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post #241 of 1056
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Originally Posted by mcbyron View Post

I just picked up the U54 from a CDN costco and am enjoying the set.
I have hooked it up to my computer as a monitor as this is where I host a very large catalog of movies. It seems that the settings of 1080p resolution with 60hz refresh produces an image that is not to the edge of the screen and there is a noticeable flicker.

Hi... I'm just wondering if this TV can accept different PC resolutions. How do you have the PC hooked up and what kind of video card is driving it? HDMI-HDMI or DVI-HDMI?

Can you try to send the the TV a 640x480, 800x600, 1024x768, 1366x768 resolution and see if the TV will display those.

Another thread recommended disabling overscan 16:9 and the pixel orbiter to get rid of the borders.
post #242 of 1056
I wasn't speaking of the BR playback, sorry if my sentence was written poorly and made it seem that way. I was speaking of as a streaming box for files on my computer. I was saying I'd rather have the PS3 because it has a BDP over the Xbox, but had read the Xbox was a better media server.

Can you or anyone else comment on the 3D 24p Cinema Smoother and 2500 FFD. Movie playback is one of my top decision factors.
post #243 of 1056
Does anyone use the VIZIO VSB200 soundbar with this TV? My dad just got one and is on a very tight budget and wants a little better sound than the TV speakers. I thought this would do a good job for him. Thanks.
post #244 of 1056
I recently purchased this TV at costco and so far so good - especially for the price.

However, ive noticed that in dark scenes sometimes there seems to be a fast shift where it quickly gets lighter or darker. It is pretty shaky and fairly obnoxious.

Any thoughts?
post #245 of 1056
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Originally Posted by millcreek View Post

I recently purchased this TV at costco and so far so good - especially for the price.
However, ive noticed that in dark scenes sometimes there seems to be a fast shift where it quickly gets lighter or darker. It is pretty shaky and fairly obnoxious.
Any thoughts?

I forget what that particular artifact is called, but I guess it still seems to be an issue. I saw no mention of it in this thread and hadn't been here in awhile so thought that maybe it had been taken care. Guess not.
post #246 of 1056
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by millcreek View Post

I recently purchased this TV at costco and so far so good - especially for the price.
However, ive noticed that in dark scenes sometimes there seems to be a fast shift where it quickly gets lighter or darker. It is pretty shaky and fairly obnoxious.
Any thoughts?

If you haven't changed any settings oob, then C.A.T.S., by default is ON, turn it OFF in picture settings menu.
Also, make sure you've taken the set out of STD & moved over to either CUSTOM or MOVIE.
post #247 of 1056
Just got the TV, love it so far, but but having one issue ... digital audio passthrough. I have my TV connected with digital optical out to my old-school 5.1 receiver. It works great for OTA TV, which sends a 5.1 signal to the receiver. But, when I hook up my blu-ray to the TV via HDMI, the digital sound is not being passed through the TV and on to the receiver. It gets downsampled to stereo audio.

Has anyone had luck with this? Can the TV do digital audio passthrough, or am I stuck with stereo audio from DVDs? I called and e-mailed Panasonic about this, but the reps seemed to have no idea what I was talking about. They claimed it should work, but I think they may be wrong.
post #248 of 1056
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Originally Posted by bjk81 View Post

Just got the TV, love it so far, but but having one issue ... digital audio passthrough. I have my TV connected with digital optical out to my old-school 5.1 receiver. It works great for OTA TV, which sends a 5.1 signal to the receiver. But, when I hook up my blu-ray to the TV via HDMI, the digital sound is not being passed through the TV and on to the receiver. It gets downsampled to stereo audio.
Has anyone had luck with this? Can the TV do digital audio passthrough, or am I stuck with stereo audio from DVDs? I called and e-mailed Panasonic about this, but the reps seemed to have no idea what I was talking about. They claimed it should work, but I think they may be wrong.

Unfortunately that is normal downmixing for anything other than OTA, due to HDCP restrictions only way to get 5.1 from dvd is to connect directly from player to avr via optical.
post #249 of 1056
just picked up this set at costco for $599 biggrin.gif . Set it up in the basement for the first time last night and was able to get the internet/blu ray/ota parts working. Going to calibrate it tonight. How did I live with SD for so long?
post #250 of 1056
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Originally Posted by chunon View Post

Unfortunately that is normal downmixing for anything other than OTA, due to HDCP restrictions only way to get 5.1 from dvd is to connect directly from player to avr via optical.

Ahh, well thanks, it looks like I'm out of luck. My cheap blu-ray (got it for free with TV) doesn't have digital audio out -- just one HDMI out, along with analog connectors. And my receiver is too old, no HDMI ports, let alone ARC. Short of buying a fancy splitter + converter or something, it looks like I'm stuck with stereo audio for my DVDs.
post #251 of 1056
Can someone with a U50 confirm the existence of the Motion Smoother option in advanced picture menu? on my ST, I have the choices Off, Weak, Medium, and Strong. This is essentially Panasonic's frame interpolation technology. I know a lot of people don't like this and disables it, but I actually like it and it's a feature that determine whether I go with U50 or UT50.

Thanks
post #252 of 1056
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Originally Posted by kanedo View Post

Can someone with a U50 confirm the existence of the Motion Smoother option in advanced picture menu? on my ST, I have the choices Off, Weak, Medium, and Strong. This is essentially Panasonic's frame interpolation technology. I know a lot of people don't like this and disables it, but I actually like it and it's a feature that determine whether I go with U50 or UT50.
Thanks

Google is your friend. wink.gif

http://shop.panasonic.com/shop/model/TC-P50UT50?t=manuals
post #253 of 1056
Im considering this TV. How does it compare to the LG 50PA5500? I'm not an expert, and would appreciate any advise. The LG seems to have a much higher Contrast Ratio: 3,000,000:1. The HDMI inputs are a non issue to me, I run everything thru AVR then single it out to the TV.

http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&cs=19&sku=A6018997&dgc=CJ&cid=24471&lid=566643&acd=10550055-1225267-m7irsvgwEeGOxk68g8g6dA0_0_yJJ_0_0

Thanks,

Rob
post #254 of 1056
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Originally Posted by robjustice View Post

Im considering this TV. How does it compare to the LG 50PA5500? I'm not an expert, and would appreciate any advise. The LG seems to have a much higher Contrast Ratio: 3,000,000:1. The HDMI inputs are a non issue to me, I run everything thru AVR then single it out to the TV.
http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&cs=19&sku=A6018997&dgc=CJ&cid=24471&lid=566643&acd=10550055-1225267-m7irsvgwEeGOxk68g8g6dA0_0_yJJ_0_0
Thanks,
Rob

The contrast ratio is marketing hype nothing more, virtually meaningless. The black levels on the panny would be superior to the LG without a doubt.
post #255 of 1056
Thank you!
post #256 of 1056
Over at Plasma-tv-buying-guide the editors applied these settings from the Custom mode :

In Pro Settings Menu (2 pt. White Balance)
W/B high R +7
W/B high G 0
W/B high B +16
W/B low R +7
W/B low G 0
W/B low B +5

Quoting from the editors :

Nevertheless, colors can really pop more after calibrating from the 2 point white balance menu. Phosphors in this TV are capable of putting out the same quality picture as the UT50 or the ST30 from a year ago. Ramping up the colors like we have them will decrease the lifespan of the phosphors by a few years.

I`ve scanned this thread but can`t recall anyone applying the above to the U50. If anyone has made these adjustments maybe he/she would share whether or not the picture quality was improved.
Edited by Beermeister - 9/6/12 at 9:55am
post #257 of 1056
I just upgraded to this tv I had a Sammy pn50a450... What are the best settings for a bright room?
post #258 of 1056
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Originally Posted by Tk111 View Post

I just upgraded to this tv I had a Sammy pn50a450... What are the best settings for a bright room?

My room is fairly well lit and here are my settings, may take some getting used to, could still be too dark for you:

Cinema

Contrast: 87
Brightness: 57
Color: 49
Tint: 0
Sharpness: 13
Color: Warm1 (sometimes I think Normal looks "better" in a bright room)
Color mgmt: off
C.A.T.S: off
All NR settings: off
Black Level: light
post #259 of 1056
Thank you I will try it out... What are your settings for ps3, I have been playing a lot of battle field 3. Also should I keep the HDMI settings on auto? Also What are best settings for blue ray and netflix, I just changed the HDMI settings to nonstandered and graphics and it looks amazing with your picture settings...
Edited by Tk111 - 9/9/12 at 10:36am
post #260 of 1056
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Originally Posted by Tk111 View Post

Thank you I will try it out... What are your settings for ps3, I have been playing a lot of battle field 3. Also should I keep the HDMI settings on auto? Also What are best settings for blue ray and netflix, I just changed the HDMI settings to nonstandered and graphics and it looks amazing with your picture settings...
I can't speak on PS3 settings, I'm the only guy I know who doesn't game. I keeps the same settings for bluray however. I've kept HDMI to auto. Haven't tried it non-standard.
post #261 of 1056
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Originally Posted by whipit View Post

These tv's have 1 composite input that's shared with the component input so you can't have both at the same time but both are available. If you want more than one composite input you'd have to get a splitter or use an AVR. For HD you can get a component to hdmi adaptor to use more tv inputs.
http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=104&cp_id=10419&cs_id=1041901&p_id=2398&seq=1&format=1#largeimage

Yes, I had to use another TV to set my menus. Now having the TV all hooked up, I like the picture quality and size.

I am getting this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/400309329713?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649 from eBay, with an inexpensive HDMI cable. I had a few problems getting it set up, mostly with sound fields. I use the HDMI 2 plug for video with my Oppo 93, on video HDMI 1, for sound, coax to receiver and outboard amplifiers. My analogue inputs are hooked to an SACD player, wish it had two sets, oh well.

I have another DVD on the receiver, set on the satellite TV;it plays on the component receiver out; It plays Dolby and DTS, same with the DVD with HDMI with my Oppo, but the picture when using the Oppo is full 1080P, when available. I do think all the higher forms of Dolby and DTS play at what the receiver is set to do, mine has THX, or Dolby with sound adjustments, such as compression, and the same for DTS, yet the Video will be the same as any Blu-ray direct to this TV.

When I get the converter box, I plan to use the composite conversion, ti HDMI, in HHDMI 1, which is where the Oppo started, but for some reason, a thin black line was displayed when I changed some plugs, I think the TV was still plugged in, but the little monitor TV also had the black line, so I do not think it is the Panasonic and doubt I ruined the HDMI input as it was there on the composite hooked little TV also? Sometimes strange thing happen, and when all is reset, it goes away. Now the TV has no problems with any lines.

The picture quality is very good in Cinema, and on some programs, on custom, which I have set brighter and the looks good in off the air black-and-white older programs. The standard setting is not good at all and I do not see why they have it? I usually watch in Cinema mode; I have it set close to the recommendations I found here.

I am happy I bought this TV, more video gadgets are not necessary. If I were to buy another HDTV, I would look for a used approximately 46" LCD with the older hookups, like two composite, component, s video and HDMI, as so much of my video is older VHS and only one has S video. My best DVD player is a McCormack, mainly for music and does not have blu-ray. If I purchased a new blu-ray, I would get a highly recommended one that was less expensive then my Oppo, which, I feel would do everything I need, and ran in analogue, would have to be in another system. I have 4 older TVs, hard to justify buying more!

I am very satisfied with the Panasonic plasma, great picture to match super theater sound! Thanks for all the setting information, few older persons are willing to lean new technology! Thanks guys for the help.wink.gif
post #262 of 1056
My settings: Cinema: Most DVDs and broadcast TV: Custom usually black and white pictures. My room is usually more dark.

Cinema Mode

Contrast 90
Brightness 47
Color 50
Tint 0
Sharpness 10
Temp Warm 1
Color Mgmt: Off
CATS: Off
Video NR: Off
Block NR: Off
Aspect 2
Screen Format: Full
HD Size:2
Video NR: Weak
Block NR: Off
Mosquito NR: Off
Black Level: Light
3:2 Pulldown: Auto

Custom:

Contrast - 100
Brightness - 60
Color - 50
Tint - 0
Sharpness - 25
Color Temp - off
Temp: Normal
Color Mgmt: Off
CATS: Off
Video NR: Off
Block NR: Off
Aspect 2
Screen Format: Full
HD Size:2
Video NR: Weak
Block NR: Off
Mosquito NR: Off
Black Level: Dark
3:2 Pulldown: On

What do you think? Any suggestions? I have not set Vivid yet and wonder if I need it, never playing games?
post #263 of 1056
Picked up a u50 over the weekend and might need a little hand holding... After reading all of the horror stories on the forums about IR and Burn in.
I am not a gamer usually watch HD TV and want to get into BlueRay.
Love the picture with the settings posted by leftygutiar1963 (I'm using Cnet's settings for the UT50, but backing off the contrast from 100>75,until it's broken in.....no slides though, just normal 100 hours of regular 16x9 content)
I am not one to do anything for 100-200 hours slides or static and don't want to fuss or worry about what i have or haven't done correctly.
Have I made a mistake? My old set was a 40" Sony Bravia LCD.
What are your thoughts?
post #264 of 1056
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Originally Posted by mhauer View Post

Picked up a u50 over the weekend and might need a little hand holding... After reading all of the horror stories on the forums about IR and Burn in.
I am not a gamer usually watch HD TV and want to get into BlueRay.
Love the picture with the settings posted by leftygutiar1963 (I'm using Cnet's settings for the UT50, but backing off the contrast from 100>75,until it's broken in.....no slides though, just normal 100 hours of regular 16x9 content)
I am not one to do anything for 100-200 hours slides or static and don't want to fuss or worry about what i have or haven't done correctly.
Have I made a mistake? My old set was a 40" Sony Bravia LCD.
What are your thoughts?


IMO it's a great set.My girlfriend is crazy about it and she hates new technology.I am a big plasma fan and my preference are those made by Panasonic.You did not make a mistake, in fact, you made a wise decision. This set is a real find and at the prices of 599 to 699 it is competitive with much higher priced plasma tv's.
post #265 of 1056
I game every day and I have no burn in or IR, My Samsung pn50a450 with game mode mode would show IR with in 5 minutes of playing... Right now I'm playing Battle Field 3 that has lots of stationary logos and still no IR or Burn IN I play for about 3 hours every time... Great TV
post #266 of 1056
How is the input lag for this TV? I play a lot of fighting games and was wondering if there is any crazy input lag?
post #267 of 1056
I have not experienced any lag on battle field 3, I will play skyrim today and let you know, I did get crazy lag playing Skyrim on my Sammy...
post #268 of 1056
Cool Tk111. You're feed back will be very useful. Thinking about buying this tv within matter of days if there is very minimal input lag.
post #269 of 1056
I'm down to last years S30(sketchy on buying a refurbished set, thanks for the advnice Randy! and used sets online only ship to the US...) So i may have to cave and instead go for the
U50...I don't feel comfortable going with the samsung E550, knowing that i'm going to get a dimmer picture for gaming and weaker blacks in general in comparison to the U50. Besides,
they're both most likely the same in terms of input lag locking in at about 2 frames(which sucks. XP) but i'm going to have to force myself to adjust. Since there doesn't seem to be
one NA plasma on the market that can do 1 frame/16ms, unless we're talking the S30 or ST30...If that's even true.

I would go for the UT50, but i can wait a bit longer for 3D. Knowing me, i'd probably snag a 60" 2013 Panasonic 3D U70 next year, but a 50" none 3D
TV for only $799(by the time i get it in the next month or so it's bound to go on sale) is more ideal. cool.gif


I would love to hear from gamers on this site that have gamed on last years S30/ST30 and this years U50 & U50. Need to know if there is in fact
a difference in terms of lag. PLUS, if the U50 'like' the UT50 has a soft picture for 720p or 480p content. eek!
post #270 of 1056
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Originally Posted by Beermeister View Post

Over at Plasma-tv-buying-guide the editors applied these settings from the Custom mode :
In Pro Settings Menu (2 pt. White Balance)
W/B high R +7
W/B high G 0
W/B high B +16
W/B low R +7
W/B low G 0
W/B low B +5
Quoting from the editors :
Nevertheless, colors can really pop more after calibrating from the 2 point white balance menu. Phosphors in this TV are capable of putting out the same quality picture as the UT50 or the ST30 from a year ago. Ramping up the colors like we have them will decrease the lifespan of the phosphors by a few years.
I`ve scanned this thread but can`t recall anyone applying the above to the U50. If anyone has made these adjustments maybe he/she would share whether or not the picture quality was improved.
The funny thing is that this tv does not have a "pro settings" menu, i think it starts with the st50, so idk how they managed to put that. I have sent messages for them to fix this problem but as of today it has not mattered.
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