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Ken Ross's Avatar Ken Ross
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hey all,

have the 700u. posted earlier (first page) with my initial impressions. it just keeps getting better! dialing stuff in is easy (and i don't even have the avia disc yet) i can't recomend this model enough. i was one of those a-hole shoppers that kept returning things i didn't feel were perfect (ocd probably had something to do with it too). lets just say this tv is NOT going back.

as for buying suggestions..get the 700 and use the 500 bucks for speakers or a harmony remote or flowers for your wife for a year.

as for the tv itself.

blacks...sets the bar from what i've seen. not sure how to exlain it except they look very clean.

colors...spot on. you cn blow them out like an lcd if you prefer. for me i like it more subdued. they're more true to life than anything i've seen. planet earth on blu-ray is stupid!

ps3 on it will probably ruin my marriage.

1080p...i've got a small room so i'm about 8 feet from the set. can see the difference from 720p without the slightest question. (side note - if you've got a small room the yamaha ysp-1100 sound bar is amazing)

glare...a little but the slightest tilt on the wall mount takes it right out.

blu-ray...ummmm....weep.

jaggies...nope.

sd...yep.

conclusion...i know it may sound stupid, but it's really nice to spend 3k and realize you've got something you can use for use for years and your not getting screwed waiting for the industry the catch up with your needs.

Sounds great! Your observations pretty much reflect what I saw in my 750 viewing. Enjoy and keep us up-to-date.
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Hey guys,any pz700 photos in action with PS3 or HD-DVD ??
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Can anyone answer this question?

The difference b/w the 700 and the 750 seems to be the ability to tweek the color space more accuratelty. If you are using an external scaler, is it still necessary to tweek to color space on the tv itself, or would you still need to calibrate the tv and then calibrate the external scaler?

My point being that if you don't need to calibrate the tv itself, only the external scaler, then why wait for the 750? (Obviously this applies to any tv for that matter)
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Have any of you buyers figured out whether either the 700u or 750u models are HDMI 1.3 capable?

Thanks!
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Hey Santori, what manual? for the 360, or for the panny? If it is the panny isn't it odd that on a new 1080p plasma this generation, the component and vga won't accept a 1080p signal?

The manual I refer to was for the Panasonic (it may have been in the CES thread). On page 53, in a section concerning which signals will be displayed over which connections, it is clearly stated in chart form that component is limited to 720p/1080p and VGA to a set of typical PC signals but not 1080x 1920.

I agree that it is odd that a 1080p panel won't accept a 1080p over VGA at least and of course being a 360 owner I am pretty upset that I will have to upgrade my console to feed this TV its native resolution.
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Hi,

I'm looking to buy this TV (PZ700U) but I also noticed there was a PZ750U.

I wanted to ask if there were any noticeable differences between the two. Secondly, which would be the better option to get? As anyone got it with the CAB? Does it look nice? If anyone has one, could you please post pictures?

I'm no expert in TVs; I'm a bit of a newbie, so please make all information sound all user friendly as possible!

A couple of questions:
- Should I be worried about burn-in?
- SD quality. Is it any good? How does it compare to CRT?
- Glare/Reflections. What is the AR coating like. Is it any good?

Thanks in advance.

Anyone?
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worried about burn-in? You never said what you were hooking up to it, so cant answer that...I use ps3, 360, pc on my panny plasmas without worry if that makes you feel better...just need to keep it out of torch mode(contrast too high) and you should be fine.


SD looks fine...50inch tvs never really look "great" doing SD stuff. But this set does fine to me.

Damn thing doesnt have PIP! Sigh. That burns me something bad. And no screensaver built in as far as I can tell. So far these are the only negatives so far along with the no 1080p via component and vga.
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4. nvidea based video card in Vista HTPC. Booted and hit F8 to bring up Vista Safe mode menu. Selected low color option which resets your video settings so you can get into windows to setup correctly with new display. DVI - HDMI cable was use with hdmi 2 o Panny. Once I logged in, selected 1920x1080p and answered yes. Overscan was there so used the remote to select HD Size 2. Perfect 1:1 with 0 overscan. WOOOOO HOOOOO! amazingly clear.

That sounds like great news. Would you mind taking a picture or two?
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Spoke to someone at panasonic today. The differences between the 700U and 750U are that the 750 has the follow extra features:
Picture In Picture (forgot to ask if this was with different inputs)
Pro setting mode
Extra HDMI input
Capability of video Playback from SD card
viper900's Avatar viper900
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So the overall performance of the panels are the same right? Pro setting mode? Is it worth splashing the extra couple of hundred quid for it? Sorry if they are stupid questions, but I lack knowledge in televisions.
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This is my first post I have been a lurker for the past 6 months. I want to thank all the posters for giving me a education. I recived my 50inch 700u on may 5 and have it hooked up to DTV with HD and a PS3 via HDMI and all I can say is OMG. This tv has surpassed all my expectations. It is much better at home then at the store. The blue ray movie Casino Royale is just spectacular even better then in the theaters. I have played with the settings just a bit and I am waiting for a expert to post there settings. The only thing that needs tweaking is the blacks as I have noticed some black crush. I have my settings set to zero during the break in. I am not worried about the BC as I am sure I can adjust for that later. This TV rocks!!!
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Any owners out there that have been able to correct the black crush w/o degrading the overall PQ.......much?
John P Carroll's Avatar John P Carroll
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Can anyone provide a link to the EPP site, EPP pricing for the 58"700, or a link to a list of EPP "qualified" companies I might qualify to "come under"? I haven't found any inroads to the panny EPP site to show me if I have any opportunities to take advantage of the EPP pricing.

Tnx, jc
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Check out Blue Jeans Cable. You can find very good info on HDMI/DVI ect they may be a little pricer however I do believe you get a cable that is of broadcast quality.....others believe a cable is a cable. Keep up posted I just ordered my also.


monoprice. great hdmi cables for like $4.00


bob
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monoprice. great hdmi cables for like $4.00


bob

Notice any comments with HDMI dropouts on the Sammy xx6x thread which mention monoprice? I bought one of the $16 HDMI mono's
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The Best Buy SKU number for the TH-58PZ700U is 8330987 in case you guys need it.



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Did anyone take notice to this?
Maximum Power Consumption:
th-50pz700u 695w
th58pz700u 735w
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Did anyone take notice to this?
Maximum Power Consumption:
th-50pz700u 695w
th58pz700u 735w

I made mention of this April 23rd in the CES 2007 Panny plasma thread.
Ken Ross's Avatar Ken Ross
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Did anyone take notice to this?
Maximum Power Consumption:
th-50pz700u 695w
th58pz700u 735w

Those numbers have little to do with 'normal' power consumption.
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Those numbers have little to do with 'normal' power consumption.


What kind of power usage can we expect? Anyone have a Kill-A-Watt ?
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What kind of power usage can we expect? Anyone have a Kill-A-Watt ?

I've been doing electrical for over thirty years and the best way to evaluate your consumption is to use a clamp on amp meter. At your meter box idenify what circuit the TV is goint to be on. With the TV on get the amp reading and multiply it by the voltage this will give you the watts and what ever you pay kilo watt hour. I've read all the claims here and I know from experience my highest power bills was when I had my plasma for 3 months. But it was maybe 5 bucks more than usual.
Also claims here is the mode the plasma is used. The dimmer your settings the lower power consumption. If you want brightness maybe look at LCD's they are the brighter technology.
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The Best Buy SKU number for the TH-58PZ700U is 8330987 in case you guys need it.

racer, you got a th58pz700u today at BB. which exact bb did you get it at? Did they have any more left in stock? did they have one out on display? and give us some reviews and pictures asap, ok. congrats.
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I am new to HDTV - today is my first day.


-Crackers


So, Crackers, Did you like your new TV or not?
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I Was At Best Buy Today Trying To Decide On The 50pz700u.

I Really Want To Like It -- But It Seemed As If The Picture Was A Bit Dimmer Than Some Of The Other Plasmas. Has Anyone Else Noticed This Or Am I Just Imagining Things? Maybe It Was Just The Movie They Were Playing?

Thanks
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Do you know what the picture settings were on the panel? It comes stock out of the box set to vivid. That's torch mode and believe me... that setting could hardly be called dim.
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It was set at VIVID. The brightness was at 0, and I bumped it to +2, but didn't see a difference.
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I Was At Best Buy Today Trying To Decide On The 50pz700u.

I Really Want To Like It -- But It Seemed As If The Picture Was A Bit Dimmer Than Some Of The Other Plasmas. Has Anyone Else Noticed This Or Am I Just Imagining Things? Maybe It Was Just The Movie They Were Playing?

Thanks


I did notice this, but it's hard to compare since it wasn't on the same wall playing the same feed. For some reason they have this one set up separately playing Night at the Museum blueray...
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This was playing a Blu-Ray film also. I must say that the picture was very detailed -- no complaint there. However, it seemed a somewhat dull.
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Welp, just decided to return my 50pz700u. The picture is amazing, but the shortcomings just are too much to ignore for my usage. I use my displays far more for gaming, computer use, etc than tv or movie viewing so the lack of 1080p component&vga, no PIP, and no built in screensaver has made me decide on going lcd. It sucks though because the picture on this plasma is amazing.

Those saying the tv looks dim at best buy are correct, but its a lot brighter at home. Its like 2 different plasmas.
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I use my displays far more for gaming, computer use, etc than tv or movie viewing so the lack of 1080p component&vga, no PIP, and no built in screensaver has made me decide on going lcd.

No 1080p on VGA? I thought someone said it worked w/ their Nvidia card. ...oh, that was you with HMDI.

Has anyone gotten 1080p to work w/ X-Box 360 & VGA cable?
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