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post #8761 of 13486
I haven't been on this thread in awhile, but I'm going to start going through and seeing if there's any interesting info that's popped up since I've had my VT50. Got it months ago, and just now finally getting my room finished. I have to say, once calibrated, this TV is amazing. I had some issues with dark scenes before, but made some changes to the calibration and now it looks even better.

Here's my set up so far. Looking to replace the Polk sub with a Klipsch shortly, and will be redoing the sheet rock so I can place the power and HDMI cables in-wall behind the TV, and still need to replace my rear speakers (I should really take a picture of behind the couch, its a horrible room design)

edit - with the dark wall, would any of you recommend some sort of back-lighting behind the TV? I've seen it mentioned around here before, but never really looked into it much.



post #8762 of 13486
Well its official. Just took delivery of the 65vt50 today. I must say I was a bit scared of the PQ when standard mode came up, but as soon as I put it to THX bright room, things looked like I've never seen them on a tv before!
post #8763 of 13486
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Originally Posted by mo949 View Post

Well its official. Just took delivery of the 65vt50 today. I must say I was a bit scared of the PQ when standard mode came up, but as soon as I put it to THX bright room, things looked like I've never seen them on a tv before!

Just wait till you get it calibrated.
post #8764 of 13486
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Originally Posted by robnix View Post

Just wait till you get it calibrated.

ChadB will be calibrating mine on Sunday. Can't wait for that!
post #8765 of 13486
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Originally Posted by mo949 View Post

Well its official. Just took delivery of the 65vt50 today. I must say I was a bit scared of the PQ when standard mode came up, but as soon as I put it to THX bright room, things looked like I've never seen them on a tv before!

Yep, its what I been trying to tell you. Never listen to a LED fanboy. Now your watching a superior picture over that es8000 you had before.

Glad you like it.
Edited by Bolt989 - 1/3/13 at 12:45pm
post #8766 of 13486
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Originally Posted by tcramer View Post

ChadB will be calibrating mine on Sunday. Can't wait for that!

Don't forget to post your post calibration feedback smile.gif

You are in great hands!
post #8767 of 13486
looking forward to getting some decent settings in this badboy. I'm kind of happy that there's sort of a break in to let things settle before any sot of calibration, that'll give me a chance to just chill and finally catch up on some viewing that the samsung fiasco I just got out of made me miss out on.

Turbe, definitely coming your way soon for some software smile.gif.
post #8768 of 13486
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Originally Posted by tcramer View Post

ChadB will be calibrating mine on Sunday. Can't wait for that!

Don't forget to post your post calibration feedback smile.gif
+1 biggrin.gif
post #8769 of 13486
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Originally Posted by mdenning View Post

I haven't been on this thread in awhile, but I'm going to start going through and seeing if there's any interesting info that's popped up since I've had my VT50. Got it months ago, and just now finally getting my room finished. I have to say, once calibrated, this TV is amazing. I had some issues with dark scenes before, but made some changes to the calibration and now it looks even better.
Here's my set up so far. Looking to replace the Polk sub with a Klipsch shortly, and will be redoing the sheet rock so I can place the power and HDMI cables in-wall behind the TV, and still need to replace my rear speakers (I should really take a picture of behind the couch, its a horrible room design)
edit - with the dark wall, would any of you recommend some sort of back-lighting behind the TV? I've seen it mentioned around here before, but never really looked into it much.


What wall mount are you using? It looks extremely close to the wall. I have an ultra slim one from Sanus but I have their smallest spacer in there because I thought the power cord would hit the wall if I didn't use a spacer. Yours looks even closer to the wall then mine and figured you would have an issue with the power cord.

Your wall color looks very similar to mine as well. I haven't seen where people recommend some sort of back light if the wall is dark. I figured a dark wall would be better then light??
post #8770 of 13486
I used an Ideal lume backlight for years with my lcd rptv because of it's lousy blacks. Now I really enjoy watching in a pitch black room!biggrin.gif
No way I 'd use a backlight again.
post #8771 of 13486
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Originally Posted by Semp1 View Post

Also make sure HDMI CEC is on, on your TV and on, on your receiver.
Im a little clueless but how do you do that
post #8772 of 13486
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Originally Posted by scirica View Post

Are you certain your A/V receiver supports Audio Return Channel via HDMI? If so, there could be some configuration needed on your receiver. If not, you'll have to use the TV speakers, or use another audio output to your A/V receiver.
I believe it does. It has 2 hdmi ports and optical audio. How can i check
post #8773 of 13486
I'm going to order the 65VT50 today, but I'm a little behind the curve when it comes to 3D tech.
I understand I'll need active shutter glasses for the 65VT50. Are some better than others?
Is one year's model better than another? I see people in the 'deals' thread getting price matches for amazing prices, so I want to strike while the iron is hot.

Cheers!
post #8774 of 13486
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Originally Posted by SC0TLANDF0REVER View Post

I understand I'll need active shutter glasses for the 65VT50. Are some better than others?
Is one year's model better than another?!

The Panasonic TY-ER3D4MU seems to be the most popular overall - I think they're great. They can be expensive if you don't get them on sale. The only other plausible choice is the Samsung SSG-4100GB, which is much cheaper, but many people complain about them. I frequently see people saying they bought the Panasonics for themselves to use and the Samsungs for guests.

Be very careful that you buy only active, Bluetooth glasses that are "Full 3D RF" compatible.
post #8775 of 13486
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Originally Posted by stevel View Post

The Panasonic TY-ER3D4MU seems to be the most popular overall - I think they're great. They can be expensive if you don't get them on sale. The only other plausible choice is the Samsung SSG-4100GB, which is much cheaper, but many people complain about them. I frequently see people saying they bought the Panasonics for themselves to use and the Samsungs for guests.
Be very careful that you buy only active, Bluetooth glasses that are "Full 3D RF" compatible.

Agree 100%. After an initial outrageously high price, the Panasonic glasses are out there in the $20 to $30 range. I have 4 Panasonic and 4 Samsung pairs. Kids get the Samsungs wink.gif
post #8776 of 13486
@ scirica,

Have you had your 65VT50 calibrated? You're a couple hours from me and just curious of anyone recommended for the east Texas area.

Edit: Nevermind, I just read your post in the VT settings thread about trying out other settings which have been posted. smile.gif
Edited by 7thSeal - 1/3/13 at 5:48pm
post #8777 of 13486
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Originally Posted by SC0TLANDF0REVER View Post

I understand I'll need active shutter glasses for the 65VT50. Are some better than others?
Is one year's model better than another?!

The Panasonic TY-ER3D4MU seems to be the most popular overall - I think they're great. They can be expensive if you don't get them on sale. The only other plausible choice is the Samsung SSG-4100GB, which is much cheaper, but many people complain about them. I frequently see people saying they bought the Panasonics for themselves to use and the Samsungs for guests.

Be very careful that you buy only active, Bluetooth glasses that are "Full 3D RF" compatible.

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Originally Posted by scirica View Post

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Originally Posted by stevel View Post

The Panasonic TY-ER3D4MU seems to be the most popular overall - I think they're great. They can be expensive if you don't get them on sale. The only other plausible choice is the Samsung SSG-4100GB, which is much cheaper, but many people complain about them. I frequently see people saying they bought the Panasonics for themselves to use and the Samsungs for guests.
Be very careful that you buy only active, Bluetooth glasses that are "Full 3D RF" compatible.

Agree 100%. After an initial outrageously high price, the Panasonic glasses are out there in the $20 to $30 range. I have 4 Panasonic and 4 Samsung pairs. Kids get the Samsungs wink.gif

Thank you kind sirs! I'm off to hunt for some glasses smile.gif
post #8778 of 13486
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Originally Posted by Jay Mammoth View Post

Yayhoo my VT shipped from Pauls today. Can't wait.

Ordered mine today too. Long time reader first time poster. Had a Sammy 58c8000 burn out on me but was under extended warranty.
post #8779 of 13486
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Originally Posted by SC0TLANDF0REVER View Post

Thank you kind sirs! I'm off to hunt for some glasses smile.gif

I had Best Buy match the price on Sears.com $29.97... I bought 4 pairs!

http://www.sears.com/panasonic-ty-er3d4mu-3d-active-shutter-glasses/p-05726893000P?prdNo=5&blockNo=5&blockType=G5
post #8780 of 13486
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Originally Posted by stevel View Post

The Panasonic TY-ER3D4MU seems to be the most popular overall - I think they're great. They can be expensive if you don't get them on sale. The only other plausible choice is the Samsung SSG-4100GB, which is much cheaper, but many people complain about them. I frequently see people saying they bought the Panasonics for themselves to use and the Samsungs for guests.
Be very careful that you buy only active, Bluetooth glasses that are "Full 3D RF" compatible.

The one really nice thing about the Samsungs is that they work well for our friends with glasses.
post #8781 of 13486
Well, after hemming and hawwing, I bit the bullet and bought the 65VT50. I got a decent deal I guess, not as good as what you can get in the US but for us it's the best I could get, and it was the last one in the city. Getting it delivered on the 14th. Will replace an old Sammy DLP. I"ll be mounting it on an articulating arm rated for 135lbs. I have a similar arm for my 50" Samsung plasma, which weighs almost as much as this one does (believe it or not) and it's holding fine.

I'll be using a Onkyo 906 receiver to do the video processing passthru to the set. Anyone else have this set (or similar) plugged in through the Onkyo 906? If so, any special settings?

Thanks
post #8782 of 13486
I need help configuring my Harmony One remote for Viera Cast. Sorry if this is not the appropriate thread, the search feature was absolutely useless.

I want to configure my Harmony One remote for an activity that would be Viera Cast, mostly for watching Netflix. The sound would be handled by my Denon AVR 890, everything else by my VT50. For the life of me, I just can't seem to set up the activity properly.
post #8783 of 13486
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Originally Posted by SC0TLANDF0REVER View Post

Thank you kind sirs! I'm off to hunt for some glasses smile.gif

I had Best Buy match the price on Sears.com $29.97... I bought 4 pairs!

http://www.sears.com/panasonic-ty-er3d4mu-3d-active-shutter-glasses/p-05726893000P?prdNo=5&blockNo=5&blockType=G5

Thanks for the info - I'll run by the local BB to see if they'll do the same.
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Originally Posted by robnix View Post

The one really nice thing about the Samsungs is that they work well for our friends with glasses.

Ahh - this is great to know as my wife wears glasses full time and I do part time.
post #8784 of 13486
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Originally Posted by SC0TLANDF0REVER View Post

Thanks for the info - I'll run by the local BB to see if they'll do the same.
Ahh - this is great to know as my wife wears glasses full time and I do part time.

Depending on the size of your glasses, the Panasonic glasses might be fine too. I wear "smaller" glasses just when watching tv and driving at night, and they fit under the Panny's with room to spare.
post #8785 of 13486
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Originally Posted by 7thSeal View Post

@ scirica,
Have you had your 65VT50 calibrated? You're a couple hours from me and just curious of anyone recommended for the east Texas area.
Edit: Nevermind, I just read your post in the VT settings thread about trying out other settings which have been posted. smile.gif

I use Jeff Meier for my calibrations. He will be at my house next week to calibrate my VT50. He did another set for me last year (2012).
post #8786 of 13486
Grats all. My 55vt50 will arrive jan 11 can't wait.
post #8787 of 13486
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Originally Posted by scirica View Post

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Originally Posted by 7thSeal View Post

@ scirica,
Have you had your 65VT50 calibrated? You're a couple hours from me and just curious of anyone recommended for the east Texas area.
Edit: Nevermind, I just read your post in the VT settings thread about trying out other settings which have been posted. smile.gif

I use Jeff Meier for my calibrations. He will be at my house next week to calibrate my VT50. He did another set for me last year (2012).
@7thseal

You can read owner's reviews of their professional calibrations using the link in the signature area at the bottom of my post.

You can contact UMR (W. Jeff Meier) here:

jeff@accucalhd.com

Or here:

jwww.accucalhd.com

The flat panel reports are in the second post. Check out the Pioneer reports too.
post #8788 of 13486
Well I just got my 55VT50 about an hour ago and looked it over really well and played some slides checking for dead pixels or any oddities with the screen before signing off on it with the delivery guys. No scratches, dents, cracks, dead pixels, or anything that I could find. Well packaged and had the protective covering over it with everything there that's included with the package. Tried a quick movie for about 15min and holy cow what a nice picture. Beautiful even with the tv off lol. Did some minor adjustments then checked firmware and it had the latest. Started up the slides for the breakin period and will throw in some fullscreen movies along the way.

When I stick my head behind the tv I can faintly hear the fans running during slideshow. During the white slide I can hear the very slight buzz when head stuck behind tv but no buzzing at all standing directly in front of tv. In the short time that I've combed over it, I'm very pleased (and relieved) that everything is top notch and in excellent condition. Damn what a nice picture on this thing... can't imagine once the calibration begins. I'm all biggrin.gif

Edit: Thanks for the info htwaits, will check that out. smile.gif
post #8789 of 13486
Quick question about calibration. I am having my TV set up in the next few weeks. After the 200 hour period, I am considering calibration. I discussed this with a guy from Video Only and he pointed me in the direction of a hand written note in bold letters on a wall stating that the VT50's did not need calibration and that calibration voided the warranty.

I obviously don't believe that and my room is bright enough that I think I am going to need calibration, especially after seeing the discussions on the board. My question is this: Is the Best Buy Geek Squad calibration worth it? Or should I seek another qualified person to do this? I also see the calibration numbers posted here on AVSFORUM but wonder whether the color calibration should be set to the room that you are viewing the TV in or does it not matter since you are looking at graphs and minimizing deviations from true color? But that brings into question the meter that is being used. Is the reading from the meter dependent upon the ambient light in the room, which would beg more questions such as time of day that the calibration is done etc?

Noobie questions from a newbie, but smart enough to know that factory presets aren't going to do the job. Thanks in advance.
post #8790 of 13486
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Originally Posted by 7thSeal View Post

Well I just got my 55VT50 about an hour ago and looked it over really well and played some slides checking for dead pixels or any oddities with the screen before signing off on it with the delivery guys. No scratches, dents, cracks, dead pixels, or anything that I could find. Well packaged and had the protective covering over it with everything there that's included with the package. Tried a quick movie for about 15min and holy cow what a nice picture. Beautiful even with the tv off lol. Did some minor adjustments then checked firmware and it had the latest. Started up the slides for the breakin period and will throw in some fullscreen movies along the way.
When I stick my head behind the tv I can faintly hear the fans running during slideshow. During the white slide I can hear the very slight buzz when head stuck behind tv but no buzzing at all standing directly in front of tv. In the short time that I've combed over it, I'm very pleased (and relieved) that everything is top notch and in excellent condition. Damn what a nice picture on this thing... can't imagine once the calibration begins. I'm all biggrin.gif
Edit: Thanks for the info htwaits, will check that out. smile.gif



Could you point me in the right direction to get the slide show to rule out dead pixels? I would like to run this before my installers leave also.


Thanks.
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