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Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   10-29-2014, 12:03 PM
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Posted By repete66211
I'd opt for the ZT over the F8500 if they're the...

I'd opt for the ZT over the F8500 if they're the same price because the ZT is, on the whole, a better TV. However, for my use and in my opinion, it's not $1,400 better. I'd get the Samsung. See if...
Forum: Speakers   10-27-2014, 06:34 AM
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Posted By repete66211
You're right in that all speakers are compatible...

You're right in that all speakers are compatible with bananas but not all spades but the BJC welded cables are made to length. I'd think that with something as nice as the Salk speakers you're...
Forum: Speakers   10-27-2014, 06:29 AM
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Posted By repete66211
I have Blue Jeans welded cables with banana on...

I have Blue Jeans welded cables with banana on the amp end and spades on the SongTower end. It works great for me but bananas on both end work too. The benefit of the spades is that your wires...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   10-27-2014, 06:24 AM
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Posted By repete66211
1.) Shouldn't be an issue. 2.) Yes. ...

1.) Shouldn't be an issue.
2.) Yes. SquareTrade issues warranties based on your receipt. They have no way of knowing it's an open box unit unless the receipt says so.
3.) I've used them with my...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   10-22-2014, 12:50 PM
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Posted By repete66211
$2,500 for the 64" F8500 is a pretty good price...

$2,500 for the 64" F8500 is a pretty good price and is IMO the best TV you can get at that price point. Curved TVs aren't my thing so I wouldn't look twice at one but, even if it were flat, paying...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   10-22-2014, 12:26 PM
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Posted By repete66211
The traction of 4k resolution has no...

The traction of 4k resolution has no significance. The emergence of reliable OLED tech does. However, given the current size and price constraints, I'm not sure those units are in the picture quite...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   10-22-2014, 12:23 PM
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Posted By repete66211
Anecdotes have only slightly more value than...

Anecdotes have only slightly more value than rumors. I've been here from the beginning and have seen quite a number of issues mentioned on this thread. I think you'd be hard pressed to find an...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   10-21-2014, 08:42 AM
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Posted By repete66211
This should be elevated at Panasonic. I can...

This should be elevated at Panasonic. I can understand their refusal to replace a unit due to screen cracks (caused by a technician not in their employ) but the existing electronics issue should not...
Forum: Community News & Polls   10-20-2014, 09:07 AM
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Posted By repete66211
No man, I love that comedy stuff. I know...

No man, I love that comedy stuff. I know Norton's quote was hilarious; I didn't realize you were using it for comedic effect. My apologies if that's the case.
Forum: Community News & Polls   10-20-2014, 08:41 AM
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Posted By repete66211
Those familiar with the scientific skeptic...

Those familiar with the scientific skeptic community know that quantum physics (QP) is abused more than it's used. It's frequently wheeled out when a pseudoscience--ghost hunters, psychics,...
Forum: Community News & Polls   10-16-2014, 12:57 PM
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Posted By repete66211
The primary point of contention I've most often...

The primary point of contention I've most often noticed isn't that objectivists claim that measurements can provide you with all necessary information but that subjectivists often refuse to...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   10-15-2014, 08:58 AM
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Posted By repete66211
Panasonic provides a game mode as a feature. ...

Panasonic provides a game mode as a feature. They don't care if you play games or don't play games, given that burn in isn't covered in the warranty.
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   10-14-2014, 07:01 AM
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Posted By repete66211
I've been gaming on my ZT since the very...

I've been gaming on my ZT since the very beginning. Some games (i.e. Gears of War, the latest Assassin's Creed) cause IR and others don't. It really comes down to what's on the HUD and how bright...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   09-29-2014, 03:36 PM
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Posted By repete66211
Never could get ARC to work twice in a row with...

Never could get ARC to work twice in a row with my Denon. Apparent handshake issues or need to power on devices in a certain order. I eventually just gave up.
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   09-25-2014, 07:17 AM
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Posted By repete66211
I would not pay anything close to MSRP on a "NIB"...

I would not pay anything close to MSRP on a "NIB" TV with no warranty. Not with OLED coming down in price as it is. Additionally, I know of no company that will give you a warranty right now but if...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   09-17-2014, 06:30 PM
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Posted By repete66211
I'm not sure if I'd say OLED is in its infancy...

I'm not sure if I'd say OLED is in its infancy given how long the tech has been around, but it's encouraging to see a larger unit going for a relatively modest price.
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   09-16-2014, 02:33 PM
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Posted By repete66211
And ours are flat. The review isn't as...

And ours are flat.

The review isn't as glowing as you'd think given the quote above. For example, "Its video processing and color accuracy don't measure up to that of the best TVs, and the curved...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   09-11-2014, 01:48 PM
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Posted By repete66211
I wouldn't be surprised at all if cable channels...

I wouldn't be surprised at all if cable channels do what TV networks have been doing for years, altering the movie both for content as well as "formatting to fit your screen".
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   09-11-2014, 01:06 PM
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Posted By repete66211
Any alteration of the original aspect ratio (OAR)...

Any alteration of the original aspect ratio (OAR) zooms in the picture and in the process removes content that was put there on purpose. If you crop 2.39:1 to 1.78:1 you're missing out on the...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   09-11-2014, 07:41 AM
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Posted By repete66211
Robert at Value Electronics offered an "upgraded"...

Robert at Value Electronics offered an "upgraded" ZT60 with the silver borders painted black. Now that he's no longer selling the unit perhaps he would let you know how they accomplished the...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   08-25-2014, 06:45 AM
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Posted By repete66211
I would imagine that, like pretty much any...

I would imagine that, like pretty much any calibrator or videophile, D-Nice is of the belief that the "cleaner" the signal the better, so video processing should be kept to a minimum. Or maybe in...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   08-23-2014, 08:54 AM
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Posted By repete66211
Yep, same panel but with different AR coating and...

Yep, same panel but with different AR coating and the ZT has the gapless assembly. Personally, I was never able to see the gapless "benefit" between the two side by side but, considering the trouble...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   08-23-2014, 07:48 AM
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Posted By repete66211
All evidence points to it sharing the panel with...

All evidence points to it sharing the panel with the VT, with the only difference between the physical panels being the anti-reflective coating. And any difference in calibration almost can almost...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   08-22-2014, 03:25 PM
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Posted By repete66211
Yeah, I agree. My 65" ZT is cooler than my 50"...

Yeah, I agree. My 65" ZT is cooler than my 50" Samsung A550.
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   08-21-2014, 07:58 PM
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Posted By repete66211
That's stunt pricing. I'd be surprised if anyone...

That's stunt pricing. I'd be surprised if anyone bought it. IMO it's not even a very good value at the $4,100 MSRP.
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