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post #10711 of 13480
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Originally Posted by gadgtfreek View Post

Its simple, micro fiber cloth as needed for dust. If you have dried dog slobber (dont ask), use distilled water when the screen is cool.
... and don't go past damp when you use the distiled water and microfiber cloth. wink.gif
post #10712 of 13480
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Originally Posted by htwaits View Post

... and don't go past damp when you use the distiled water and microfiber cloth. wink.gif

LOL. Yeah, you aint washing a car.
post #10713 of 13480
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Originally Posted by gadgtfreek View Post

Its simple, micro fiber cloth as needed for dust. If you have dried dog slobber (dont ask), use distilled water when the screen is cool.
My old CRT couldn't go a week without needing a dusting, but the VT50 get about 1/10 as much in a month, so without the kids, dogs (we used to have Great Danes, so I know what you mean), etc., I think it could go 3 months between cleanings.
post #10714 of 13480
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Originally Posted by nabsltd View Post

My old CRT couldn't go a week without needing a dusting, but the VT50 get about 1/10 as much in a month, so without the kids, dogs (we used to have Great Danes, so I know what you mean), etc., I think it could go 3 months between cleanings.
I would at least dust the vents more than that. Particularly the one on top that is at about a 45 degree angle.
post #10715 of 13480
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Originally Posted by htwaits View Post

... and don't go past damp when you use the distiled water and microfiber cloth. wink.gif

This is a subject that is really interesting, as recently I did a lot of "google" searching, and found a ton of opposing opinions, making it even more confusing. In an environment with some cigarette smoke, and dirty city air, water is not always enough for cleaning. In my case I wanted to remove the streaks that occurred on my previous 37" Aquos LCD HDTV. These streaks were a result of using two products that claim to be designed for both LCD and Plasma displays. One is "iKlear" (used to be sold in the Apple Stores) the other "Monster". Both act like a light polish, and you have to work fast to put it on in a circular fashion and then keep buffing until you think it is gone. While the "cleaning" effect seems to be ok at first, later when viewing the TV "off", in the proper lighting, you can always see streaks. This really bothered me, and I really wanted to remove those streaks. Using the same products again, doing small areas at a time, just keep adding streaks, could never get rid of them. Almost like an old WAX, on a car.

That's when I did more homework, and you'll find some "experts" and articles recommending things like a 50/50 homemade solution of distilled water and isopropyl alcohol, which did NOT seem like a good idea. Most manufacture's don't tell you what kind of coating they may be using, anti-glare or whatever on their screens, and using any type of alcohol, just seemed like a RISK to me!

So, I opted for some advice that I thought would be non-destructive, and that was a 50/50 solution of distilled water and white vinegar. I used this to remove all the iKlear and Monster crap on the Sharp, and it worked great. But I am certainly not sure what using this solution would do to an anti-glare coating down the road, as I'm no chemist. It did however remove all the old polish, and NO more streaks. I am NO longer going to use any polish products as I don't care for streaks, and I think it just builds up, no matter how many people say you can safely use these products, they may be safe, but they leave residual, you can see, and it's dam hard to remove.

Since I'm giving away the old Sharp, and just bought the VT50, I'm not touching it, till I need to, and of course will try distilled water first, but if and when I need to do a deeper cleaning, I'm still not sure what would be best, after water.
post #10716 of 13480
Yes, the best way to clean a screen is to avoid needing to do it wink.gif
post #10717 of 13480
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Originally Posted by Cleveland Plasma View Post

Yes, the best way to clean a screen is to avoid needing to do it wink.gif

True indeed, BUT....................
post #10718 of 13480
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Originally Posted by Cleveland Plasma View Post

Yes, the best way to clean a screen is to avoid needing to do it wink.gif

True,, you can just keep it sealed in the box! lol
post #10719 of 13480
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Originally Posted by Tony1 View Post

True,, you can just keep it sealed in the box! lol

WOW, maybe that's why I thought it needed to cleaned in the first place! Once I took the plastic off, the picture cleared right up......rolleyes.gif
post #10720 of 13480
First time here. I have 2 big concerns.

1. I am in the 100 hour breakin period. Can you go to any picture mode, tweak all settings to whatever you want (experiment in the 100 hr break-in period) and not worry at all that you are messing with the phospers or anything? Are Extended logos the only problem.?
AND
2. I was about 30 hours in the breakin period and my kid slipped in and played 1hour and 15 minutes in game mode a baseball game (bright white /green colors. I noticed the contrast ratio in that mode is 100 and sharpness 75. I am still within the 30-day trial period to take it back (9) days. Could this have hurt the TV in any way. I am very concerned that this incident may have (even if only slightly ) damaged the TV. Any help? Probably no way to tell? Time -running out Thanks Arnie
post #10721 of 13480
First time here. I have 2 big concerns.

1. Iam in the 100 hour breakin period. Can you go to any picture mode, tweak all settings to whatever you want (experiment in the 100 hr break-in period) and not worry at all that you are messing with the phospers or anything? Are Extended logos the only problem.?
AND
2. I was about 30 hours in the breakin period and my kid slipped in and played 1hour and 15 minutes in game mode a baseball game (bright white /green colors. I noticed the contrast ratio in that mode is 100 and sharpness 75. I am still within the 30-day trial period to take it back (9) days. Could this have hurt the TV in any way. I am very concerned that this incident may have (even if only slightly ) damaged the TV. Any help? Probably no way to tell? Time -running out Thanks Arnie
post #10722 of 13480
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Originally Posted by ajuice View Post

First time here. I have 2 big concerns.

1. Iam in the 100 hour breakin period. Can you go to any picture mode, tweak all settings to whatever you want (experiment in the 100 hr break-in period) and not worry at all that you are messing with the phospers or anything? Are Extended logos the only problem.?
AND
2. I was about 30 hours in the breakin period and my kid slipped in and played 1hour and 15 minutes in game mode a baseball game (bright white /green colors. I noticed the contrast ratio in that mode is 100 and sharpness 75. I am still within the 30-day trial period to take it back (9) days. Could this have hurt the TV in any way. I am very concerned that this incident may have (even if only slightly ) damaged the TV. Any help? Probably no way to tell? Time -running out Thanks Arnie

return a TV because your son played a game for 1 hour ? You are kidding, right ? No wonder why return policies are changing in USA...
post #10723 of 13480
both concerns are not issues....you can't damage it like that. My wife watches the exact same channel (HGTV) with its logo almost exclusively all day. No problems, no worries. I watch movies at night and that undoes any IR she would have caused (which I've never seen in normal viewing).
post #10724 of 13480
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Originally Posted by ajuice View Post

First time here. I have 2 big concerns.

1. Iam in the 100 hour breakin period. Can you go to any picture mode, tweak all settings to whatever you want (experiment in the 100 hr break-in period) and not worry at all that you are messing with the phospers or anything? Are Extended logos the only problem.?
AND
2. I was about 30 hours in the breakin period and my kid slipped in and played 1hour and 15 minutes in game mode a baseball game (bright white /green colors. I noticed the contrast ratio in that mode is 100 and sharpness 75. I am still within the 30-day trial period to take it back (9) days. Could this have hurt the TV in any way. I am very concerned that this incident may have (even if only slightly ) damaged the TV. Any help? Probably no way to tell? Time -running out Thanks Arnie

1. I would suggest right down all your settings prior to changing them in case you want certain modes back to default. What do you mean by breaking? Slides or regular content viewing? If your watching regular content you should just watched in THX cinema or cinema mode for the first 200 hrs, than dial in any pro settings in custom mode. Honestly all I did was not watched 4:3 content the first 200 hrs and that's it. I watched everything else ,bluray, movies with black bars, hd channels with logos and even gamed and the TV was totally fine.

2. Do you see any IR? In watching regular content? If not, than there is nothing to worry about, if you do , there is still nothing to worry about, just watch full screen content and you will be fine. There is no way you can hurt a tv by playing a game for 1 hr or so. By the way I own the GT50 but its pretty much the same way.
post #10725 of 13480
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Originally Posted by nabsltd View Post

My old CRT couldn't go a week without needing a dusting, but the VT50 get about 1/10 as much in a month, so without the kids, dogs (we used to have Great Danes, so I know what you mean), etc., I think it could go 3 months between cleanings.

I usually do a basic wipe for dust every 2 weeks or so (very little dust usually on the plasma screen), and nothing else. Biggest mistake Ive seen with the screen cleaning kits is not using the fluid causes damage, people use it on a warm screen and it streaks. Very hard to get off.
post #10726 of 13480
Thanks alot. I'm an older guy who just bought my first HDTV and I went all the way with the PVT 50.

Are there any threads that discuss the viewing difference between 55" and 65" and is it worth an extra $1000+? I sit 8-10 ft. away. Thanks again!! AJ
post #10727 of 13480
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Originally Posted by ajuice View Post

Thanks alot. I'm an older guy who just bought my first HDTV and I went all the way with the PVT 50.

Are there any threads that discuss the viewing difference between 55" and 65" and is it worth an extra $1000+? I sit 8-10 ft. away. Thanks again!! AJ

I sit a little over 11 feet. Had a Sony 55 SXRD, wanted a little more picture area so went with the 65. No regrets and no issues. had the tv sitting more like 9 foot or so on the stand until I could get the outlets and bracket mounted on the wall and when i watched tv at that distance I didn't not like it at that distance. My 2 cents... I'm happy....

Here is a viewing distance calculator that I used to help me see if I was out in left field:

http://myhometheater.homestead.com/viewingdistancecalculator.html
post #10728 of 13480
Got my 65vt50 yesterday and all I can say is WOW!!! First I didn't expect it to be as big as it is. I had a 55" and those 10 inches seem like way more than that, the TV is huge!!! Turned it on very quickly before I signed for it to make sure it worked. Turned on fine and SmartViera logo popped up, I turned it off. Got my wall mount installed and all my AV connections correct. Finally was able to turn it on after about 6hrs to warm up and was blown away. Also just hooked up a new OPPO 103 and am very happy with that!! I took an HDMI out of my cable box to the HDMI in on the Oppo. Then an hdmi out of the Oppo HDMI 1 into my harmon kardon AVR2650, then one to the ARC on the VT50. Got the cable box resolution set to auto and the oppo set to 1080p. Huge improvement!! Cable looks almost like a blu-ray now, very pleased!!! Was just going to run full screen HD content to break in for 100 hrs before calibration. Had HBO tuned in and set picture size to zoom just in case of black bars. Well I woke up in the middle of the night and almost freaked out!!! Somehow the cable connection at the box had gotten loose and I got a "HBO currently not available" form my box. I think after about 10 minutes the screen saver on the cable box kicked in and the screen goes black, with a logo that bounces over the screen. I don't think it caused any real damage, not that I can tell anyway. So then I decide to use Netflix and stream the whole series of "Lost". Well needless to say that doesn't work either. Even though a new episode starts automatically in 20 secs after the old one ends, somehow netflix times out as well. Came in the house and had a "Are you still watching Netflix" message on a frozen screen. Max it was on there was for ten minutes, but again my heart drops!!! Finally I said enough with it and put the d-nice slides into the TV and have been running the slides all day. Don't see anything that resembles IR, so I think it's all good!! Sorry for the long post but jsut had to vent, my wife thinks I'm crazy!!!biggrin.gif
post #10729 of 13480
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Originally Posted by maygit View Post

I have the exact same thing going on with my set and i've just kind of taken it as a normal part of the filter. I can usually only see it on a white background. I've had my set since October and it's been on for 300 hours or so (I don't use it heavily). If you follow up through panasonic or if it goes away, let me know.


Booked a service call with Panasonic last week and got a call back yesterday, they will be picking it up next week to run some checks on TV boards(no idea what that is)...
Will keep you posted.

P.S. Another disappointment with Australian VT50's you can't calibrate them mad.gif
Edited by sidsuri - 3/6/13 at 9:25pm
post #10730 of 13480
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Originally Posted by Mactavish View Post

This is a subject that is really interesting, as recently I did a lot of "google" searching, and found a ton of opposing opinions, making it even more confusing. In an environment with some cigarette smoke, and dirty city air, water is not always enough for cleaning. In my case I wanted to remove the streaks that occurred on my previous 37" Aquos LCD HDTV. These streaks were a result of using two products that claim to be designed for both LCD and Plasma displays. One is "iKlear" (used to be sold in the Apple Stores) the other "Monster". Both act like a light polish, and you have to work fast to put it on in a circular fashion and then keep buffing until you think it is gone. While the "cleaning" effect seems to be ok at first, later when viewing the TV "off", in the proper lighting, you can always see streaks. This really bothered me, and I really wanted to remove those streaks. Using the same products again, doing small areas at a time, just keep adding streaks, could never get rid of them. Almost like an old WAX, on a car.

That's when I did more homework, and you'll find some "experts" and articles recommending things like a 50/50 homemade solution of distilled water and isopropyl alcohol, which did NOT seem like a good idea. Most manufacture's don't tell you what kind of coating they may be using, anti-glare or whatever on their screens, and using any type of alcohol, just seemed like a RISK to me!

So, I opted for some advice that I thought would be non-destructive, and that was a 50/50 solution of distilled water and white vinegar. I used this to remove all the iKlear and Monster crap on the Sharp, and it worked great. But I am certainly not sure what using this solution would do to an anti-glare coating down the road, as I'm no chemist. It did however remove all the old polish, and NO more streaks. I am NO longer going to use any polish products as I don't care for streaks, and I think it just builds up, no matter how many people say you can safely use these products, they may be safe, but they leave residual, you can see, and it's dam hard to remove.

Since I'm giving away the old Sharp, and just bought the VT50, I'm not touching it, till I need to, and of course will try distilled water first, but if and when I need to do a deeper cleaning, I'm still not sure what would be best, after water.
All those LCD screen cleaners streak. Theyre garbage. I use water and a little liquid laundry detergent. Been doing it for years and works great.
post #10731 of 13480
I just finished watching Wreck it Ralph, on my new 65" VT50 I used the setting from this thread holly color explosion batman. Wow was it eye candy.
post #10732 of 13480
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Originally Posted by Metalbender View Post

I just finished watching Wreck it Ralph, on my new 65" VT50 I used the setting from this thread holly color explosion batman. Wow was it eye candy.


What post number has the settings you used?

Thanks in advance.
post #10733 of 13480
Well these VT50 are just about gone............Nice run Panasonic wink.gif Nice run !
post #10734 of 13480
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Originally Posted by mkerdman View Post

What post number has the settings you used?

Thanks in advance.

Picture
Picture Mode: Custom
Contrast: 94
Brightness: 60 (58 for 65” models)
Color: 50
Tint: 0
Sharpness: 0
Color Temp: Normal
Photo Enhancement: Off
C.A.T.S: Off
Video NR: Off

Pro Settings
Colorspace: Normal

W/B High R: 8
W/B High G: 0
W/B High B: -23
W/B Low R: 0
W/B Low G: 0
W/B Low B: 0

10 Point W/B
10 W/B R: 7
10 W/B G: 0
10 W/B B: 17

20 W/B R: 4
20 W/B G: 0
20 W/B B: 4

30 W/B R: 5
30 W/B G: 0
30 W/B B: 5

40 W/B R: 3
40 W/B G: 0
40 W/B B: 4

50 W/B R: 1
50 W/B G: 0
50 W/B B: 3

60 W/B R: -1
60 W/B G: 0
60 W/B B: 5

70 W/B R: 0
70 W/B G: 0
70 W/B B: 5

80 W/B R: -3
80 W/B G: 0
80 W/B B: 4

90 W/B R: -3
90 W/B G: 1
90 W/B B: 6

100 W/B R: -4
100 W/B G: 0
100 W/B B: 4

10 Point Gamma
10 Gain: -22
20 Gain: -14
30 Gain: -9
40 Gain: -7
50 Gain: -4
60 Gain: -1
70 Gain: 1
80 Gain: -1
90 Gain: 0
100 Gain: 0

CMS
R-Hue:-3
R-Sat: -7
R-Lum: -6

G-Hue: 15
G-Sat: 4
G-Lum: -4

B-Hue: 1
B-Sat: 3
B-Lum: -6

Y-Hue: 4
Y-Sat: 0
Y-Lum: 3

C-Hue: -3
C-Sat: -1
C-Lum: 2

M-Hue: 0
M-Sat: 0
M-Lum: 1

Black Extension: 0
Gamma Adjustment: 2.6 (2.4 for 65” models)
Panel Brightness: Mid
Contour Emphasis: Off
AGC: 0

HDMI Settings
***Leave all settings in this menu at their default***

Advance Picture
Block NR: Off
Mosquito NR: Off
Motion Smoother: Off
Black Level: Light
3:2 PullDown: Auto
post #10735 of 13480
Thank you sir.
post #10736 of 13480
Thank you sir.
post #10737 of 13480
Hi folks,
I became the proud owner of a 55" VT50 about a month ago, and it has exceeded my expectations (my wife thinks it's too big for the room, but that's neither here nor there). I've got one issue though. I have an old MX-500 universal remote that I have always been able to use through macros to control my system. I have obtained discrete codes for on/off, the HDMI inputs, and various other functions. If I turn the set on with the ON command, after the logo goes away and the input displays in the upper corner, I can select any of the other inputs and it will change. But if I try to imbed the input command into a macro, I can't get it to function, even with programming in a 2-second delay between ON and HDMI(x). This is getting very frustrating. I've even tried configuring all the other gear within the macro and leaving the Viera input command to the very end, no dice.

Anyone run into this before, and a fix? Remember the MX-500 is only programmable with IR learning, and cannot be programmed through a PC like all the newer remotes. I seem to remember having seen a work-around buried in some obscure Wiki, but for the life of me I can't find it again. Sorry if this has already been discussed, but I couldn't find much of anything through a forum search.

Thanks in advance,
Cheers,
Paul
post #10738 of 13480
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Originally Posted by Mactavish View Post

That's when I did more homework, and you'll find some "experts" and articles recommending things like a 50/50 homemade solution of distilled water and isopropyl alcohol, which did NOT seem like a good idea. Most manufacture's don't tell you what kind of coating they may be using, anti-glare or whatever on their screens, and using any type of alcohol, just seemed like a RISK to me!
Anything that you would use on a camera lens should work fine on the screen.

AFAIK, the camera lens cleaning solutions are distilled water with a tiny bit of a "wetting" agent. You could probably duplicate this with one drop of fabric softener in a quart of distilled water. But, since there's so little "anything else", distilled water alone would seem to be the best thing.
post #10739 of 13480
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Originally Posted by Paul Kile View Post

Hi folks,
I became the proud owner of a 55" VT50 about a month ago, and it has exceeded my expectations (my wife thinks it's too big for the room, but that's neither here nor there). I've got one issue though. I have an old MX-500 universal remote that I have always been able to use through macros to control my system. I have obtained discrete codes for on/off, the HDMI inputs, and various other functions. If I turn the set on with the ON command, after the logo goes away and the input displays in the upper corner, I can select any of the other inputs and it will change. But if I try to imbed the input command into a macro, I can't get it to function, even with programming in a 2-second delay between ON and HDMI(x). This is getting very frustrating. I've even tried configuring all the other gear within the macro and leaving the Viera input command to the very end, no dice.

Anyone run into this before, and a fix? Remember the MX-500 is only programmable with IR learning, and cannot be programmed through a PC like all the newer remotes. I seem to remember having seen a work-around buried in some obscure Wiki, but for the life of me I can't find it again. Sorry if this has already been discussed, but I couldn't find much of anything through a forum search.

Thanks in advance,
Cheers,
Paul

I recommend you look at the harmony 650 as the spiritual successor
post #10740 of 13480
Everyone says that the Pioneer is the best tv made, think about this statement "The most cost effective/best tv made" is right here in this thread...........
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