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post #9571 of 13459
Has anyone calibrated their set with panel brightness on high? Can you post your settings? I used home theatre custom mode calibrated settings with brightness on high but made picture over saturated so I put gamma at 2.2 and temperature at normal and looks really good.
post #9572 of 13459
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Originally Posted by locdog33 View Post

Has anyone calibrated their set with panel brightness on high? Can you post your settings? I used home theatre custom mode calibrated settings with brightness on high but made picture over saturated so I put gamma at 2.2 and temperature at normal and looks really good.

Buzzard767 has but he's a professional calibrator and I seriously doubt he would share his settings.
post #9573 of 13459
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Originally Posted by locdog33 View Post

Has anyone calibrated their set with panel brightness on high? Can you post your settings? I used home theatre custom mode calibrated settings with brightness on high but made picture over saturated so I put gamma at 2.2 and temperature at normal and looks really good.

never tried panel on high, but one thing I can tell you is that normal gamut and gamma 2.2 reduces the color space quite a bit when used with externals LUT's...
post #9574 of 13459
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The PowerBridge is really a Romex in wall extension cord. It's never connected directly to live power. The kit comes with face plates and receptacles that you install in standard outlet boxes. On the TV side the receptacle is female. On the "power" side the receptacle is male. The kit also comes with a three prong heavy duty 36" extension (male/female) cord.

The kits I used were five years ago. The company has expended there product line a lot since then.

http://www.powerbridgesolution.com/
Running electric is very easy to do, I would just run another circuit to the panel. In a worst case scenario, I would just run a outlet of another outlet near the floor. ( Of course I am not advising anyone try this on there own. )
I've done both, but the PowerBridge allowed me to use power from one of our grounded circuits (professionally installed) that is dedicated to my computer and component rack. The power in our living room is circa 1950 and ungrounded. Also I didn't have to drill any studs. wink.gif
post #9575 of 13459
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Originally Posted by locdog33 View Post

Has anyone calibrated their set with panel brightness on high? Can you post your settings? I used home theatre custom mode calibrated settings with brightness on high but made picture over saturated so I put gamma at 2.2 and temperature at normal and looks really good.

I'm wondering the same. Just having dropped some $ on this, and getting in on the Denon AVR-3312CI deal in November, trying to convince the wife to spend another $300-$400 for calibration, $80 MSRP PER PAI of Panny 3D glasses (yes, I know eBay can be around $50 and the $20 Samsungs will work), and some cables I need will be a verry hard sell.

I did find this: "http://reviews.*******************.com/panasonic-plasma-tv/panasonic-vt50-picturesettings.html"

EDIT: Sorry, my post won't allow me to include the direct link to "Plasma TV Buying Guide" website. But they have posted their ISF Calibrated settings wink.gif

Without having to fork over even more money, I'd like to get the best PQ out of this set, and it would be awesome if someone would be willing to share settings. I know they won't be as perfect for our sets as they are for yours since it was calibrated for your specific environment, but I'm sure it may help over using the default settings.
Edited by Dru the Fu - 1/25/13 at 7:55am
post #9576 of 13459
Joined the 65VT50 owners yesterday. Best Buy matched the PaulsTV discount. I spent last night surfing every channel that I get from DirectTv and I could not find a single channel without a logo to watch. Movies have letter boxes and television has logos! What can I safely watch for the fisrt 100 hours to break the TV in?
post #9577 of 13459
This might sound stupid but, Do I have to use Panasonic's active 3d glasses or can I use another brands that are cheaper for the moment?
post #9578 of 13459
You get what u pay for
The panny ones are the best...
post #9579 of 13459
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Originally Posted by billmich View Post

You get what u pay for
The panny ones are the best...

I am getting in patient for pay day.
post #9580 of 13459
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I am getting in patient for pay day.

in patient™
post #9581 of 13459
I just set up my new vt50. I have Direct Tv with the HR 34 receiver and when trying to access the ESPN 3D channel, i get an error message saying that my tv is not a 3D tv. I went into the menu to switch 2D to3D. I'm pretty sure my receiver is 3d capable and awhile back, the Direct Tv representative told me the ESPN 3d channel is included in my package. Any ideas how to make 3D work on my panel?
post #9582 of 13459
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Originally Posted by csimington View Post

Joined the 65VT50 owners yesterday. Best Buy matched the PaulsTV discount. I spent last night surfing every channel that I get from DirectTv and I could not find a single channel without a logo to watch. Movies have letter boxes and television has logos! What can I safely watch for the fisrt 100 hours to break the TV in?

You don't have HBO HD? They mainly have full screen content with no logos. Or you can try Pixar animated blurays but in all honestly I watched everything from day one, movies with letterbox, channels with logos, even gamed on PS3 and its absolutely fine. I just didn't watch 4:3 content, I never do. My set is the GT 50 but it's the same with all pannys. Try Cnet custom settings or Cinema setting and you will be fine,
post #9583 of 13459
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Originally Posted by mwtrx67 View Post

I just set up my new vt50. I have Direct Tv with the HR 34 receiver and when trying to access the ESPN 3D channel, i get an error message saying that my tv is not a 3D tv. I went into the menu to switch 2D to3D. I'm pretty sure my receiver is 3d capable and awhile back, the Direct Tv representative told me the ESPN 3d channel is included in my package. Any ideas how to make 3D work on my panel?

I have ESPN 3D via D*tv and it works great. Through my Anthem MRX-500 there certainly can be some handshake issues, but eventually it engages fine. If it's an option, try running direct to your V50 from the D*tv box. Right now the X Games are live on ESPN 3D an it's amazing to watch!
post #9584 of 13459
I received my VT50 in August, and was watching a lot of the Olympics on my Comcast cable in 3D, one day tape delayed and it looked great
This fall, the noon ET ESPN college football games were LIVE on ESPN 3D and I have to admit, it didn't look quite as good.
However, the same events that would be replayed in the following days did look great.

Just my newbie opinion, but there seemed to be more "issues" with events that were "live" than on the tape delay.

Newbie question, is all 3D in 1080, or is there some at 720?
post #9585 of 13459
I have the same set up--D* Hr 34 receiver to my GT 50 and 3D works fine and so should yours.. Call D* technical support and they should be able to walk you through it.
post #9586 of 13459
Hi, I bought a 55VT50 in mid-November from Amazon (when the price was much higher!) and have been bothered by fan noise ever since. I was hoping the fans would quiet down or that I would get used to the noise over time but neither of those things has happened.

I had a Panny-authorized tech over the house yesterday to replace the fans under warranty and he listened to the noise (which I can hear from 15 feet away when the volume is muted) and then said it was normal and that the replacement fans would make no difference. His view is that the fans are a feature not a detriment because they kept the panel cooler, thereby extending the set's longevity. He also commented that my switching power supply is silent and that he worked on another VT50 that day with comparable fan noise to mine but with a much noisier power supply. In short, he thought I had a quality VT50 sample and that I should not mess with it.

Here is my problem: I have until January 31st to arrange a return or exchange with Amazon. I love the PQ on this set and my only issue is the fan noise.

If I return my VT50 and buy another VT50 -- at a nice discount to what I paid in November -- what are the chances I would get a quieter pair of fans? Also, is there a known issue with noisy power supplies?

Alternatively, if I return the VT50 and get, say, a GT50 or ST50 (which are fan-less), will I notice a big drop in PQ?

Frankly, given the price drop on the 55VT50 since I bought it combined with my aversion to fan noise, I am leaning toward returning the set, going back temporarily to my trusty (and silent!) Samsung 46A560 LCD, and waiting for the 2013 Tvs to hit the market.

Any insights or suggestions would be most appreciated. Thanks!

UPDATE: I am returning this Tv to Amazon. See Post #9735 on Page 325 of this thread. Thanks to all that responded to the above post.
Edited by GreenMtnGringo - 1/29/13 at 7:34am
post #9587 of 13459
Finally got my 65VT50 mounted on the wall and operational yesterday. It was delivered back on December 31, but construction of the cabinetry required for the wall mount bracket took more time than expected, but yesterday's 6 hour final session got the job done.

So add my name to the list of STUNNED new owners who really didn't imagine a picture could look this good, even though we'd read all about it.



And that's my previous HDTV next to it (like Mutt and Jeff), a Sony 34XBR960... what I like to think of as "state of the art" reference CRT/HDTV from 2004.

I must say, the 65VT50 is just an absolute wonder, right out of the box. I've done nothing so far except go to CUSTOM, which from the factory gives me a stunning image with what looks like just about perfect color, brightness and contrast. Didn't even push PRO or make even one adjustment.

I'm running all sources through my Oppo BDP-103, including HDTV and of course BluRay discs. 720p and 1080i is upconverted to 1080p 4:4:4 24bit color by the Oppo, and it looks absolutely remarkable on the VT50 (both resolutions upconverted to 1080p). Also watched some of "Toy Story 3" (2D) which is delivered as 1080p/24, and it's just unbelievable.

I AM IN HEAVEN! Can't imagine it could get much better in a few weeks when the calibration gets done (for BOTH sets), but I suppose it really should. I'm prepared to be amazed.
post #9588 of 13459
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Originally Posted by GreenMtnGringo View Post

Hi, I bought a 55VT50 in mid-November from Amazon (when the price was much higher!) and have been bothered by fan noise ever since. I was hoping the fans would quiet down or that I would get used to the noise over time but neither of those things has happened.


Any insights or suggestions would be most appreciated. Thanks!

I got a 55" vt50 and it was made in October and its silent to me, even up close one foot away after being on an hour or more, id say theres something wrong with those fans. Ordered mine from Amazon as well.
post #9589 of 13459
DSperber
Run it as much as you can before you get it calibrated in a few weeks. Within reason, of course. Just to break it in and make sure there's nothing wrong with it.
post #9590 of 13459
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Originally Posted by GreenMtnGringo View Post

Hi, I bought a 55VT50 in mid-November from Amazon (when the price was much higher!) and have been bothered by fan noise ever since. I was hoping the fans would quiet down or that I would get used to the noise over time but neither of those things has happened.

I had a Panny-authorized tech over the house yesterday to replace the fans under warranty and he listened to the noise (which I can hear from 15 feet away when the volume is muted) and then said it was normal and that the replacement fans would make no difference. His view is that the fans are a feature not a detriment because they kept the panel cooler, thereby extending the set's longevity. He also commented that my switching power supply is silent and that he worked on another VT50 that day with comparable fan noise to mine but with a much noisier power supply. In short, he thought I had a quality VT50 sample and that I should not mess with it.

Here is my problem: I have until January 31st to arrange a return or exchange with Amazon. I love the PQ on this set and my only issue is the fan noise.

If I return my VT50 and buy another VT50 -- at a nice discount to what I paid in November -- what are the chances I would get a quieter pair of fans? Also, is there a known issue with noisy power supplies?

Alternatively, if I return the VT50 and get, say, a GT50 or ST50 (which are fan-less), will I notice a big drop in PQ?

Frankly, given the price drop on the 55VT50 since I bought it combined with my aversion to fan noise, I am leaning toward returning the set, going back temporarily to my trusty (and silent!) Samsung 46A560 LCD, and waiting for the 2013 Tvs to hit the market.

Any insights or suggestions would be most appreciated. Thanks!

Definitely send it back and get another VT for cheaper, and hopefully get one that works. You shouldnt hear the fan my VT is only 8 feet away and I can not hear the fans.
post #9591 of 13459
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Originally Posted by GreenMtnGringo View Post

Hi, I bought a 55VT50 in mid-November from Amazon (when the price was much higher!) and have been bothered by fan noise ever since. I was hoping the fans would quiet down or that I would get used to the noise over time but neither of those things has happened.

I had a Panny-authorized tech over the house yesterday to replace the fans under warranty and he listened to the noise (which I can hear from 15 feet away when the volume is muted) and then said it was normal and that the replacement fans would make no difference. His view is that the fans are a feature not a detriment because they kept the panel cooler, thereby extending the set's longevity. He also commented that my switching power supply is silent and that he worked on another VT50 that day with comparable fan noise to mine but with a much noisier power supply. In short, he thought I had a quality VT50 sample and that I should not mess with it.

Here is my problem: I have until January 31st to arrange a return or exchange with Amazon. I love the PQ on this set and my only issue is the fan noise.

If I return my VT50 and buy another VT50 -- at a nice discount to what I paid in November -- what are the chances I would get a quieter pair of fans? Also, is there a known issue with noisy power supplies?

Alternatively, if I return the VT50 and get, say, a GT50 or ST50 (which are fan-less), will I notice a big drop in PQ?

Frankly, given the price drop on the 55VT50 since I bought it combined with my aversion to fan noise, I am leaning toward returning the set, going back temporarily to my trusty (and silent!) Samsung 46A560 LCD, and waiting for the 2013 Tvs to hit the market.

Any insights or suggestions would be most appreciated. Thanks!


Purchased my 55vt50 from amazon also and Dan noise isn't an issues. I'm about 15ft from my VT in my bedroom
post #9592 of 13459
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Originally Posted by Latinoheat View Post

You don't have HBO HD? They mainly have full screen content with no logos. Or you can try Pixar animated blurays but in all honestly I watched everything from day one, movies with letterbox, channels with logos, even gamed on PS3 and its absolutely fine. I just didn't watch 4:3 content, I never do. My set is the GT 50 but it's the same with all pannys. Try Cnet custom settings or Cinema setting and you will be fine,

Thank you Latino Heat. I'm not much of an HBO fan, but the Pixar films are a great idea!
post #9593 of 13459
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Originally Posted by csimington View Post

Joined the 65VT50 owners yesterday. Best Buy matched the PaulsTV discount. I spent last night surfing every channel that I get from DirectTv and I could not find a single channel without a logo to watch. Movies have letter boxes and television has logos! What can I safely watch for the fisrt 100 hours to break the TV in?

I used HDNET, no logos and had it on zoom because they do run some letterbox movies
post #9594 of 13459
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Originally Posted by Dru the Fu View Post

I'm wondering the same. Just having dropped some $ on this, and getting in on the Denon AVR-3312CI deal in November, trying to convince the wife to spend another $300-$400 for calibration, $80 MSRP PER PAI of Panny 3D glasses (yes, I know eBay can be around $50 and the $20 Samsungs will work), and some cables I need will be a verry hard sell.

I did find this: "http://reviews.*******************.com/panasonic-plasma-tv/panasonic-vt50-picturesettings.html"

EDIT: Sorry, my post won't allow me to include the direct link to "Plasma TV Buying Guide" website. But they have posted their ISF Calibrated settings wink.gif

Without having to fork over even more money, I'd like to get the best PQ out of this set, and it would be awesome if someone would be willing to share settings. I know they won't be as perfect for our sets as they are for yours since it was calibrated for your specific environment, but I'm sure it may help over using the default settings.


More detailed settings from hometheatre's website

http://www.hometheater.com/content/panasonic-tc-p65vt50-3d-plasma-hdtv-settings
post #9595 of 13459
Guys I am on the fence to buy this panel. I know it's great value but I have a question. I have 3 teenagers and this will be our main theater panel with some sports and gaming.My concern is with IR knowing that teens can be forgetful. I need to hear feedback from owners with or without kids if IR ,given my kids, is a real deal breaker. I have no problem buying a LED but this panel is great and I have the perfect dark room for it . Do I have a case here or is there a way around it or are my concerns over blown. Thanks CJK
Edited by cosmo j kramer - 1/25/13 at 5:07pm
post #9596 of 13459
If the Panasonic TC-P65VT50 is the panel your talking about, I'd personally wait for the release of the newer ZT60 model which is the 65" model. Unfortunately, I purchased my VT50 back in September on a quick, foolish purchase thinking that my movie room would be completed by October. Boy was I wrong. It won't be finished until March. If I would have known that, I would have waited for the 2013 model to come out.

According to the 2013 tech show in Jan, the newer ZT60 is the way to go. Unfortunately, it won't be released until April or May. A long wait without a TV can be a killer at times especially with many kids in the family. And also, the price tag will be around $4,100.00. A pretty hefty price.

But in my opinion, the VT50 is still the flagship product from Panasonic and there's really not that much difference between the two sets except for the glass framing and the brightness levels. You can't go wrong with either set. I purchased my set for $2,800.00. For my needs, it's good enough. Though this was my first Plasma purchase ever and if I knew how big the delay of my construction would be, I would have waited for the newer ZT60.

I'm sure you'll be very pleased with your purchase and the new coating they put on this set that doesn't produce that much glare in bright light compared to the older Plasma sets out there. Though the 3D viewing isn't as good as a passive 3D TV. There still trying to perfect 3D. Unfortunately, I don't see it catching on anytime soon.

Good luck with your purchase. wink.gif
post #9597 of 13459
Thanks for your reply. The price of the vt50 is all we wish to spend. I would buy it tomorrow but I have real concerns about IR with so many teens in the house. As said, any feedback concerning IR, likely hood with teens? concerns overblown (why)? Does IR diminish after 100hour break in? or just buy a great LED and sleep well at night. Thanks CJK
post #9598 of 13459
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Originally Posted by cosmo j kramer View Post

Guys I am on the fence to buy this panel. I know it's great value but I have a question. I have 3 teenagers and this will be our main theater panel with some sports and gaming.My concern is with IR knowing that teens can be forgetful. I need to hear feedback from owners with or without kids if IR ,given my kids, is a real deal breaker. I have no problem buying a LED but this panel is great and I have the perfect dark room for it . Do I have a case here or is there a way around it or are my concerns over blown. Thanks CJK

I have no IR issues what so ever. This panel reminds me of pioneer Kuro when it comes wo IR it's pretty much impossible. My panel only has around 60 hours on it. After I'm done watching TV or gaming I run the break in disc and haven't witness any IR yet. Some do have IR but I guess its a hit or miss with the panel.
post #9599 of 13459
Spending extra $1,600 or so on ZT60 compared to VT50 will probably NOT ease your concerns with regards to IR. So, I'd say either get a great LED and not worry about or get VT50 and be careful with it for a while...Doesn't make sense to wait another 3-4-5 months for ZT60 when you really have no idea if it will be better or worse with IR compared to VT50. There's actually no reason to believe it'll be any better (or any worse). I guess the real question is if the teenagers will be using the TV for gaming/browsing or not...

As for picture quality between ZT60 and VT50, we still have no clue...how much better can it get? $1,600? I dunno.
post #9600 of 13459
How would the 55" work as a PC monitor?

EDIT: Parents have a 25" CRT with no composite video or audio inputs, time to upgrade! I am thinking the 55" VT50 is the best picture quality available right now within the realm of sane prices. But they are also looking at a new computer and screen (again, using a 17" CRT) which they may not use a whole lot since mom has an iPad. But I was thinking of just hooking up a Mac Mini or something to the new TV, hence the question. Hope the extra background is helpful.
Edited by GrandPixel - 1/25/13 at 5:59pm
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