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Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   11-25-2014, 08:49 PM
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Posted By Otto Pylot
Some have considered Vizio a throwaway tv. Vizio...

Some have considered Vizio a throwaway tv. Vizio would rather replace a defective set than try to fix it. Probably because they can't always get quality replacement parts. You're assumption about...
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   11-25-2014, 07:07 PM
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Posted By Otto Pylot
^^^^^ good advice. Just make sure that your local...

^^^^^ good advice. Just make sure that your local store doesn't have the set in torch mode.
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   11-25-2014, 03:04 PM
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Posted By Otto Pylot
No such thing as HDMI 2.0 cables. Any Certified...

No such thing as HDMI 2.0 cables. Any Certified High Speed HDMI cable will meet all HDMI 1.4 and 2.0 specs. You could have a bad cable, loose input, cable length issue, etc.
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   11-25-2014, 01:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 47
Posted By Otto Pylot
I have a new Samsung (considerably smaller than...

I have a new Samsung (considerably smaller than yours) for the bedroom and the Picture Size settings will change from active to disabled (grayed out) depending on the source. On mine, I can't do 1:1...
Forum: Display Calibration   11-24-2014, 06:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 132
Posted By Otto Pylot
You may be screwed depending on what you did....

You may be screwed depending on what you did. Service Menu codes are set at the factory and are dependent, in part, on the firmware version, version numbers of the main board(s), region builds, etc....
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   11-24-2014, 01:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 96
Posted By Otto Pylot
Probably how the different players handle the...

Probably how the different players handle the source encoding before sending the data stream. One of the most frustrating things about properly calibrating your panel is that the pq quality will vary...
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   11-24-2014, 10:43 AM
Replies: 922
Views: 164,278
Posted By Otto Pylot
I do believe there is a simple and relatively...

I do believe there is a simple and relatively safe way to get basic panel information. I don't know what it though. If you do find that information, make sure it is for your specific model, including...
Forum: HDTV Technical   11-24-2014, 09:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 79
Posted By Otto Pylot
I would ask your question in the HDMI forum.

I would ask your question in the HDMI forum.
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   11-24-2014, 09:22 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 96
Posted By Otto Pylot
You can't calibrate a tv with a calibration disk...

You can't calibrate a tv with a calibration disk alone. You need to use a calibrated light meter and special software. The best you can do with a disk alone is adjust some basic settings using the...
Forum: Display Calibration   11-23-2014, 03:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 163
Posted By Otto Pylot
A disk alone doesn't calibrate the tv at all. At...

A disk alone doesn't calibrate the tv at all. At best, you can adjust some basic settings based on rec.709 standards but it's still an adjustment, not a calibration. For that you need a calibrated...
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   11-23-2014, 02:42 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 842
Posted By Otto Pylot
Vizio, like any other mfr, will run their tv's...

Vizio, like any other mfr, will run their tv's thru what ever QC checks they do before shipping them and I doubt if those checks include a detailed look at the panel for a dead pixel or two,...
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   11-23-2014, 12:20 PM
Replies: 922
Views: 164,278
Posted By Otto Pylot
I would strongly recommend that you do not...

I would strongly recommend that you do not "rummage around" the Service Menu. That is the quickest way to brick a tv. Pressing an arrow key, hitting Return, or any other seemingly harmless operation...
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   11-23-2014, 10:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 125
Posted By Otto Pylot
If your tv is turning blue, give it some air! ;)...

If your tv is turning blue, give it some air! ;) I would swap cable boxes first to see if the problem is still present. If the "blue" box is fine on the other tv that doesn't display a bluing of the...
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   11-23-2014, 10:06 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 842
Posted By Otto Pylot
You have to look carefully at the settings to see...

You have to look carefully at the settings to see if they have done a complete calibration or not. I think most of them do to show the fullest potential of a particular tv. As far as "hidden menus",...
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   11-22-2014, 04:20 PM
Replies: 922
Views: 164,278
Posted By Otto Pylot
Best is a relative term. Basically when folks...

Best is a relative term. Basically when folks talk about the "best" panel, they're referring to the Samsung-made S-PVA panel, because the way the pixels are aligned determines a lot of the panel's...
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   11-22-2014, 01:09 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 842
Posted By Otto Pylot
That's entirely up to you. Some folks don't like...

That's entirely up to you. Some folks don't like a professionally calibrated tv because it's not what they are used to seeing. And keep in mind that source makes a big difference as well. A...
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   11-22-2014, 12:06 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 842
Posted By Otto Pylot
To repeat what primetimeguy stated, the ONLY way...

To repeat what primetimeguy stated, the ONLY way to calibrate a tv is with a light meter and specialized software. A professional calibration (not BB) can cost around $250+ depending on what you want...
Forum: HDMI Q&A - The One Connector World   11-21-2014, 03:59 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 25,058
Posted By Otto Pylot
Is there any weight on the cable when it's...

Is there any weight on the cable when it's connected. By that I mean is the cable bent downwards to fit in a tight space which could be causing stress on the connectors to the board?
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   11-21-2014, 03:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 294
Posted By Otto Pylot
Where did you find the service manual? I just...

Where did you find the service manual? I just picked up a little 32" 5201 for the bedroom and am curious, TS01. ;)
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   11-20-2014, 02:48 PM
Replies: 369
Views: 33,420
Posted By Otto Pylot
Our dining zones usually are just fast food...

Our dining zones usually are just fast food places ;) Sorry, I couldn't resist :D
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   11-20-2014, 12:09 PM
Replies: 7,913
Views: 480,869
Posted By Otto Pylot
I had heard the same thing about Panasonic but I...

I had heard the same thing about Panasonic but I think other mfrs have plans on making their own chipsets as well (or are currently in production for 2016) so they don't have to pay royalties to...
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   11-20-2014, 10:54 AM
Replies: 7,913
Views: 480,869
Posted By Otto Pylot
Fair enough. So if it's not the cable causing...

Fair enough. So if it's not the cable causing these issues is it the tv?
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   11-20-2014, 09:46 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 842
Posted By Otto Pylot
You can't calibrate a tv with a calibration disk...

You can't calibrate a tv with a calibration disk alone. At best, you can make some adjustments to approximate rec.709 standards. That being said, I doubt if even a real calibration would eliminate...
Forum: LCD Flat Panel Displays   11-20-2014, 09:41 AM
Replies: 7,913
Views: 480,869
Posted By Otto Pylot
18.2Gbps is HDMI 2.0. Do you know if the Vizio is...

18.2Gbps is HDMI 2.0. Do you know if the Vizio is capable of handling that bandwidth? Just because it says it's HDMI 2.0 doesn't meant that it's fully compliant. I didn't think the fully compliant...
Forum: HDTV Technical   11-19-2014, 05:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 258
Posted By Otto Pylot
:D Yeah, and if you give it to a couple of 5 year...

:D Yeah, and if you give it to a couple of 5 year olds with a box of crayons it could very well be the best thing on tv.
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