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Originally Posted by MountainMichael View Post


edit: As an Advantage Plus member at Sam's I get an added year of coverage on the warranty. I guess maybe I'd better keep it 'cause I would only get CostCo's extra year of covg if I bought the TV there.
A retailer is going to allow you to buy an extended warranty for a competitor's merchandise?!

I'm skeptical...
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I ordered the S64 from Sams online April 30th at like 8am for $1448, only to see yesterday May 1st it was $50 lower at $1398. I've called 3 times to try to get Sams to give me the price adjusted credit, but they keep giving me the weakest run around, yesterday had I known it wouldn't have instantly been done, I'd have cancelled the s64 and just reordered. Now I can't cancel, and each time I call the CSR gets my number so someone can "call me back". Nobody has called me back, I can't cancel the order, and now the status is "shipped'. WTF! Anybody have an success? The last CSR I called, her name was "Precious" said to call when the TV arrives..... all I could do is say, well why do I have to wait until then? What if I don't get the credit? What if Samsclub.com loses the availability of s64 at that time? Complete head bang, has anybody had any success on such an issue?
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Originally Posted by MillerDuck View Post

Have you actually bought the SQ warranty at Costco for the TV you got at Sam's? When I activated mine it required the TV I bought to be on the same receipt from Costco. In fact, it verified my member number and looked up the sales records directly from Costco. I don't know if you can use the Costco warranty on a non-Costco purchase. Seems like that answer is no.

Don't cancel too quick...

MD

Costco's Squaretrade warranty does NOT have to be on the same receipt, and it can be purchased for a new TV acquired elsewhere as long as you purchase it within 60 days and is from an authorized dealer.

After purchasing the warranty, Squaretrade will actually send you their warranty letter/form in the mail and have you register the serial number of the TV on their web site. Costco's Squaretrade warranties for Electronics is legit.

Here is the link to Costco's page for reference.
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Originally Posted by Eddie Arkadian View Post

My online order cost $49 shipped to NJ plus local sales tax. I'm guessing they will charge u the 8.2% if that's ur state's tax rate...who knows hopefully I'm wrong

3.4% is CO sales tax. The additional 4.8% is the local city tax. Since I live in an unincorporated county, I only pay state tax on things like auto purchase, and stores located in my unincorporated area.

Did they ship from some warehouse in the middle of the country or ship from a local store? They may have low inventory in their main warehouse for online orders, but they have plenty of stock in my local store.

Regarding ABL, even though there isn't a specific switch to turn it off, doesn't turning off the eco saving mode disable it? I thought ABL is a main component of the eco saving feature. I've read in the LG 6500 thread that the first thing they tell owners to do is to turn off the eco/power saving feature and the display is vastly improved (I think it was also ABL related).
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Originally Posted by MillerDuck View Post

Have you actually bought the SQ warranty at Costco for the TV you got at Sam's? When I activated mine it required the TV I bought to be on the same receipt from Costco. In fact, it verified my member number and looked up the sales records directly from Costco. I don't know if you can use the Costco warranty on a non-Costco purchase. Seems like that answer is no.

They may verify if it's from Costco because if it is, your coverage is increased by one year - Costco covers the 2nd year of the warranty themselves before the SquareTrade warranty takes effect.

That said, there is no reason you cannot purchase the 3 year SquareTrade warranty from them. As long as the item was purchased from an authorized retailer, it qualifies.
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Originally Posted by iRONic831 View Post

A retailer is going to allow you to buy an extended warranty for a competitor's merchandise?!

I'm skeptical...
Costco is simply selling you a SquareTrade warranty.
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Originally Posted by AKA View Post

Costco is simply selling you a SquareTrade warranty.
On the Costco site it states $99 for the SquareTrade warranty for TV's over $1000. So does that mean any amount over $1000?
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Originally Posted by crukid View Post

If it says 1080p then the Amazon app is upscaling the content for you (regardless of the video's native resolution). Netflix does the same thing on PS3, and I'd expect it to look excellent!

We do lot of 720p content in my house with the HTPC and PS3 (gaming, videos, etc) so upscaling is one of those things that's important since we don't have a receiver that does it and have to rely on the TV.

I'd be really interested to hear how it handles 720p. (Fancy changing the settings on the PS3 and giving it a whirl?)


I'd be glad to give that a whirl for ya'.
Edited by MountainMichael - 5/21/13 at 9:57pm
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Thanks to all for input.
Edited by MountainMichael - 5/21/13 at 9:58pm
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Originally Posted by AKA View Post

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Originally Posted by iRONic831 View Post

A retailer is going to allow you to buy an extended warranty for a competitor's merchandise?!

I'm skeptical...
Costco is simply selling you a SquareTrade warranty.
Fair 'nuff.
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Originally Posted by fairchild99 View Post

Ok, this will be my last calibration for a while. Going to start to enjoy it now with some movies and TV shows. I have some catching up to do. I went back to calibrating using the AVS HD 709 window patterns with 100% color window patterns. I did a full saturation run so you can see the primaries/secondaries fell in as good as they are going to get for me. Disregard the 0-20 IRE, as spectrometers in general aren't accurate sub 30% gray/30 IRE. As always enjoy, I know I will! tongue.gif



Using these setting now. I just got ot out of the box, plugged it n and set these up.

I didnt do any break in, I dont know how.

Ill report back if needed to see what its like.

If this is the last official setting calibration can you update the OP for any new people coming in? I had to dig through posts to find it and know that for the average person they might get frustrated.

Thanks
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Originally Posted by samijubal View Post

The default resolution on a PS3 is 1080p, it will send that to any TV that will accept it regardless of the TV's native resolution. I don't know what AIV is but I doubt it's 1080p with the bandwidth involved for that.

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Originally Posted by Bond 007 View Post

Im pretty sure Amazon is 720p. Netflix, Vudu and Hulu Plus are 1080p.


samijubal & bond,

Info appreciated. Thanks.
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S64 and Harmony 600

I'd posted this question after searching. Then later found the answer as follows:

How to get to media player in an S60/64 through the Harmony 600 remote:

Go to devices on the Harmony LCD screen. Push the button for Panasonic TV. Navigate pushing right arrow button 3 times. Select "Media Player". Easy peasy. Cool.
Edited by MountainMichael - 5/4/13 at 10:46am
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Not to be that guy...LOL...but I do think it would be best if we put all the availability, pricing, and warranty talk into the S64/S60 deals threads. I think we would all be best served if we kept them separated, freeing up this thread just for technical aspects, settings questions...whatnot.

Here is an S64 thread MD started over there...http://www.avsforum.com/t/1470172/panasonic-tc-65ps64-65-plasma-1399-99-5-year-warranty-for-only-99-99#post_23271767. We could merge all the S64 deals talk into that or make a new general one.

Just figured this might help, especially if someone wasn't aware of the two separate forums. But it probably helps most for future reference to keep them separated.
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Mountain Michael- I know exactly what you were talking about. Unfortunately i probably WOULD have fell for it.
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Regarding the AR filter (aka Louver), how does it work exactly? Is it oriented so that it only filters out vertical light such as overhead lighting, or horizontal light? I don't really have overhead lighting in my living room (where the TV is placed). I do have an adjacent dining area where there is a chandelier hanging from the ceiling so it is sort of overhead, but at an offset horizontally. The main reflection on my current CRT comes from the west windows (mini-blinds) during the afternoon to sunset (the TV is on the south wall).
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Originally Posted by MonKENy View Post

Using these setting now. I just got ot out of the box, plugged it n and set these up.

I didnt do any break in, I dont know how.

Ill report back if needed to see what its like.

If this is the last official setting calibration can you update the OP for any new people coming in? I had to dig through posts to find it and know that for the average person they might get frustrated.

Thanks

I didn't do any break in on my set either. These settings aren't official really. It just seems I was the only one to thus far calibrate their set and post settings. I'm not a pro by any means, just a DIY'er enthusiast, using a spectrometer which retails currently for $449, but you can get one much cheaper. When I did this last calibration, my set had around 440 hours, so it may not match perfectly with a brand new set with 0 hours on it, but the difference might be minimal. As always, different sets can potentially have some variance in them, so using other's calibration is not going to be 100% perfect for your set.

I'll do another calibration at some point, after a few hundred hours I'll re-check how my settings are holding then make a new post and as always link will be in my sig.
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Originally Posted by MountainMichael View Post

I'd be glad to give that a whirl for ya'. Can you advise on what settings to change on PS3 and/or TV? I'm pretty new to all this HD stuff.

Let me know.

Micke

To change resolution on a PS3 with the current software:

Settings>display settings>video output settings>HDMI>custom>uncheck everything but 720p if that's what you want to try
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Originally Posted by MountainMichael View Post

S64 and Harmony 600

I'd posted this question after searching. Then later found the answer as follows:

How to get to media player in an S60/64 through the Harmony 600 remote:

Go to devices on the Harmony LCD screen. Push the button for Panasonic TV. Navigate pushing right arrow button 3 times. Select "Media Player". Easy peasy. Cool.

Very impressed with the Harmony 600 so far. Seems like a classy well made remote. Their config website is a little clunky but doable and even had my antique Yamaha R-V1105 AVR in there.

I have a harmony One and much prefer the actual download harmony software over the online stuff. Not sure why, but I had to use the online stuff for my parents 700 and was not a fan. Not sure if you can find it still, but I do like it better for getting in there and customizing more difficult features.

Instead of having to do all the complicated commands to get to the media center, you can just add it as a shortcut on the screen itself for each task, or at least you can with the One. I would say either the Internet apps button or the netflix button, and if one isn't there you may just need to use the learning feature.

It took me a while to get all the power on and delays right for TV, receiver, etc, but once there it always works, just wish they could work on the response time between presses.
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Originally Posted by Tim Akin View Post

On the Costco site it states $99 for the SquareTrade warranty for TV's over $1000. So does that mean any amount over $1000?
You sure it doesnt say up to $1000? They arent going to sell you a $3000 warranty for $99. When I got my ST warranty from Amazon, the more coverage you got the more it cost. And then also the longer the coverage the more it cost.
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Originally Posted by RandyWalters View Post

It says "3 Years (For TVs Over $1,000)" Your Price $99.99 Item # 575686

"Features: 2 Years Costco Concierge Plus 3 Years Extended Protection by SquareTrade = 5 Years Total"
WOW! Thats a great deal! eek.gif
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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Bond 007 View Post

You sure it doesnt say up to $1000? They arent going to sell you a $3000 warranty for $99. When I got my ST warranty from Amazon, the more coverage you got the more it cost. And then also the longer the coverage the more it cost.

It says "3 Years (For TVs Over $1,000)" Your Price $99.99 Item # 575686

"Features: 2 Years Costco Concierge Plus 3 Years Extended Protection by SquareTrade = 5 Years Total"

"Plan must be bought within 60 days of TV purchase. Costco members may buy plans for new TVs purchased from Costco or any authorized U.S. retailer."

They also show a ST warranty for TVs $500-$1,000 and another one for TVs under $500.
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Originally Posted by samijubal View Post

To change resolution on a PS3 with the current software:

Settings>display settings>video output settings>HDMI>custom>uncheck everything but 720p if that's what you want to try

Thanks! Testing done in Amazon vid and MGS4 and reported by pm to crukid.
Edited by MountainMichael - 5/4/13 at 10:46am
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I'm using the Netflix app through the TV (and ps3) it won't output to 1080 anymore. It did before I changed the settings. Could they have stopped it somehow?
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Originally Posted by MonKENy View Post

I'm using the Netflix app through the TV (and ps3) it won't output to 1080 anymore. It did before I changed the settings. Could they have stopped it somehow?

If you set the PS3 to "automatic" in the video outpiut settings it should send 1080p to any TV that will accept it. If not, you can go to "custom" and uncheck every setting except the one you want.
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Hey guys I'm looking for a cheaper 65 inch TV in the 1500 price range.

The S60 seems to fit my needs perfectly. I'm really close to pulling the trigger I was just hoping someone could weight in on the advantages/disadvantages between this and the Samsung F5300 series. They seem fairly similar in price/features but I can't really seem to find anywhere a comprehensive review on the F5300. I'm guessing most of you with an S60 have probably looked in to the F5300 and just wondering what you noticed between the two.

On a further note, is there any reason to investigate the 65-70 inch LED TV's in the price range? Like the Sharp or Vizio ones? Are they even comparable in picture quality? I'm out for the best PQ 65 incher in the $1,500 range. Want to hit that nice budget price to performance ratio.

Hopefully I can get some input on this, thanks guys.
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In reply to questions about the Pixel Orbiter:

When viewing regular content (regular for a TV that is) you will never notice it working. The change is subtle and only takes a second or two.

When using the TV as a PC monitor, it is very noticeable when reading stationary dark text on white background (such as these forums). When it fires, all the fine fonts on the screen will suddenly blur at the edges for 2 seconds then sharpen up again. This happens probably every 30 seconds or so.
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Originally Posted by DreamAgain2 View Post

Hey guys I'm looking for a cheaper 65 inch TV in the 1500 price range.

The S60 seems to fit my needs perfectly. I'm really close to pulling the trigger I was just hoping someone could weight in on the advantages/disadvantages between this and the Samsung F5300 series. They seem fairly similar in price/features but I can't really seem to find anywhere a comprehensive review on the F5300. I'm guessing most of you with an S60 have probably looked in to the F5300 and just wondering what you noticed between the two.

On a further note, is there any reason to investigate the 65-70 inch LED TV's in the price range? Like the Sharp or Vizio ones? Are they even comparable in picture quality? I'm out for the best PQ 65 incher in the $1,500 range. Want to hit that nice budget price to performance ratio.

Hopefully I can get some input on this, thanks guys.

Have you looked at the 5300? If I'm not mistaken, that's the one with the pentile matrix screen. Samsung made a terrible choice doing that IMO, because if you're sitting a little closer to it you will be able to see the pentile effect. It may not affect everyone, but I immediately noticed it at bestbuy when I saw one. You may even be sitting far enough away that it becomes a moot point, but I personally would never buy one.

I would say the 65 S60 or 65 S64 would be a good tv in the 1500$ range. If you have a really bright room, it may be worth it to look into an LCD TV, but those lower end big lcds like the Vizio and sharp are not going to have that good of PQ, especially compared to a nice plasma.
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Samsuck reliability alone is enough to go with the Panasonic.
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Originally Posted by DreamAgain2 View Post

The S60 seems to fit my needs perfectly. I'm really close to pulling the trigger I was just hoping someone could weight in on the advantages/disadvantages between this and the Samsung F5300 series. They seem fairly similar in price/features but I can't really seem to find anywhere a comprehensive review on the F5300. I'm guessing most of you with an S60 have probably looked in to the F5300 and just wondering what you noticed between the two.

I can't give you a comparison between the S60 and F5300, but we did own a 60" F300 for about a day. The pentile display was too much for me and the "screen door" effect was apparent in all content we were watching on the TV, even from a reasonable distance. The blacks were also quite lacking and appeared greyish. To top if off, the stand was pretty wobbly. I felt it was quite a step down from our 5 year old LCD.

My advice would be that you go and look at the F5300 in person before purchasing to see if you can stomach the pentile display and greyish blacks.
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Have there been any pro reviews of the S64? I've seen good reviews of the S60, but want to know if the AR filter affects PQ, and if so, how detrimentally or beneficially?

Also, does the Internet connection slow down or affect any PQ processing? I read a review of another Panny model where they complained about the Internet connection slowing things down. If you are not actively downloading from any Internet sites, will the connection simply just be sending low bandwidth periodic acknowledge connection messages? What if you also have a BD player connected that also has an Internet connection? I don't plan on using any Internet subscription services - will be connecting to an HTPC (mainly for DVR recording and playback of HD OTA or cable - hence the origin of my screen name) and the occasional viewing of DVDs (hell I only own 1 BD!).
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