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post #10291 of 13477
Well I have to say...my ir problem has gone away! Completely! I played a full hour of cod blops2 on wiiu followed by 30 minutes of minecraft 360 version. Fully expecting ir I put on the scrolling bar to find....absolutely nothing! I guess it just needed to age a bit before gaming. Got about 150 some odd hours on it now. Happy happy, joy joy!
post #10292 of 13477
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Originally Posted by joey83 View Post

I recently purchased a 55 inch vt50. I love this tv but am having a issue. While watching looper on blue ray, I noticed in dark scenes with a light in the background I get a blue streak that goes across the screen. Has anyone else had this problem? I just had the tv swapped out for a new panel and it does the same thing. I have also noticed this while watching cable, so it's not the blue ray player. I'm wondering if there is a setting I need to turn off or if a calibration would help. This picture is the worse I've seen it.



Thanks for your help

Google ¨lens flare Looper¨This is part of the film itself. Here is some text from a review: " There are only two elements that cause for vibrant colorization: wealthy characters and lens flares – both of which are directorial decisions. Upperclass clothing, possessions and locations are about the only objects that warrant bright colorization in the dingy, rusted and corroded world of this unfriendly future. In the eleventh minute of the film, we get our first big lens flare. (Don't worry, there aren't all that many compared to a Michael Bay movie.) These flares cause brilliant horizontal streaks of bright whites and oversaturated blues and purples. I initially assumed that this was an error that came about during the transfer to Blu-ray because I didn't remember noticing it during my theatrical screening, but Johnson references it during his theatrical commentary (which is different from the Blu-ray commentary and was recorded long before the Blu-ray existed. I will explain more about it in the special features section). Almost all lens flares carry this oversaturation of color as they are meant to."

Hope that helps.
post #10293 of 13477
I just purchased a 65" VT50 from Paul's and am awaiting delivery, can't wait for it to arrive biggrin.gif. Was just reading the comments about the buzzing, especially on white screens.

I also have a Panasonic TC-P42G10 which does buzz, especially when there is a lot of white on the screen. It used to bother me, but now I barely notice it. The set is in my bedroom and when listening on low volume you can really hear it, but otherwise I don't really notice it. I think it must be common with Panasonic Plasma's or maybe all Plasma's.

Anyways, that's my 2 cents
post #10294 of 13477
I'm not a fan of the buzzing, but I haven't let it bug me. I'm very sensitive to "noise" as an audiophile and I hope that the 2013 plasmas are quiet.
post #10295 of 13477
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Originally Posted by jh901 View Post

I'm not a fan of the buzzing, but I haven't let it bug me. I'm very sensitive to "noise" as an audiophile and I hope that the 2013 plasmas are quiet.

I have to strain to hear the buzzing on my wall-mounted VT65. And like others, it only buzzes on the brightest of scenes or slides. Not an issue at all for me and I'm crazy picky about ambient noise in my listening environment.
post #10296 of 13477
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Originally Posted by scirica View Post

Google ¨lens flare Looper¨This is part of the film itself. Here is some text from a review: " There are only two elements that cause for vibrant colorization: wealthy characters and lens flares – both of which are directorial decisions. Upperclass clothing, possessions and locations are about the only objects that warrant bright colorization in the dingy, rusted and corroded world of this unfriendly future. In the eleventh minute of the film, we get our first big lens flare. (Don't worry, there aren't all that many compared to a Michael Bay movie.) These flares cause brilliant horizontal streaks of bright whites and oversaturated blues and purples. I initially assumed that this was an error that came about during the transfer to Blu-ray because I didn't remember noticing it during my theatrical screening, but Johnson references it during his theatrical commentary (which is different from the Blu-ray commentary and was recorded long before the Blu-ray existed. I will explain more about it in the special features section). Almost all lens flares carry this oversaturation of color as they are meant to."

Hope that helps.

Thanks for your responce. I guess it's normal. Ill look more into it. It seems odd they would want that effect to be so harsh across the screen
post #10297 of 13477
I know there are quite a few in this thread that own the Onkyo 818 Receiver. I didn't have much luck in that thread so here goes....

ARC DOESN'T WORK!
I am not quite sure what I'm doing wrong but I can not get this TV to pass audio back to the receiver. I've gone over manuals for both. I have HDMI 2 connected to MAIN OUT on receiver. Per Onkyo manual I've set all ARC settings to ON including HDMI Control(RIHD), Audio Return Channel to AUTO. Set input to TV/CD. Audio selector for TV/CD says ARC. I than turn on netflix/youtube/antenna sources on the TV then hit VIERA LINK, set speaker output to "home theater" and get a message from TV "Please check settings and connections on HDMI devices." I should also note the "VIERA link control" is greyed out as well as "Back to TV" Please someone help me. This is driving me absolutely crazy. I also can't get the receiver to auto. switch to Bluray input when I pop a movie in. Maybe something is defective with my receiver?
post #10298 of 13477
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Originally Posted by mab7 View Post

Hi, my 65vt50 was just hooked up today by the geek squad and a few things I have noticed are a delay when changing channels and the the screen three times today turned red and if you change the stAtion it was blue with pixels across the bottom. Why would this happen? Was something hooked up wrong or could it be a defect?

This has got to do with the unit searching for the resolution. I had this happening as well. Pioneer said to limit the units choices. Specifically to 1080p in my set up.If you are on cable then that should work for you.
Please post back results if you haven't gotten this figured out already.
post #10299 of 13477
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Originally Posted by scirica View Post

I have to strain to hear the buzzing on my wall-mounted VT65. And like others, it only buzzes on the brightest of scenes or slides. Not an issue at all for me and I'm crazy picky about ambient noise in my listening environment.

although not wall mounted, I have a similar experience. I had to go out of my way to discover what the buzz was all about smile.gif If I mute the tv and find a bright screen I can discern it.
post #10300 of 13477
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Originally Posted by James Nguyen View Post

I know there are quite a few in this thread that own the Onkyo 818 Receiver. I didn't have much luck in that thread so here goes....

ARC DOESN'T WORK!
I am not quite sure what I'm doing wrong but I can not get this TV to pass audio back to the receiver. I've gone over manuals for both. I have HDMI 2 connected to MAIN OUT on receiver. Per Onkyo manual I've set all ARC settings to ON including HDMI Control(RIHD), Audio Return Channel to AUTO. Set input to TV/CD. Audio selector for TV/CD says ARC. I than turn on netflix/youtube/antenna sources on the TV then hit VIERA LINK, set speaker output to "home theater" and get a message from TV "Please check settings and connections on HDMI devices." I should also note the "VIERA link control" is greyed out as well as "Back to TV" Please someone help me. This is driving me absolutely crazy. I also can't get the receiver to auto. switch to Bluray input when I pop a movie in. Maybe something is defective with my receiver?
If/when you get tired of fighting with it you can use a digital optical cable from tv to receiver and accomplish the same thing.
post #10301 of 13477
The instructions about accessing the set hours and number of times the unit has been turned on in this thread were extremely helpful, so I wanted to say thanks to all the knowledgeable people who take the time to post detailed instructions on these forums. I used the fantastic instructions in this thread to discern that the new VT50 I received yesterday was actually in fact...new! It had been turned on twice (both by me which I could confirm) and had 23 hours when I checked it which matched perfectly with how long I had been running the prep slides on it.

It feels great to have been the first person to actually turn on the set (which I'd already guessed given the immediate setup prompts). Neither of the two sets I'd received previously had prompted me for the initial setup which had left me feeling like maybe they weren't really brand new. With what the delivery guys at Best Buy seemed to imply yesterday, these sets may be sold as "new" to other customers provided they have all the original packing and everything appears in good shape. So I think the first two sets that I received which had minor problems were probably returned for those very same reasons. I believe they probably repack them and keep shipping them to new customers until they get delivered to someone who doesn't notice the imperfections or care to return the TV.

In retrospect, this is bothersome since I thought I was receiving a brand new set at the time even though I wasn't in all likelihood. Thank goodness for that 30 day replace/return window! Now I know for a fact that I received a brand new set with my third delivery and my mind is significantly more at ease as I know I'm prepping the TV first before anyone else has touched it.

If it wasn't for you guys here, I never would have known for sure. So I just wanted to give another shout out and say "THANKS" to everyone here who enlightens the rest of us who may not be as knowledgeable about these televisions. I also wanted to spread the word of my experience so that you guys who are receiving new sets remember to check the hours used/times turned on yourself (if you care).
post #10302 of 13477
But with optical you are limited to 2.0
post #10303 of 13477
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Originally Posted by billmich View Post

But with optical you are limited to 2.0

Only from external sources, internal sources like the tuner and the streaming apps will play in 5.1 if available.
post #10304 of 13477
Just wondering if anyone did any external hard drive tests, specifically regarding Bluray backups?

I have copied a 1:1 Bluray movie to an external hard drive and plugged it directly into the VT50. When I navigate to the VIDEO menu on the TV, I do not see the full folder format of the movie. Instead, the only thing I see is a STREAM folder. In here you have literally 100's of files, one of them being the largest movie file, which you can click on and playback will begin. Note, this is not always the case as some movies have 2 large files.

Is there a way to have the Bluray play as it would offa the disk i.e. show a menu, select extras, main movie etc?

I did click on the first file in the folder and as expected, it jumped onto the next in sequence however, this was rather annoying as I had to sit through and watch 10 or so warning messages in 10 languages, then 10 different start intros etc. The ultimate killer in this mix is 3D Blurays, there is no way to play them back of an external drive - you click on the largest file and all you get is 2D.

I would be interested in hearing your findings. Thanks,
post #10305 of 13477
The only way you'll get menus is with a Blu-ray player or media player that supports them (which most of the new ones don't). I've never seen any TV support menus. So if you want to play the files as you have them get a media player. I suggest heading over to the networking media player section of the forum and selecting one from those that will play full be-java menus.
post #10306 of 13477
Have any of you ever dealt with Panasonic customer service?

They are the worst. I've never encountered a less knowledgable group at any other high level company. My calls were usually routed to a call center in Jamacia where each and every time I got a rep who didn't know the answer and gave me attitude.

I've had my VT50 for a month now an called them three or four times. The questions were pretty simple. For instance, I wanted to know why HDMI in at DD 5.1 was coming out of the optical at PCM 48. They had no clue. Another time I asked if I could set the custom settings once for all devices, instead of separately. They didn't even understand what I meant.

If in the future another company makes a television equal to the Panasonic I would by it over a Panasonic. There is no excuse for customer support who don't know there product.

I phoned Sony the other day with a question about a 5 year old receiver and they knew the answer immediately.

I'm done ranting.
post #10307 of 13477
Regarding this HDMI ARC/optical cable discussion, is anyone else having problems with Skype app sending audio through the optical cable to a receiver? All the others apps work fine, even 5.1 audio is perfect, but Skype audio only works through TV speakers. Any ideas?
post #10308 of 13477
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Originally Posted by Mdominic View Post

Have any of you ever dealt with Panasonic customer service?

They are the worst. I've never encountered a less knowledgable group at any other high level company. My calls were usually routed to a call center in Jamacia where each and every time I got a rep who didn't know the answer and gave me attitude.

I've had my VT50 for a month now an called them three or four times. The questions were pretty simple. For instance, I wanted to know why HDMI in at DD 5.1 was coming out of the optical at PCM 48. They had no clue. Another time I asked if I could set the custom settings once for all devices, instead of separately. They didn't even understand what I meant.

If in the future another company makes a television equal to the Panasonic I would by it over a Panasonic. There is no excuse for customer support who don't know there product.

I phoned Sony the other day with a question about a 5 year old receiver and they knew the answer immediately.

I'm done ranting.
Not making excuses for them by any stretch but just an observation. In my experience the receiver support has nearly always been more technically proficient than tv support. And I mean all companies that I have dealt with. Then again things are changing. TVs didnt used to be nearly as technical as they are now.
post #10309 of 13477
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Originally Posted by robnix View Post

Only from external sources, internal sources like the tuner and the streaming apps will play in 5.1 if available.

True enough
Will apps/tuner ever go higher than 5.1?
7.1 ?
And if so , can the ARC HANDLE IT?
post #10310 of 13477
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Originally Posted by Bond 007 View Post

Not making excuses for them by any stretch but just an observation. In my experience the receiver support has nearly always been more technically proficient than tv support. And I mean all companies that I have dealt with. Then again things are changing. TVs didnt used to be nearly as technical as they are now.

I've never called Sony about a TV so that may be true. I can't imagine that any support would be this bad. It's as bad as asking a blue shirt at Best Buy a question. Actually it's worse.
post #10311 of 13477
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Originally Posted by billmich View Post

True enough
Will apps/tuner ever go higher than 5.1?
7.1 ?
And if so , can the ARC HANDLE IT?
ARC supports all lossless formats as well as 3d. As do most modern avr's. My PS3 gives me a 7.1 signal on some Netflix apps but I doubt that the movie is in 7.1. I suspect the PS3 is "faking" it.
post #10312 of 13477
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Originally Posted by Mdominic View Post

I've never called Sony about a TV so that may be true. I can't imagine that any support would be this bad. It's as bad as asking a blue shirt at Best Buy a question. Actually it's worse.
Ouch! Thats bad. I hope I never have to deal with them. AVS is a much better place if you just want technical information.
post #10313 of 13477
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Originally Posted by Mdominic View Post

I've never called Sony about a TV so that may be true. I can't imagine that any support would be this bad. It's as bad as asking a blue shirt at Best Buy a question. Actually it's worse.

My one experience calling Panasonic was for a technical issue with the first VT50 we bought. Took about 10 minutes on the phone to get setup with local service, got a call about an hour later to setup the appointment.
post #10314 of 13477
Just bought a 65vt50. Using custom mode because the other modes weren't bright enough for us. Having what appears to be motion blur using the custom setting, but the problem goes away under THX Cinema mode. Has anyone had this issue, and if so how did you resolve it? Thanks.
post #10315 of 13477
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Originally Posted by raflim View Post

Regarding this HDMI ARC/optical cable discussion, is anyone else having problems with Skype app sending audio through the optical cable to a receiver? All the others apps work fine, even 5.1 audio is perfect, but Skype audio only works through TV speakers. Any ideas?

Lucky you! I can't get Skype audio to work PERIOD!
post #10316 of 13477
One question Guys. I was shopping in a BB today and was offered an Open box 65vt50. I asked them to open the service menu to find the present hour usage . The geek came back and said the former owner had the set calibrated by BB and because of that calibration the hour usage no longer shows in the service menu which he checked.Could this be True or BS. Thanks Guys
post #10317 of 13477
Thats bs they dont know how to access it
post #10318 of 13477
I just had my 55" VT50 delivered today from Paul's TV. There is no plastic covering around the TV bezel; is that normal for the VT series?

Thanks.

Mark
post #10319 of 13477
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Originally Posted by giomania View Post

I just had my 55" VT50 delivered today from Paul's TV. There is no plastic covering around the TV bezel; is that normal for the VT series?

Thanks.

Mark

Yes.
post #10320 of 13477
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Originally Posted by giomania View Post

I just had my 55" VT50 delivered today from Paul's TV. There is no plastic covering around the TV bezel; is that normal for the VT series?

Thanks.

Mark

Thats weird.. My gt50 came with plastic around the bezel.. I actually still never took it off. LOL.
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