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post #481 of 1305
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Originally Posted by MrVizio View Post

This has been a big struggle for me. My house came with this little nook that is totally useless if I want to have a large screen display (like the 65gt30). Right now the little bedroom TV is occupying the space until the big guy gets here, but when it arrives I'm going to have to pull out the TV stand to set the TV on it. Quite ugly.

I'm ready to put an end to this. Open to any and all suggestions. Two that I've considered are:

1. Find a way to place some 2x4s on the outside of the opening, install a mount on the 2X4s, then place the TV on the mount. This could be a tough option, however. Not sure.

2. Find some kind of mount with a strong enough arm that I could install in the back of the opening that would extend out far enough to mount the TV on so that it would pretty much sit right outside of the opening.

This whole thing has been bugging me for a long time now. If you feel that I should ask this question somewhere else just let me know.

Thanks for reading

One thought would be to put something else altogether there (like a book shelf/credenza) and rearrange the room?
post #482 of 1305
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Originally Posted by MrVizio View Post

This has been a big struggle for me. My house came with this little nook that is totally useless if I want to have a large screen display (like the 65gt30). Right now the little bedroom TV is occupying the space until the big guy gets here, but when it arrives I'm going to have to pull out the TV stand to set the TV on it. Quite ugly.

I'm ready to put an end to this. Open to any and all suggestions. Two that I've considered are:

1. Find a way to place some 2x4s on the outside of the opening, install a mount on the 2X4s, then place the TV on the mount. This could be a tough option, however. Not sure.

2. Find some kind of mount with a strong enough arm that I could install in the back of the opening that would extend out far enough to mount the TV on so that it would pretty much sit right outside of the opening.

This whole thing has been bugging me for a long time now. If you feel that I should ask this question somewhere else just let me know.

Thanks for reading



1....How big is the whole room?

2....Where do sit and how and where is the TV positioned on the wall?...dead center1/3 left or right?


By the way from my perspective, that little problematic nook as you call it actually offers quite a few possibilies. It's only limited by DIY and wallet.
post #483 of 1305
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Originally Posted by ggsantafe View Post

Not quite correct - others have reported using USB to download the 2.1 patch with no problems.

If this is true, then I sincerely apologize. I thought it was confirmed earlier that it must be an SD card. I'd like to know because I will return the items I purchased from BB and sue that poster who lied to us! LOL. JK.
post #484 of 1305
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Originally Posted by cpcat View Post

One thought would be to put something else altogether there (like a book shelf/credenza) and rearrange the room?

Whoever designed this living room....

There really is not much of a place to place a TV (especially a big one) other then this spot. However, I will post some images anyways.

Appreciate the response.
post #485 of 1305
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Originally Posted by DR.DTS View Post

1....How big is the whole room?

2....Where do sit and how and where is the TV positioned on the wall?...dead center1/3 left or right?


By the way from my perspective, that little problematic nook as you call it actually offers quite a few possibilies. It's only limited by DIY and wallet.

Thanks DTS,

I will post some images. It's not too big. It's one of those living rooms/dining rooms/kitchens with no separations other than a bar/counter.

But I will measure and post images. I've tried imagining a different set-up -- anything else -- but they all feel odd. Would love to hear everyone's input once I provide you with the adequate info.

I'm down for the DIY and spending a little cash. So anything's possible.

Thanks
post #486 of 1305
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Originally Posted by MrVizio View Post

Thanks DTS,



I'm down for the DIY and spending a little cash. So anything's possible.

Thanks



As long as you maintain that thought....you'll be fine.
post #487 of 1305
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Originally Posted by DR.DTS View Post

As long as you maintain that thought....you'll be fine.

you promise? lol. I'm desperate.
post #488 of 1305
First you can see the wall with the TV (2nd image). It's about 13 ft. from the corner to the end of the fire place.

Then there's the adjacent wall with the big window (1st image), which is about 12 ft from the corner to where it dips into the dining area.

The opposing wall is completely useless (3rd image). You enter, followed by a big bulge from the bathroom, then the door to garage and the stairs.

I have about 15 feet available from the current TV "nook" to where the bar/kitchen begins.

Hope this all makes sense.

Thanks everyone.
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post #489 of 1305
I wish I was around when they built that room so I could say..."explain to me why this "nook" is here again and why we cannot have just a normal wall?". Well as they say..."you've got got to deal with the hand you were dealt" so....


If it were ME....I'd break it down into two sections; top for the TV and bottom for audio/storage. You're primary concern and want is to get the TV "out front" correct? If it were just the TV then the simple course would just frame & box the nook, drywall and either a make a transparent joint as if it's one wall or use some moulding/trim to hide the outline.


But you actually have a chance to do it and have a in-wall storage space below. you can keep what you have or get something that looks like built in. Something from a unfinished furniture place or even some type of kitchen cabinet. You could either drill and secure to he side walls or add casters to make it pull out. Use trim and moulding to fill on the sides. Leave it open or use or use something like shutter style doors to conceal.


For the TV since you may want a larger set then the upper portion needs to be boxed and framed. It appears you have some switch or plate on the left side (fireplace?). It's a little tricky since normally you have bottom and top plates to tie in for support. Here you have upper plate but the bottom is semi-floating and has to be tied to the sides and rear walls. But it's really a filler wall so you can do it a few ways. You could build just the upper portion leaving the bottom alone or you could build the entire wall as if the bottom was a window opening for your AV cabinet and storage.


Both has pros and cons. Just building a upper section gives you more freedom and choices below but you have to make sure the framing is secure better at the top, sides and even rear due to no bottom support. However if you build the entire frame to fit in the opening and build it as if it were a window going in you still have a place for a AV cabinet and have ample support for the wall. Another plus with this if done right you won't need a bottom to hide looking at the backside of the wall holding the TV . In fact you can leave it open to run connections. The use of various mouldings and trim can do wonders to shrink gaps, openings and hide imperfections. Look on Google or wherever for 'Building In Wall Cabinets and Bookcases". When RPTV's were the rage, many actually built them in the wall to give the appearance of a flat panel TV.
post #490 of 1305
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Originally Posted by MrVizio View Post

If this is true, then I sincerely apologize. I thought it was confirmed earlier that it must be an SD card. I'd like to know because I will return the items I purchased from BB and sue that poster who lied to us! LOL. JK.

I initially thought that the 2.1 patch could only be installed via SD card. But over in the GT30 Discussion thread, a number of posters, including Dave O indicated that had successfully download the patch via USB.

[i]Quote:
Originally Posted by Aliens
No SD card slot on my computer. Can this be done using a USB flash drive? I believe the GT has a slot for it.
I used a USB stick for the 2.1 FW, worked fine.[/I]
post #491 of 1305
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Originally Posted by MrVizio View Post

If this is true, then I sincerely apologize. I thought it was confirmed earlier that it must be an SD card. I'd like to know because I will return the items I purchased from BB and sue that poster who lied to us! LOL. JK.

Can I ring your neck now.LOL.. as I just bought a 2gb sd card and threw out the shell.Oh well ,I will save it for future occasions...
post #492 of 1305
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Originally Posted by PeterLewis View Post

Can I ring your neck now.LOL.. as I just bought a 2gb sd card and threw out the shell.Oh well ,I will save it for future occasions...

Dude, I sincerely apologize. Did you get it from BB? I know at mine you can return it without the packaging as long as you have a receipt.

I just recalled earlier someone saying you had to use an SD card. Then on the Panasonic site they only offer the SD card option. Which is rather stupid if you ask me. A LOT more people have usb drives as opposed to SD cards/readers laying around.

I feel terrible for misinforming you like that.
post #493 of 1305
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Originally Posted by DR.DTS View Post

I wish I was around when they built that room so I could say..."explain to me why this "nook" is here again and why we cannot have just a normal wall?". Well as they say..."you've got got to deal with the hand you were dealt" so....


If it were ME....I'd break it down into two sections; top for the TV and bottom for audio/storage. You're primary concern and want is to get the TV "out front" correct? If it were just the TV then the simple course would just frame & box the nook, drywall and either a make a transparent joint as if it's one wall or use some moulding/trim to hide the outline.


But you actually have a chance to do it and have a in-wall storage space below. you can keep what you have or get something that looks like built in. Something from a unfinished furniture place or even some type of kitchen cabinet. You could either drill and secure to he side walls or add casters to make it pull out. Use trim and moulding to fill on the sides. Leave it open or use or use something like shutter style doors to conceal.


For the TV since you may want a larger set then the upper portion needs to be boxed and framed. It appears you have some switch or plate on the left side (fireplace?). It's a little tricky since normally you have bottom and top plates to tie in for support. Here you have upper plate but the bottom is semi-floating and has to be tied to the sides and rear walls. But it's really a filler wall so you can do it a few ways. You could build just the upper portion leaving the bottom alone or you could build the entire wall as if the bottom was a window opening for your AV cabinet and storage.


Both has pros and cons. Just building a upper section gives you more freedom and choices below but you have to make sure the framing is secure better at the top, sides and even rear due to no bottom support. However if you build the entire frame to fit in the opening and build it as if it were a window going in you still have a place for a AV cabinet and have ample support for the wall. Another plus with this if done right you won't need a bottom to hide looking at the backside of the wall holding the TV . In fact you can leave it open to run connections. The use of various mouldings and trim can do wonders to shrink gaps, openings and hide imperfections. Look on Google or wherever for 'Building In Wall Cabinets and Bookcases". When RPTV's were the rage, many actually built them in the wall to give the appearance of a flat panel TV.

Thank you for the detailed and thorough post.

I think I'll probably go with your idea to frame and box the upper portion for the TV, than leave the bottom for audio/storage. This is something I would probably hire someone to do.

Yeah, the layout/design of this place mind boggling. Especially considering the house was built in 2007.

Also, I'm assuming there's not an available mount with a long enough/strong enough arm that could be mounted in the back of the opening and support the weight of the TV sitting on the outside of the opening?

Thanks again.
post #494 of 1305
Also, I'm sure, as you mentioned, these won't make things any easier (fireplace plates).
LL
post #495 of 1305
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Originally Posted by MrVizio View Post

Dude, I sincerely apologize. Did you get it from BB? I know at mine you can return it without the packaging as long as you have a receipt.

I just recalled earlier someone saying you had to use an SD card. Then on the Panasonic site they only offer the SD card option. Which is rather stupid if you ask me. A LOT more people have usb drives as opposed to SD cards/readers laying around.

I feel terrible for misinforming you like that.


LOL...No Worries my friend,I bought it at CVS...My 55GT30 arrives today..I'am stooked.
post #496 of 1305
Hi !Is there a thread with a gallery pics for panasonic gt or vt 30 series like the one with pioneer 9g ?
post #497 of 1305
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Originally Posted by PeterLewis View Post

LOL...No Worries my friend,I bought it at CVS...My 55GT30 arrives today..I'am stooked.

Mine too!
post #498 of 1305
I've mounted TVs in niches like that using both your ideas, first just building a false support horizontally behind the TV and then using a standard flat mount. And the other using a swing arm to keep the TV extended and floating at the front of the niche. The swing arm will cost more but gives you more flexibility with moving it. Just don't go cheap with a 65" TV (you don't want it to start sagging). I recommend Chief.

Quote:
Originally Posted by MrVizio View Post

First you can see the wall with the TV (2nd image). It's about 13 ft. from the corner to the end of the fire place.

Then there's the adjacent wall with the big window (1st image), which is about 12 ft from the corner to where it dips into the dining area.

The opposing wall is completely useless (3rd image). You enter, followed by a big bulge from the bathroom, then the door to garage and the stairs.

I have about 15 feet available from the current TV "nook" to where the bar/kitchen begins.

Hope this all makes sense.

Thanks everyone.
post #499 of 1305
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Originally Posted by Brian Corr View Post

I've mounted TVs in niches like that using both your ideas, first just building a false support horizontally behind the TV and then using a standard flat mount. And the other using a swing arm to keep the TV extended and floating at the front of the niche. The swing arm will cost more but gives you more flexibility with moving it. Just don't go cheap with a 65" TV (you don't want it to start sagging). I recommend Chief.

Thanks, appreciate the response. I'd be willing to spend up to 5 bills for a good arm/mount, but that's it. I've seen some that were in the thousands. That's just crazy to me. I will look into chief.
post #500 of 1305
Oh Petey.... Guess what just arrived

Nov build. What a relief.

I already love it. These are the same kind of feelings I used to have as a kid on Christmas, lol.

I'm going to apply patch, update, and dave o settings now. Watch a little full screen material, than run the slides all day. I have no intentions of using d-nices settings, but I'm going to run the slides to accelerate the break-in.

I don't care what anyone says, Plasmas, to me, always look better after they've got a few hundred hours under their belts.

I'll also post comparisons between this and my 50st30, but in all fairness this is a 65, plus I'll be applying the patch.

Hope your 55 shows up soon!
post #501 of 1305
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Originally Posted by Dave_O View Post

Low panel settings for a room with dim lighting. Yes to the THX question.

Where are these settings listed?
post #502 of 1305
While I was watching the halftime show with my wife last night, it seemed to me as if a different camera was being used as the picture didn't appear quite as sharp as the rest of the game. Anyone else noticed that?
post #503 of 1305
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Originally Posted by FantaXP7 View Post

Can you try to take a picture of it?

Here is a pic. Notice the black border around the image. I went to some stores and noticed that most Plasmas had a similar border, but some were smaller than this. And another poster here said they have it also, so hopefully this is fine.

Also, one other issue here...notice the red pixel. It blinks and is sometime there and sometimes not. Any advice to fix this pixel? I ran the WOW pixel flipper for 2 hours, but it did not fix it.

Thanks
LL
post #504 of 1305
My border is the same.
post #505 of 1305
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Originally Posted by Litty31 View Post

Here is a pic. Notice the black border around the image. I went to some stores and noticed that most Plasmas had a similar border, but some were smaller than this. And another poster here said they have it also, so hopefully this is fine.

Also, one other issue here...notice the red pixel. It blinks and is sometime there and sometimes not. Any advice to fix this pixel? I ran the WOW pixel flipper for 2 hours, but it did not fix it.

Thanks

I'll check my border as well when I get home. That red pixel isn't cool.
post #506 of 1305
Litty31,

Mine looks identical to your photo as well.
post #507 of 1305
Okay,

So I've had the 65GT30 for only about a day now. It's a very nice set. Just like the 50ST30 it feels very solid in build. Which is nice, considering how thin it is.

I didn't play around with it too much before applying the 2.1 patch, but from the few tests/comparisons I did, it appears very similar to the 50st30.

The main difference was in the black levels. The GTs are darker. It's not a HUGE difference, but it's definitely appreciable. More so in a darker environment. However, as I stated before, and from what I've read numerous times, the ST-VT 60-65 models are all darker than their smaller counterparts. So it's probably not a fair comparison.

After the patch, obviously, the set was much brighter, a very welcoming improvement to me.

I really like Dave O's setting post-patch, and despite my preconceptions, THX is actually a very usable setting for just about anything (contrast at 75).

Now my one big gripe with all 2011 Panasonics was the fact that you couldn't engage mid or high panel brightness without crushing the whites pretty badly.

The remedy for this was to switch HDMI to "photo" or "graphics" depending on your taste. And this worked. But it also dimmed/dulled the image somewhat. Enough so, that I was hesitant to use it. I'm glad to say that after the 2.1 patch using "photo" or "Graphics" is now a very viable option. Actually necessary, if you ask me.

Also, I feel like I can evoke a much more acceptable image with "Game" and "Vivid" mode than I could with the ST30. Not sure if it's a difference in models or due to the 2.1 patch. I kind of suspect the latter. Again, using "photo" or "graphics" is key here.

So, I know this may not answer many questions, but when comparing the ST and GT prior to the patch I would say they are very close, especially in the larger sizes. But after the patch, the GT simply puts out more light. Which I really like.

Now these are just my general impressions, and could be completely proven otherwise by those with the proper equipment and know-how.

I only paid $100 more for the 65gt30 over the 65st30, so for me it was worth it, if for nothing more than a nicer bezel and THX.

And bragging rights, lol.

PS: Did the rapture happen? Where'd everyone go?
post #508 of 1305
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Originally Posted by MrVizio View Post

Okay,

So I've had the 65GT30 for only about a day now. It's a very nice set. Just like the 50ST30 it feels very solid in build. Which is nice, considering how thin it is.

I didn't play around with it too much before applying the 2.1 patch, but from the few tests/comparisons I did, it appears very similar to the 50st30.

The main difference was in the black levels. The GTs are darker. It's not a HUGE difference, but it's definitely appreciable. More so in a darker environment. However, as I stated before, and from what I've read numerous times, the ST-VT 60-65 models are all darker than their smaller counterparts. So it's probably not a fair comparison.

After the patch, obviously, the set was much brighter, a very welcoming improvement to me.

I really like Dave O's setting post-patch, and despite my preconceptions, THX is actually a very usable setting for just about anything (contrast at 75).

Now my one big gripe with all 2011 Panasonics was the fact that you couldn't engage mid or high panel brightness without crushing the whites pretty badly.

The remedy for this was to switch HDMI to "photo" or "graphics" depending on your taste. And this worked. But it also dimmed/dulled the image somewhat. Enough so, that I was hesitant to use it. I'm glad to say that after the 2.1 patch using "photo" or "Graphics" is now a very viable option. Actually necessary, if you ask me.

Also, I feel like I can evoke a much more acceptable image with "Game" and "Vivid" mode than I could with the ST30. Not sure if it's a difference in models or due to the 2.1 patch. I kind of suspect the latter. Again, using "photo" or "graphics" is key here.

So, I know this may not answer many questions, but when comparing the ST and GT prior to the patch I would say they are very close, especially in the larger sizes. But after the patch, the GT simply puts out more light. Which I really like.

Now these are just my general impressions, and could be completely proven otherwise by those with the proper equipment and know-how.

I only paid $100 more for the 65gt30 over the 65st30, so for me it was worth it, if for nothing more than a nicer bezel and THX.

And bragging rights, lol.

PS: Did the rapture happen? Where'd everyone go?

Great post. The reason why I got my GT over the ST was mainly of the brightness. I can control the light in my living room but sometimes I want the light to come into the room. The GT does well in my living room. Also of course the bezel is nicer and that matters to me.

I haven't tried the HDMI Setting to photo or graphics. I'll have to try that out.
post #509 of 1305
Well, it's official, I scared everyone off, lol.
post #510 of 1305
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Originally Posted by MrVizio View Post

Well, it's official, I scared everyone off, lol.

Hey MrVizio,Glad your enjoying your set..I have still been tinkering around with settings and low contrast break ins...Thanks for the tip about the HDMI settings photo/graphic feature as it gave my set a better look.

Some of the standard settings can look pretty dull and flat and you have to tweak away.
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