Originally Posted by sandman123
I live in shoreline, and just bought a 65gt50 panny plasma.
I live on top of the hill and get great reception. I have an old but good rooftop antenna.
My signal strength is all green on antennaweb.
My problem is that I've been reading the scaler in the particular panny is not great at upscaling a 720p signal to 1080.
The 1080i stations look fabulous on the tv. However all the 720p stations have a watercolor, loss of resolution look. The colors are ok, just the resolution / sharpness is not great.
Is anybody else noticing this?
I'm wondering if it's my tv or are the 720p stations really bad in seattle?
The TV stations are fine.
I have setup some of the GT and VT ones, and found that some of the "features" are not that swift for regular viewing, ie on an antenna. Cable and satellite have a lot more compression and/or noise and assorted wierdness. That's where these band-aid options can help, but can make things worse on a good picture from an antenna or DVD. At this early hour I can't remember the exact setting, or settings, but they can make a big change. There are several reviews on the higer end models of the Panasonic which go into more detail on what they used for testing and what they turned off. The Custom Mode gives you the most options for picture control, usually. Each model seems to differ a bit on which Mode gives the most adjustments. Do some searching on the Home Theater Magazine reviews, or Sound & Vision. There are some other sites that go into the setups as well, just can't remember them right now.
What is great about the set is you can make some settings for viewing the antenna input, and different ones for the Bluray. Just change the Mode in the Menu to suit.
In any case, the other thing you might want to do to tweak it is get the Spears and Munsil DVD to help set it up. It's easy to over do some of the settings on a bigger plasma, and it's tough trying to get it right watching live TV. It will never get the eye popping brightness of an LED set, but can produce far better color and pictures than most others, specially when set up right.
Use the reviews to help explain what the features actually do, in laymens terms, and the setup DVD to give the picture or test pattern and explain what you are trying to do for that feature. It also has audio setup material , too, that is great at sorting room problems
I. have a ten year old Panasonic 50" and 11 year old Pansonic 42". Being an old tech, I'm kind of fussy about the picture, and have been real happy with mine. (I do admit to wishing I had purchased a Kuro when I had the chance, but the Panasonics now are almost as good, just waiting for my old guys to quit) I find the new sets are set on torch mode out of the box, so I turn them down right away before the customer gets to see it. After it gets set up, then I put some content on and do final adjustments. Showing them what it can do with the test DVD, which has demo material shot in various resolutions, they can really get an appreciation for the TV's capability. I ususally come back after a few weeks or so and give it another tweak, and the customers are very happy with the picture.
Be patient and take the time to go through the test disc. You will find that it will not only set the basic parameters, but give you the eye for knowing what tweaks to do when you get some wierd content.
You have a great TV, and once you learn what it can really do, you will find yourself noticing how really lousy most of the sets out there are setup, or perform poorly when you try to tweak them. I see it almost daily, and smile when I sit down to watch my old Panasonics.
Let us know what you end up finding clears up the fuzzies.