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Hey guys, I just pulled the trigger on a 50GT30. Are there any particular wall mounts that are recommended for this set?
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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post

Hey guys, I just pulled the trigger on a 50GT30. Are there any particular wall mounts that are recommended for this set?

You'll probably get a different recommendation from every individual - there doesn't seem to be any particular trend in the various mount threads. Pretty much any suitable wall mount will work, just pick the one that has the specs and features you want or need (such as low profile, tilting, fixed, articulated, etc).

Fixed wall mounts don't have to be extravagant - Monoprice has various inexpensive units. Articulated mounts require more thought (single-arm vs dual/scissor arms, 45 degree range vs 90 degree range, etc) as some tend to sag while others are very solid.
post #1113 of 4156
I just got a twin scissor arm articulating mount for my GT30 60" (which should be arriving today direct from Panasonic!) and I'm VERY impressed with the build quality and design.
The brand is "mount-it!" and the model is MI-310L. I wanted an istallation that allows my TV to sit away from the wall, and this allows for about 20 inches of pull-out. Also has 15 deg of tilt (which is nice for fine tuning for my upper or lower seating rows) and 60 deg of swivel. Made for 42"-70" TVs and up to 220 lbs, so it's nice and beefy. Just make sure you have 16" stud spacing! My contractor built a 2x6 stud theater wall for me, but at 24" spacing! Using some uni-strut to make up the difference. I think the GT30 60" is around 88 pounds, but when hanging 20" from the wall there is going to be some serious torque on that mount, but I have no doubt this mount's gonna handle it no problem.
post #1114 of 4156
If anyone is interested in the 55GT30 and price is holding you back there is one hell of a deal on it right now at Amazon.
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Originally Posted by GSDTrainer View Post
If anyone is interested in the 55GT30 and price is holding you back there is one hell of a deal on it right now at Amazon.
i just ordered one a few minutes ago. could not believe the price, plus it's fullfilled by amazon! i really tried to shop local but price difference was huge
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Well, we got the new tv today, 50 inch GT30 and a Panasonic 310 Blu-ray player to go along with it. Haven't had a chance to try a Blu-ray movie yet, but I put a DVD in and it looks amazing. First HDTV ever, wow, what resolution and detail, such a crisp sharp image! The set has been pro ISF calibrated.

Quick question. What is the correct setting on the GT30 to make a movie display it's correct unaltered aspect ratio exactly as it is encoded on the DVD or Blu-ray disk?

Do I use "Full" or "Just" ?

Thanks or any help.
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Full. Size 2
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John Kramer: Thanks very much for the help. The " Full " setting does indeed seem correct for displaying movies at their native aspect ratios on the video disk.

As when I used the " Just " video setting on the GT30, it seemed to zoom or stretch the picture in some way. Which I definitely don't want, I like to see the original unaltered aspect ratio of a movie as encoded on the disk.

Quick update on the GT30. Wow... I watched an episode of Babylon 5 (sci-fi tv series) from one of my DVD season box sets and I could scarcely believe I was looking at a DVD, so fantastic was the detail and clarity. It was like seeing the series for the first time, the image took on a superior crisp sharpness, colors were so rich and saturated and yet very natural in appearance, not overdone. Also, there is a dimensionality to the picture, a sense of depth, a real presence to the characters, felt like you could reach out and touch them, a very tactile life-like presentation. In short, incredibly realistic looking.

Black levels are superb, deep and inky black, perfect for scenes in space. At one point I had to walk up to the tv and look from a few inches away to see if there were in fact black bars on the top and bottom of the picture, as I couldn't tell the black bars apart from the bezel until I got very close (Babylon 5 is rare in that it was filmed with 16x9 HDTV's in mind down the road, and when it was released on DVD, the full uncut widescreen image that had been originally filmed for the series was shown for the first time (unlike the airings on tv, that were all framed in standard 4:3)). That's how dark the black levels are, just wonderful.

And hat's off to Kevin Miller, the master ISF calibrator who calibrated my tv. The picture is just fantastic looking, so natural and detailed. I highly recommend having him calibrate your tv, if you get the chance.

If you like sci-fi tv shows and movies (which tend to have lots of scenes in outer space), a GT30 is the set for you, super black levels. If anyone here is thinking of getting a GT30, no need to hesitate, this is a great tv.
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Originally Posted by Dunedain View Post
John Kramer: Thanks very much for the help. The " Full " setting does indeed seem correct for displaying movies at their native aspect ratios on the video disk.

As when I used the " Just " video setting on the GT30, it seemed to zoom or stretch the picture in some way. Which I definitely don't want, I like to see the original unaltered aspect ratio of a movie as encoded on the disk.

Quick update on the GT30. Wow... I watched an episode of Babylon 5 (sci-fi tv series) from one of my DVD season box sets and I could scarcely believe I was looking at a DVD, so fantastic was the detail and clarity. It was like seeing the series for the first time, the image took on a superior crisp sharpness, colors were so rich and saturated and yet very natural in appearance, not overdone. Also, there is a dimensionality to the picture, a sense of depth, a real presence to the characters, felt like you could reach out and touch them, a very tactile life-like presentation. In short, incredibly realistic looking.

Black levels are superb, deep and inky black, perfect for scenes in space. At one point I had to walk up to the tv and look from a few inches away to see if there were in fact black bars on the top and bottom of the picture, as I couldn't tell the black bars apart from the bezel until I got very close (Babylon 5 is rare in that it was filmed with 16x9 HDTV's in mind down the road, and when it was released on DVD, the full uncut widescreen image that had been originally filmed for the series was shown for the first time (unlike the airings on tv, that were all framed in standard 4:3)). That's how dark the black levels are, just wonderful.

And hat's off to Kevin Miller, the master ISF calibrator who calibrated my tv. The picture is just fantastic looking, so natural and detailed. I highly recommend having him calibrate your tv, if you get the chance.

If you like sci-fi tv shows and movies (which tend to have lots of scenes in outer space), a GT30 is the set for you, super black levels. If anyone here is thinking of getting a GT30, no need to hesitate, this is a great tv.
I agree with you 100 percent. I got my 50GT30 2 days ago and have been playing with it all day, all night. Regular HD channel from Time Warner cable look fantastic in THX mode. There is no fluctuating brightness there, plus little tweaking was done in THX mode. For watching blu ray content and dvds, I have the picture set to "Custom" and use the settings provided by Ken. I have noticed very little fluctuation in brightness level, but it is very minimal. You hardly notice it, plus it depends on the content you are watching. Also, some have complained on the buzzing. I hear NO buzzing at all, no matter what level I have the volume set to. The only minor complaint is that the speakers were better on my previous Samsung LCD LN46A650, which is a 2008model, however, this is not a big deal as this is expected from a very thin plasma. Plus I use a Sony ES home theater receiver to watch blu rays. Other minor thing I noticed, may be my eyes, but the colors seem a little off when comparing the GT30 to my Samsung. My wife says the tv looks better and is the reason why I'm not used to the colors. Neither of us are colorblind. I don't know what to think of this, it's strange. Overall, I am satisfied with this new set.
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Ok fella I got my 55 incher last night and i have ps3 and 360 hooked up via Pioneer receiver with hdmi. In grand theft auto pause screen it is dark and I see major dirty screen affect. In game mode and custom but not in thx. Or if I put black level to dark.

Is this normal. I even plugged consoles straight to tv and same issue.

Should I call amazon to return.
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I'm considering buying a GT30. But am waffling on screen size. Viewing distance is 11'. For blu-ray we use a 1080p projector and 92" screen that drops over the TV; so, I'm primarily concerned with DVD, SD, 480i/p sources for the GT30. I'm concerned the 60" might be too large for lower def material at 11'. Any opinions or experiences would be appreciated - thanks.
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Originally Posted by kmoore88 View Post

I'm considering buying a GT30. But am waffling on screen size. Viewing distance is 11'. For blu-ray we use a 1080p projector and 92" screen that drops over the TV; so, I'm primarily concerned with DVD, SD, 480i/p sources for the GT30. I'm concerned the 60" might be too large for lower def material at 11'. Any opinions or experiences would be appreciated - thanks.

You need to decide. Go to a store, stand 11 feet from it. Look at some different stuff fed into the TV.
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I purchased a 60GT30 at an amazing price from Amazon and have had the set for about ten days. The following day, after initial setup, I noticed the floating brightness right off the bat. It happens on THX and custom(the only two modes I use) and across all programming, SD, HD and blu-ray. I've run through a gamut of blu-rays, Inception, Iron Man 1 & 2, True Grit, Kung Fu Panda, Wall-E, etc..and it's there. It doesn't happen all the time but when it does, it's apparent. Most times it's very subtle but other times it's flagrant. The only way I can explain it is like a muted camera flash. So, Saturday I called Panasonic and was transferred to tech support. The woman I spoke with took down all of my info and could tell I was a little more than pissed about the situation. When I pressed her for info, she said they have received numerous calls about the issue and that engineering was in fact working on a firmware update to address this issue. She could of been blowing smoke up my ass, but she seemed pretty well informed. I'm not posting this as some sort of "insider information". I just hope it eases the minds of people who've spent thousands of dollars to deal with this annoyance. But, at the end of the day, this thing does put out a gorgeous picture. Coming from a 50V10, it's like night and day. The colors are rich and bright and the blacks are deep. But it's my humble opinion that Panasonic needs to take a proactive stance with this after 2009 owners got burned with rising blacks and 2010 owners got the floating blacks. I guess only time will tell.
post #1124 of 4156
That sounds great but what about the horrible dirty screen affect in dark scenes or pitch black transitions. It is terrible.
post #1125 of 4156
@NJPapi1977
Its funny you should mention that because I actually started to notice that. It only seems to happen over regular broadcast, SD and HD. I've never noticed it watching blu-rays. But I've also witnessed " blocking up" on darker colors at times. I'm not sure if this is related to the source or not.
post #1126 of 4156
I notice it during video games as well. Should not happen at all
post #1127 of 4156
You're right, it shouldn't happen. Maybe you should try giving Panasonic a shout and see what they say. I'll play both sides of the fence on this because to me, there is not one tv out there that doesn't have it's own set of issues. Are they tolerable? Maybe, maybe not. I guess it just depends on your threshold for these annoyances. I'm an avid movie viewer and I contacted Panasonic because the FBr was really pulling me out of the moment. I was actually considering buying a Samsung d6400 LED prior to this, but the mura & flashlighting was more than I could bear. But that is me. On the other hand, it's 2011 and we as consumers shouldn't have to deal with these issues. It makes you wonder if any of these companies exercise any quality control before these sets hit the sales floor. Sorry, just airing out some grievances. Anyway, keep us posted if you do contact Panasonic.
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I just order a pick up of this set. The fb and dirty screen is horrible. Amazon has given me a credit for the difference that the 59d7000 plasma cost $160. And I will order that one when this is returned.
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Just got back from visiting my sister. My sister's boyfriend got a Samsung 3D plasma. The 3D glasses didn't fit as well as I would have liked over my prescription glasses. How big are the lenses on the Panasonic compared to the Samsung glasses?

These are not my glasses,but these ones in the link have a very similar shape to my lenses/glasses. One exception is that mine don't have that sweet pink stripe on the side.:

http://www.glassesusa.com/media/cata...0/3/0320_u.jpg
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I really couldn't compare the panasonic glasses to other manufacturers because I've never worn any others. But I too wear prescription glasses and they fit fine over them, albeit, rather uncomfortably. All of the weight tends to sit close to the tip of your nose.
post #1131 of 4156
They come in different sizes.
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Maybe someone here can help me out with this.

I currently have my Cable Box, Blu Ray player & Xbox 360 all connected to my GT30 via HDMI. I then have the tv connected via an optical cable from Digital Audio Out on the TV to my Sony STRDE597 (an older 6.1) receiver. The problem is the audio does not seem to be making it there in 5.1 just stereo. I've been troubleshooting and found this on page 33 of the GT30 manual:

Quote:
When audio from other equipment connected to this unit via HDMI is output using DIGITAL AUDIO OUT of this unit,
the system switches to 2CH audio.
If I'm ready that correctly it seems to mean that I can not get my blu ray, xbox or cable in surround sound if I pass them through the TV. Am I missing something? Just bought the new TV and a new blu ray player, I didn't want to have to drop the money for a new receiver this week too
post #1133 of 4156
Looks like it night be Pro-logic mode for you for the time being
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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by JasonMK View Post
....If I'm ready that correctly it seems to mean that I can not get my blu ray, xbox or cable in surround sound if I pass them through the TV. Am I missing something?
You're reading correctly - you'll only get 2 channel stereo out of the TV's optical audio output from any devices connected the TV's external inputs. You'll only get surround sound from the TV's internal ATSC tuner.


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Just bought the new TV and a new blu ray player, I didn't want to have to drop the money for a new receiver this week too
I used to have an old 2004 era 7.1 Sony receiver, and IIRC it had two Optical inputs and i think one coaxial digital input too. If yours is the same way, maybe you can connect two or maybe all three devices' audio directly to your receiver instead of routing it through the TV - especially if one of them has a coaxial digital output.
post #1135 of 4156
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Originally Posted by RandyWalters View Post

maybe you can connect two or maybe all three devices' audio directly to your receiver instead of routing it through the TV - especially if one of them has a coaxial digital output.

Looks like you are correct. That is how I had it before, was hoping to clear up a few cables and simplify things a bit. I've got the xbox running through the optical cable and the blu ray will take the coaxial digital, which will leave the Dish Network only through the set.

But, if I do find a receiver with HDMI inputs I should then be able to get surround sound for all 3 passing it thorugh the Tv, right? But it does seem that Panasonic is lacking in any current models.
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I returned my 55" GT30 because it was making a buzz. The Amazon return process was a breeze. I decided to go with 60" as a replacement, hoping that the buzz would be gone, but it is still there. So it seems like this is a "feature" on the whole line.

I also noticed that the 60" is running very hot. The back of the TV is hot to the touch. I don't remember noticing that with the 55". Can anyone with a 60" confirm whether they seem the same thing? I want to make sure it's by design and not a defect.
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Originally Posted by redterminator View Post
I returned my 55" GT30 because it was making a buzz. The Amazon return process was a breeze. I decided to go with 60" as a replacement, hoping that the buzz would be gone, but it is still there. So it seems like this is a "feature" on the whole line.

I also noticed that the 60" is running very hot. The back of the TV is hot to the touch. I don't remember noticing that with the 55". Can anyone with a 60" confirm whether they seem the same thing? I want to make sure it's by design and not a defect.
My 60" has been on for 4 days straight playing the "aging" slides, and indeed it is hot to the touch near the top back. I just leave the ceiling fan on all the time in there while this process is going on. Oddly, mine seems to buzz more on darker content than the brighter ones... Regardless, I knew plasmas always seem to have that high current buzz, so I wasn't alarmed by my GT30 having a slight buzz...
post #1138 of 4156
My tv is set to be picked up by Pilot tomorrow 55GT30

I will then order the 59D7000 plasma

I just cannot bear the FB and dirty screen affect that is all over transition dark screens.

Does anybody know how fast I can get my refund so I can order my new tv through Amazon as well.
post #1139 of 4156
Hopefully you wont have to return that 59D7000 because of the screen peeling. Ive been thinking about getting the 59D7000 but, the screen peeling issue is giving me second thoughts.
post #1140 of 4156
new low price out there on this set if you search. Insanely low.
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