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post #12091 of 13486
Hello,
I have searched without luck, so forgive me if I missed it: I know how to get to the service menu, but which figure shows the hours? I have a 65Vt50
post #12092 of 13486
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Originally Posted by Bucksy174 View Post

Hello,
I have searched without luck, so forgive me if I missed it: I know how to get to the service menu, but which figure shows the hours? I have a 65Vt50

The last one, "SRV-TOOL"
Press "1" several times or "2" once to get to it.

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post #12093 of 13486
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Originally Posted by LBJ2 View Post

Hello. Yes you can select different window sizes. I recommend "small" for plasma panels . Feel free to PM me for any questions if you decide to go with the mini. Also, if you like, check out my latest VT50 settings using the latest release of Calman5 and the lumagen mini on post #12053 of this forum (page 402). You can load these settings on your VT50. For me these are the best VT50 ISF DAY settings that I have come up with so far for my VT50 panel.
WoW this TV is amazing i change as you told me the Panel to Medium and did the calibration and i never seen this TV look as good as it does now. Watched Avatar with the Darbee and my Oppo 93 calibrated with the new settings and I can finally say that these TV is the best TV i have seen, The colors look amazing, the night scene where the dogs with the 6 legs are attacking Jake sully I never seen the detail that I'm watching right now is like watching another movie and i have seen this movie over 8 times.
If the lumagen will make even a bigger impact on the picture quality i'm in. I'm ordering one on tuesday thanks a million guys I would have never discovered the full potential on the Vt50 if you guys didn't help me, i can't believe by just changing the panel from LOW to Medium the change in picture would be that much.
post #12094 of 13486
Low is just too dim. Mid gives it a lot more pop. GT30 was the same way.
post #12095 of 13486
Hi Folks,

BACKGROUND: I'm new to the AVS forum but need your help on a few issues I've recently run into. Long story short, my cable company (Cablevision/Optimum) is having issues with it's DD output through HDMI and I'm being forced to switch back to a component video connection from my cable box to my TV until the issue is resolved.

QUESTION: Since there are no direct component inputs on the VT50, am I losing any picture quality in using the provided adaptor (that I never dreamed I'd have to use)? If yes, does anyone know of any other workarounds that I can use until my good friends at Cablevision get their crap together and fix this problem?

I have several other questions related to my Cablevision issue but will post those in the appropriate forums.

Thanks in advance for any help and insight you can pass along.

Jackie
post #12096 of 13486
If its just your cable box and you can only get 1080i from your cable box then you aren't losing anything. If you get a 1080p source, that's the only place you'll lose anything.
post #12097 of 13486
Well the shootout has convinced me that our VT50's are still amazing displays. You literally can't choose any of the new generations top models without sacfirificing something.

Keeping my 50 and loving it =]
post #12098 of 13486
Thanks for the quick reply. As a follow up question, am I getting a lesser quality component connection on the VT50 by connecting via an "adaptor pin" vs. plugging the component cables directly into the TV (which obviously is not an option on this set).
post #12099 of 13486
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Originally Posted by FJackie View Post

Thanks for the quick reply. As a follow up question, am I getting a lesser quality component connection on the VT50 by connecting via an "adaptor pin" vs. plugging the component cables directly into the TV (which obviously is not an option on this set).

that I really do not know and am unsure if anyone would be able to tell you that definitively wihtout having tested your exact cable. The purist in me distrusts the digital to analog conversion that must take place....but your cable box does this very same conversion as well so it always boils back down to which one you trust.

The easy answer is, I wouldn't sweat it - the video is a lot easier to deal with. If you were dealing with sound, that would be the time to sweat wink.gif
post #12100 of 13486
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Originally Posted by FJackie View Post

Thanks for the quick reply. As a follow up question, am I getting a lesser quality component connection on the VT50 by connecting via an "adaptor pin" vs. plugging the component cables directly into the TV (which obviously is not an option on this set).

An Optical cable will also carry DD ( Dolby Digital). Is that an option with your cable box? E.g., HDMI for video and then use Optical for sound.
Edited by LBJ2 - 5/13/13 at 12:16pm
post #12101 of 13486
Hello all. My VT-50 (55) is now ~10 months old. Last weekend, when muting my surround sound and walking past the TV I heard a loud buzz from the lower rear right hand side. The buzz has continued for the greater part of a week. At times the buzz diminishes once the TV has been on a while, other times it continues. The TV always had a tiny buzz (more from left hand side though), but this was barely noticeable from 3 ft. The new buzz I've discovered is noticeable from 12-14 ft when sound is very low or muted. Any ideas what this might be, as the HDMI board is clearly on the other side of the TV.

I'll be checking paperwork tonight as pretty sure we boguth the 2 year warranty from Best Buy with this TV. If not, I'll be scrambling to do something udner the 1 year manufacturer warrantly.

Not sure if this matters regarding the buzz, but I have never updated my firmware beyond v1.150 (I think the latest is v1.170).

Thanks all
post #12102 of 13486
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Originally Posted by mo949 View Post

Well the shootout has convinced me that our VT50's are still amazing displays. You literally can't choose any of the new generations top models without sacfirificing something.

Keeping my 50 and loving it =]
+1
post #12103 of 13486
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Originally Posted by PhilH930 View Post

Hello all. My VT-50 (55) is now ~10 months old. Last weekend, when muting my surround sound and walking past the TV I heard a loud buzz from the lower rear right hand side. The buzz has continued for the greater part of a week. At times the buzz diminishes once the TV has been on a while, other times it continues. The TV always had a tiny buzz (more from left hand side though), but this was barely noticeable from 3 ft. The new buzz I've discovered is noticeable from 12-14 ft when sound is very low or muted. Any ideas what this might be, as the HDMI board is clearly on the other side of the TV.

I'll be checking paperwork tonight as pretty sure we boguth the 2 year warranty from Best Buy with this TV. If not, I'll be scrambling to do something udner the 1 year manufacturer warrantly.

Not sure if this matters regarding the buzz, but I have never updated my firmware beyond v1.150 (I think the latest is v1.170).

Thanks all

were you running a DVD or Blu Ray at the time you noticed the buzz?
post #12104 of 13486
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Originally Posted by mo949 View Post

Well the shootout has convinced me that our VT50's are still amazing displays. You literally can't choose any of the new generations top models without sacfirificing something.

Keeping my 50 and loving it =]

I too love my VT50.

That said, you could flip your statement and note -- fairly -- that you could choose any of the current generation and get something really nice in return.

It's pretty clear that for most buyers, upgrading a VT50 would be fairly absurd. You'd need to have more money than most people do and, quite frankly, more patience. My VT50 works, is calibrated, is integrated with everything. Swapping it out would cause me enough irritation that I haven't spend a moment considering whether it's worth any upgrade cost to do so.

Of course, in a year or two, the equation might be different.
post #12105 of 13486
I understand what you mean and fairness is good, but imo it just wouldn't be accurate to state it that way and in a VT50 thread where you would expect a comparison to the vt50. You won't end up with something better (or at least the same) in all categories, which is what you expect in a new generation, and what I was expecting in this year's ZT60 in order to pay for an upgrade.

I also disagree that you could choose any from the shootout and be happy, I wouldn't be with either of the Samsung or Panasonic LCD's.....still haven't seen the Sony though in person.

But if you'd be happy with either of those, all the power to you.
post #12106 of 13486
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Originally Posted by mo949 View Post

I understand what you mean and fairness is good, but imo it just wouldn't be accurate to state it that way and in a VT50 thread where you would expect a comparison to the vt50. You won't end up with something better (or at least the same) in all categories, which is what you expect in a new generation, and what I was expecting in this year's ZT60 in order to pay for an upgrade.

I also disagree that you could choose any from the shootout and be happy, I wouldn't be with either of the Samsung or Panasonic LCD's.....still haven't seen the Sony though in person.

But if you'd be happy with either of those, all the power to you.

Funny how something so lauded a year ago is now suddenly mediocre happens every year and its easy to get sucked into the hype. I haven't even considered selling my VT50 but glad to see the technology is advancing,
post #12107 of 13486
My $1,500.00 open box 55" VT50 is looking even better today! Perfect screen, no IR (as of yet), and I picture that I doubt I could tell the difference in, between the new Pany models anyways, especially since I don't see the new models costing anything as low as I was lucky enough to grab last years, "HDTV of the YEAR". Happily enjoying BlueRays, and sucked into 3D as well, never thought I'd go there. Be happy and enjoy what you have, I am. smile.gif
post #12108 of 13486
Yes, I got sucked in a bit thinking it'd be a full step forward in quite a few areas. I still wonder if the phosphor trailing is visibly improved on the new panasonic panels?
post #12109 of 13486
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Originally Posted by Mactavish View Post

My $1,500.00 open box 55" VT50 is looking even better today! Perfect screen, no IR (as of yet), and I picture that I doubt I could tell the difference in, between the new Pany models anyways, especially since I don't see the new models costing anything as low as I was lucky enough to grab last years, "HDTV of the YEAR". Happily enjoying BlueRays, and sucked into 3D as well, never thought I'd go there. Be happy and enjoy what you have, I am. smile.gif

i'm with you, and although I never really thought I'd care about 3d, I happen to really enjoy it!
post #12110 of 13486
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Originally Posted by mo949 View Post

Yes, I got sucked in a bit thinking it'd be a full step forward in quite a few areas. I still wonder if the phosphor trailing is visibly improved on the new panasonic panels?

I would say the ST50 to ST60 leap was pretty big but outside of that the "insider" was correct, I think the big disappointment is the ZT60 yes it improved in some aspects but I think folks were expecting a kuro crusher which it is definitely not.
post #12111 of 13486
Agree. ST60 is going to be a hot potato this year.

Its cheap enough where I'm thinking of getting one for my brother despite not upgrading to the ZT.
post #12112 of 13486
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Originally Posted by mo949 View Post

Agree. ST60 is going to be a hot potato this year.

Its cheap enough where I'm thinking of getting one for my brother despite not upgrading to the ZT.

Cool, guess we will just have to settle for our poor performing "dim only good in a batcave" panels lol
post #12113 of 13486
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Originally Posted by chunon View Post

I would say the ST50 to ST60 leap was pretty big but outside of that the "insider" was correct, I think the big disappointment is the ZT60 yes it improved in some aspects but I think folks were expecting a kuro crusher which it is definitely not.

While I could never justify spending 3x what I paid for an HDTV, after reading all the advertising and touting of the single pane of glass, fused together, I thought that would have been a improvement the "experts" would talk about, or be some kind of technical jump/improvement, but I guess in the end it was not such a big deal. Sure sounded COOL in text.
post #12114 of 13486
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Originally Posted by PhilH930 View Post

Hello all. My VT-50 (55) is now ~10 months old. Last weekend, when muting my surround sound and walking past the TV I heard a loud buzz from the lower rear right hand side. The buzz has continued for the greater part of a week. At times the buzz diminishes once the TV has been on a while, other times it continues. The TV always had a tiny buzz (more from left hand side though), but this was barely noticeable from 3 ft. The new buzz I've discovered is noticeable from 12-14 ft when sound is very low or muted. Any ideas what this might be, as the HDMI board is clearly on the other side of the TV.
Yes. You probably have a screw loose - maybe more than one. There is more than one way to get a plasma to buzz. Your buzzing sounds like you need to have a service call where they come out and replace some screws and add some washers.

Call for service. smile.gif
post #12115 of 13486
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Originally Posted by mo949 View Post

I understand what you mean and fairness is good, but imo it just wouldn't be accurate to state it that way and in a VT50 thread where you would expect a comparison to the vt50. You won't end up with something better (or at least the same) in all categories, which is what you expect in a new generation, and what I was expecting in this year's ZT60 in order to pay for an upgrade.

I also disagree that you could choose any from the shootout and be happy, I wouldn't be with either of the Samsung or Panasonic LCD's.....still haven't seen the Sony though in person.

But if you'd be happy with either of those, all the power to you.

Sorry, I was referring specifically to choosing any of the three leading plasmas. I don't think any would-be plasma buyer should choose any 2013 LCD. None seems sufficient and my hands-on with the F8000 Samsung was disappointing. If one is hell bent on an F8000, something like VE's offer to hand pick one to get a high-uniformity, zero-dead-pixel one is worth the premium, I believe. There is still no doubt Samsung's LCD build quality is not adequate to rely on. (Incidentally, I don't know what Cleveland Plasma offers in regard to a similar program; I'd be willing to buy any display from them, too, so I don't want my comments to be construed as an "ad' for VE, just rather praise for them generally and that program in particular.)

You make a fair point that none of the 2013 plasmas is a clear, drop-dead-obvious upgrade over the VT50 in every way. That's fair. But each offers some clear benefits, I'd say and so is a pretty low risk purchase -- again, assuming you choose the one most likely to work best in your room.

The obvious caveat to all this, though, is that the bargain hunter has a drop-dead-obvious choice in 2013: The ST60. Really good and really, really well priced.

If plasma is indeed legacy technology by 2015, it's going out with style -- and great pricing.
post #12116 of 13486
Ok, I misunderstood. I completely agree.

Anyone coming into the plasma market is definitely in for a treat smile.gif
post #12117 of 13486
Mo949 - I was not watching a DVD/BR; at the time I noticed I was walking past the muted TV (while decorating) with a soccer match on in the background.

htwaits - any thoughts on if I should go straight to Panny, or use my BB warranty - I fear both could ruin something pretty good by opening it up!
post #12118 of 13486
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Originally Posted by PhilH930 View Post


htwaits - any thoughts on if I should go straight to Panny, or use my BB warranty - I fear both could ruin something pretty good by opening it up!
I would want a Panasonic repair service, but the potential jobs are very simple and have nothing to do with the overall function of the TV. The screws with lock washers simply prevent vibration brought on be the original screws not being able to stay tight during large numbers of heat/cold cycles.
post #12119 of 13486
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Originally Posted by PhilH930 View Post

Mo949 - I was not watching a DVD/BR; at the time I noticed I was walking past the muted TV (while decorating) with a soccer match on in the background.

htwaits - any thoughts on if I should go straight to Panny, or use my BB warranty - I fear both could ruin something pretty good by opening it up!

Aww sorry you are having the issue. Does your BB warranty work during first year or does it start after manufacturer's?

I'd say use whichever one puts you through the less amount of hoops.
post #12120 of 13486
Thanks for the help:
SRV Tool says
Dynamic 00
Normal 00
Cinema 00

I know the TV has been on: I bought the shop model, and I have watched it. This is a New Zealand model. Any ideas?
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