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Is this plasma wi-fi?
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Originally Posted by Browninggold View Post

Is this plasma wi-fi?

Yes.
post #8823 of 13474
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Originally Posted by MeelaPo View Post

My only concern now is all of this noise/buzzing business I'm reading about. I'm a stickler for noise and I hear everything. This might be a deal breaker for me so hopefully I can go to the store and see one of these things in action.

Personally I can stand with my face nearly touching the screen with the sound turned off while a movie or image is playing and I can't hear any noise from it. Now if I move my head around to the backside (I'm using the stand) so I do have some space behind it, then I do barely hear the fans and the buzzing can only be slightly detected from behind during a white screen/ scene. Not saying this is the case with all of them but I don't hear anything from mine that concerns me.
Edited by 7thSeal - 1/4/13 at 3:18pm
post #8824 of 13474
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Originally Posted by MeelaPo View Post

Thanks for the tips. I live in Canada so, for whatever reason, manufactures and stores feel it's necessary to charge us quite a bit more for electronic products. I've never heard of this white glove service and I don't think they offer it here with the stores that we have. Granted, I'm not even sure the store that I will be buying it from (I get a company discount there) even has the 55" or 65" in their stock.
My only concern now is all of this noise/buzzing business I'm reading about. I'm a stickler for noise and I hear everything. This might be a deal breaker for me so hopefully I can go to the store and see one of these things in action.

I wouldn't worry about the buzzing or fans. If you can actually hear it then something is wrong with your unit. I've been home all day and have the TV on for the last 6 hours straight watching HBO to break it in. the sound is off since i'm working on my laptop on the couch. I can't hear anything, even with bright scenes, and i live it a very quiet neighborhood with a very quiet house.

as for the CAN sales, perhaps there is a similar deal site like slickdeals.net up there that can at least point you into the best direction for price.
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I got my 65VT50 delivered by Best Buy yesterday. But today, whle I was watching cable, the TV just turned off suddenly. I tried to use the remote to power it back on. No luck. Then I tried to power it on by pressing the Power button on the set. No luck. So I reset the power extension strip to which the tv and cable box were connected, then the TV powered back on when I used the remote again.

Should I return it and ask for another set. I remember having a SONY Trinitron which did the same thing a couple of times. But that set always powered back on when I used the remote. This one would not power back on until I powered off and on the power strip.

As far as regular picture settings, out of the box, the VIVID gives a nice LED type look for rooms with bright lights. The GAME mode can also help with bright rooms .
For movies and serious shows where I don't need the showroom like exagerrated colors, I liked the THX setting though I pumped up the brightness just a tad . Also I prefer the Normal Color temp to the Warm.
Makes my 8 year old SONY 60 SXRD XBR1 look cheap.
Edited by mantar - 1/4/13 at 4:22pm
post #8826 of 13474
I recommend turning on the newly delivered TV and playing the "slides" that are full-screen red, green and blue, looking for dead pixels. The first set I had delivered had a dead green pixel. It takes about five minutes if you have the JPGs on a USB stick.
post #8827 of 13474
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Originally Posted by MeelaPo View Post

Thanks for the tips. I live in Canada so, for whatever reason, manufactures and stores feel it's necessary to charge us quite a bit more for electronic products. I've never heard of this white glove service and I don't think they offer it here with the stores that we have. Granted, I'm not even sure the store that I will be buying it from (I get a company discount there) even has the 55" or 65" in their stock.
My only concern now is all of this noise/buzzing business I'm reading about. I'm a stickler for noise and I hear everything. This might be a deal breaker for me so hopefully I can go to the store and see one of these things in action.

I'm in Toronto, call Chris at clevelandplasma.com and he'll set you up. I picked mine up in Niagara at a depot that let me open the box and run slides,etc. You'll end up paying 75% of that $4k if you call Chris.
post #8828 of 13474
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Originally Posted by KGB173 View Post

4k is about 30% too high for a 65". Not sure on the protocol to share deals and prices in this forum but if you PM i can point you in the right direction. I suggest getting a magnolia to price match it. you get best buy return policy which doesnt have a restocking fee. You can pay them to do white glove and hang it if you can't do it yourself with a friend.
the current VT models are considered the best TV period. only the sharp elite is better (arguably) but the price is 2x. Perhaps next year will be better but cost will be MSRP at launch. If you are in the market now, i would not wait, but that is IMO.
as far as reviewing the TV when it arrives, you can open it and inspect and put on the slides to see if you have any pixel issues. high majority of people dont experience any issues, but a few do and they express their frustration here. Magnolia (Best buy) has a 30 day money back guarantee and 60 day for silver members (spend $2500). this purchase should auto qualify you for silver so it should give you 60 days, but confirm that with BB.

As confirmed, he's in Canada as am I. No Magnolia (unfortuantely) and though our dollar is on par (a bit better actually) goods are still more expensive. You brought up a great point though - it's the 'best' tv. We can get a deal usually when working in an ESP (as it's pure profit for dealers). The place I bought mine from is great as if you don't use the ESP - you get a full credit back to spend in store (or use towards another ESP if you're buying something that warrants it). This is my second Plasma, my first (which I still have) had to be replaced within 4 months, and the replacement panel went bad and that had to be replaced after two years. So I STRONGLY recommend getting the ESP - especially if you get full credit for it if you don't use it.
post #8829 of 13474
I saw/heard the TV - no buzzing at all (I made sure there was no volume turned on actually - I don't need to 'hear' a TV just see it smile.gif ).

Also, one other note, this is the 'best tv'. There was only one left in Edmonton at the store I went to. People who are buying them are the people who want the best, price is not an issue with them. i.e. doctors/lawyers/sports stars, etc. Because they are in limited supply, they don't really haggle that much - now an ST or even a GT - you can get a much better price I'm sure. The 65 GT could be had for around $2700 (before taxes etc) and it's 'almost as good' as the VT - but it isn't. Sometimes if you want the absolute best, you gotta bite the bullet. Heck, I could die tomorrow (hopefully not as I don't get the TV for another week) and any money I saved would do me no good in my grave wink.gif
post #8830 of 13474
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Originally Posted by 7thSeal View Post

Personally I can stand with my face nearly touching the screen with the sound turned off while a movie or image is playing and I can't hear any noise from it. Now if I move my head around to the backside (I'm using the stand) so I do have some space behind it, then I do barely hear the fans and the buzzing can only be slightly detected from behind during a white screen/ scene. Not saying this is the case with all of them but I don't hear anything from mine that concerns me.

This is exactly my experience as well. I don't think the issue is one you have a high probability of experiencing on this set.
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Originally Posted by Kpt_Krunch View Post

I saw/heard the TV - no buzzing at all (I made sure there was no volume turned on actually - I don't need to 'hear' a TV just see it smile.gif ).
Also, one other note, this is the 'best tv'. There was only one left in Edmonton at the store I went to. People who are buying them are the people who want the best, price is not an issue with them. i.e. doctors/lawyers/sports stars, etc. Because they are in limited supply, they don't really haggle that much - now an ST or even a GT - you can get a much better price I'm sure. The 65 GT could be had for around $2700 (before taxes etc) and it's 'almost as good' as the VT - but it isn't. Sometimes if you want the absolute best, you gotta bite the bullet. Heck, I could die tomorrow (hopefully not as I don't get the TV for another week) and any money I saved would do me no good in my grave wink.gif

You are right, the vt50 is the best flat panel on the market, period. You made the right choice and congrats!
post #8832 of 13474
so does anyone know what month the next series is coming out see mine is having some problems and i know its going to need replaced so should i wait till the next vt comes out then have it serviced i got it back in june
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Originally Posted by mantar View Post

I got my 65VT50 delivered by Best Buy yesterday. But today, whle I was watching cable, the TV just turned off suddenly. I tried to use the remote to power it back on. No luck. Then I tried to power it on by pressing the Power button on the set. No luck. So I reset the power extension strip to which the tv and cable box were connected, then the TV powered back on when I used the remote again.
Should I return it and ask for another set. I remember having a SONY Trinitron which did the same thing a couple of times. But that set always powered back on when I used the remote. This one would not power back on until I powered off and on the power strip.
As far as regular picture settings, out of the box, the VIVID gives a nice LED type look for rooms with bright lights. The GAME mode can also help with bright rooms .
For movies and serious shows where I don't need the showroom like exagerrated colors, I liked the THX setting though I pumped up the brightness just a tad . Also I prefer the Normal Color temp to the Warm.
Makes my 8 year old SONY 60 SXRD XBR1 look cheap.

Try a different power strip?

THX Bright Room is the closest the set has to a calibrated setting, I'd just leave it there for now.
post #8834 of 13474
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Originally Posted by Jay Mammoth View Post


I hope geek squad is good I made into reward zone silver for spending so much money there In 2012 so I can get my TV calibrated for free.
Some folks have found the "free" Geek Squad calibrations to be too expensive. Using the link in the signature area at the bottom of my post will get you to some "Geek" reviews.

For flat panel reviews check post number two. The Geek Squad reviews are at the top of the second post.
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Originally Posted by robnix View Post

Try a different power strip?
THX Bright Room is the closest the set has to a calibrated setting, I'd just leave it there for now.

So im not crazy. The bright room does look better than the THX cinema?
post #8836 of 13474
New here
Last year my wife canceled my 55vt30 order..she said " I can buy any tool I want but I cannot buy a TV". Now that's a guys dream woman.. ie: Any tool, right on!, I want a TV though.
She said, "The 42" matsubishi tube I have has to burn out". Sheese I bought that TV for 3k and have had it for 13 years with no service. it was a great TV at that time.. That TV now I cannot give it away! 250lbs!. It ain't goonna die! She saw the 55vt50 and said ok i can pull the plug. From reading everthing here perhaps she made a good choice to say NO to the vt30 ! . Now I can get the vt50. works for me. Just wanna say glad to join the club. I am buying i the next couple of days. I will have some questions.
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Thank you kindly.
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Originally Posted by 7thSeal View Post

I just grabbed these and unzipped and placed the individual images (no folder) on an SD card and had it on hand before the delivery guys arrived. They took the top half of the box off and plugged it up powering on the tv and I popped in the SD card on the slot available on the tv and put the batteries in the remote. There is a SD/usb button on the remote that carries you straight to the image or video options which you choose image and then slideshow to start it.
BreakIn_Images.zip 8k .zip file
I even powered off the tv then shinned a flashlight across the screen inward along from the edges of the panel which will showup small cracks on the panel that might not be visible with the tv on. I was also glad to see that I had a November build with the latest firmware. Enjoy yours! smile.gif


Thank you kindly.
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Originally Posted by htwaits View Post

Some folks have found the "free" Geek Squad calibrations to be too expensive. Using the link in the signature area at the bottom of my post will get you to some "Geek" reviews.
For flat panel reviews check post number two. The Geek Squad reviews are at the top of the second post.

Ehh Don't think I will take the gamble, Thanks for the heads up.

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Thank you kindly.

No problem Sir.
post #8840 of 13474
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Originally Posted by robnix View Post

Try a different power strip?
THX Bright Room is the closest the set has to a calibrated setting, I'd just leave it there for now.

A different power strip wouldnt make a difference as my cable box was fine. It was the TV alone that shut off and wouldnt respond until I shut down the power strip and turned it back on.
At first I thought I accidentally hit a button on the remote, but when it wouldnt initially power back on, I had my doubts I did anything.
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Hey Guys, new Vt50 owner here, replaced an hx950. I posted in the settings thread a few days ago, but there was no response. Are there any good neutral settings floating around? All I see is Warm 2, which I think, makes whites look a little too yellow. I know every set is different, but if I can get a good base going, I can finish off calibrating on my own.

Also, I noticed a noticeably loud buzz/hum when running the break in slides, only on the white slide. Is that normal? I hear nothing during regular viewing.

Thanks
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Originally Posted by stevel View Post

My wife and I both wear glasses and had no problems with the Panasonic glasses.

Cool - I'll try them over my glasses when I get home.
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^^^^^
That's what I'd call some good wife recognition and management.

Agreed - hilarious too. I only had to do a little discussion to get the WAF on the new purchase. I quoted her when she had said the day before it'll be nice to have two TVs when we're in the new house tongue.gif
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Originally Posted by 7thSeal View Post

You'll luv the 65VT50 I'm sure, I have my VT50 coupled with a 7.1 surround and its better than going to the movies. Full, clean and crisps sounds paired with an awesome picture. smile.gif
Ya know, now that I think about it, I might have to upgrade from 5.1 to 7.1. My Wife is gonna kill me if I tell her I need two more speakers (Definitive Technology) for the new HT. I've been out of HT so long, I'm not up on the latest & greatest. Time to run off to the Audio section for some research biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by MeelaPo View Post

I also think that most shops come with a 15-30 day money back guarantee.
Not on unreported shipping damages. Inspect, power up with driver, or sign at your own risk frown.gif That is a very good rule of thumb, No one could ever go wrong with this rule in place.

Would you sign for a brand new car after being blind folded during the look over and test drive ( someone else driving of course )? A box on a TV is a blind fold on a piece of glass..........
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Originally Posted by SC0TLANDF0REVER View Post

I've been out of HT so long, I'm not up on the latest & greatest. Time to run off to the Audio section for some research biggrin.gif

Heck I had my last 5.1 system for 15 yrs, couple of the channels finally began going out on my old Kenwood so I now have the Denon 1913 (which I really enjoy) and 7.1 was the only way I was going when upgrading and told my wife that I'd keep it all tight and clean while installing everything. She loves it and even the dog thinks the house is haunted with all the different noises flying around the room lol.

Back on the subject of the VT50 after we finished watching a movie tonight I hadn't even thought about trying out the 3D yet. We didn't have a 3D movie on hand so we watched a little of the 2d to 3d conversion on a movie and I told them ahead of time not to expect to much excitement with that route. As I suspected it was like... meh, not much going on but it did add a little more depth to it. My daughter wants Nemo in 3D and from what I've read its a good one for the family to enjoy so I'll likely pick that up soon to get a better take on the 3D side of this tv.
Edited by 7thSeal - 1/4/13 at 8:50pm
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Hello my fellow VT50 owners!

My VT50 arrives tomorrow morning. I'm stoked. However, I received a Wii U for Christmas (it is still inside the box) and I have heard that it's HDMI cable only sends limited RGB signal across HDMI, resulting in washed out blacks and faded colors on some monitors that don't support Limited RGB.

Anyone with a Panny VT50 know if this is a problem? Should I invest in component cables instead?

Thanks!
post #8846 of 13474
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Originally Posted by 7thSeal View Post

Heck I had my last 5.1 system for 15 yrs, couple of the channels finally began going out on my old Kenwood so I now have the Denon 1913 (which I really enjoy) and 7.1 was the only way I was going when upgrading and told my wife that I'd keep it all tight and clean while installing everything. She loves it and even the dog thinks the house is haunted with all the different noises flying around the room lol.
Back on the subject of the VT50 after we finished watching a movie tonight I hadn't even thought about trying out the 3D yet. We didn't have a 3D movie on hand so we watched a little of the 2d to 3d conversion on a movie and I told them ahead of time not to expect to much excitement with that route. As I suspected it was like... meh, not much going on but it did add a little more depth to it. My daughter wants Nemo in 3D and from what I've read its a good one for the family to enjoy so I'll likely pick that up soon to get a better take on the 3D side of this tv.

Nemo is a great 3D movie.
post #8847 of 13474
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Originally Posted by Styphin View Post

Hello my fellow VT50 owners!
My VT50 arrives tomorrow morning. I'm stoked. However, I received a Wii U for Christmas (it is still inside the box) and I have heard that it's HDMI cable only sends limited RGB signal across HDMI, resulting in washed out blacks and faded colors on some monitors that don't support Limited RGB.
Anyone with a Panny VT50 know if this is a problem? Should I invest in component cables instead?
Thanks!

You'll be fine, VT50 can be set up to accept limited or full RGB. From how you describe it, WiiU will output limited RGB just like your cable box or blu ray player.
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Originally Posted by emcdade View Post

You'll be fine, VT50 can be set up to accept limited or full RGB. From how you describe it, WiiU will output limited RGB just like your cable box or blu ray player.

Edit... I'm removing my question here because it turns out I've been unnecessarily running Full RGB for a few years now on my PS3 to an older TV that doesn't support it. Thanks again for your help.
Edited by Styphin - 1/4/13 at 11:46pm
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Originally Posted by copene View Post

I'm in Toronto, call Chris at clevelandplasma.com and he'll set you up. I picked mine up in Niagara at a depot that let me open the box and run slides,etc. You'll end up paying 75% of that $4k if you call Chris.

I live in Calgary so I don't think Clevland Plasma would be able to do anything for me.
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Originally Posted by Kpt_Krunch View Post

I saw/heard the TV - no buzzing at all (I made sure there was no volume turned on actually - I don't need to 'hear' a TV just see it smile.gif ).
Also, one other note, this is the 'best tv'. There was only one left in Edmonton at the store I went to. People who are buying them are the people who want the best, price is not an issue with them. i.e. doctors/lawyers/sports stars, etc. Because they are in limited supply, they don't really haggle that much - now an ST or even a GT - you can get a much better price I'm sure. The 65 GT could be had for around $2700 (before taxes etc) and it's 'almost as good' as the VT - but it isn't. Sometimes if you want the absolute best, you gotta bite the bullet. Heck, I could die tomorrow (hopefully not as I don't get the TV for another week) and any money I saved would do me no good in my grave wink.gif

I went to Visions today and they informed me that they have one 55" VT50 and one 65" VT50 demo unit. Seeing the 65" and then looking at a 55" TV makes it look really small so I'd prefer to go with the 65". The demo unit has been on the floor for three months, was most likely not burnt in correctly if at all and has probably been on for about 700+ hours. While they've discounted it significantly buying a demo unit just scratches me the wrong way.

I asked the sales person about this year's model and he said they'd most likely get them around the summer time and they'd be MSRP for a while. My only option really is to go with the 55" VT50 or go with the 65" GT50. I'm not sure if the fancier black filter is worth dropping 10" from the TV. Thoughts?

Also, while I was watching the 65" they had Avengers playing. It looked like some sort of smoothing/extra frames functionality was being used. It's hard to explain but the picture seemed smoother than normal and at times blurry. I was expecting to be super impressed with the picture quality and, while good, it wasn't that great. Is there some option on the TV I can turn off that would get rid of this smoothing? I went through the menu and didn't see anything that jumped out at me. It was set to THX 3D and I set the display to reset to default just in case someone changed the settings.
Edited by MeelaPo - 1/5/13 at 1:07am
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Originally Posted by Styphin View Post

Hello my fellow VT50 owners!
My VT50 arrives tomorrow morning. I'm stoked. However, I received a Wii U for Christmas (it is still inside the box) and I have heard that it's HDMI cable only sends limited RGB signal across HDMI, resulting in washed out blacks and faded colors on some monitors that don't support Limited RGB.
Anyone with a Panny VT50 know if this is a problem? Should I invest in component cables instead?
Thanks!

I was blown away by the colors of the new Mario game on wii u on my 65VT50. It is connected via HDMI but does go through a receiver.
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