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post #1081 of 1179
The prices for the 65S2 certainly are going up on Amazon,,, huge increase in price !!!

Cheers
Davyo
post #1082 of 1179
Google Shopping now shows the TC-P65S2 at Goods4Sale.com for $1649 plus $9.95 shipping....lol. Site is incomplete because policies and service don't show up. Don't think I would trust it as far as I could throw a TC-P65S2.
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Thread Starter 
The official MSRP for the cheapest 65" in this year's line up has been released. It is $3,299 for the P65ST30, $500 more than the MSRP for the P65S2.

I am SO glad I bought my P65S2 during a big sale last summer. I don't care about 3D but looks like this year you are forced to pay for it if you want a 65" model.
post #1084 of 1179
Glad I got my 65S2.
post #1085 of 1179
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Originally Posted by OLAMP View Post

Google Shopping now shows the TC-P65S2 at Goods4Sale.com for $1649 plus $9.95 shipping....lol. Site is incomplete because policies and service don't show up. Don't think I would trust it as far as I could throw a TC-P65S2.

"Services for this domain have been discontinued" Dang! LOL.
post #1086 of 1179
Given how fast prices drop for HDTVs I would expect next years cheapest 65 to be at least 500 off in one month. With the way the economy is going not too many people are willing to drop 3k on a TV.
post #1087 of 1179
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Originally Posted by yellowcanary73 View Post

Agree fantastic picture but still need to contact Panasonic to get SS Board replaced.

Hey, can you try something for me? When you're at the point when you can see the fluctuating horizontal bars/lines (probably when you're in a dark room), grab a little flashlight and shine it into the white square that's to the left of the power light on the front of the TV. Doing this for me has stopped that issue from happening to all blank inputs, and repaired my floating/fluctuating blacks too.
post #1088 of 1179
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Originally Posted by AzGuardGuy View Post
Glad I got my 65S2.
Same here. I have had mine on the wall for 2 weeks and couldn't be happier. My 2-year old Panasonic TH-50PZ850U has more controls, more inputs and maybe a bit better black level, but 15 more inches diagonally makes up for it. The extra brightness created by all of that screen real estate can be overwhelming, so I find that I have a bit more flexibility in adjustment with this one.

Mine is a Dec. 2010 model, so most of the calibration numbers out there don't help much. I just adjusted it by eye with the built-in pattern on Cinema mode and it looks so good, I can't think of a reason to mess with it more.

I have a friend who decided to pull the trigger on one a few weeks after I got mine, and now is having a hard time finding one. After calling a few places, he has come to the conclusion that most of them who say they are in stock, aren't telling the truth.

Anyone still know of any sources for these at a reasonable price?
post #1089 of 1179
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Originally Posted by RandyT2 View Post
Same here. I have had mine on the wall for 2 weeks and couldn't be happier. My 2-year old Panasonic TH-50PZ850U has more controls, more inputs and maybe a bit better black level, but 15 more inches diagonally makes up for it. The extra brightness created by all of that screen real estate can be overwhelming, so I find that I have a bit more flexibility in adjustment with this one.

Mine is a Dec. 2010 model, so most of the calibration numbers out there don't help much. I just adjusted it by eye with the built-in pattern on Cinema mode and it looks so good, I can't think of a reason to mess with it more.

I have a friend who decided to pull the trigger on one a few weeks after I got mine, and now is having a hard time finding one. After calling a few places, he has come to the conclusion that most of them who say they are in stock, aren't telling the truth.

Anyone still know of any sources for these at a reasonable price?
I just got mine delivered yesterday - DEC 2010 build date. Bought it from PowersellerNYC, paid $1800 plus $150 for expedited shipping, no sales tax. Excellent unit. Couldn't be happier.
post #1090 of 1179
Love my 65S2!!! The Super Bowl looked awesome.
post #1091 of 1179
Got my unit last Friday

its been cycling with the D'Nice slides during the day, and I have checked it out vith a BD and HD as DVD rips. So far so good!!
I have BB coming out to calibrate on the 21st.

Also bought a Denon 1611 AVR and LG BD570 BR with it

Questions?!?!

1. where is everyone getting their bolts for the Panny to attach the wall mounts to the unit????

2. Anyone used a Denon AVR or LG BR remote to turn this TV on and Off????
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Originally Posted by happydad View Post

Love my 65S2!!! The Super Bowl looked awesome.

Yep,,, the 65S2 can show an amazing picture !!!

I was surfin channels last night and landed on the HD Discovery Channel showing a show about bugs and lizards and stuff,,,, I dont really care that much about bugs and lizards but I watched for the whole hour, the picture quality was off the hook !!!

Glad I got 65S2 while the prices were still cheap

Cheers
Davyo
post #1093 of 1179
I'm very impressed with mine. For the price, it just can't be beat.

Regarding the Superbowl though, (and I didn't watch it on my S2) Fox sucks, and the PQ is noticeably sub-par compared to CBS and NBC.
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I hate sports on Fox. Like you said, it always looks horrible compared to CBS and NBC. It's tragic that the biggest event of the year is shown on that station.
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Originally Posted by Rob Tomlin View Post

I'm very impressed with mine. For the price, it just can't be beat.

Regarding the Superbowl though, (and I didn't watch it on my S2) Fox sucks, and the PQ is noticeably sub-par compared to CBS and NBC.

Funny that you should say that. We get two fox channels in HD over cable. One is as good a quality as any of the other networks but the other one looks almost like it's in SD but it is 1080 so I don't really understand how there could be that kind of difference especially with a network feed versus local programming
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Just for the record, hopefully nobody will need this, but here is a list of the board part numbers of a 2010 TC-P65S2. These boards are all different part numbers compared to what is used in the 2009 TC-P65S1.

“Main Board” TNPH0831 3A
“Main Power Supply” NPX813MS1 65
“Aux Power Supply” NPX813MS2 X
“SC” TNPA5175
“SS” TNPA5176
“SU” TNPA5184
“SD” TNPA5185
“C2” TNPA5179
“C3” TNPA5180
“SS3” TNPA4984
post #1097 of 1179
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Originally Posted by tom4416 View Post

Funny that you should say that. We get two fox channels in HD over cable. One is as good a quality as any of the other networks but the other one looks almost like it's in SD but it is 1080 so I don't really understand how there could be that kind of difference especially with a network feed versus local programming

There are many other things that make up picture quality in HD other than the resolution that it is (supposedly) broadcast in, such as cameras used etc.

Also, as far as I know, Fox still broadcasts in 720p, not 1080.
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i recently got a new tc-p65s2. i have hooked it up to my motorola dcx3400 dvr via hdmi. i noticed that when the tv is on, there seems to be some kind of interference (possibly between my tv's IR and cable box's IR sensor) my cable box doesnt seem to receive most of the commands from the remote, even if i use the remote from point blank range. i tried it using comcast provided remote and my harmony 880 remote - but with same results from both. however, when my tv is turned off, my cable box receives all the commands without problems no matter how far i am.
i read somewhere that if you move the cable box as far behind as possible, preferably behind the tv's ir sensor, it will work. i did the same, and now it is a little better. but on and off, the interference comes up again. i tried resetting my cable box, changing the settings on my harmony 880 etc - but that didnt help either.
just wondering if anyone had a similar situation, or if anyone has any inputs on how to overcome this.
thanks in advance
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I think that is normal with plasmas...when mine was turned on my preamp and cd player would not respond to any IR commands that crossed the path of the plasma. Turn the tv off and all commands went through fine.
post #1100 of 1179
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Originally Posted by shodulik View Post

I think that is normal with plasmas...when mine was turned on my preamp and cd player would not respond to any IR commands that crossed the path of the plasma. Turn the tv off and all commands went through fine.

so how did you fix the issue?
post #1101 of 1179
Well i ditched the 65S2 for other reasons so i will not rant but there was no solution other than using a remote that had either RF capability or had an IR blaster that was in clear view of the gear and did not cross the path of the TV.
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Below is a picture of my setup. I love the Panny 65, best TV I've owned.

Problem I am having is my center channel speaker is covering the remote receiver on the Panny. So I have to try to turn things on/off at an angle and ultimately I miss my receiver or something (Harmony remote).

I really can't mount the Panny to the wall, the wall behind it has a furnace, air return vents, and some other stuff. Plus my wife isn't thrilled with the idea.

Looking for opinions. Should I mount the center channel above the Panny on the wall, or look for a taller stand that the center fits into?

Thanks in advance for the ideas.

post #1103 of 1179
Can't see why you can't wall-mount it. Take out a square of sheet rock so you can see what you've got behind there. The TV will cover it when you are done.

Can't see your center channel so I'm not too clear what you are talking about. Wall-mount it up higher and tilt it down a bit.

I like your Sanus stand though. I've got the same style, but thinking of changing it for the Accurate style because I want to buy a Emotiva XPA-3 and I am a bit worried about the glass shelves. You've got a hundred and something pound TV on it though. Whoo. Tempered glass is strong.
post #1104 of 1179
Center channel is on the top shelf in the center of the TV. It is hard to see.

It's a smaller Definitive center.
post #1105 of 1179
Get two of the Sanus Accurate AFAs or Natural NFAV230s. They are both 33" tall. Set your TV across the tops, then get a smaller tower that matches your left and right towers and put it in the middle between them. That will be your center channel.
post #1106 of 1179
Another solution would be to buy a simple IR repeater. Place the repeater's IR receiver where it can see your remote. Tape one of the repeater's IR emitters over the S2's IR receiver.
post #1107 of 1179
Cant find the 65 S2 on Amazon anymore. Sold out everywhere?
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Originally Posted by hiprecked View Post

Below is a picture of my setup. I love the Panny 65, best TV I've owned.

Problem I am having is my center channel speaker is covering the remote receiver on the Panny. So I have to try to turn things on/off at an angle and ultimately I miss my receiver or something (Harmony remote).

I really can't mount the Panny to the wall, the wall behind it has a furnace, air return vents, and some other stuff. Plus my wife isn't thrilled with the idea.

Looking for opinions. Should I mount the center channel above the Panny on the wall, or look for a taller stand that the center fits into?

Thanks in advance for the ideas.


Very easy fix,, just mount the speaker on top of you Panny plasma, I have my soundbar mounted on top of my 65S2 by using the soundbar mounts/brackets sold on ebay/amazon and other places.

Cheers
Davyo
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Originally Posted by toshu View Post

Questions?!?!

1. where is everyone getting their bolts for the Panny to attach the wall mounts to the unit????

McMaster Carr
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Originally Posted by hiprecked View Post

Problem I am having is my center channel speaker is covering the remote receiver on the Panny.
Looking for opinions. Should I mount the center channel above the Panny on the wall, or look for a taller stand that the center fits into?

Thanks in advance for the ideas.

As one person already said, mount the center to the Panny itself. I also have a DefTech center. A ProCinema C2. What do you have?
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Here is my solution. I have a Panny 50" Plasma. I could not find anything commercial that does this. There is one manufacturer out there that makes a mount that connects to the VESA mount on the rear of the TV with clips that hooks over the front/top of the TV for a center channel speaker. I was ready to get it...But when you pull the spec sheet and dimensional drawings...the uprights will not work on a 46" or larger panel. I am not sure what size they will work on? Probably 42" is okay?

I used what is called 80/20 aluminum extrusion. The two vertical posts are screwed into the VESA hole pattern (2 bolts in each vertical). As the holes are recessed into the back of the TV...I used fender washers to stand the vertical posts off the back of the TV. The two horizontal members are attached to the vertical ones with corner brackets. The top of each vertical is tapped for a 1/4-20 bolt. The glass was drilled to allow the bolts to pass through at the each point. There is a rubber fender washer between the aluminum upright and glass and a rubber washer under the head of the bolt. So only rubber touches the glass at the bolt point. There are four rubber isolation pads (all the same thickness as the rubber fender washers) on the bottom of the front of the glass that rests on the TV. There are two on the glass that rests on the top horizontal piece (plus the two fender washers that attach the glass to the uprights). The speaker is designed to rest on three points. I have the two front "feet" of the speaker resting in/on a rubber pad so the hard speaker does not rest directly on the glass. The single rear angle adjust screw has a rubber foot on the bottom already.

All parts were purchased from McMaster Carr. A single 8' section of 80/20 1010 extrusion (1010 is 1" by 1", if you get 1515, you get 1.5" x 1.5"). The 8mm bolts to mount to the VESA pattern. There are corner brackets to mount the cross members to the vertical ones for strength. Most everything else you could get at Home Depot...I bought all through McMaster however.

It looks great and is a very clean installation. Much better than wall mounting IMHO. The VESA mount is designing to support the TV itself...depending on the size...that is over 70+ lbs. My DefTech C2 weighs 16. The hardware is 4 lbs. That is only 20 lbs on a mount system designed for much more. Obviously if you are running a very large center with a built in Subwoofer you may not want to do this.

Good Luck everyone.
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