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Help choosing between 2 Panasonic Plasmas

Poll Results: Which Plasma Should I Buy

 
  • 66% (4)
    60" Panasonic TC-P60U50
  • 33% (2)
    55" Panasonic TC-P55UT50
6 Total Votes  
post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
I'm moving up from a 50" Samsung 720P Plasma and I need some help in choosing between 2 Panasonic Plasmas.


My options are:

A) 60" Panasonic TC-P60U50 for $699

Or

B) 55" Panasonic TC-P55UT50 for $699


I'll be sitting approximately 10 - 12 feet away.
I will be using a custom built Home Theater PC for most of my viewing with a Bluray Drive and XBMC
The room will have the ability to control the lighting so that is not a concern.
Picture Quality and ability to make adjustments is more important than size.

I've purchased both for store pickup but I would LOVE to get some input (pro's/con's) from the experts before I load one of these up in the truck tonight.



Thanks
post #2 of 12
Go for the 60'' delta between two is minimal and 5 inches is huge.
post #3 of 12
The difference between the models is 3D with the UT. Only you can decide whether you want a 3D display. If not, bigger is better.
post #4 of 12
the difference is 3D and the 5 inches and RGB color turning option. Personally i had the same thought between the two models. It came down to me thinking to myself, well how often am I really gunna watch a 3D movie, my answer was very very rarely, i decided in my best interest 5 inches more was better to have!!!
post #5 of 12
Doesn't the UT50 have better processing of 24p content than the U50?
post #6 of 12
Get the P60. I got mine last Friday. It replaced a 50" and the difference is staggering. The black levels, even while breaking in, are outstanding. Very pleased.
post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 
Ok, I picked up the 60" Panasonic TC-P60U50

Just some quick observations.

I noticed that with OTA, the colors pop and the blacks are really nice.
With my HTPC using Netflix, the colors seem darker. Everything seems darkened with reds being pushed alot.
I'm going to break in the TV for the next few days and calibrate it using the AVS HD 709 MP4 files when I get a chance.
I like the deep blacks but not if I can't see the detail. Reds seem to be over saturated so I need to calibrate the settings when connected to my HTPC.

My setup is:

HTPC > Onkyo TX-SR608 (Pass through) > Panasonic TC-P60U50

Since I mainly watch Netflix and XBMC I'm hoping I can calibrate to "brighten" up the picture and tone down the reds.

We'll see how it goes. Have 14 days to try it out.

Right now these are my settings:

Picture Menu
Picture Mode: Custom
Contrast: +100
Brightness: +56
Color: +45
Tint: +1
Sharpness: 0
Color Temp: Warm 2
Color Management: Off
CATS: Off
Video NR: Off

Aspect Adjustments
Screen Format: Full
HD Size: 2
H Size: greyed out
Zoom: greyed out

HDMI Settings: Default

Advanced Picture
3D Y/C filter: greyed out
Color Matrix: greyed out
Block NR: greyed out
Mosquito NR: off
Motion Smoother: off
Black Level: Light
3:2 Pulldown: On
24P Direct In: 60hz
post #8 of 12
You're gonna burn your panel with contrast maxed, and your retinas.... First hundred hours you have to break in the plasma. Contrast should be about half that to start. Good luck and good choice!
post #9 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by ctg183 View Post

You're gonna burn your panel with contrast maxed, and your retinas.... First hundred hours you have to break in the plasma. Contrast should be about half that to start. Good luck and good choice!

CNET's settings for my UT50 also use Contrast = 100. I've heard some say it's ok to break it in with high contrast, that breaks it in faster. I think I'll lower it just to be safe.
post #10 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by soobaerodude View Post

Doesn't the UT50 have better processing of 24p content than the U50?

CNET mentioned that, and also that the U50's daylight viewing is even worse than the UT50 (hard to imagine that's possible, lol).
post #11 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by ctg183 View Post

You're gonna burn your panel with contrast maxed, and your retinas.... First hundred hours you have to break in the plasma. Contrast should be about half that to start. Good luck and good choice!

Quote:
Originally Posted by VarmintCong View Post

CNET's settings for my UT50 also use Contrast = 100. I've heard some say it's ok to break it in with high contrast, that breaks it in faster. I think I'll lower it just to be safe.


For the most accurate picture use the cinema mode. Since contrast is calibrated close to 100 to prevent white level clipping, you shouldn't have any issues.



Ian
post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by ctg183 View Post

You're gonna burn your panel with contrast maxed, and your retinas.... First hundred hours you have to break in the plasma. Contrast should be about half that to start. Good luck and good choice!

Quote:
Originally Posted by VarmintCong View Post

CNET's settings for my UT50 also use Contrast = 100. I've heard some say it's ok to break it in with high contrast, that breaks it in faster. I think I'll lower it just to be safe.

Pretty much. I'm using CNET's recommended settings while burning it in. I'm using Evangelo's Plasma Break In Slides for the first 100 hours. After the burn in process, I'm going to calibrate it over the weekend.

Quote:
Originally Posted by mailiang View Post


For the most accurate picture use the cinema mode. Since contrast is calibrated close to 100 to prevent white level clipping, you shouldn't have any issues.



Ian

I'm going to use the AVS HD 709 Calibration Disc over the weekend via my HTPC.
I'm going to start with "Custom" picture settings with everything set to 0 and work my way up.
I'll begin with Contrast Settings than Brightness and take it from there.

Only thing I'm disappointed about so far is the lack of RGB Settings. frown.gif
My 5 year old Samsung 720P plasma which was midrange at the time had RGB Settings, so I'm somewhat surprised that a much newer Plasma lacks that feature.
Guess we'll see how it goes this weekend.

Thanks for everyone's advice.
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