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Forum: Remote Control Area   11-02-2014, 08:39 AM
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Posted By mirak
I would appreciate some help adjusting signal...

I would appreciate some help adjusting signal delays on my Harmony 650.

Briefly, I have an AVR outputting HDMI to my plasma TV, and a (1) HTPC, (2) DirecTV DVR, and (3) Blu Ray player connected to...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   10-03-2014, 11:44 AM
Replies: 9,947
Views: 504,699
Posted By mirak
Anybody have a problem with the voice command...

Anybody have a problem with the voice command prompt randomly popping up? Can I just disable that in the settings?
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   09-14-2014, 06:58 AM
Replies: 3,606
Views: 310,816
Posted By mirak
Boy, setting cell light at 20 is really bright!...

Boy, setting cell light at 20 is really bright! So far, the only changes I've made are to set cell light at 18 and turn off motion judder. Except for those changes (it was too dim to start), this TV...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   09-12-2014, 01:53 PM
Replies: 3,606
Views: 310,816
Posted By mirak
Sorry guys - without reading through 80 pages of...

Sorry guys - without reading through 80 pages of posts, anybody know of some good settings for a 64f8500 in a living room with a fair amount of ambient light (not direct sunlight, but not a dark...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   09-12-2014, 12:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 876
Posted By mirak
I would add that the f8500 is a better "value"...

I would add that the f8500 is a better "value" (though that's a relative term, obviously) as compared to the vt or zt. Unless you absolutely must have the deepest blacks, I wouldn't pay more for a...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   09-12-2014, 11:45 AM
Replies: 12,891
Views: 715,613
Posted By mirak
Personally, I'd be more nervous about keeping in...

Personally, I'd be more nervous about keeping in on a stand, which can tip over. If a wall mounting bracket is properly lag bolted into studs, that TV isn't going anywhere. The downside, of course,...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   09-12-2014, 10:39 AM
Replies: 12,891
Views: 715,613
Posted By mirak
Yes, sounds like a good idea to have it just in...

Yes, sounds like a good idea to have it just in case. I've gotta some extra opticals laying around now that I'm using HDMI to route all my sources to the new AVR, so I'll go ahead and run one to the...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   09-12-2014, 08:22 AM
Replies: 12,891
Views: 715,613
Posted By mirak
The only reason I need ARC is that I might want...

The only reason I need ARC is that I might want to use the Netflix app on the TV. My DirecTV Genie does not have a Netflix app. I wonder if my Panasonic Blu Ray does? If so, I'd definitely prefer to...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   09-11-2014, 11:44 AM
Replies: 12,891
Views: 715,613
Posted By mirak
Hey guys, quick question - my pn64f8500 finally...

Hey guys, quick question - my pn64f8500 finally goes up on the wall today!! Due to my setup, the back panel will be pretty hard to access once I hang it, so I want to get my connections right the...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   08-22-2014, 03:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 270
Posted By mirak
Yeah, no doubt there will probably be at least a...

Yeah, no doubt there will probably be at least a little degrading of image quality, but they're at least supposed to be zero glare.

My idea was to keep it on during the day and take it down after...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   08-22-2014, 08:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 270
Posted By mirak
Let's talk screen protectors

A few years ago, my 4 year old son lobbed an errant DVD-case missle at my Samsung pn64d7000, cracking the panel. He's mellowed out a bit since then, but I've got two younger sons who are just warming...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   08-22-2014, 08:10 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,781
Posted By mirak
Just want to chime in with a little empathy. My...

Just want to chime in with a little empathy. My son also cracked my awesome Samsung pn64d7000 a few years ago. It sucks because you're mad but you really can't stay mad because it's your child. Gotta...
Forum: OLED Technology and Flat Panels General   08-19-2014, 10:05 AM
Replies: 598
Views: 32,746
Posted By mirak
These survey results clearly demonstrate that the...

These survey results clearly demonstrate that the Samsung pn64f8500 is the best TV on the planet. As a proud owner of the f8500, this validates my ego. Thank you, panel! To all you poor saps without...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   08-18-2014, 02:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 252
Posted By mirak
Well that simplifies things. Thanks! I'll just...

Well that simplifies things. Thanks! I'll just make sure I'm set up for the TV do the conversion. Do I need to set anything special on the TV?
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   08-18-2014, 08:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 252
Posted By mirak
Samsung Plasma, Sony Receiver, DirecTV Genie - which should do the video conversion?

Everyone, I'm mightily confused by video conversion, which device should do it, and how to set up the devices to make that happen. I'm posting here because I assume I should let my top o' the line...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   08-14-2014, 10:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 821
Posted By mirak
Oh sorry - I was thinking I'd need a set of those...

Oh sorry - I was thinking I'd need a set of those for every single wire!
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   08-13-2014, 03:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 821
Posted By mirak
Huh. So if I'm pricing this out correctly, I...

Huh. So if I'm pricing this out correctly, I would end up spending slightly more than the cost of my receiver just to connect it to the speakers?
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   08-13-2014, 01:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 821
Posted By mirak
Banana Plugs

I've got 5 cables from in-wall speakers sticking out of the wall at the back of my living room entertainment console. The cables only provide 1 to 2 feet of slack, which is going to make conventional...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   08-08-2014, 11:56 AM
Replies: 9,947
Views: 504,699
Posted By mirak
Right, this seems like a good time for me to be...

Right, this seems like a good time for me to be replacing my old TV. I bought the f8500, the last great panel of a plasma technology that has essentially been ironed out in terms of standards, bugs,...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   08-08-2014, 11:52 AM
Replies: 9,947
Views: 504,699
Posted By mirak
All this whining about "bait & switch" pricing...

All this whining about "bait & switch" pricing seems a bit silly. These discount online retailers sound no different than car dealers. I know, I know, nobody likes car dealers or the car buying...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   08-07-2014, 03:37 PM
Replies: 9,947
Views: 504,699
Posted By mirak
You're right, that is pretty silly. Good point.

You're right, that is pretty silly. Good point.
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   08-07-2014, 01:58 PM
Replies: 9,947
Views: 504,699
Posted By mirak
Just a side note, the phrases "serious gamer" and...

Just a side note, the phrases "serious gamer" and "competitive gamer" always make me chuckle. Reminds me of this Far Side cartoon...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-06-2014, 09:17 PM
Replies: 533
Views: 64,216
Posted By mirak
LOL - I have no idea what any of that means, so...

LOL - I have no idea what any of that means, so chances are I probably won't miss it on the 1040.

Frankly, the 1040 is probably more than I need - my living room setup with in-wall Yamaha front...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-06-2014, 11:21 AM
Replies: 533
Views: 64,216
Posted By mirak
Is the 1050 really that much of an upgrade over...

Is the 1050 really that much of an upgrade over the 1040? I'm considering buying a 1040 on closeout for 399, a 33% discount.
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   08-05-2014, 05:59 PM
Replies: 9,947
Views: 504,699
Posted By mirak
Great. I think what I'm going to do is run two...

Great. I think what I'm going to do is run two HDMIs from inputs 1 and 3 on the TV, plus an optical, but I'll only connect HDMI3 to the AVR. That way, if the ACR doesn't work or my HTPC has handshake...
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