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Originally Posted by HD-Master View Post

No need! Enjoy!

Thanks!

Now what's the best way to save these I know your using hdmi 1_2 for day night but how about these 3D settings. Is there a separate place already?

Yes, they are separate. Once 3D is active, you have access to the 3D picture modes.
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I had a feeling that was the case, should have just took a look before I posted.

Once again thanks for all your time settings have looked very good to my eyes.
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Originally Posted by LoD80k View Post

So are you saying that DSE is pretty much to some degree with every plasma? Also I'm at 280 hrs now and i had NFL Network on a few times for about an hour in Custom mode. Should I have the IR from the scrolling bar that i'm seeing? From reading it's almost as if some panels are more susceptible to it? Is it possible for one panel (of same model) to be more prone to IR than another? and if so can anyone explain why that would be? Thanks

I don't think any of us have an explanation for the variability in IR, but there is definitely something amiss. DSE is a common plasma complaint. As far as babysitting a tv I have owned Plasmas since 2008 and have never done anything special, break it in calibrate it and watch it. Have never had any IR issues at all.
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Originally Posted by swizzchard View Post

I'm planning my wall mount using a sanus. Im wondering if everyone here uses spacers since the screw hole isn't flush with the back cover of the tv? i have spacers from a cheap cheetah mount which are plastic. Are most of the spacers plastic?
I used spacers with my ll22 sanus low profile mount. The ones that are 1/2" thick, next to the smallest. They are nylon I believe
post #5885 of 9717
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Originally Posted by HD-Master View Post

That's not really the point of ARC. Your devices should be connected to your AVR. ARC is intended for the use of returning audio via HDMI when using OTA or Internet apps....basically audio coming from the TV rather than an external device.

I know that it isn't necessarily the point of ARC but if it could support this as well it expands the number of HDMI devices you could connect to your AVR.
post #5886 of 9717
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Originally Posted by davemchine View Post

I am considering a Panasonic VIERA TC-P55GT50 now that they are being deeply discounted. My only concern is the audio output (toslink) to my older amplifier. Are there any issues where sound would be disabled or where a DAC would not be able to convert to plain stereo? The answer may lie inside this thread but it is 197 pages long! Thanks for any advice.

The audio out on the GT is not user configurable. You will get DD5.1 / AC3 from "internal" sources (OTA tuner, Viera media player, apps) when it's available or 2 channel stereo PCM audio from external sources or when AC3 is not available. You can run into a problem when the audio is encoded with any of the compressed high quality streams like DTS.

So, the requirements for an optical to stereo converter for the GT are that it can handle a simple LPCM signal and also has DD decoder. These little devices are under $100. Look at amazon, just look for one that specifically indicates it has a DD / AC3 decoder. The cheap ones ($20 or so) only handle LPCM. If you want better audio you need to move up to a 5.1 channel system. There are also converters that will handle this for higher prices, but I would just upgrade to a AV receiver with optical jacks.

You may also want to look for a simple Bluetooth audio receiver. They run under $50. The GT has Bluetooth audio and the volume can be controlled with the remote. You would connect the wireless music receiver to your amp with a simple stereo cable just like you would the optical converter. This is also more useful because you can also pair in your smart phone, I-pad, intercom, .... endless. I don't know if the wireless option supports multi channel audio but for stereo this is the way I would go.
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Just a quick thank you to those that suggested the Light Dims. I just received my 100% dims this weekend. What a great solution to the bright red led on the bottom of the TV. Can't see the light at all now and you'd have to know the light dim is there in order to see it.
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Originally Posted by davemchine View Post

Also, for the DAC I would need something with a remote control. I was looking at the Matrix Mini-i but it's about $300 which seems spend. So any suggestions there would be appreciated also. http://www.amazon.com/Matrix-2011-1-mini-i-Balanced-DAC/dp/B0058PLBZU/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=5UZPJIGT1W9D&coliid=I31I4I49KCTO6L

Just noticed your second post with "need remote control". Everything I said before is still correct but few if any of the simple DAC boxes have a remote control. I'm assuming you want volume control? In this case I would run, not walk, to a Bluetooth option. Volume control is from the GT's remote control.
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I don't think any of us have an explanation for the variability in IR, but there is definitely something amiss. DSE is a common plasma complaint. As far as babysitting a tv I have owned Plasmas since 2008 and have never done anything special, break it in calibrate it and watch it. Have never had any IR issues at all.

The whole thing seems like a crap shoot. I saw on page 96 where a member had a GT, swapped it for a VT, then swapped again for a GT because the VT was no better and was actually dimmer overall. Price point and size into consideration I think I need to swap for another GT and hope that I don't end up with the DSE or ease of IR i'm having. Hopefully i'm lucky enough to get one that's as quiet as this one.
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tpollagi your bluetooth suggestion is the best news I have had all day. In my car I use the GOgroove BlueGate Wireless A2DP bluetooth receiver with good success so I think it would work in this application also.

My stereo is an Accuphase E-202 which is a decent amplifier but obviously very old (70's) and my speakers are Magnepan MMG's. My audio sources are mp3's ripped at 320kbps or blueray video's (or lower quality). While the GOgroove does not provide specifications it appears that A2DP can be expected to run at 328kbps which I think would be adequate for this configuration. Do you agree?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00727FE5U/ref=wms_ohs_product

Dave
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anyone know if there is a way to get the scrolling bar to run for a longer time? I put it on, it runs for a few minutes, and it stops.
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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by LoD80k View Post

anyone know if there is a way to get the scrolling bar to run for a longer time? I put it on, it runs for a few minutes, and it stops.

There is no way to change it's duration. I think it only runs for 15 minutes before it stops and leaves a menu up on the screen.
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Originally Posted by swizzchard View Post

I'm planning my wall mount using a sanus. Im wondering if everyone here uses spacers since the screw hole isn't flush with the back cover of the tv? i have spacers from a cheap cheetah mount which are plastic. Are most of the spacers plastic?

You don't need to use spacers to fill the recess around the mounting holes. The upright metal brackets sit flat against the back panel and the 4 mounting screws simply clamp the TV to those brackets - the fact that they're sunken down doesn't matter and is a non-issue. You don't have to crank those four screws down tight at all, just snug them down firmly. All they're doing is supporting the shear weight and keeps it from sliding downward, and also keeps the TV from tipping away from the mount. You could technically just make them finger tight and they'd still support the TV just fine - it won't tip forward and it won't slide down. Over-tightening these four screws could actually damage the chassis inside the TV or pull a threaded insert out so just snug them.
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Originally Posted by davemchine View Post

tpollagi your bluetooth suggestion is the best news I have had all day. In my car I use the GOgroove BlueGate Wireless A2DP bluetooth receiver with good success so I think it would work in this application also.

My stereo is an Accuphase E-202 which is a decent amplifier but obviously very old (70's) and my speakers are Magnepan MMG's. My audio sources are mp3's ripped at 320kbps or blueray video's (or lower quality). While the GOgroove does not provide specifications it appears that A2DP can be expected to run at 328kbps which I think would be adequate for this configuration. Do you agree?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00727FE5U/ref=wms_ohs_product

Dave


I have no idea what the specifications or bandwidth capabilities for any version of Bluetooth are. I simply tossed it out there as a simple way to get stereo audio from the GT to a "legacy" reciever. I really have no idea what the GT's transmitter specs are, but I'm sure the audio would sound fine. I believe there are some folks here using Bluetooth headsets and I don't remember any complaints. Listening to audio through a headset is much more demanding than through speakers. You can hear every flaw and shortcomming in the source. So, once again for a simple stereo audio connection I think it will be more than OK.

I use one of these with my i-Pad and lap-top to send audio to an older Pioneer Elite reciever. Its a top grade unit with Burr Brown DAC's. I can't tell the difference between playing a CD from a player connected directly to the reciever versus streaming it over Bluetooth. Pandora sounds great over the Bluetooth adapter although I think Pandora One maxes out at 192 Kbps. I''ve never tried it with the TV. This device gets plugged into a little power block all the time. The one you listed is rechargable. I don't know if you can leave it plugged in continuously or if you need to plug - unplug and just run it on battery. I'm not recommending any particular unit; just pointing out some things I don't know.

http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Wireless-Speaker-Bluetooth-980-000540/dp/B004VM1T5S/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1359308210&sr=1-4&keywords=bluetooth+music+adapter
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Originally Posted by swizzchard View Post

I'm planning my wall mount using a sanus. Im wondering if everyone here uses spacers since the screw hole isn't flush with the back cover of the tv? i have spacers from a cheap cheetah mount which are plastic. Are most of the spacers plastic?

As Randy points out, you don't need to fill that indent. What you DO NEED TO DO is to make sure the combination of spacers and screw length will give you an insertion depth into the mounting holes that is somewhere between the max and min values listed for your size TV in the manual. If its too short, it may not hold. If its too long, you can break the innards.

I have done 6 of these mounting kits. I have never seen anything but high density plastic. If you need to cut a set down to size you will see how tough they are.
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Originally Posted by RandyWalters View Post

There is no way to change it's duration. I think it only runs for 15 minutes before it stops and leaves a menu up on the screen.
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There is no way to change it's duration. I think it only runs for 15 minutes before it stops and leaves a menu up on the screen.

Dooohhhh, I hope the menu goes away before it creates more IR than was there before you ran the wiper !

I don't need one, but does anyone have a wiper as a video file that can be played as a loop as long as you want. Kinda like those goofy color slides some people find so interesting. Seems like it would be a simple work-around for the 15 minute thing.
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Originally Posted by tpollagi View Post

Dooohhhh, I hope the menu goes away before it creates more IR than was there before you ran the wiper !

I don't need one, but does anyone have a wiper as a video file that can be played as a loop as long as you want. Kinda like those goofy color slides some people find so interesting. Seems like it would be a simple work-around for the 15 minute thing.
One option is the Disney WOW disc. It has a "pixel flipper" option that will run indefinitely.
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I used the spacers to get the TV further off the wall in order to give ample room for power cable and hdmi runs. I have a very low profile mount. Might want to use spacers for this very purpose if you have one of the newer fangled super low pro mounts. Great point about using the proper spacers/or not, to get the correct thread depth. Muy importante
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Don't forget about ventilation in this process.
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Originally Posted by KK in CT View Post

Just a quick thank you to those that suggested the Light Dims. I just received my 100% dims this weekend. What a great solution to the bright red led on the bottom of the TV. Can't see the light at all now and you'd have to know the light dim is there in order to see it.
Aren't they great. I've used them all over the house
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Originally Posted by Bond 007 View Post

Don't forget about ventilation in this process.
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I saw something about blue streaks earlier in the thread. I had the same thing happen today. You can see it in the picture along with a red circle. Also have some serious dithering. Some stuff is almost unwatchable. My crappy camera phone isn't a great representation. The blue streaks are pretty bright and the dithering is awful. This is Jaws Blu Ray on 65gt50 fed from an Oppo BDP103.


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Originally Posted by HD-Master View Post

MY NEW SETTINGS

Just a few notes:

  • I use a ViewHD 2 Port HDMI 1x2 Powered Splitter. All of my sources are sent from the HDMI output from my AVR to the splitter. Then split to HDMI 1 and HDMI 2 on my GT50. HDMI 1 has my Day settings, while HDMI 2 has my Night settings. I use a Harmony One remote, with two activities for each function (Watch TV - Day, Watch TV - Night, Watch Blu-ray Day, Watch Blu-ray Night, etc.).



That is 'friggin brilliant and solves the problem of Panny's not having discreet buttons for picture modes. All I wanted was a way to set a "dim" version for nighttime and early morning and a "bright" version for daylight hours (without navigating through the menu each time). I guess the picture settings are specific to each input?

Thanks for the excellent tip!
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thanks or the feedback on the mounting. the minimum on the 55" is 10MM and the screw length I have with the spacer leaves me just at 8-9MM...i guess its a risk i would have to take here otherwise I need new screws and/or new spacer.
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For all to see, I am very pleased with HD-Master's settings. I too have a GT50 65" and I think this will suit my wife and I to the "T".

Thanks to HD-Master

Richard
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I FREAKING LOVE MY 60" GT50!!!! It takes up half my wall!!!! IF IT WERE A WOMAN ID MAKE LOVE TO HER!! Lol. I recommend plasma to everyone!!! I will never buy a Samsung again!! Just felt like spreading the word on this incredible piece if electronics!! Hope you're all enjoying as much as me!!
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Awesome! I am glad to have read many of the posts here on this set is JUST ordered it via Amazon -- crazy as it sounds the price went up $200 in the last 24hrs -- with PC technology the retailers KNOW how to monitor demand and thus on the whim increase the price! I got free24month financing for it so I went for it! Wish me luck! rolleyes.gifsmile.gif
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It is awesome. In all my hdtv viewing throughout family and friends I have yet to see a display perform as brilliantly as the GT50 ;-)
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Awesome! I am glad to have read many of the posts here on this set is JUST ordered it via Amazon -- crazy as it sounds the price went up $200 in the last 24hrs -- with PC technology the retailers KNOW how to monitor demand and thus on the whim increase the price! I got free24month financing for it so I went for it! Wish me luck! rolleyes.gifsmile.gif
GL hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
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