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post #8911 of 13486
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Originally Posted by eieio View Post

....i can't understand what the good folks say here regarding opening the box, setting up the 65VT50, setting the TV up and turning it on to test it. doesn't the 65VT50's stand require some assembly? doesn't it take time to assemble the stand first before one can put the 65VT50 on any table? I don't know of any delivery person here (NYC here) who'd take kindly to waiting for me to do all of that. Plus, considering the weight of the 65VT50, i may well require the help of the delivery guy himself in order to lift the tv out of its box? If so, wouldn't the delivery guy be grumbling about this and the wait, if we choose to have him wait there AND help us lift the 65VT50 out of its box? it's 95 pounds heavy, so i doubt i can lift it up all by myself.
any advice on how to handle and interact with the TV delivery guy would be most appreciated, especially vis-a-vis a big city delivery, like those here in NYC where i am.

What the delivery guy does at time of delivery depends on the particular type of delivery service your retailer provides. Some deliveries are just "curbside" or "threshold" where they simply set the TV down on the sidewalk or just inside your front door. Amazon has "Enhanced" delivery where the driver is supposed to remove the upper portion of the carton, plug the TV's power cord into the wall, and turn the TV on and bring up a settings menu to ensure the TV has a picture. Sometimes the Amazon drivers will even help assemble the stand and lift your TV up onto it's table or TV stand. Some other retailers have "white glove" delivery where they set the TV up and connect your cables, but this is rare.

When the driver arrives, at the very least you should remove the upper carton shell (takes 15 seconds), and use a flashlight to carefully examine every inch of the screen to make sure there are no hidden spider cracks in the outer glass or the plasma panel underneath. I'd also put a white Slideshow image on a USB Flash Drive and bring it up in the Photo Viewer and listen for buzzing (it should be virtually silent from 1-2 feet away). And when you sign your name on the delivery slip, first write "Subject to Inspection for Hidden Damage" before signing your name which will help your case if you later discover the TV was damaged on the trip to your house.
post #8912 of 13486
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Originally Posted by 48548 View Post

Thanks to you guys I passed up the sharp 70/80 inch models and went with the TC-P65VT50 and I will say that I love the picture. Just looks like quality and I love the glass as it is easy to clean as well.

Looks like a nice comfy home for your 65VT50. Congrats! Hope the cat(s) are enjoying it too!
post #8913 of 13486
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Originally Posted by scirica View Post

Looks like a nice comfy home for your 65VT50. Congrats! Hope the cat(s) are enjoying it too!

Thanks, now I wish I didn't have the old Sony stereo stuff. They were top of the line ES models, a TA-E9000es Pre-amp and TA-N9000es power amp. But they don't support hdmi. So I have to use the TV for HDMI switching and pre-amp inputs have to change. I wish there was a way to use the fiber optical out to send the sound out of tv the same as the source is sending it. It does work, but the sound comes out as 48pcm and not digital dolby, but if I change my blue ray to the correct input on the preamp I get dolby. I think the TV just wasn't made to keep the source the same when it passes it on. Another a better note I did get the pionner elite bdp-62fd player and it is a step up from older sony es 400 disc dvd player.
post #8914 of 13486
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Originally Posted by RandyWalters View Post

What the delivery guy does at time of delivery depends on the particular type of delivery service your retailer provides. Some deliveries are just "curbside" or "threshold" where they simply set the TV down on the sidewalk or just inside your front door. Amazon has "Enhanced" delivery where the driver is supposed to remove the upper portion of the carton, plug the TV's power cord into the wall, and turn the TV on and bring up a settings menu to ensure the TV has a picture. Sometimes the Amazon drivers will even help assemble the stand and lift your TV up onto it's table or TV stand. Some other retailers have "white glove" delivery where they set the TV up and connect your cables, but this is rare.
When the driver arrives, at the very least you should remove the upper carton shell (takes 15 seconds), and use a flashlight to carefully examine every inch of the screen to make sure there are no hidden spider cracks in the outer glass or the plasma panel underneath. I'd also put a white Slideshow image on a USB Flash Drive and bring it up in the Photo Viewer and listen for buzzing (it should be virtually silent from 1-2 feet away). And when you sign your name on the delivery slip, first write "Subject to Inspection for Hidden Damage" before signing your name which will help your case if you later discover the TV was damaged on the trip to your house.

Randy,

Thanks for your practical "how to" advice. I need that as i've never owned a plasma before.

may i ask what a white slideshow is and how to find it/download it/buy it? i obviously have USB flash drives but how would one best put it on the flash drive (i.e. in what file structure?) in order for the 65VT50 or VT60 to bring it up easily and quickly? (considering that the delivery guy is standing there waiting, usually the nyc delivery folks have zero patience)

of course, my concerns and hesitation are the usual for first time buyers of plasmas (coming from LCD's): buzzing, image retention (watch CNN very often), effective heat dissipation when wall-mounted, and other quirky issues pertaining only to plasmas and not LCDs.

like most finer things in life, they are frequently more troublesome than the simpler, lower end things in life!

Thanks in advance, Randy, et al, for helping this plasma newbie on this.
post #8915 of 13486
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Originally Posted by 48548 View Post

Thanks, now I wish I didn't have the old Sony stereo stuff. They were top of the line ES models, a TA-E9000es Pre-amp and TA-N9000es power amp. But they don't support hdmi. So I have to use the TV for HDMI switching and pre-amp inputs have to change. I wish there was a way to use the fiber optical out to send the sound out of tv the same as the source is sending it. It does work, but the sound comes out as 48pcm and not digital dolby, but if I change my blue ray to the correct input on the preamp I get dolby. I think the TV just wasn't made to keep the source the same when it passes it on. Another a better note I did get the pionner elite bdp-62fd player and it is a step up from older sony es 400 disc dvd player.

It's because of DRM restrictions with HDMI, not the TV. HDMI sources will get downmixed to 2.0 when outputting from the TV over optical. Every TV on the market does this.
post #8916 of 13486
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Originally Posted by Mac13 View Post

You managed to plug the power cord in after it was mounted? I don't see how you could reach behind and do that with it that close to the wall. I have the Sanus LL11. I'm not really sure what the differences are but looking at the literature I guess mine can go up to .55" from the wall and the VLL10 goes up to 0.67" :P . Haha. Did you use any spacers with yours or did you just directly mount it? I used the smallest spacers on mine and was initially thinking that if you didnt' use any spacers then I could but I guess I might not be able to since I have 0.12" less clearance :/ .

Hey, sorry about the delay in replying, been away!

It tilts up after you hang it, so I was able to squeeze behind it a small bit to get it plugged in. With it down though, yeah, there's not very much room. Maybe a fingers width from TV to wall. I dont believe I used any spacers for it. Very nice mount, if I say so myself.
post #8917 of 13486
Looks good. Thanks! I may try to remove the spacers from mine but I don't think that will leave enough clearance for the power plug unless I make a recess in the wall for that. Do you plan on running the cables in the wall? Have you checked behind your TV to see if it feels really warm since it is that close to the wall? Have you noticed any fan noise?
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Originally Posted by mdenning View Post

Hey, sorry about the delay in replying, been away!
It tilts up after you hang it, so I was able to squeeze behind it a small bit to get it plugged in. With it down though, yeah, there's not very much room. Maybe a fingers width from TV to wall. I dont believe I used any spacers for it. Very nice mount, if I say so myself.
post #8918 of 13486
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Originally Posted by 48548 View Post

Thanks to you guys I passed up the sharp 70/80 inch models and went with the TC-P65VT50 and I will say that I love the picture. Just looks like quality and I love the glass as it is easy to clean as well.

Nice setup. What is that on the wall behind the TV? Is that wall mounted or on one of those mounted stands? Could we get a closer look at the setup? smile.gif
post #8919 of 13486
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Originally Posted by MeelaPo View Post

Does anyone play XBox or PS3 or even PC games on their VT50? How do you like it?

Just got my 65VT50 yesterday and breaking it in with D-Nice's slides. (Yes, I know it's unnecessary but I can't hook it up until we move next week, so I figured, what the hell... I'm waiting anyway...) I know you should keep your RGB settings set to "Standard" instead of "Full" on your VT50 if you're going the "one input" model from an AVR like I am, since cable/sattelite, blu-ray and the new Wii U output limited RGB. With that in mind, keep your PS3 set to "Limited RGB" as well, and not "Deep Color." I'll post my impressions of my games as soon as I'm past the 200 hour mark. Can't wait to play Journey!
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Originally Posted by ragtop13 View Post

New 65VT50 Owner
Nov 12 build
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Originally Posted by 9suffix View Post

Thanks, emcdade. Mine has a September build date. It does seem like the later builds are faring better, at least in this thread.

Where do you find your build date?
post #8920 of 13486
Home Direct called me to schedule delivery I will have my set between 12-4PM tomorrow.
post #8921 of 13486
Can you return the set to Amazon for any reason. I am concerned about reflections.
post #8922 of 13486
I believe you can as long your within the return period
post #8923 of 13486
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Originally Posted by Mac13 View Post

Nice setup. What is that on the wall behind the TV? Is that wall mounted or on one of those mounted stands? Could we get a closer look at the setup? smile.gif

This is a cheap ikea setup. Here is the link, yes it includes a mount and the panels are hollow for cables. I can take better pics when I get home with a real camera and not a cell phone.

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S49908203/
post #8924 of 13486
The zt60 from Panasonic was just Announce! Man I wanna see the difference!
post #8925 of 13486
Hello everyone!! New to this forum. I just bought a VT50 yesterday, and love it already. I'm currently breaking it in on standard mode and watching a lot of hbo. I was wanting to kick it up a notch for the NCAA championship game tonight and put it on thx settings. Would This be bad considering I've only watched a couple of hours on it.
post #8926 of 13486
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Originally Posted by dryersheets View Post

Hello everyone!! New to this forum. I just bought a VT50 yesterday, and love it already. I'm currently breaking it in on standard mode and watching a lot of hbo. I was wanting to kick it up a notch for the NCAA championship game tonight and put it on thx settings. Would This be bad considering I've only watched a couple of hours on it.
Tvs are meant to be watched, So watch what you want and enjoy it! It's a beast of a tv!
The thx are the best presets out of the box by the way.
post #8927 of 13486
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Originally Posted by Styphin View Post

Where do you find your build date?

It's on the serial # sticker on the back of the TV. May be on the sticker on the side of the box as well, but it's definitely on the back of the TV.
post #8928 of 13486
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Originally Posted by Ss10zidane View Post

The zt60 from Panasonic was just Announce! Man I wanna see the difference!

I heard they said it's "above reference quality", so we'll see what that means. My guess would be it finally surpasses the Kuro Elites and Signature Series' and it will have taken 5 years to do so!
post #8929 of 13486
Better late than never!
post #8930 of 13486
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Originally Posted by Mac13 View Post

Looks good. Thanks! I may try to remove the spacers from mine but I don't think that will leave enough clearance for the power plug unless I make a recess in the wall for that. Do you plan on running the cables in the wall? Have you checked behind your TV to see if it feels really warm since it is that close to the wall? Have you noticed any fan noise?

The plan is to run an additional power plate to behind the TV and recess it a bit so there's room for the TV power cable.

I've checked it once in awhile while watching sports or gaming to see how hot it is, and it never really gets what I'd consider too hot. If I get close up to it, I can definitely hear some noise, but it's nothing that I notice if I'm not right up next to the TV.
post #8931 of 13486
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Originally Posted by tcramer View Post

I heard they said it's "above reference quality", so we'll see what that means. My guess would be it finally surpasses the Kuro Elites and Signature Series' and it will have taken 5 years to do so!
Ya something about having a master studio panel
post #8932 of 13486
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Originally Posted by Ss10zidane View Post

The zt60 from Panasonic was just Announce! Man I wanna see the difference!
In about 5-6 months when they are released you will be able to.
post #8933 of 13486
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Originally Posted by DWBoston View Post

It's on the serial # sticker on the back of the TV. May be on the sticker on the side of the box as well, but it's definitely on the back of the TV.

Brilliant! Thank you.
post #8934 of 13486
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Originally Posted by Ss10zidane View Post

The zt60 from Panasonic was just Announce! Man I wanna see the difference!

Hahah figures, 1 day after my VT50 arrives.
post #8935 of 13486
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Originally Posted by Styphin View Post

Hahah figures, 1 day after my VT50 arrives.

Don't beat yourself up too bad. As long as you didn't pay MSRP for your VT50, there's nothing wrong with your purchase. The ZT won't be available for months, and I'm sure it will be at least $1500 more than you should have paid for your VT.
post #8936 of 13486
well it looks like i willbe getting the zt60 when it gets around next jan my wife is going to kill me cause i just got the vt50 and she says its just a tv lol the st60 is avalible for pre order on panny site the 55 for 1600
post #8937 of 13486
i wonder what the prices will be for it i looked on pannys site but they wernt avalible for pre order so i couldnt find a price
post #8938 of 13486
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Originally Posted by Cleveland Plasma View Post

In about 5-6 months when they are released you will be able to.

Chris, may i ask why you might expect it arrive as late as 5-6 months from now when the press release
said available February 2013?

of course, i recall that the 65VT50 only started coming out in May of 2012, so with that as an example, you're correct.
Yet, with the press release, they seem to have changed the expected available date this year 2013.

Thanks in advance.
post #8939 of 13486
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Originally Posted by mvc753 View Post

Don't beat yourself up too bad. As long as you didn't pay MSRP for your VT50, there's nothing wrong with your purchase. The ZT won't be available for months, and I'm sure it will be at least $1500 more than you should have paid for your VT.

You're right, I definitely got a steal on my VT50. I'm not too upset, I'm sure this TV will be awesome for at least 5-6 years, and then I'll be ready to get the 85zz80 or whatever they have then.
post #8940 of 13486
Glad I didn't book a ISF calibration with Michael Chen,just contacted Advance Electronics here in Winnipeg Canada and was the 1st to book a preorder for the new PZT60 Series due out in May 2013,my VT50 has been a "Fantastic"experience,but I'm just one of those people that "MUST" have Panasonic's Flagship models.Am looking forward to the new unit if it exceeds factory recommendations as mentioned at todays announcement.Already have had many offers on my VT50,but off to the bedroom it goes when the new PZT60 arrives.Hurry May and get here……Lmao :-)
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