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post #8431 of 13460
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Originally Posted by turbe View Post

I don't agree with that about UK's THX Picture Modes is the "way to go" - at least for reference viewing.. My opinion is based on feedback from Steve, few other Calibrators and VT50 owner/users of mine..
1)Here, 2)Here and 3)Here is info from another well respected and experienced Calibrator there (Steve Kemp).
However, I will email David with a link to my post here and ask him for his feedback....
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You will see that I specifically referenced the 65" UK version of the VT50. I have read those links of Bumptious (Steve) and various other posts of his there. However, they were very generic comments regarding the VT50 and do not take countenance specifically of the size. The Original Poster did not indicate that he had a colorimeter and requisite software and I am not sure that he was inclined to have his set professional calibrated or if his complaints would necessarily be addressed by a professional calibration. One other published review of the UK 65" VT50 is on avforums.com. The author there went with a calibration in Professional mode (his set in this mode was able to give higher light output of 81 cd/m2 or 23.6 FL than David Mackenzie but I don't know if he was using the same window sizes as he used). For a complete layman like myself, that seems not terribly bright for all-round viewing but, as with everything, YMMV. That said the author Mark Hodgkinson at avforums.com was able at the same time to make very positive comments regarding the THX Cinema mode with just using the contrast, brightness and sharpness controls:

http://www.avforums.com/reviews/Panasonic-VT50-TX-P65VT50-P55VT50-P50VT50-65-Inch-Flagship-3D-Plasma-TV-Review_349/Test_Results.html
post #8432 of 13460
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Originally Posted by deucedown View Post

If I am not in a rush to have a professional calibration, the safest way to watch the 65VT50 for the break-in period is to watch it in the THX Cinema mode? I've read through many posts of running slides, which I still might try once it arrives Friday. There is so much information, that the more I read the more I get nervous on what is correct vs incorrect while grasping 10 percent of the info. There must be others like me...lol. Also if anyone had there set calibrated and is within an hour of Dutchess County, NY I would love to see it....I will being the beer :-)

Your fine on the THX setting for breaking in. Just make sure you set the picture size to "1" for break in so all the pixels get used. Anywhere between 100-150 hours should do a nice break in, from there do whatever you want with the TV. Enjoy!
post #8433 of 13460
I ws messing around with Viera YouTube last night. How do I get the sound to channel through my AVR instead of the TV speakers? Couldn't find a way in the menu.

Thx.
Edited by Glashub - 12/20/12 at 7:06am
post #8434 of 13460
Thanks LBJ and Bolt for the information. Your info calms my OCD with the VT50. I can't wait to get it tomorrow! I think this plasma is worth more than my 99' Altima that I drive. biggrin.gif
post #8435 of 13460
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Originally Posted by deucedown View Post

Thanks LBJ and Bolt for the information. Your info calms my OCD with the VT50. I can't wait to get it tomorrow! I think this plasma is worth more than my 99' Altima that I drive. biggrin.gif

HaHa nice! You will love it man. It truly is the best picture on the market, hands down. I came from a 9G Kuro that recently died on me mad.gif If I could sum up the VT50 in two words, it would be Reference Quality.

Enjoy it man, let us know how you like it when the set arrives and had some time with it.
post #8436 of 13460
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Originally Posted by Glashub View Post

I ws messing around with Viera YouTube last night. How do I get the sound to channel through my AVR instead of the TV speakers? Couldn't find a way in the menu.
Thx.

If your AVR supports ARC and HDMI then you can use the ARC HDMI port between the TV ( HDMI #2) and the AVR. Then turn on HDMI control on your AVR menu. ( Also make sure the TV sound setting is set to use AVR and not the TV speakers too)

I have this set up with a Yamaha YHT-S401 sound bar Receiver via ARC and the VT50 and I am able to hear all sources including VT50 internet TV/Apps via my Yamaha.
post #8437 of 13460
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Originally Posted by LBJ2 View Post

If your AVR supports ARC and HDMI then you can use the ARC HDMI port between the TV ( HDMI #2) and the AVR. Then turn on HDMI control on your AVR menu. ( Also make sure the TV sound setting is set to use AVR and not the TV speakers too)
I have this set up with a Yamaha YHT-S401 sound bar Receiver via ARC and the VT50 and I am able to hear all sources including VT50 internet TV/Apps via my Yamaha.

Thank you. I'll give it a try. I have a Denon 4311ci so I think it supports arc.
post #8438 of 13460
I had the pleasure of having Chad come to my place out in Houston, TX and calibrate my Panasonic 65” VT50. I highly recommend his services and after seeing the results of pre and post calibration, I cannot impress enough on how important it is to get your set calibrated. It is totally worth it and you owe it to yourself to get the best out of this TV. What I thought was really cool about the VT50 was that the TV automatically saves the custom settings as two different modes – ISF day and ISF night.

So what does it entail? It is a lengthy procedure that takes about 3-4 hours. I’m going to skip describing a lot of the technical stuff Chad does but I can present a general overview. What he does is he comes to your house, sets the lighting conditions normally as how you would watch TV during the day or night and then he gets to business. He hooks up this device that sits on a tripod that points to the center of the screen. That device is taking readings and measuring various colors and the levels of blacks, grey scales, whites etc. He then takes a pre calibration reading and figures out what colors are out of balance. He proceeds to set the color accuracy and the thing that impressed me with the VT 50 is that he didn’t have to touch the remote – he took a network cable from the TV to his laptop and the software (CALMaster I think?) essentially ran the settings and automatically fed the TV with the new settings. The result was pretty good. It was hard to distinguish between THX cinema and ISF night but I could tell that the colors were a lot better on ISF night. The coup de grace was when Chad adjusted my 3D settings. I was completely blown away – the colors were so bright and rich; it made it seem like 3D was awesome again. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. I recommend scheduling an appointment with Chad and check with him when he might be in the area.

My friend dropped by yesterday and he looked at my TV and asked me this question – why does your TV look so amazing and mine doesn’t? I didn’t have the heart to tell him that it was ISF Calibrated smile.gif

My TV was purchased in June and i didn't do any break-in.
post #8439 of 13460
thanks all for your feedback.

yes, i do have the UK/European panel. sorry, i should have mentioned that.

but under the hood, they are more or less the same technology, aren't they ?

thanks for the HDTVTest link. i'll head over there. sounds like they might some insight.

got to admit, i love the images on the VT50. every blu-ray so far has been great. except when things start to move or go dark :/

funny, i went for a plasma for blacks and better motion handling. the two things this set doesn't do very well - from where i'm sitting. i hope i can find a solution.

thanks again.
post #8440 of 13460
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Originally Posted by vilas View Post

I had the pleasure of having Chad come to my place out in Houston, TX and calibrate my Panasonic 65” VT50. I highly recommend his services and after seeing the results of pre and post calibration, I cannot impress enough on how important it is to get your set calibrated. It is totally worth it and you owe it to yourself to get the best out of this TV. What I thought was really cool about the VT50 was that the TV automatically saves the custom settings as two different modes – ISF day and ISF night.
So what does it entail? It is a lengthy procedure that takes about 3-4 hours. I’m going to skip describing a lot of the technical stuff Chad does but I can present a general overview. What he does is he comes to your house, sets the lighting conditions normally as how you would watch TV during the day or night and then he gets to business. He hooks up this device that sits on a tripod that points to the center of the screen. That device is taking readings and measuring various colors and the levels of blacks, grey scales, whites etc. He then takes a pre calibration reading and figures out what colors are out of balance. He proceeds to set the color accuracy and the thing that impressed me with the VT 50 is that he didn’t have to touch the remote – he took a network cable from the TV to his laptop and the software (CALMaster I think?) essentially ran the settings and automatically fed the TV with the new settings. The result was pretty good. It was hard to distinguish between THX cinema and ISF night but I could tell that the colors were a lot better on ISF night. The coup de grace was when Chad adjusted my 3D settings. I was completely blown away – the colors were so bright and rich; it made it seem like 3D was awesome again. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. I recommend scheduling an appointment with Chad and check with him when he might be in the area.
My friend dropped by yesterday and he looked at my TV and asked me this question – why does your TV look so amazing and mine doesn’t? I didn’t have the heart to tell him that it was ISF Calibrated smile.gif
My TV was purchased in June and i didn't do any break-in.

I've emailed back and forth with Chad and I truly believe he is one of the best out there. He was definitely on my short list but it didn't sound like Texas (Dallas) was on his schedule for a while. I've scheduled a January appointment with Jeff Meier, who calibrated my Samsung LED a couple of months ago. He is another very talented calibrator with some of the most advanced equipment (some that he alone possesses) to work with. He did a great job on my LED set and I'm really looking forward to seeing what the VT50 looks like after a W. Jeff Meier calibration.

Enjoy your set, I'm sure it really shines now!
post #8441 of 13460
^^^

I can also assure all that you are in great hands with Jeff Meier.. wink.gif
post #8442 of 13460
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Originally Posted by turbe View Post

^^^
I can also assure all that you are in great hands with Jeff Meier.. wink.gif
Yes, as this is my second calibration by Jeff I know I'm in good hands! Thanks!
post #8443 of 13460
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yes, i do have the UK/European panel. sorry, i should have mentioned that.

but under the hood, they are more or less the same technology, aren't they ?
Yes, they use the same panels but Panasonic US seems to produce unique software.
post #8444 of 13460
Hello!

I purchased my 55" VT50 about a week ago at Best Buy and have it connected to the cable box with an HDMI.

Twice I have encountered the following:

While watching cable TV, seemingly at random, the screen goes black and a very high pitch sound emerges from the Panasonic (not sure if it's speakers but seems likely). The sound is very loud and lasts for about 10 seconds. During this, none of the TV remote control functions are operational. When the sound goes away, a message window comes on the screen which reads something like "Error Resolved....". This message disappears within a few seconds and TV shuts down. At this point, the TV can be turned on again and continues functioning with no issues at all.

This happened twice in the span of the week, randomly. I called Panasonic tech support and they advised me to re-set the TV, which I did, but I have a feeling this may be some sort of an issue with this particular unit. Should I return it to Best Buy now while my return window is open and get another one? I did through out the box already - not sure if this will be an issue with the return.

Any advice is much appreciated!
post #8445 of 13460
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Originally Posted by sanko68 View Post

Hello!
I purchased my 55" VT50 about a week ago at Best Buy and have it connected to the cable box with an HDMI.
Twice I have encountered the following:
While watching cable TV, seemingly at random, the screen goes black and a very high pitch sound emerges from the Panasonic (not sure if it's speakers but seems likely). The sound is very loud and lasts for about 10 seconds. During this, none of the TV remote control functions are operational. When the sound goes away, a message window comes on the screen which reads something like "Error Resolved....". This message disappears within a few seconds and TV shuts down. At this point, the TV can be turned on again and continues functioning with no issues at all.
This happened twice in the span of the week, randomly. I called Panasonic tech support and they advised me to re-set the TV, which I did, but I have a feeling this may be some sort of an issue with this particular unit. Should I return it to Best Buy now while my return window is open and get another one? I did through out the box already - not sure if this will be an issue with the return.
Any advice is much appreciated!

I would exchange your set. Something is definitely wrong with it.
post #8446 of 13460
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Originally Posted by sanko68 View Post

Hello!
I purchased my 55" VT50 about a week ago at Best Buy and have it connected to the cable box with an HDMI.
Twice I have encountered the following:
While watching cable TV, seemingly at random, the screen goes black and a very high pitch sound emerges from the Panasonic (not sure if it's speakers but seems likely). The sound is very loud and lasts for about 10 seconds.

Sounds very similar to a dying receiver but since your using hdmi from cable straight to TV I bet your hdmi cable is either loose or malfunctioning with both video and sound passing through it. Check your hdmi connection and replace with a new hdmi before going any further is my guess. smile.gif
post #8447 of 13460
Can some of you VT50 owners post some pics of your setups? Also looking for any video too. Thanks
post #8448 of 13460
Also your address, thanks...smile.gif
post #8449 of 13460
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Originally Posted by Browninggold View Post

Also your address, thanks...smile.gif
SSN??
post #8450 of 13460
Wow, sorry I asked to see some VT50 setups in a VT50 thread.biggrin.gif
post #8451 of 13460
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Originally Posted by Browninggold View Post

Also your address, thanks...smile.gif

Have the 55" on the way but I'm remaining silent as for the shipping address lol. Hammering on finishing my modest but reasonable 7.1 surround system first. Consist of Energy V-5.2-C Center ($230 on sale), Energy CB-20 Bookshelf Speakers for front and Definitive for surrounds, rear surrounds and sub 8". Should be more than enough for a 15x18 room catering to both music and movies. smile.gif
post #8452 of 13460
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Originally Posted by 7thSeal View Post

Have the 55" on the way but I'm remaining silent as for the shipping address lol. Hammering on finishing my modest but reasonable 7.1 surround system first. Consist of Energy V-5.2-C Center ($230 on sale), Energy CB-20 Bookshelf Speakers for front and Definitive for surrounds, rear surrounds and sub 8". Should be more than enough for a 15x18 room catering to both music and movies. smile.gif

Nice setup there! Let us know how u like the vt50 beastma when u get it. You made the right choice, best picture on the market.
post #8453 of 13460
I could understand perhaps the desire to see how the TV is placed, but what good would video do? Video of video usually looks pretty horrible.
post #8454 of 13460
I'm debating between this and last yrs. Sony 929. My 50" plasma a HP that was around 8-9 yrs. old died on me about a month ago. After owning the Sony VW90ES projector (my first Sony) I'm kind of leaning toward a Sony, the pj throws a excellent picture. Anyways that's why I jump in this thread every once in awhile...debating between the two. I agree a video would look horrible unless you pan the shot showing where you keep your jewelry and valuables and a address. smile.gif
post #8455 of 13460
First can you even get the Sony ? Second and most important, the VT50 has been rated by many as the best TV of the year, over the 929. ( To each his own though )
post #8456 of 13460
Yeah a retailer still has the 929 in stock.....little less than the 950. The VT would be a few hundred less,than the Sony. I know the Panny is a great set also. Rated highly. Tough choice for me.
post #8457 of 13460
All,

My 55" VT50 has been installed since Sunday and I've been adjusting my Harmony remote over the past few days.

My system:
VT50
NHT 5.1t speakers
Marantz 1403
Panny 220 Blue-ray

After making some adjustments a few hours ago, the Input menu is now popping up for 5-10 seconds when request an activity on my Harmony remote(Watch TV, Play a DVD). So in addition to the tv, dvd, and receiver turning on at the same time, the input menu if briefly flashing up then goes away.

I've double-checked the settings and everything is programmed correctly and this was not happening previously.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance.
post #8458 of 13460
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Originally Posted by Browninggold View Post

Yeah a retailer still has the 929 in stock.....little less than the 950. The VT would be a few hundred less,than the Sony. I know the Panny is a great set also. Rated highly. Tough choice for me.

Id go with the vt50 for its better color accuracy and superior off angle axis and motion resolution. If you want a led, the only one id consider for critical viewing is the sharp elite. The 929 and 950 show to much blooming. The vt50 is my top choice. Reference quality...
post #8459 of 13460
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Originally Posted by emcdade View Post

Thank you very much, I'll have to break out the manual tonight I guess. I did take a stroll through the menu settings but nothing jumped out at me.

If you find the solution, could you please post it? I'm having the same issue.
post #8460 of 13460
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Originally Posted by Browninggold View Post

The VT would be a few hundred less,than the Sony.
Unless the Sony was substantially cheaper, the VT50 is going to be a much better bang-for-the-buck. And, with the VT50 actually less than the Sony, this would seem to make it a no-brainer.
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