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post #9061 of 13486
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Originally Posted by Mac13 View Post

Hm. Ya I ran the scrolling bar once and then watched a couple hours of Homeland last night and then ran the slides to check the IR and it looked pretty much the same...Very frustrating..I never had this problem with my 500M and I know others have had this issue with the VT50 so I'm afraid a replacement may not help. Does anyone know if they did anything with the VT60 or ZT60 to help reduce IR? Has IR been a problem on previous year Panasonics?

It will go away. My opinion is that you're overreacting but it's your money and your TV. If you aren't happy with a little IR then switch to LED and get ready for another myriad of issues.
post #9062 of 13486
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Originally Posted by scirica View Post

+1. I've generally been very happy with the quality and service from Monoprice. I've had one bad cable (iPad cable, not HDMI or audio) and they replaced it without question.

As long as you get the 1.4 hdmi cable right? Do you need those angled cables or straight in style?

I have my Network router in same room as the TV. on the back right corner. i will need a 30ft cat5/6 cable to use for the Ps3.

Question, all i need is a switch to run that cable to a switch then i can split off from that to the TV & Recv & Ps3?

Thanks for all the help.
post #9063 of 13486
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Originally Posted by Hogfan View Post

My new 65" VT50 came in yesterday. I have it mounted now on a very low wall mount. Looks great. I did run across a problem with the plug in. The tv is so close to the wall I need to get a plugin adapter that is angled. The picture is good. I am very pleased with it. Initially when you plug it in and turn it on, inform all your bystanders to be patient until you go through the picture modes and find out what works best for you and your family. Mine was tickled with the first picture but was really pleased as I got better with my picture adjustments. I had previously owned a 60" sony kds2020 that had settled into a very nice shade of green after 5 years and we had been watching it this way for a long time so we were ready for something new. I'm a po boy so I have been trying to make a decision on a good tv for a long time. I was going nuts trying to decide at the last between the es8000, 70" sharp, and lastly this tv. I ruled out the Sharp and I had ordered the Samsung but I just was scared after reading about the problems that the tv was having but I thought maybe there are more people getting good ones who just dont say nothing after they get it home and it works good. Maybe only the ones who are a little ticked come back and posting the negative stuff. The next day I was still thinking about a few replies on the 8000 thread... I decided to back out and order this one. Most of this thread has been dealing with how to make a good picture better.. Bottom line, I do love the tv. Its in our den that doesn't have a lot of light coming in. My wife is almost admitting that I made the right decision (she picked the Sammy)tongue.gif .....I'm taking off work today and tomorrow getting the home theater set up. So if any of you guys who having a hard time like I was the last 3 months... I can say out of the box, this tv is really good with tons of adjustments to make it better to your satisfaction. It does have the wow factor but I am still reading the thread on setting it up quite often to learn more. Right now I'm trying to break it in properly without the logo's in the lower corner which is hard to do..

Which mount do you have? I have a Sanus LL11 which is the slimmest mount I have seen (0.55") but I used the smallest spacers because I figured the power cord would hit the wall since it is sticking out. I may try it without the spacers but I may have to get an angled adapter like you mentioned. What plugin adapter are you talking about? I didn't know if we could use a different plug or adapter for the TV especially since the connector on the plug kind of snaps in.
post #9064 of 13486
My mount is the VLL10 . It says .67" . I could use the spacers but wanted it as close to the wall as possible so I'm headed to the hardware store to look for a 90 degree plug in. I can just wire the new plug.
post #9065 of 13486
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Originally Posted by emcdade View Post

It will go away. My opinion is that you're overreacting but it's your money and your TV. If you aren't happy with a little IR then switch to LED and get ready for another myriad of issues.
I agree, if the only time you can see it, is running slides, then it's really a non issue.
post #9066 of 13486
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Originally Posted by Hi Deaf View Post

I agree, if the only time you can see it, is running slides, then it's really a non issue.

No I can definitely see it on regular content but mainly when the screen is white or gray. I just used the slides to make it easier to check.
post #9067 of 13486
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Originally Posted by Shagz View Post

As long as you get the 1.4 hdmi cable right? Do you need those angled cables or straight in style?

I have my Network router in same room as the TV. on the back right corner. i will need a 30ft cat5/6 cable to use for the Ps3.

Question, all i need is a switch to run that cable to a switch then i can split off from that to the TV & Recv & Ps3?

Thanks for all the help.

Just make sure the HDMI cable is high speed. Something like this will work. They have a bunch of different lengths so if in doubt grab an extra that's longer to make sure you can reach.

I would go with a cat 5e or 6 network cable to support gigabit.

Technically you could connect the VT50 and PS3 wirelessly to your router and just run the cable to your receiver. Personally I try to keep things wired whenever possible though for a more reliable connection. Remember if you get a switch you'll need 3 additional shorter network cables to connect all the devices to it.
post #9068 of 13486
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Originally Posted by Hogfan View Post

My mount is the VLL10 . It says .67" . I could use the spacers but wanted it as close to the wall as possible so I'm headed to the hardware store to look for a 90 degree plug in. I can just wire the new plug.

Ya if your power cord is hitting then mine definitely would. I wish they had made the power cord plug in vertically like my 500M. Let me know what you come up with for the angled adapter. If I end up running my cables through the wall then I thought about just trying to place the box opening behind where the plug is so that it would sit in the recess in the wall. With only the power cord and one slim HDMI running down from the TV and my center channel mostly blocking that, I thought about forgetting putting in a new power outlet etc behind the TV to run the wires through the wall. If I do that then I would be concerned about surge protection since I couldn't plug the power cord into a power strip. I know they make in wall surge suppressors but the Joule ratings on those are really low.

EDIT: When you said the plug was hitting the wall did you mean the wall plug or the plug going into the TV? I was thinking you meant the plug going into the TV but I didn't think about you maybe already having a wall outlet behind the TV.
Edited by Mac13 - 1/10/13 at 9:51am
post #9069 of 13486
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Originally Posted by Hogfan View Post

My new 65" VT50 came in yesterday. I have it mounted now on a very low wall mount. Looks great. I did run across a problem with the plug in. The tv is so close to the wall I need to get a plugin adapter that is angled. The picture is good. I am very pleased with it. Initially when you plug it in and turn it on, inform all your bystanders to be patient until you go through the picture modes and find out what works best for you and your family. Mine was tickled with the first picture but was really pleased as I got better with my picture adjustments. I had previously owned a 60" sony kds2020 that had settled into a very nice shade of green after 5 years and we had been watching it this way for a long time so we were ready for something new. I'm a po boy so I have been trying to make a decision on a good tv for a long time. I was going nuts trying to decide at the last between the es8000, 70" sharp, and lastly this tv. I ruled out the Sharp and I had ordered the Samsung but I just was scared after reading about the problems that the tv was having but I thought maybe there are more people getting good ones who just dont say nothing after they get it home and it works good. Maybe only the ones who are a little ticked come back and posting the negative stuff. The next day I was still thinking about a few replies on the 8000 thread... I decided to back out and order this one. Most of this thread has been dealing with how to make a good picture better.. Bottom line, I do love the tv. Its in our den that doesn't have a lot of light coming in. My wife is almost admitting that I made the right decision (she picked the Sammy)tongue.gif .....I'm taking off work today and tomorrow getting the home theater set up. So if any of you guys who having a hard time like I was the last 3 months... I can say out of the box, this tv is really good with tons of adjustments to make it better to your satisfaction. It does have the wow factor but I am still reading the thread on setting it up quite often to learn more. Right now I'm trying to break it in properly without the logo's in the lower corner which is hard to do..

Its good to hear that. Im glad we could help you out in the es8000 thread. Like I said there, my wife chose the es8000 as well and she's finally come around to the new one since the vertical banding was visible to her as well.
post #9070 of 13486
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Originally Posted by floridaman View Post

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Originally Posted by htwaits View Post

All electronic devices have a right to be warm before the public comments on their work. wink.gif
Did you watch the video? So in other words this isn't a problem with the set, correct?
That's right. I meant that you should let your display warm up a little before you worry about what you're seeing. smile.gif
post #9071 of 13486
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Originally Posted by tcramer View Post

Just make sure the HDMI cable is high speed.

I have a ton of HDMI cables. How do you tell if they are high speed?
post #9072 of 13486
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Originally Posted by Shagz View Post

What HDMI cables are you all running? I have an old sony Ps3 cable been using on an old 32in. I need to order cables for my nephew, might as well get some new for myself.

Thanks all.
A lot of people, including me, use this group of cables for runs of 6-15'.

http://www.monoprice.com/products/subdepartment.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10240#1024008

Be sure to install them so that there is as little strain on the connection as possible.
post #9073 of 13486
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Originally Posted by scirica View Post

+1. I've generally been very happy with the quality and service from Monoprice. I've had one bad cable (iPad cable, not HDMI or audio) and they replaced it without question.

As long as you get the 1.4 hdmi cable right?
HDMI cables are not sold by version number. What you need are cables designated as high speed cables.
post #9074 of 13486
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Originally Posted by Jagged68 View Post

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Originally Posted by tcramer View Post

Just make sure the HDMI cable is high speed.

I have a ton of HDMI cables. How do you tell if they are high speed?
Since it's a band width issue, if the cables you have work, then they are fine. If you start getting "sparkles", "blocking" or hand shake problems then try a new HDMI cable that's designated as "high speed". Our high speed cables have version 1.3 printed on the sleeve, but they all handle signals without any glitches.
post #9075 of 13486
In my Bluray player, what setting should I have my color space conversion? Auto?, 4:2:2?, 4:4:4?, or rgb?
post #9076 of 13486
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Originally Posted by Ss10zidane View Post

In my Bluray player, what setting should I have my color space conversion? Auto?, 4:2:2?, 4:4:4?, or rgb?

auto generally works well, but if you use the player exclusively for bluray discs and want to be extra sure you're in the right mode you'd want it at 4:4:4 and also want to set the 1080p pure direct option to enabled in the tv menu.


for more information on the mode I referenced, see here http://www.hdtvtest.co.uk/news/panasonic-tx-p50vt50b-p50vt50-201204101757.htm?page=Performance

as always the performance differences will be minimal/subtle, but hey, that's the type of stuff we are all here to read about :Danyway
post #9077 of 13486
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Originally Posted by mo949 View Post

Hi seabreeze, are you using the same type of device to stream netflix to both? Also, usually you can hit pause during the transmission to see the speed (Mbps) that's currently being streamed - I would check that you are seeing similar numbers on both.

Thank-you for your response .... I have Fios TV, and with the Panasonic I just use the Netflix Button on the Remote. (BTW I really dislike the Netflix Menu on this TV)
On The Pioneer I have an apple tv, and I Think I will have to buy another one and connect it to the Panasonic foregoing it's Netflix Menu as there is no comparison
between the apple Menu and the one that comes with the VT50 ..

I will try try hitting the pause and seeing what the numbers come back as... and will report back here....

Again thank-you @mo949
post #9078 of 13486
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Originally Posted by floridaman View Post

My Netflix does the same thing occasionally. It isn't a problem with the tv. Your post stated Netflix is set to the lowest quality. It should be set to the highest quality especially with FIOS.

@floridaman, thanks for your response... I will reset Netflix to the highest quality on my account as you suggest...
Especially as I pay for the 2nd fastest speed that Fios offer...

Download Speed is 35.44 MBPS
Upload Speed is 32.89 MBPS

I used Speedtest to do the test on my computer... I did tell Netflix this and according to them it had very little to do with the speeds
it was more to do with the wifi signal... Which again is fine so I have no idea what Netflix is talking about....

I will change the quality on my account as @mo949 suggested and see if that makes a difference.....

Will report back thankyou for your help
post #9079 of 13486
I read somewhere in this thread that the ads that come on when you first switch on the TV can be disabled?
Can anyone tell me where and how? Thank-you for your help...
post #9080 of 13486
Hello all

Am new to this forum but am hoping the forum will be able to help me out a bit. I bought a p65vt50 uk spec.. The tv is superb but what worries me is if it is a brand new piece or a nicely cleaned up ex display unit. Everything was in covers but didn't look as if it was factory packed. Can anyone pls tell me the indicators on how to check for a brand new factory packaged tv. I paid a lot of money for a gadget first time in my life so am extremely nervous. Pls help..
post #9081 of 13486
I tried to check on old postings on how to check usage hours but it didn't work. The steps described though were not for this model but was hoping panasonic would keep them same for all models. Can anyone please help with this as well.
post #9082 of 13486
Can anyone tell me how to get audio out from my vt50 viara Netflix, to my reciever? I have my hdmi connected to hdmi1.
post #9083 of 13486
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Originally Posted by seabreeze82 View Post

Thank-you for your response .... I have Fios TV, and with the Panasonic I just use the Netflix Button on the Remote. (BTW I really dislike the Netflix Menu on this TV)
On The Pioneer I have an apple tv, and I Think I will have to buy another one and connect it to the Panasonic foregoing it's Netflix Menu as there is no comparison
between the apple Menu and the one that comes with the VT50 ..

I will try try hitting the pause and seeing what the numbers come back as... and will report back here....

Again thank-you @mo949

I hope it all works out for you. And about the netflix app via the tv, it really is subpar to having a good device such as a bluray/roku/apple tv doing it - not sure why this is, but seems to be the common experience is subpar through the tv.

Goodluck!
post #9084 of 13486
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Originally Posted by mo949 View Post

auto generally works well, but if you use the player exclusively for bluray discs and want to be extra sure you're in the right mode you'd want it at 4:4:4 and also want to set the 1080p pure direct option to enabled in the tv menu.


for more information on the mode I referenced, see here http://www.hdtvtest.co.uk/news/panasonic-tx-p50vt50b-p50vt50-201204101757.htm?page=Performance

as always the performance differences will be minimal/subtle, but hey, that's the type of stuff we are all here to read about :Danyway

Thanks
post #9085 of 13486
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Originally Posted by seabreeze82 View Post

I read somewhere in this thread that the ads that come on when you first switch on the TV can be disabled?
Can anyone tell me where and how? Thank-you for your help...

Go to Menu- Setup- Advance setup and there you'll see Viera Connect Banner, turn that option off.
Edited by 7thSeal - 1/10/13 at 3:17pm
post #9086 of 13486
Hdmi 2 is the one with the ARC. Need to turn that on your receiver as well.
post #9087 of 13486
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Originally Posted by 7thSeal View Post

Go to Menu- Setup- Advance setup and there you'll see Viera Connect Banner, turn that option off.

Why do they have ads on a tv? Who is going to leave that on? Demo in a store I guess.
post #9088 of 13486
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Originally Posted by Mac13 View Post

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Originally Posted by scirica View Post

I watched a college bowl game this weekend on ESPN and afterwards I ran some slides to check for IR. Of course after an entire game I did see the ESPN logo in the bottom right corner and some evidence of the scrolling text/score section across the bottom of the screen. I ran the IR sliding blocks from the VT50 menu twice, and then ran slides that night. In the morning there was barely a trace of the IR and when I checked again yesterday it was gone. Based on my understanding, my experience is what would be considered acceptable. From your post I can't tell if you are just reporting the initial IR or if it has lessened or disappeared since you noticed.

Hm. Ya I ran the scrolling bar once and then watched a couple hours of Homeland last night and then ran the slides to check the IR and it looked pretty much the same...Very frustrating..I never had this problem with my 500M and I know others have had this issue with the VT50 so I'm afraid a replacement may not help. Does anyone know if they did anything with the VT60 or ZT60 to help reduce IR? Has IR been a problem on previous year Panasonics?

Mac13:

I have been able to successfully clear any IR with the "pixel flipper" function on the Disney WOW Calibration disk. ( I posted these results in this forum a few pages back). For me the pixel flipper did a better job of cleaning up IR 100% compared to several attempts of the same with the Panasonic IR Sliding Bar.

http://www.amazon.com/Wow-Blu-ray-Artist-Not-Provided/dp/B00462PTDQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1357867969&sr=8-1&keywords=disney+wow+blu+ray
post #9089 of 13486
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Originally Posted by Mac13 View Post

Ya if your power cord is hitting then mine definitely would. I wish they had made the power cord plug in vertically like my 500M. Let me know what you come up with for the angled adapter. If I end up running my cables through the wall then I thought about just trying to place the box opening behind where the plug is so that it would sit in the recess in the wall. With only the power cord and one slim HDMI running down from the TV and my center channel mostly blocking that, I thought about forgetting putting in a new power outlet etc behind the TV to run the wires through the wall. If I do that then I would be concerned about surge protection since I couldn't plug the power cord into a power strip. I know they make in wall surge suppressors but the Joule ratings on those are really low.

EDIT: When you said the plug was hitting the wall did you mean the wall plug or the plug going into the TV? I was thinking you meant the plug going into the TV but I didn't think about you maybe already having a wall outlet behind the TV.

The straight plug from the tv was sticking into the back of the tv. I have the 110 volt wall outlet directly behind the tv so no wires would show. All the wires (speaker, ethernet, HDMI cables are built into the wall. . All is well except no sound when i play Netflix. I will figure that out tomorrow
Edited by Hogfan - 1/10/13 at 5:54pm
post #9090 of 13486
I have to share this story with you fellas. It's a another reason why getting your information from the drones at Worst Buy is a Worst Idea.

Before pulling the trigger on the VT50, I went to Best Buy to take a look at their VT50. They had it tucked away in the corner of the Magnolia section at floor level. Almost like they were hiding it. The picture looked great from across the room but as I approached the TV (and subsequently, looking down upon it because it was sitting at my feet) I noticed the screen getting remarkably darker. I had never seen this effect in a plasma before, or at least not my 2006 Elite, so I asked the Magnolia guy what was up. He said he didn't know, and that it was probably just an effect of the overhead lighting. He went on to say his 55VT50 at home didn't have this issue. What I didn't know at the time was that this was the anti-lighting louve filter at work and is totally normal for the television, but seems like something a sales rep for Panasonic's flagship store should know about.

I'd say my only complaint about the TV is this weird darkening effect when viewing the picture from above, but since I see my TV from that view about 0.1% of the time, it's a non issue.
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