it ok to start watching 4:3 material?

It is "safe". No worries

Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 4
DrJayDub's Avatar DrJayDub 03:06 PM 12-07-2013
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I have my panel on THX bright room. I am watching DirecTV 1081source (Football Game). The display seems very dim. On the ATT commercial which has a white backgrounds seems very dark not white at all? When watching Avengers on my MacMini THX Bright seem also dark. Any advice or setting that I need to adjust?

Check to see if CATS is "off", "Black level" under "Advanced picture" is set to "Light" and increase your "Contrast" and "Brightness" settings. Let us know if that helps.

Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 4
cosmos5861's Avatar cosmos5861 03:25 PM 12-07-2013
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Check to see if CATS is "off", "Black level" under "Advanced picture" is set to "Light" and increase your "Contrast" and "Brightness" settings. Let us know if that helps.

Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 4

Yes CATS is off, Black Level set to Light.

http://imgur.com/P7UMSCA

http://imgur.com/MFPBBuX I have macbook that is looking at the same screen as ZT60.
DrJayDub's Avatar DrJayDub 05:15 PM 12-07-2013
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Check to see if CATS is "off", "Black level" under "Advanced picture" is set to "Light" and increase your "Contrast" and "Brightness" settings. Let us know if that helps.

Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 4

Yes CATS is off, Black Level set to Light.

http://imgur.com/P7UMSCA

http://imgur.com/MFPBBuX I have macbook that is looking at the same screen as ZT60.

Try increasing contrast to 100 and play with the Brightness setting.

FYI Any LCD will be brighter than a plasma.

Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 4
Cleveland Plasma's Avatar Cleveland Plasma 05:26 PM 12-07-2013
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Originally Posted by bob brennan View Post

Be interesting to see how many the eventually build - CNET has panel # 00000 - see their Review by David Katzmaier
Be sweet to have # 00000 . I guess it would be sweeter though to have a car vin number being the 1st one off the line.
cosmos5861's Avatar cosmos5861 05:33 PM 12-07-2013
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Originally Posted by DrJayDub View Post

Try increasing contrast to 100 and play with the Brightness setting.

FYI Any LCD will be brighter than a plasma.

Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 4

Contrast is set for 100 and no matter what i set the brightness to it doesnt help.
Axxion's Avatar Axxion 05:40 PM 12-07-2013
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Be sweet to have # 00000 . I guess it would be sweeter though to have a car vin number being the 1st one off the line.
No. Better to have a later revision of an item with the kinks worked out.
Newenglander's Avatar Newenglander 05:52 PM 12-07-2013
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Originally Posted by cosmos5861 View Post

I have my panel on THX bright room. I am watching DirecTV 1081source (Football Game). The display seems very dim. On the ATT commercial which has a white backgrounds seems very dark not white at all? When watching Avengers on my MacMini THX Bright seem also dark. Any advice or setting that I need to adjust?


My panel does not look that dim on THX bright room. As far as the white is concerned, it looks off because there is an error in the gray scale. In this setting, mine seems to be plus yellow and whites look just awful. I opened up the pro settings and set the panel to a slightly cooler temperature with the white balance. Now whites look great and there is just a slight error in the color gamut which will be eliminated when the display is calibrated.

As far as brightness is concerned, there is only one correct setting for this that can be determined with a calibration disc. Contrast can be varied to some extent, but if it is too high the source material will look over saturated (crushing whites). The perceived brightness on this panel is also greatly affected by gamma. If it is set greater than 2.4, everything will look too dim.

This panel can produce stunning PQ, but it needs to be calibrated after the 300 hour break-in period by someone who knows what they are doing and has the right equipment.

I you want my pre-calibration settings, PM me. They are not perfect, but will get you through until you have your set calibrated.
changboy's Avatar changboy 07:29 PM 12-07-2013
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cosmos5861's Avatar cosmos5861 07:34 PM 12-07-2013
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Well , gamma setting on the ZT is a big + when you have the right one, the depth of the picture is amazing with a stunning black and a great white.

Just curious how did you calibrate your panel?

SwiftSweeper's Avatar SwiftSweeper 07:46 PM 12-07-2013
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Originally Posted by SwiftSweeper View Post

Does running D Nice slides as the break in method mess up ZT picture pre sets such as THX Cinema and THX Bright Room?

I understand that D Nice slides suppose to make ZT panel perform similarly to his own set. This implies to me that the slides alter ZT panel's characteristics such as brightness, contrast, color, and such. I also understand that the THX picture pre sets are calibrated individually on each ZT at the factory, so the THX presets have different settings on each ZT. Therefore, there will be a mismatch between THX settings and the panel after the slides are run because the slides altered ZT panel's characteristics. Granted, it might not matter if one uses the slides or full screen content for ZT break in because ZT plasma panel's characteristics change during break in regardless of the break in method used.

Am I off base in my conclusions?
All units have the same THX settings. They are not calibrated individually. A test unit was calibrated and whatever the settings were on that one are applied globally to all units.

As far as your other questions go, the plasma's picture will vary over time with usage. The picture at 300 hours is not identical to that at 10 hours. To what degree they vary is testable but short of that it's anyone's guess. The purpose of the slides (as you know) aren't to alter the picture, they're to get the phosphors past the "hot" stage. So the THX (and any other) settings won't look the same right out of the box as they will after some use.

Yeah, on my previous ZT, skin tones seem to look more natural after I passed 200 hour mark. Thank you for the explanation. smile.gif
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