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post #3781 of 11489

Hello Everyone!

 

It was a tough choice between the Samsung f8500 and the Panasonic ZT.  Saw them side-by-side and I preferred the punchier Samsung, but in the end, I went with the ZT because I am going to be watching it in a totally darkened environment.

 

I receive my display tomorrow.

 

So...here is the question I have for you guys...

 

I won't be getting it calibrated for a few months.

 

Out of the box I hear it's pretty damn good as far as settings are concerned.  Recommendation is to put it in THX Movie Mode.

 

What other adjustments/settings should I immediately make to get the optimum picture?

 

I know you guys have been discussing this for pages on end, but hoping to get a capsulized summary.

 

Thanks for the help.

 

PS: Though I downloaded the break-in slides I am kind of up in the air as to whether I should really run them or not.

post #3782 of 11489

Additional questions...

 

1. How quickly can the stand be put together and the TV mounted on it?  I have a driver I am going to be paying to assist me with it.  I am going to try to download the manual so I know exactly what needs to be done.

 

2. While I understand the 3D glasses have a battery in them, are they USB rechargeable?  My current LG plasma has rechargeable glasses and I prefer that method over having to constantly replace batteries.

 

Thanks

post #3783 of 11489
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Originally Posted by Stu03 View Post

Fan noise aside. If i hadn't of got my literally brand new KRPM when i did in July - and knowing now the fate of plasma, the ZT is probably the best choice all in all you have made. It's the last true premium plasma to be made (Brand new to buy). If all Kuro's including my beloved M were to die today i would get the money together to buy a ZT or if not available a VT60. As much as i like the Panasonic pro plasmas i watch in daylight as well as dark so it would have to be one of the last Panasonic's.

I agree. After watching this TV for a couple of weeks, it would be hard to downgrade no matter how slight. The fan noise is there, but so is the noise from my Directv receiver.
post #3784 of 11489
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Originally Posted by Ronald Epstein View Post

Hello Everyone!

It was a tough choice between the Samsung f8500 and the Panasonic ZT.  Saw them side-by-side and I preferred the punchier Samsung, but in the end, I went with the ZT because I am going to be watching it in a totally darkened environment.

I receive my display tomorrow.

So...here is the question I have for you guys...

I won't be getting it calibrated for a few months.

Out of the box I hear it's pretty damn good as far as settings are concerned.  Recommendation is to put it in THX Movie Mode.

What other adjustments/settings should I immediately make to get the optimum picture?

I know you guys have been discussing this for pages on end, but hoping to get a capsulized summary.

Thanks for the help.

PS: Though I downloaded the break-in slides I am kind of up in the air as to whether I should really run them or not.

I've had the TV for almost a month, and overall I am very impressed. I'm sure everyone has their own preference for picture settings. I find myself using the custom setting for regular daytime and night time viewing. It may not be perfectly accurate, but strikes a nice balance between brightness and black levels. The one setting I would turn off in almost all circumstances is the motion smoother. I noticed a few shows would seem to jump or skip. I thought it was my Directv receiver until a watched the same recorded show on another TV with no issues. After doing some research, I turned off the motion smoother and the problem went away. The stand is pretty straight forward to install.
post #3785 of 11489
@Ronald: Before I had mine calibrated I used THX Cinema exclusively. Some have reported seeing a green tint in that mode but it was fine for me. No other adjustments are necessary. When you power on for the first time an audio setup tutorial runs. Take the time to set things up at that time and you'll be good to go.

The purpose of the slides is to prepare the TV for calibration. I had planned on getting the TV calibrated but the reason I ran them was to accelerate the TV through the first ~100 hours to the point where the phosphors settled down and I wouldn't have to worry as much about image retention. However, full screen content (with not static logos) effectively does the same thing.

The TV assembly takes under 5 minutes but it's definitely a two man job.

The TV comes with two pair of battery powered 3D glasses (model TY-ER3D5MA) but there is a USB rechargeable model (TY-ER3D4MU) sold separately.
post #3786 of 11489

Thanks for answering that question.  Had to repeat it in another thread as I wasn't sure people would pick up on it here.

 

Glad to see the TV assembly will be quick.  Trying to download the manual from Panasonic's site but it is crawling today and I get connection errors.

 

Looked up the price of the MU glasses.  Holy cow.  Still very expensive to buy these.  Nearly $60 apiece.  Hope there is a price drop coming up.

 

Thanks again for your help.

post #3787 of 11489
^Doubt it....they were the same price back in June, though a drop for the holidays would certainly be welcomed.
post #3788 of 11489
Back just 2 years ago the Panasonic glasses where in short supply and $150 each.
post #3789 of 11489
I paid $75 for a pair 6 months ago. According to camel^3 the lowest they've been on Amazon is $47.81. I believe the cheaper Samsung models will work too. They're less expensive but I believe the Samsungs are not as comfortable and more delicate.
post #3790 of 11489
I scored two pairs, on sale four months ago; for $35.00 each, and used my BB Rewards.

As for settings; I prefer Sammie2980 settings: http://www.avsforum.com/products/panasonic-viera-tc-p65zt60-65-inch-plasma-hdtv/reviews/4322

So much so that I have forgone the ISF calibration until I can find a technician who specializes in dialing the 3D in; which I've heard can be incredible when done right.
Edited by REKing - 11/10/13 at 12:19pm
post #3791 of 11489
Ok…newbie question. I've run the D-Nice slides for 100 hours. Where are the calibration settings that I am supposed to enter? When I went to the controlcal website, I see a few xml files and a reference to some software called ControlCal. Or am I on the wrong track on how to do this?
post #3792 of 11489
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Originally Posted by mondo3 View Post

Ok…newbie question. I've run the D-Nice slides for 100 hours. Where are the calibration settings that I am supposed to enter? When I went to the controlcal website, I see a few xml files and a reference to some software called ControlCal. Or am I on the wrong track on how to do this?

Send TURBE a PM. He'll help you out.
Edited by FmaxTurboSi - 11/11/13 at 8:23am
post #3793 of 11489
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Originally Posted by Ronald Epstein View Post

Hello Everyone!

It was a tough choice between the Samsung f8500 and the Panasonic ZT.  Saw them side-by-side and I preferred the punchier Samsung, but in the end, I went with the ZT because I am going to be watching it in a totally darkened environment.

I receive my display tomorrow.

So...here is the question I have for you guys...

I won't be getting it calibrated for a few months.

Out of the box I hear it's pretty damn good as far as settings are concerned.  Recommendation is to put it in THX Movie Mode.

What other adjustments/settings should I immediately make to get the optimum picture?

I know you guys have been discussing this for pages on end, but hoping to get a capsulized summary.

Thanks for the help.

PS: Though I downloaded the break-in slides I am kind of up in the air as to whether I should really run them or not.

I just got the 65" last week. I've been running it 24/7, to burn in faster. I've tried various settings given around the net, But the one I really like so far is from CNet.

http://forums.cnet.com/7723-19410_102-593204/panasonic-tc-p60zt60-picture-settings/

This should work for you until you get it professionally calibrated.
J
post #3794 of 11489

Big J,

 

Do I need to get into a professional mode to set those calibrations?

If so, how do I access it?

I am also assuming I can save those CNET settings as a custom preset?

 

Should have my display within the hour.

post #3795 of 11489
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Originally Posted by markjl View Post

I agree. After watching this TV for a couple of weeks, it would be hard to downgrade no matter how slight. The fan noise is there, but so is the noise from my Directv receiver.

Loving my ZT too. Fan noise is there but seldom all that bothersome. I doubt I will have the fan fix done. I have no regrets selling my ChadB calibrated 6020 Kuro and buying this. Very comparable PQ plus no dirty screen effect or reddish tinted blacks. Bought the Square Trade 4 year warranty at Costco for $99.00. Hopefully OLED proves to be even better tech than the best plasmas, and is affordable in a few years. It can't be a lot better than the Kuros or high level Pannys though. I fear SXRD type fiascos with OLED...hopefully not.
post #3796 of 11489
Hey guys smile.gif

My ZT60 will be delivered today. I am so exited! I ordered the TV from Paul's TV website. I understand that I can check the usage hours on the TV by going to Menu > Help > Version > Status4 (Axxxx - The # after the letter represents the # of hours).

Should I expect to see A0000 on the new set?

Right now, I am planning to do the following steps to ensure the set is new and free of damage/issues.

1. Inspect the TV, the TV stand, and the TV screen for any cracks, dents, and scratches.
2. Power on the TV.
3. Go to Menu>Help>Version>Status4 and look for A000 to ensure the TV is new.
4. Check the manufacturing date. (If the date is August or later, the fan noise fix should be implemented already. If the manufacturing date is earlier, the fan fix might be needed, so I should pay attention to any excessive fan noise)

Am I missing anything else?
post #3797 of 11489
Wow. You watching this set or marrying it? biggrin.gif

I was curious why you would think that it would have any hours on it? Shouldn't it be new and in a sealed box?
Ken
post #3798 of 11489
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Originally Posted by ken6217 View Post

Wow. You watching this set or marrying it? biggrin.gif

It's a ZT60! How can you not love it?


whirlgif 3.04 (c) dino@danbbs.dk 15 images



Ian biggrin.gif
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Edited by changboy - 12/29/13 at 8:54pm
post #3800 of 11489
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Originally Posted by changboy View Post

From what i just read the new OLED samsung is a ZT60 killer with contrast of 70 000;1 !! but a wallet killer too hehehe see the review here;

http://www.avforums.com/review/samsung-ke55s9c-curved-oled-tv-review.9369
It's also a new TV. My money says it has longevity issues over the next couple of years. Oh, and for some reason it's curved.
post #3801 of 11489
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Originally Posted by mailiang View Post

It's a ZT60! How can you not love it?


whirlgif 3.04 (c) dino@danbbs.dk 15 images



Ian biggrin.gif

Better watch where you put those appendages. That fan could hurt. eek.gif
Ken
post #3802 of 11489
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Originally Posted by ken6217 View Post

Wow. You watching this set or marrying it? biggrin.gif

I was curious why you would think that it would have any hours on it? Shouldn't it be new and in a sealed box?
Ken

I expect to have a long term relationship with this set lol. Yep, the tv should be new. I read online (http://www.controlcal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1006) that it is a good idea to check for hours in the menu to ensure the set is new.

I do not know if Panasonic turns these babies biggrin.gif on at the factory to tune up or something. Hence, I am not clear if I should expect to see A0000 or something like A0001 - A0005 on the new set because set was turned on at the factory for some reason.

This is my first plasma and my first time buying a TV from online shop, so I am anxious about the whole thing. Granted, Paul's TV is authorized dealer and seems pretty reputable, so I should not be too worried about it.
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post #3804 of 11489
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Originally Posted by Ronald Epstein View Post

Big J,

Do I need to get into a professional mode to set those calibrations?


If so, how do I access it?


I am also assuming I can save those CNET settings as a custom preset?

Should have my display within the hour.

It is surprisingly easy to access the settings. You may have to just go through the settings-its pretty straight forward, no secrets that I know of. What I did, was to save one set of settings as custom, another as cinema. You can also transfer settings from one input to another. That makes life easier. smile.gif
I changed one setting (color temp) on the cnet numbers, but that is more of a personal preference.
J
post #3805 of 11489
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Originally Posted by SwiftSweeper View Post

I expect to have a long term relationship with this set lol. Yep, the tv should be new. I read online (http://www.controlcal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1006) that it is a good idea to check for hours in the menu to ensure the set is new.

I do not know if Panasonic turns these babies biggrin.gif on at the factory to tune up or something. Hence, I am not clear if I should expect to see A0000 or something like A0001 - A0005 on the new set because set was turned on at the factory for some reason.

This is my first plasma and my first time buying a TV from online shop, so I am anxious about the whole thing. Granted, Paul's TV is authorized dealer and seems pretty reputable, so I should not be too worried about it.

Congrats and good luck with it. I will have mine sometime this week.
Ken
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Originally Posted by ken6217 View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by SwiftSweeper View Post

I expect to have a long term relationship with this set lol. Yep, the tv should be new. I read online (http://www.controlcal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1006) that it is a good idea to check for hours in the menu to ensure the set is new.

I do not know if Panasonic turns these babies biggrin.gif on at the factory to tune up or something. Hence, I am not clear if I should expect to see A0000 or something like A0001 - A0005 on the new set because set was turned on at the factory for some reason.

This is my first plasma and my first time buying a TV from online shop, so I am anxious about the whole thing. Granted, Paul's TV is authorized dealer and seems pretty reputable, so I should not be too worried about it.

Congrats and good luck with it. I will have mine sometime this week.
Ken

Thanks!

Yesterday, I went to Best Buy and saw 55inch Samsung OLED. It was running Samsung demo. The picture looked amazing. It was priced at $9000. It is the most impressive display that I have seen. It has great black level, contrast, color, and detail(it almost felt like too much detail). Granted, it was hard to compare it to the ZT that they also had because ZT was running ESPN cable feed. I asked the salesman if it was possible to run the same Samsung demo on ZT to compare the TVs properly, but he could not do it for some reason. He also told me that they have been selling ZTs well, but no one bought Samsung OLED yet. Overall, OLED is very impressive technology, but it is too expensive and immature for me to consider at this point.
post #3807 of 11489

Have an interesting question for yooz guys....

 

The ZT60 is supposed to have a web browser integrated into its Smart TV offerings.

 

Does it support a Bluetooth connection from something, say like, a wireless Apple keyboard or similar?

post #3808 of 11489
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Originally Posted by REKing View Post

As for settings; I prefer Sammie2980 settings: http://www.avsforum.com/products/panasonic-viera-tc-p65zt60-65-inch-plasma-hdtv/reviews/4322

So much so that I have forgone the ISF calibration until I can find a technician who specializes in dialing the 3D in; which I've heard can be incredible when done right.

Check out the Sound & Vision settings for 3d. (I'm back to THX Cinema for 2d for the time being, but have stuck with S&V 3d settings. Granted haven't watched much 3d, but it seemed to be night and day difference between my first 3d film that looked like a cartoon (but wasn't) and the next with S&V settings in place.)
post #3809 of 11489
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Originally Posted by Ronald Epstein View Post

Have an interesting question for yooz guys....

The ZT60 is supposed to have a web browser integrated into its Smart TV offerings.

Does it support a Bluetooth connection from something, say like, a wireless Apple keyboard or similar?
They sell a keyboard, presumably bluetooth for the set. My wife and I were not impressed with the Smart TV aspects of the ZT60.
J
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