Originally Posted by ruiz00tx
Bottom line, the PQ of this set can be corrected via SM offsets, some recent buyers even say they like the picture "as is" and won't even bother going into the SM at all. Who cares if sets manufactured before a certain time came with this push or that push or whatever. It is correctable, that is the most important part. Can you imagine if it wasn't, and you had to live with it. Imagine the bitch session then. This TV has to be the best or one of the best values of 2009 or several years. My 42" 60u was around $1500 when I bought it 4 years ago (whenever in came out), I was able to get this 50" S1 for just under $800. What a difference.
Lastly, if anyone spends more than 2 or 3 months tweaking this TV, you have issues. Settle on something and start enjoying what's on TV. If you notice, the first calibration posters like sadmaker and weirdjohn haven't been around for months. That probably means they've moved on and are just enjoying their S1's. I think I've exhausted my time on this thread too as far as calibration and settings are concerned..
Thanks sadmaker, wierdjohn, mistahg, larry, droid, et al for your help.
While I'm "new" here -- I haven't posted but a handful of times, I have read quite a bit both on the 12G thread and many, many pages here on the S1 thread -- all in advance of buying my 58S1 for an amazing price from Amazon on the Sunday before Cyber Monday.
The green push didn't scare me off because so many of you shared your calibrations with the rest of us (droid, thank you for your 58S cals). I used Droid's cals (not his 35 ftlambert settings) and made the changes to only warm temp setting. I've noticed a big difference and the colors now look really great, am only using the cinema setting for the better gamma.
The set looks amazing -- and given that this set was over $1K less than a similar Panny I was looking to get over a year ago, a great bargain. This "replaced" a long-dead 35" Mitsu CRT 220 lb monster that died out a few years ago -- I had it repaired once but couldn't bear to ask multiple friends to move it again and then spend 1/4 of what this new Panny cost for the repair.
Thank you Panasonic, for marketing and selling such a great plasma panel that was quite affordable. And thank you again to the knowledgeable posters on AVS that have taken time to share the secrets of the service menu with not only a nice "how to" guide (thanks mistahg) but with settings that likely come darn close to what it would otherwise cost $300 or more to get through a pro cal.