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Amazing post ....

By the way... P stands for Progressive: PWD means Progressive Wide Display .. as written on Panasonic's original box ..

What those letters on the model numbers stand for ?
TH-42PWD6UY - TH-42PHD6UY
TH = ???
42 = Screen Size (Diagonal Inches)
P = Plasma
W = Widescreen / H = High Definition
D = In"D"ustrial
6 = Generation
U = US Market
Y = BNC Connectors
Z = RCA Connectors (Previous Consumer Models)
post #3 of 1376
Excellent work: deserves to be a sticky

Thank you
post #4 of 1376
This is great to see (and not just because you got Rich H's and my threads on screen calibration ) -- this saves me the work of creating a Panny Faq HAHA

Only thing I would add is pros & cons of Plasma, or a few links to the MANY threads. (I'll be posting a Theater vs Plasma case study soon)
i.e.

Q. Why would I choose a Plasma over other technology?
+ Surreal images
+ Rich, Vibrant colors
+ Good detail
+ WIDE viewing angle (160 degrees, if I'm not mistaken)
+ Lightweight for size, compared to rear projectors & tubes.

Q. And the reasons I wouldn't?
- Price (expontentional for larger sizes, and more resolution. Although one can offset this by shopping online. i.e. http://www.visualapex.com/)
- Not as sharp as film
- Size is limited
- Screen-door effect with some people
- Calibration is almost mandatory to get "full" enjoyment (but SO worth it)
- Perceived threat of burn-in

Peace
post #5 of 1376
BruZZi - thank you for the excelllent overview.

One question: I thought there was a wireless card available for 7UY (maybe not yet). I would score hugely with wife if she were able to display digital photos wirelessly on the 7UY from her laptop. Do you think such arrangement will be possible?
post #6 of 1376
Awesome FAQ. Suggestion: maybe I missed it (employed the Find feature of the web-browser), but I didn't see any mention of the existence of discrete IR codes.
post #7 of 1376
wojtek
Look at Panasonic Business Plasma displays web page (www.panasonic.com) and find brochure for "7" models which shows a "wireless" blade, P/N TY-FB7WPU that is IEEE 802.11b compliant. 4 laptops can display 4 displays on each quarter of the display.
post #8 of 1376
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Originally posted by Babula
wojtek
Look at Panasonic Business Plasma displays web page (www.panasonic.com) and find brochure for "7" models which shows a "wireless" blade, P/N TY-FB7WPU that is IEEE 802.11b compliant. 4 laptops can display 4 displays on each quarter of the display.

Thanks Babula.

Wojtek,

It should be available by December.

Price is $550 (MSRP)
post #9 of 1376
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Originally posted by avntx
Awesome FAQ.

Thanks avntx.

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Suggestion: maybe I missed it (employed the Find feature of the web-browser), but I didn't see any mention of the existence of discrete IR codes.

Problem is, I don't have much info about it.

I need help from Panny owners for that topic.
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For the IR codes for 7u .. you may want to check this thread .

I just tried the 5u code and it works like a charm .. atleast for on-of, input select, picture, volume etc ... I guess that's all that you need (except some people are wondering about its compatibility with DVI/HDMI) ...
post #11 of 1376
BruZZi

You may be interested to know there are other blades that include an Ethernet Interface with MP3 player and 20 gb hard drive as well as another that is a PC Blade. It takes up three slots I think.

Interesting stuff.
post #12 of 1376
Here is a revised version of my comparison of the Panny 42" ED consumer (6th generation) and commercial (7th generation) displays. The comparison is a bit unfair, of course, since the 7th generation has a more advanced display with less image retention. I will update this comparison sheet once the 7th generation consumer models become available (by year end, we hope).

BruZZi, feel free to attach the PDF directly to your FAQ.

 

panasonic 42ed compare v6.pdf 59.376953125k . file
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<< Babula >>

That's great. I have to spend more time (I"m too busy) learning about the new Optional Blades.


<< mooneydriver >>

Thanks Again.

I have another suggestion...

IMO You should definitively include your user name on that comparison.
post #14 of 1376
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Originally posted by mooneydriver
Here is a revised version of my comparison of the Panny 42" ED consumer (6th generation) and commercial (7th generation) displays.

Thanks for the review, now I'm wondering if I should hold off on purchasing a TH-42PD25U/P until the 7th generation consumer models come out.

Anyway, I was just curious about your line item which says that the 6th generation consumer models don't have 3:2 pulldown detection. The Cnet review of TH-42PD25U/P says it does have this (but they refer to it as 2:3 pulldown detection). They even go into detail about how good it is. So who's right?

Thanks,
Jay
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Originally posted by jnelaine
Anyway, I was just curious about your line item which says that the 6th generation consumer models don't have 3:2 pulldown detection. The Cnet review of TH-42PD25U/P says it does have this (but they refer to it as 2:3 pulldown detection). They even go into detail about how good it is. So who's right?

Good question. I may have been wrong on that one. The commercial models have a menu option to turn this feature on/off whereas the consumer models don't have such an option. Panasonic marketing material or operating manuals do not specify whether this feature exists in the consumer models. According to CNET, the HD consumer models do not have 3:2 pulldown detection whereas the ED models do have it.

If anyone has definite information on whether the 42" ED has pulldown detection, please post.

Also review the following thread on pulldown on Panny consumer models. Covers the semantics in detail as well.

BruZZi -- I'll add my signature in the next rev
post #16 of 1376
Hey BruZZI.

Your chart above says that model "TH-42PX20UP" has no HDMI but I have one and it does have it. In fact, for me to hook up to a DVI connector, I will need to purchase Panasonic's converter cable, P/N TY-SCH03DH
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I just received a consumer TH-42PX25UP. I would like to be able to calibrate the unit using Milori's colorfacts. I've used colorfacts to calibrate my Pio 503CMX and the results were outstanding.

On the Pioneer service menu it was easy to adjust color balance/white balance while inputiing test screens from Avia or PC. The service menu consists of drop down choices which could be balanced and tweaked. Changes made could be tweaked and saved in relation to other changes.

I haven't yet tried to calibrate the Panny yet. When I used the instructions for getting into the Panasonic service menu, I was confused by the optins and how to adjust them.

Has anyone calibrated their own consumer model? Is there any instructions I can find which would explain the parameters listed in the service menu? Can changes be made without leaving the service menu?

Thanks
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I have the 42pwd7uy and have yet to figure out how to determine what scanning format is being displayed on the plasma at any one time. ( 480i, 480p,720p, 1080i, etc.) For instance if I set my dvd player for output of 480p how do in determine that the display is outputting 480p. I have also read where members say let the dvd or the display do the upconverting. How do you choose on the display for instance to do this and not the dvd player. It seems there should be some button on the remote that you can push that will show on the display what is being shown.. (480i, 480p, etc.)I thought it would be shown on the "Status" button. Am I missing something.
post #19 of 1376
I have a 42" viera (Aust. model) and was wanting some more info on the service menu...parameters and their meaning etc... the link to the service menu listed on your FAQ page didn't work for me...not sure if its me or not?? Any info re: the service menu for a viera would be very much appreciated.>!!!!

Thanks heaps...
post #20 of 1376
Just got the new TH-42PHD7UY. I have HD Directv tivo and DVD connected via component. Normal use. How often should I use the screensaver? Which one? How long should I use it for each time? Any advise appreciated.

Thanks.
post #21 of 1376
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Originally posted by irishterp79
Just got the new TH-42PHD7UY. I have HD Directv tivo and DVD connected via component. Normal use. How often should I use the screensaver? Which one? How long should I use it for each time? Any advise appreciated.

Thanks.

There's a screenaver on the Panny's? All I see is a power saver that, try as I might, I cannot get to engage.

???
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I too have not nodticed any difference when turning on the power save...?
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It appears to dim the display slightly, and has an immediate impact.
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Doesn't make ANY difference on mine?
post #25 of 1376
It's VERY subtle, almost a "why bother"
post #26 of 1376
Yes there are screensavers on the new model. White scroll and negative image.
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I followed the instruction to check number of hours used on my 50" 7UY. For some reason I am unable to access the Service Menu.

I can access hidden setup menu by following the other instruction but can not get the "service menu"

Has anyone tried this on 7 series plasma? Please help.

Thanks
post #28 of 1376
I've been considering getting a TH-37PD25UP. I haven't managed to find a store in my area that will hook one up with different quality feeds (I'm assuming they've only had 1080i). From what I understand, this set should do a pretty good job with SD feeds, but can anyone tell me whether it'll handle 720p?

Digging through the user manual, it looks like it only supports 480i, 480p, and 1080i. The omission of 720p makes me suspect it simply won't display 720p. Anyone have any input on this?

I figure most set-top boxes will resample for you to 1080i, but what if you're using the CableCard?
post #29 of 1376
Molloch,

You are correct. This display will not handle 720p. Not a problem for me, as I feed all my HD through an HD TiVo which resamples and outputs at a resolution the Panny can handle, like 1080i or 480p (user chosen).
post #30 of 1376
Can I get some opinions as to whether the TH-50VXS30 is worth the additional cost over the TH-50PX24/UP in terms of picture quality?

Do both sets use the same glass? What are the major differences?

Thanks for your help

Don
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