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Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   10-31-2014, 12:26 PM
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Posted By AMartin56
Third time was the charm for me as well. Congrats!

Third time was the charm for me as well. Congrats!
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   10-31-2014, 11:25 AM
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Posted By AMartin56
Oh and one other thing....some people claim that...

Oh and one other thing....some people claim that the floating blacks mentioned in the original reviews have been fixed by later firmware. I've had the latest firrmware since day one so I can't tell...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   10-31-2014, 11:22 AM
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Posted By AMartin56
My thoughts on the 50ST60 vs the 51F8500. Note...

My thoughts on the 50ST60 vs the 51F8500. Note that the Panasonic had a DIY calibration with a C3 meter (pretty much the cheapest thing out there) and the F8500 was too new to calibrate.

The...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   10-31-2014, 04:44 AM
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Posted By AMartin56
Good summary of the benefits of an Oppo.

Good summary of the benefits of an Oppo.
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   10-30-2014, 07:34 PM
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Posted By AMartin56
You can leave the pillars but set them to appear...

You can leave the pillars but set them to appear gray rather than black.

With black pillars you could end up with lower brightness where the 4:3 content was displayed due to uneven wear. But...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   10-30-2014, 03:18 PM
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Posted By AMartin56
Ive never used a TV to stream anything. In my...

Ive never used a TV to stream anything. In my experience bluray players tend to have faster and better interfaces. And if the player sends a signal the display supports natively there is no middle...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   10-30-2014, 03:14 PM
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Posted By AMartin56
16x9 allows for use of the pixel orbiter. Screen...

16x9 allows for use of the pixel orbiter. Screen fit does not.

Samsung sets are supposed to be less probe to IR but I'm still using 16x9 and sticking to full screen bluray movies until I break...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   10-30-2014, 03:10 PM
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Posted By AMartin56
Also while I realize you said every little bit...

Also while I realize you said every little bit matters I'm not sure I would want to mount one of these things any closer to the wall than my low profile mount calls for. These sets generate a fair...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   10-30-2014, 03:07 PM
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Posted By AMartin56
I have personal experience with the ST60 vs the...

I have personal experience with the ST60 vs the F8500. The ST60 is generally considered to be closer in performance to the previous VT50 though. Let me know if you would be interested in my comments...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   10-30-2014, 10:16 AM
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Posted By AMartin56
Fair enough. I won't be able to help you with...

Fair enough. I won't be able to help you with that. Maybe someone using the stand can measure how much the cord sticks out. Mine is on the wall and staying there. :)
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   10-30-2014, 10:07 AM
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Posted By AMartin56
Also... Not sure what you mean by tight. I...

Also... Not sure what you mean by tight. I certainly don't feel like I'm having to squeeze the power plug in there or anything. It's L shaped. The cord hangs down.
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   10-30-2014, 10:04 AM
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Posted By AMartin56
Also all the ports are side or bottom facing so I...

Also all the ports are side or bottom facing so I don't see why you would have to dismount it to plug anything in.
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   10-30-2014, 10:00 AM
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Posted By AMartin56
I'm using the Monoprice 6522 low profile mount...

I'm using the Monoprice 6522 low profile mount with my 51F8500. No problems with clearance. The panel also seems cool enough with this mount.
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   10-30-2014, 09:42 AM
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Posted By AMartin56
I'm not sure how helpful I can be beyond the...

I'm not sure how helpful I can be beyond the opinion I gave above. :(

None of my observations will be scientific... Being based upon my perception and preferences... And if I have to lower the...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   10-30-2014, 04:40 AM
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Posted By AMartin56
I LOVED my Darbee when I had a ST60.To me the...

I LOVED my Darbee when I had a ST60.To me the F8500 is noticeably sharper than the Panny and putting the Darbee effect on top of this sharpness looks bad to me. I haven't experimented with the...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   10-29-2014, 07:40 PM
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Posted By AMartin56
1) Enter service menu by pressing Mute 7 3 7...

1) Enter service menu by pressing Mute 7 3 7 Enter on remote. MTR shows hours on panel. It's not unusual for a new set to have as much as ten-ish hours. Turn power off to exit menu. Don't touch...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   10-29-2014, 10:14 AM
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Posted By AMartin56
I tend to HATE the picture at most movie theaters...

I tend to HATE the picture at most movie theaters (dim, washed out...no shadow detail) but I love the picture on my F8500. But then again what you prefer seems to be quite a bit different than my...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   10-29-2014, 10:11 AM
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Posted By AMartin56
It's been a while since I used it but the WOW...

It's been a while since I used it but the WOW disc should have a test pattern for setting black level. I would reset gamma to 0 and then use the black level test pattern to adjust brightness and cell...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   10-27-2014, 08:29 PM
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Posted By AMartin56
I wonder if Samsung credits the retailer and then...

I wonder if Samsung credits the retailer and then they dispose of the unit. My retailer is local and family owned. My delivery driver mentioned being given a set with stuck pixels once. Considering...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   10-27-2014, 08:26 PM
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Posted By AMartin56
Well said!

Well said!
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   10-27-2014, 04:52 PM
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Posted By AMartin56
You might also try adjusting the screws on the...

You might also try adjusting the screws on the back cover (without removing the cover of course) if the set is otherwise perfect. Some folks have had success with that.
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   10-27-2014, 04:49 PM
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Posted By AMartin56
Yeah. I didn't enjoy having to ask either... I...

Yeah. I didn't enjoy having to ask either... I ALMOST kept the one with the bad pixel. But eventually I got over it and my retailer didn't even hesitate to make it right both times. Of course if I...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   10-27-2014, 04:11 PM
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Posted By AMartin56
Sadly I'd have to agree with the post above. ...

Sadly I'd have to agree with the post above. Consumer Electronics are in the midst of a complete race to the bottom by pretty much all the manufacturers.

Try buying a bluray player that has a...
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   10-25-2014, 05:37 PM
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Posted By AMartin56
Looks great in the dark! But then again my wife...

Looks great in the dark! But then again my wife says the same thing about ME!
Forum: Plasma Flat Panel Displays   10-25-2014, 04:47 PM
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Posted By AMartin56
Agreed. My friend who has my old Panny now loves...

Agreed. My friend who has my old Panny now loves the set. I pointed out the 'flaws' prior to selling it and he didn't care.
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