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post #2011 of 2596
nevermind, switched to OTA and that fixed it; it's COMCAST mad.gif
post #2012 of 2596
Good game! I was a little worried about IR from the score bug but I don't see anything left over at all. Half way through I turned on the motion smoother to weak and it actually did a good job at removing some of the motion blur seen during fast pans.




Afterwards I flipped through a few of the 720p channels and man does it look terrible. When ESPN does a wide angle shot of their studio the faces of the commentators are nothing but smeared blobs. Luckily my DVR seems to have decent upscaling and even though 720p>1080i is not as clean as native 1080i it looks ten times better than going through the TV itself. We really should(meaning more than just a few of us) call Panasonic and complain about this.

A little off topic but has anyone else noticed that NBC is now 720p? I thought it was always 1080i but for the past few weeks my DVR is picking up 720p.
post #2013 of 2596
how do people have like 56 brightness when menu options show just to 50 max?
post #2014 of 2596
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Originally Posted by Yukon Trooper View Post

The two products you listed will convert from digital to analog but they don't amplify, so additionally you'd need either a separate amp or powered headphones. You could also use the stereo outputs on your Blu-ray player but once again you'd need a separate amp or powered headphones. There are lots of DAC-amp combination solutions available.

even though i find it ridiculous i have to pay an extra 100+ dollars just to listen to headphones (could've upgraded to a higher st50 model for the price i'm paying) would it be easiest to buy an av receiver refurbished such as http://www.accessories4less.com/index.php?page=item&id=DENAVR1312&gclid=CL212rqWnLUCFU-mPAodmhoADg

and then connect my blu-ray player via hdmi to the receiver, and then send an hdmi from my receiver to the tv? and plug headphones into the receiver... i'm assuming then i would be receiving audio from my tv as if i was listening to it normally and i'd have to mute the tv as it would play out of my tv speakers and in headphones simultaneously?
post #2015 of 2596
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Originally Posted by dioxholster View Post

how do people have like 56 brightness when menu options show just to 50 max?

my brightness level goes up to 100.
i'm using at the moment,

contrast at 73
brightness at 63
color at 53
tint and sharpness at 0

in cinema mode/warm 2.

looks great to me but i'm not insanely picky, i'd be happy to go back to vcrs and tape, i was happy with the picture back then so i'm probably not the best judge haha. tongue.gif
but if i could marry this tv i would, love how it looks especially with 3-d/animation.
the colors on 3d madagascar 3 were mind blowing... i did ramp up things 10 notches for madagascar because i wanted to increase the color.
Edited by watcher6 - 2/4/13 at 1:00am
post #2016 of 2596
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Originally Posted by watcher6 View Post

my brightness level goes up to 100.
i'm using at the moment,

contrast at 73
brightness at 63
color at 53
tint and sharpness at 0

in cinema mode/warm 2.

looks great to me but i'm not insanely picky, i'd be happy to go back to vcrs and tape, i was happy with the picture back then so i'm probably not the best judge haha. tongue.gif
but if i could marry this tv i would, love how it looks especially with 3-d/animation.
the colors on 3d madagascar 3 were mind blowing... i did ramp up things 10 notches for madagascar because i wanted to increase the color.

maybe we have different tv, mine is ut50a and menu has brightness from -50 to +50. and yes im impressed by this tv and i have yet to change advanced settings.
post #2017 of 2596
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Originally Posted by dioxholster View Post

maybe we have different tv, mine is ut50a and menu has brightness from -50 to +50. and yes im impressed by this tv and i have yet to change advanced settings.

that's weird, did you try changing the mode like cinema/standard, etc?
does the other settings like contrast go to 100 or 50?
or maybe it's a region thing, mine is a american region tv it's possible they have a different method in other places.
i'm pretty much a newb in comparison to most others so i guess someone else could figure out what's up with that.
post #2018 of 2596
I was very interested in purchasing either the 60" UT50 or the 65" ST50 for my bedroom. This will be wall mounted a little higher than usual because I will be placing it above my computer monitor. This will be used for movies, TV, and gaming consoles. Since it will be placed above my monitor, it will be placed higher than eye level meaning I'm worried about vertical viewing angles. I heard that the ST50 has a filter which is great for watching during lighted conditions. Since this is in my bedroom, I can easily control light as I only have a window in a corner. As far as what I have read so far, the filter affects vertical viewing angles while the UT50 is consistent at all angles. Is this true? If not, I would opt for the 65" ST50 rather than the 60" UT50.
post #2019 of 2596
From what others have said the AR filter creates vertical viewing angle issues, the UT has no AR so there's no issue. I don't think the UT50 comes in 65", I think it's 60" max. If you were considering way mounting then you could angle it downward.
post #2020 of 2596
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Originally Posted by therealjustin View Post

Good game! I was a little worried about IR from the score bug but I don't see anything left over at all. Half way through I turned on the motion smoother to weak and it actually did a good job at removing some of the motion blur seen during fast pans.




Afterwards I flipped through a few of the 720p channels and man does it look terrible. When ESPN does a wide angle shot of their studio the faces of the commentators are nothing but smeared blobs. Luckily my DVR seems to have decent upscaling and even though 720p>1080i is not as clean as native 1080i it looks ten times better than going through the TV itself. We really should(meaning more than just a few of us) call Panasonic and complain about this.

A little off topic but has anyone else noticed that NBC is now 720p? I thought it was always 1080i but for the past few weeks my DVR is picking up 720p.

my local NBC is still 1080i
Edited by SanchoPanza - 2/4/13 at 2:00pm
post #2021 of 2596
I've got better sound through my Home Theatre system since installing this TV, or, so it seems; any basis in fact for this? Better HDMI pass-through or better ARC?
Edited by SanchoPanza - 2/4/13 at 3:26pm
post #2022 of 2596
I am shopping for a tv and have been following this thread.

In case anyone is interested, the 50ut50 and the 55ut50 are on sale at Best Buy for $699.99

I was going deciding between pany's 50" vs samsung 51" plasmas, both the same price($699)....



but the 55" pany now is the winner!

The 55" Panasonic just went on sale today for $699.99 as well.
post #2023 of 2596
I solved my judder issue with Dish!!

Here's the combination of settings on Dish and the TV that together solved this:

On dish DVR: 720p

On the TV:

HDMI settings: RGB Range Auto
Content type: Off

Advanced picture: Once I set Dish to 720p my 3:2 pulldown option got greyed out. I have no judder, even on TNT/TBS the worst offenders.
post #2024 of 2596
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Originally Posted by chinaman4u View Post

I am shopping for a tv and have been following this thread.

In case anyone is interested, the 50ut50 and the 55ut50 are on sale at Best Buy for $699.99

I was going deciding between pany's 50" vs samsung 51" plasmas, both the same price($699)....



but the 55" pany now is the winner!

The 55" Panasonic just went on sale today for $699.99 as well.
that's a steal. i thought getting it for 749 at Costco Saturday was a bargain. fantastic tv by the way.
post #2025 of 2596
Thanks for the tip, cloud9ine.
post #2026 of 2596
I ordered the 50" from Amazon a week before Chistmas for $698; but when it didn't arrive by New Year's day, I cancelled it... mad.gif
post #2027 of 2596
I just got my 55UT50 from Costco today for $750.00.
Brought it home,set up was a breeze, and I'm really enjoying the decision to return a Samsung 6500 series LED.
I'm gonna run it in for a while and then work on the calibrations.

Good set Great deal! smile.gif
post #2028 of 2596
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Originally Posted by watcher6 View Post

that's weird, did you try changing the mode like cinema/standard, etc?
does the other settings like contrast go to 100 or 50?
or maybe it's a region thing, mine is a american region tv it's possible they have a different method in other places.
i'm pretty much a newb in comparison to most others so i guess someone else could figure out what's up with that.

the other settings are fine, only the brightness is like that. my tv is australia region so that could be why. Im guessing 56 brightness for you would be like +6 for me since my midpoint is 0 which would be same as your 50%. Does anyone have Eco Mode? It changes pic brightness automatically depending on ambient light. Also for gamma, what is prefered? Also i read people speaking of color temp warm 2, I only see one kind of warm for me.
post #2029 of 2596
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Originally Posted by dioxholster View Post

the other settings are fine, only the brightness is like that. my tv is australia region so that could be why. Im guessing 56 brightness for you would be like +6 for me since my midpoint is 0 which would be same as your 50%. Does anyone have Eco Mode? It changes pic brightness automatically depending on ambient light. Also for gamma, what is prefered? Also i read people speaking of color temp warm 2, I only see one kind of warm for me.

There's a couple sites I know that are euro based. These may be a bit closer to your model and maybe you can find some settings you like.

http://forums.hdtvtest.co.uk/

http://www.avforums.com/forums/plasma-tvs/
post #2030 of 2596
I noticed last night that the TV reflects badly horizontally but not much vertically. Luckily our lights are in the ceiling, so I can leave those on and turn off the lights in the next room, and there's little glare after 6 pm.
post #2031 of 2596
Just picked up the 55UT from Sears yesterday...$699. So far, I freaking LOVE this television.
post #2032 of 2596
Have a Sony Bravia XBR LCD hate it not big enough i been told Plasma are the way too go what are some breaking in things i need too know before i buy? And there are alot of people posting there setting do you have one that will be good? first time plasma owner!
post #2033 of 2596
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Originally Posted by Rapt View Post

today I picked up a TC-P55UT50 at costco... there were two available in boxes, I choose the one with a higher serial number and noticed the PRINTED AND GLUED label on the box had a "-2" at the end of the model info. ie: TC-P55UT50-2

the other box with a lower serial number did not. both boxes are designated as TC-P55UT50 (only the printed and glued label on the one has the -2)

anybody know what the -2 designates?

Could you post a picture of what the box looks like with the -2 glued on? And how can I see the washers?
post #2034 of 2596
I picked up a 55UT50 at Costco yesterday.
From what I've been able to gather about run in, is to view content without the black bars or static logos for the first 100 hours.
I've been using the zoom feature on the cable box to get rid of scrolls, black bars, and static logos.
The picture is not as clear and I'm a little concerned about this.

Is running in the set with the cable box zoom feature a good or bad idea?

Chris
post #2035 of 2596
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Originally Posted by whipit View Post

There's a couple sites I know that are euro based. These may be a bit closer to your model and maybe you can find some settings you like.

http://forums.hdtvtest.co.uk/

http://www.avforums.com/forums/plasma-tvs/

so i shouldnt use settings here? could it be that big of a difference?
post #2036 of 2596
You would just need to "Translate" the values to your TV's region. My settings are for the US/NA model which has difference number schemes for the settings. Probably if you looked at what the 0 or neutral point is you can get an idea of where your TV's settings should be. The easiest way to do it is to download the AVS 709 disc, burn it, and play it back on the TV (or use the mp4 files and use the TV's media center playback from a flash drive). This way you can set brightness properly. Contrast can be pretty much anything you want. I've never had clipping on my TV within 7 clicks from max contrast, so I don't think that will be an issues.
post #2037 of 2596
I dont recall reading any posts on the smartphone (iphone in my case) controller app for the Panasonic Viera TVs but I've given it some time and I find it really useful.

Every feature on the remote is available via the app, plus more. In fact I would say the response time is faster on my phone, especially navigating thru the viera link menus. With the one exception that the playback buttons in Netflix/Amazon arent as responsive. There is a keyboard input feature on the app which saves me having an extra keyboard around or spending 5 minutes typing in passwords. My wife got a kick out of being able to stream photos from her phone to the TV by pushing a few buttons.

The app is available for free in NA for iPhone and Android phones. Just FYI, the UT50 series requires either the optional wireless dongle accessory or the TV has to be connected to a wireless router. In my case, I happened to already have my UT50 wired to a router which had an Airport Express connected as well and that worked fine.

I know this isnt useful for everyone since the UT50 is not inherently set up for wireless and some people would rather stick with the remote. I downloaded the app on a whim but now Im pretty much using it exclusively, I think it's very cool user interface that has not received a lot of exposure. Here's the link from the Japan site with details on features and set up:

http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/tv/vremote/index.html
post #2038 of 2596
THANKS cf, downloaded the app for my iPhone; like the KEYBOARD cool.gif
post #2039 of 2596
Hello everyone
I bought a Panasonic TH-P50UT30R (made for MEA Region)
problem is i search a lot on the internet but couldn't find a way to enable the subtitles in a HD movies on the usb using the internal media player of the TV.
i don't have this option in the menu, i only see the button on the remote control but nothing change when i give the command.
i even rename the .srt wit the same name and even i start muxing the movies but still nothing show up.
the only way is inserting a hard subtitle to the movie (bitmap) by convert using "wondershare vide converter" or "format factory" but it takes too long.
i heard that there is a way to unlock this feature using multi key on the remote?
does anyone have a solutionj for me or know the instruction of unlocking it?
thanks
post #2040 of 2596
OK, So after lurking on this thread for over a month I am coming out of the closet. Bought this TV last Friday at Costco. Brought it home, plugged in settings found on the other thread and I love it. Wanted to hold out for a 60" but the price at Costco came down and I could not justify a $400 difference in price. Previous TV was Hitachi 50V500 RPT that was pretty much state of the art in 2003. Could have bought three of the 55UT50 for what I paid for that one back then. Plasmas were even more and I was worried about burn in. Boy, have things changed!

My eventual viewing room is pretty much a cave but current setup in a north facing room presents no problem concerning glare. I just close the blinds for daytime viewing. My wife seldom takes the time to close the blinds and has no complaints. Currently running slides when not watching mixed content as I want to age the panel quicly so I can dial in the PQ with a calibration disc. Don't know how it could look much better though. There is a guy here in my smallish town who is an ISF calibrator and I hope to swap some work on his car for a full on calibration. Always wanted that on the Hitachi but then the color engine problem reared it's ugly head. The second engine was on it's way out (bad) when the second bulb in 9 years (not bad) blew so it went to the big home theater in the sky.

Now I'm stoked to be in the Plasma club (never knew how much I was missing those blacks) and look forward to wall mounting this puppy in the other room and finally hooking up the 7.1 rear speakers. My excellent for it's time Yamaha AVR has no HDMI so I look forward to researching a new one with the new sound codecs and internet connectivity. Thanks for all your input and information. After reading this thread and the other (settings and issues) I am satisfied with my decision and expect this TV to last until OLED is in my price range.
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