Originally posted by Neglekt
I think we can safely say that it does not accept a 720p signal.
SO what does that mean for OTA ABC broadcasts? It will not display?
Still trying to understand the nuaiances. I understand if I had a STB the box would do the converting, but if I dont, then what?
The top "shelf" is perfect for center channel placement.
Originally posted by tmflem
Actually, I have figured out a "workaround" to check out the "just" mode. I set the Pace box to "pass thru" in the resolution settings. This way the SD channels come through in 480i, and most of the HD channels still come through in 1280i. However, a couple of the HD channels don't come through at all when setting the Pace box to "pass-thru" so I'm looking for a better fix--preferably, I'd like to be able to use 480p and the Just setting. I am using component outs from the Pace box into the TV. Maybe I'll try HDMI. Or maybe I'll try using the S-video out for the SD channels and the component outs for the HD channels. Best thing about having a new toy is getting to experiment a little, right?
BTW, I find the "just" mode is a big improvement on the other alternatives (4:3, Zoom, Full) for the SD channels.
You can't use Just with 480p via component. The option isn't there. I can only assume it would be the same via HDMI.
The Panasonic 53X54 by a nose. The showroom was running HDnet on all of the TVs and with both tvs set up similarly, The panasonic was slightly sharper. The only area I could find where the Hitachi seemed to prevail was convergence. The blue gun seemed to be a little more finely focused on the hitachi (this ofcourse produced a purple hew, but it was unnoticable form 10 feet). The difference in convergence accuracy wasn't significant, but the price sure was - $1,329 vs. $2,359.
I will say that the new Sony's look great as well.
Again, I am constantly amazed at how good this TV is. There is no better TV for the money. I can't wait until mine is delivered.
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If you are referring to the 47x54. The tv you purchased is not the same. I think the one you purchased is the 47wx54 which is an updated version of last year's model. It is only manufactured for the Warehouse stores. I have heard that these tvs put up a nice picture, but I would doubt that it is as nice as this year's model (the 47x54). This TV offers, in my opinion, one of the best pictures available regardless of cost. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles of the more expensive TVs, but the picture quality is right up there with the best of them.
The following thread compares the 47x54 with the 47wx53 (which is last year's model - should be very similar to the one you are looking at @ costco).
Panasonic 47X54 Thread
In answer to your question, I think the new series of tvs offers much better picture quality. Whteher that is worth the additional $300 only you can decide. FYI: ******* is currently selling the 47X54 for ~ $[msrp only] w/ free shipping.
maxflia,atleast you know you can return the TV if you don't like it.Costco is pretty good for that.I think you will like it.I don't know if there will be any majow picture differences between the WX models and the X models.The one your loking at is this years model.My PT-53X54 mas made in April of 2004.
And of course the X's have the HDMI port and have a "full" base (not 'T' shaped).
The features, convergance, menu settings (options), from what I could tell were all indentical.
I'd doubt the internals are that different. Retailers don't want people coming to their store and saying Costco or Sam's has this same TV for $200-300 less. Like this they can simply say, well it's a different model, and in this case, the retail model is a tad better.
I'll be picking up a 53WX54 this week sometime, when I can borrow a truck for the transport of it.
I think you'd want to have HDMI vs. DVI as it looks that a couple years from a now HDMI will be the de-facto standard.
First of all, yea, I'm new, but I'm glad I found this thread. I bought my 53x54 from Sears like 3 weeks ago and had to wait til this Monday for delivery. I'm lucky - I bought it just from looking at it without reading this forum first. Glad I made a good decision. I love the set. Nothing more specific to post right now other than I've learned a few things (like downgrading my SVideo to RCA cables).
Currently I use DishNet (SD only - I'd love to get the HD pack but then I'd lose my PVR capability without spending $999 for the HDPVR receiver.) I do have a really cool Philips DVD player that plays DivX files - we watched both Ginger Snaps and Passion of the Christ on the Panny last night in DivX format and its very good - not quite DVD quality, but close. Especially with 5.1 encocded DivX. My PS2 is amazing on the Panny - this is my first ever large tv, I went from a 27" Sanyo Tube to this, hehe.
I've been thinking of hooking up the G5 to it but haven't gone there yet.
Anyhow, thanks everyone again.