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post #1 of 15
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I just picked up a new VIERA® 60" Class VT60 Series Full HD Plasma TV for a great price from amazon to replace my 2008 Samsung LN650A-40 LCD.

Is there anything special I should know about connecting this for HTPC use?
post #2 of 15
Plug it in with HDMI and enjoy, that's a bad-a$$ set. You can get some calibration numbers from Cnet.com. I tested a customers TV with the cnet values and the grayscale was pretty close, the color management was almost dead-on (Sencore ColorPro 5, & CalMan software).
post #3 of 15
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Surprisingly, Consumer Reports has their calibration numbers posted in their reviews for all HDTV's they test too so I will be taking a look at both of them now. I wonder if my HTPC and/or AVR-2312ci will freak on new EDID's from the set? I suppose I will have to reboot the HTPC maybe?
post #4 of 15
I don't have any EDID issues so I wouldn't know if you will have a problem or not. I just leave my HTPC on all the time and my Harmony remote opens Media Browser immediately when I select the activity.
post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by Dropkick Murphy View Post

I don't have any EDID issues so I wouldn't know if you will have a problem or not. I just leave my HTPC on all the time and my Harmony remote opens Media Browser immediately when I select the activity.

That is exactly how I do it too. Maybe the HTPC won't even know as the AVR is in between it and the display.
post #6 of 15
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Is there anything special I should know about connecting this for HTPC use?
Yes, be prepared to be blown away upgrading from a 40" lcd to a top of the line 60" Panasonic plasma. biggrin.gif
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by Sammy2 View Post

I just picked up a new VIERA® 60" Class VT60 Series Full HD Plasma TV for a great price from amazon to replace my 2008 Samsung LN650A-40 LCD.

Is there anything special I should know about connecting this for HTPC use?

Just be mindful or image retention while the set is breaking in. For instance, don't let your PC sit at the desktop for extended periods of time with a plasma. Be sure you have a screensaver set up and etc.

And yes, you will be blown away with that upgrade. The leap in picture quality will be staggering lol.
post #8 of 15
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There's a slide set available over in the display forums for a 100 hour break in using colored slides. I will be doing that and although burn in is not as much an issue anymore with plasma I will be enabling the screen saver for those times my son uses it outside WMC for youtube and then just walks away leaving it on for a time. I already have the screen saver enabled in WMC but not Windows as it was giving me issues with EDID (or so I thought) early on.
post #9 of 15
You don't even necessarily need to use the slideshow screen saver, I just set it to go to blank (black) after 3 minutes. The Panasonic has such good black levels you probably won't even notice that the tv is on unless you are in a completely dark room. cool.gif
post #10 of 15
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There's a break in set of colored slides to run through so that the phosphors get properly burned in to begin with. IDK if it is really necessary but what the hay right? I'll burn it in from delivery on Wednesday until I can calibrate it on Saturday next week. Going blank screen after a few minutes is probably the best thing to do with it too so good suggestion.
post #11 of 15
Ya, you can do what you want in the beginning. I was talking more long term with the screen saver not at the break in period. To be honest though the only reason to run the breakin slides is if you are trying to calibrate with D-Nice settings or something. It's not going to make a difference otherwise.
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by Sammy2 View Post

There's a break in set of colored slides to run through so that the phosphors get properly burned in to begin with. IDK if it is really necessary but what the hay right? I'll burn it in from delivery on Wednesday until I can calibrate it on Saturday next week. Going blank screen after a few minutes is probably the best thing to do with it too so good suggestion.

I ran them too and used D-Nice settings on my VT-50. It looks fantastic. I didn't do that on my GT30 and it looked soft right out of the box, and seemed to get more detailed after it broke in.
post #13 of 15
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I am going to calibrate it somewhat but I may not use the D Nice settings but rather look at Cnet and consumer reports settings in addition to D Nice's.
post #14 of 15
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I am going to calibrate it somewhat but I may not use the D Nice settings but rather look at Cnet and consumer reports settings in addition to D Nice's.
You would be better off to use the free AVS HD 709 calibration disk and do it yourself, that's what I did.

http://www.avsforum.com/t/948496/avs-hd-709-blu-ray-mp4-calibration
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by Sammy2 View Post

I am going to calibrate it somewhat but I may not use the D Nice settings but rather look at Cnet and consumer reports settings in addition to D Nice's.
You would be better off to use the free AVS HD 709 calibration disk and do it yourself, that's what I did.

http://www.avsforum.com/t/948496/avs-hd-709-blu-ray-mp4-calibration

So I can just put that on my server and make it available in my Movie Library for use on my HTPC connected to the new Plasma. That is good. I didn't even know that existed. My current TV was calibrated using the good old HD Essentials Blu-ray on my Blu-ray player but never calibrated to the output of the HTPC. I was thinking of ripping that disc to my library and calibrating the new Plasma but I will be reading that thread. (Shh.. Don't let any of those guys on the Plasma page know.)
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