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post #31 of 237
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Originally Posted by SpyGuy311 View Post

Well I've found the grain goes away when in any mode except Normal. In Normal everything, even the menu, looks very bad. Cinema or any other mode and everything looks great. Strange.

That's how the S2 is in Standard mode. It has horrible dithering even in the menu. It's also the lowest light output mode (energy star compliant mode). So perhaps Normal mode is the 2011 version of Standard for 2010 sets.
post #32 of 237
In the specs of the S30 i ve read... screen filter "monochrome" so it is
supposedly the same filter and screen of the 2010 G20 plasma right ?
post #33 of 237
no its not the same as the g20. They have new tech in all the new panels that reflect the new 3D phosphors.
post #34 of 237
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Originally Posted by fairchild99 View Post

That's how the S2 is in Standard mode. It has horrible dithering even in the menu. It's also the lowest light output mode (energy star compliant mode). So perhaps Normal mode is the 2011 version of Standard for 2010 sets.

My S1 is like that too. Super-Dithering, the menus are washed and noisy with dithering also. There seems to be some motion-smoothing effect on as well, that I cannot turn off. Standard mode is junk.

If they now use 600hz sub field drive in modes like "cinema", that produces little to no dithering...I don't understand why ALL the modes don't have that.
post #35 of 237
Had this tv for 2 weeks now from Sears. My cable isn't HD but digital, but Blu-rays (with my Pioneer BFD 51 via HDMI) are outstanding! After calibration (Disney WOW disc) the darks in "The Dark Knight" was awesome- especially so in the Joker interrogation scene. I'm extremely pleased.
post #36 of 237
can anyone post some picture settings for the S30? I'm interested in seeing if a calibration is really necessary...
post #37 of 237
some picture settings would be great.
post #38 of 237
Ok folks...I will be getting another Plasma TV very soon here, so I'm doing my research again, but I have some more questions about these S30 sets from you owners.

First off, and maybe most importantly, do these sets offfer, what is called the Viera Connect? I ask because I want to be able to mainly watch what Netflix has to offer on the new TV, without the use of a Wii device, or the like.

Secondly, from what I am reading in this Topic (and other places), these panels do NOT have the Pioneer Kuro-like panels, correct? These, that are in the S30's are good panels, none-the-less, but I don't believe that these are the Kuro-like panels, whatever they are called...am I correct about this? and is it worth it to spend more money on a ST30's that I believe DO have the better panels?

Thanks for the upcoming replies folks!
post #39 of 237
The S30 is great. If I had the extra change I think the ST30 is probably the best overall bang for the buck, but I am in no way unsatisfied. When I was breaking the tv in I primarily used Cinema mode (which actually is pretty good out of the box), but nevertheless I wanted to have it calibrated anyway.

I had it calibrated by Best Buy who, though they are indeed ISF certified and my guy had done over 1,000 sets, I believe do not delve deeply into an exhaustive calibration beyond grey scale adjustment. Even so, this is an integral step to maximizing the tvs potential and I recommend having it done.

Beyond these adjustments (which you can only change in the service menu), I'll go ahead and post the other basic settings here for those who are interested.

Contrast: 75
Brightness: 65
Color: 45
Tint: 0
Sharpness: 30
Color temp.: Normal
Color mgmt.: Off
C.A.T.S.: Off
Video NR: Off
Screen format: Full
HD Size: Size 2
Block NR: Off
Mosquito NR: Off

It was calibrated during the day with all blinds and curtains closed.
post #40 of 237
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Originally Posted by stevenightgolf View Post

The S30 is great. If I had the extra change I think the ST30 is probably the best overall bang for the buck, but I am in no way unsatisfied. When I was breaking the tv in I primarily used Cinema mode (which actually is pretty good out of the box), but nevertheless I wanted to have it calibrated anyway.

I had it calibrated by Best Buy who, though they are indeed ISF certified and my guy had done over 1,000 sets, I believe do not delve deeply into an exhaustive calibration beyond grey scale adjustment. Even so, this is an integral step to maximizing the tvs potential and I recommend having it done.

Beyond these adjustments (which you can only change in the service menu), I'll go ahead and post the other basic settings here for those who are interested.

Contrast: 75
Brightness: 65
Color: 45
Tint: 0
Sharpness: 30
Color temp.: Normal
Color mgmt.: Off
C.A.T.S.: Off
Video NR: Off
Screen format: Full
HD Size: Size 2
Block NR: Off
Mosquito NR: Off

It was calibrated during the day with all blinds and curtains closed.

coo thanks is this using the cinema mode? I noticed that it's a pretty bright setting and would of thought color temp would of been at warm 2?
post #41 of 237
Can someone clarify for me the "Game Mode." Does it actually do anything to reduce lag? Or is the lag already minimal? If I want the most lag-free gaming do I need to go to the Viera Tools and select "Game Mode" each time?
post #42 of 237
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Originally Posted by SpyGuy311 View Post

Well I've found the grain goes away when in any mode except Normal. In Normal everything, even the menu, looks very bad. Cinema or any other mode and everything looks great. Strange.

Thats how all the Panasonics are. The standard mode uses heavy dithering for darker gradation. The rest of the modes seem more advanced in handling the dark end of the picture. Just avoid the vintage "Standard" setting at all costs, unless you want your new plasma to perform like the Panasonics of 2005, lol.
post #43 of 237
Calibration settings can be found at

televisioninfo.com/
content/
Panasonic-TC-P50S30-Plasma-HDTV-Review/
Calibration

Sorry I can't post as link yet
post #44 of 237
Here's another recommendation for settings

reviews.*******************.com/
panasonic-plasma-tv/
panasonic-tcp50s30-page2.html
post #45 of 237
sorry the text after reviews is *******************
post #46 of 237
plasma tv buying guide
post #47 of 237
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Originally Posted by NickFromWA View Post

Can someone clarify for me the "Game Mode." Does it actually do anything to reduce lag? Or is the lag already minimal? If I want the most lag-free gaming do I need to go to the Viera Tools and select "Game Mode" each time?

Yes, game mode has the least dithering. It turns off many processes. This was tested and found true with several test patterns.

You shouldnt have to change to Game mode each time. When your on your game systems input, go into the MENU > PICTURE > Game

It should remember it from that point on.
post #48 of 237
I've been doing some calibration research on this tv and notice that everyone's settings are way different. I would think being professionally calibrated they would be around the same (due to each set being a bit unique themselves) what gives?
post #49 of 237
I just got the 42" S30 and put in stang323's settings-- looks very nice. I think I used Warm1 instead though-- Warm2 looked too yellow in my living room, but I was just eyeballing it.
post #50 of 237
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Originally Posted by jdougmc View Post
I just got the 42" S30 and put in stang323's settings-- looks very nice. I think I used Warm1 instead though-- Warm2 looked too yellow in my living room, but I was just eyeballing it.
Warm2 is yellowish because it has too much red in the greyscale. As you move down in color temp towards cool you get less red but more blue. That is why on cool the whites have a bluish tint. Just cycle through the color temps until you find the one that shows the whitest whites to your eyes. Without proper calibration of the greyscale you won't get perfect whites.
post #51 of 237
..never having had a plasma before, I'm getting a little confused with "burn in period".

From what I can gather, I should:

1) use the settings here for panel prep (http://www.**************.com/showth...-Issues-Thread)
with the SD color files, then (after 100 or so hours)

2)...change the settings to post #2 in the same thread or settings in one of these threads ?
post #52 of 237
any updates?
just bought the 42 inch version of this tv and still haven't found any settings I'm completely happy with.

I mainly play videogames and watch movies(standadrd dvd's and some blu rays via ps3 and hdmi) in a dark room.
post #53 of 237
I have a 60 inch S30 and my settings are:

Picture mode - Custom
Contrast - 69 or 75 (I can't decide)
Brightness - 59
Color - 47
Temp - Warm 2
Sharpness - 12
Black level - light
Tint - 0
24P Direct in - 60HZ

When I switch back to Cinema mode the difference is like night and day. I prefer my settings much more.

I am enjoying this set and so far am very satisfied with the TV.
post #54 of 237
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Originally Posted by GTP LS1 View Post

I have a 60 inch S30 and my settings are:

Picture mode - Custom
Contrast - 69 or 75 (I can't decide)
Brightness - 59
Color - 47
Temp - Warm 2
Sharpness - 12
Black level - light
Tint - 0
24P Direct in - 60HZ

When I switch back to Cinema mode the difference is like night and day. I prefer my settings much more.

I am enjoying this set and so far am very satisfied with the TV.


May I ask what did you use to calibrate?
disc,professional etc?
post #55 of 237
I found those settings on a website called *******************.com or something like that. I tried the settings they recommended for the TV and like them.
post #56 of 237
I ran D-Nice's slides for 100 hours straight, then applied his settings for the ST30. While looking good, and maybe the way it's "supposed" to look, it wasn't exactly how I liked it. So I used the same website I used to calibrate my 23" LED 1080p monitor (http://www.lagom.nl/lcd-test/). I saved the images, used Paint to Save them as .jpg (tv woudln't load .png), and used it to calibrate the black, white, color, contrast ratio, and sharpness. Not sure if this is the "reccomended", or "correct" way, but it's how I like my TV and monitors to look. This gives the TV a bit more brightness and "punch". I watch my TV at night with all my lights on (4 lights total in living room). I won't be able to watch the TV very well during the day, I have 4 eight feet tall ceilings that face south, and mostly all I can see is my living room from the reflection (which I'm not too happy about) All in all, these are the settings I wound up with:

Picture Mode: Custom
Contrast: 80
Brightness: 70
Color: 50
Tint: 0
Sharpness: 20
Color Temp: Warm 2
Color Mgmt: Off
C.A.T.S: Off (but am considering turning it on, will test it out during day tomororw)
Video NR: Off

Aspect Adjustment:
Screen Format: Full
HD Size: Size 2 (so it doesn't crop 5% of picture)

Advanced Picture
Block NR: Off
Mosquito NR: Off
Black Level: Light

This is the first plasma I've ever owned, had a 27" LCD prior to this. It definately lacks the crispness and brigthness as my LCD, but with these settings, I'm getting pretty close! All in all, I probably will never buy plasma again, but I think after a while I'll get used to this picture. It reminds me very much of the picture I got from my old CRT TV, LCD/LED just has a much sharper, more distinct image it seems that plasma lacks. I guess I just assumed my LCD looked good because it was 1080p, and both plasma and LCD would all look pretty close to the same. After years of having only LCD/LED I'm probably just used to that certain type of image, and so hopefully I'll get used to the plasma! If I had the option, I'd return this and get the 46" LED instead, but no returns allowed where I purchased it from. Hope these settings help out for people who are looking for more of that bright LCD/LED crisp picture!
post #57 of 237
firmware Version 1.16
date code: 8/15/2011


affected models: TCP42X3, TCP46X3, TCP50X3, TCP42S30, TCP46S30, TCP50S30, TCP60S30
Issues Addressed

Version 1.16
 Brightness fluctuation when the TV is set to the Standard picture mode.


Has anyone tried this release and did it work.....
Thanks
post #58 of 237
ziggychu,

I bought my tc-p50s30 in July. Mine already had firmware 1.16 installed on it, so I can't say if Standard mode had brightness fluctuation before this. Like others, I do not prefer Standard mode anyway.

HOWEVER, I DO EXPERIENCE FLUCTUATING BRIGHTNESS (Fbr) ON MY S30. YES, I DID SAY S30 (NOT ST30 OR GT30). I had heard about all of the Fbr trouble on the ST30 and GT30 after I purchased my S30. Naturally, I wanted to see if this was a problem with the S30. I did not find a concrete answer. Some said yes, all models have this feature as Panasonic calls it. Others said only the ones with the Infinite Black 2 panel had it. As I had watched a few blu rays and did not notice it, I figured the S30 was in the clear.

Then I watched Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. I had it in Cinema mode with stangs awesome settings. There is a scene around 1:24 where Hagrid is speaking with Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Here is where I first noticed Fbr. I then did a reset of Cinema mode, ran the scene again, and the same thing. I then tried the other modes and the Fbr was gone. I retried Cinema mode with CATS set to ON and no Fbr was noticeable, but this setting is way too dark. So, to summarize, in Cinema mode with CATS set to OFF I experience Fbr. I have seen enough video examples from ST30 and GT30 owners to know what Fbr looks like. I hate it. BTW - I tried everything with the lights on, and everything with the lights off. Cinema mode with CATS OFF presents the problem no matter what the room lighting.

My solution to this feature is to contact Panasonic, get the word out, and see if I can tweak anything good out of Custom in case Panasonic doesn't do anything. Anyone else having Fbr issues with the S30 series?
post #59 of 237
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Originally Posted by stang323 View Post

I did daytime settings by eye no disk .

Stang Can you post your daytime settings (done by your "eye")?
post #60 of 237
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Originally Posted by jester959 View Post

Another update.

As I had posted, I ran the slides for over a hundred hours straight, then used the ST30 settings. I use them for cable (1080i), Xbox360 & Blu-Rays (1080p) in a darkened (usually) living room, and sweet baby jeebus. ...

I completely recommend using the ST30 break-in process with the slides as well as D-Nices settings on your S30. Compared to my old Samsung A650, I can certainly tell a much more crisper picture.

I haven't noticed anything negative from the process yet, except my TV looks like it's "on" when it's not, if that makes any sense. The glass/image when the TV is off is a very light shade of black, like it's on but with no signal. A minor
complaint, and I for one am glad I went ahead with the process.

Where can I find this so called "slide/s" by D-Nice along with his settings? I have just purchased the S30 and I'm not happy so I like to try this. I have search all his posts without any luck.
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