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post #1171 of 1376
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Originally Posted by dave42 View Post

so it's really not a defect then?

Defect is in the ear of the beholder (to mangle a saying). If you find it excessive, don't hestitate to ask for service. Panasonic may say that it's not a defect and it doesn't warrant repair or replacement.
post #1172 of 1376
Hello all.

First and formost, I want to thank all of you for your assistance in helping me choose between proj vs flat panel, lcd vs plasma, 40" vs 50" vs 65", hdmi vs composite, sams club vs. costco, BB, CC, HH Gregg, panisonic vs samsung vs Visio, deep blacks vs grays, pixel shifting, image retention, HD DVD vs. Blu Ray, SD cards, Cable Cards, lol, etc., the list goes on and on.

Yesterday, I purchased my first flat panel PLASMA TV! I bought a Panisonic TH-50PX6U from Sams Club. After putting it on the pedistal, I hooked up the cable, scanned the stations, OTA also, and saw what I saw in the stores in my house...only better!

First, that was all to setting it up! Yes, I did tweek the contrast, brightness, and picture so as to not deal with burn in the first 100 hours+. Second, an optical cable to the receiver gave me digital output and sound in 5.1 (yes the receiver has 5.1, dts, etc). Third, Sams said that if the price changes at all in the next 30-45 days, I can get a rebate! They said that if I am ever dissatisfied wwith the set, to just bring it back (with the receipt and remote) and they would make sure I am satisfied. Fourth, I had 4 friends stop by to "check it out" yesterday and all were amazed, and I am "hosting" the football game (IN HD!!!!!!) today. GO COLTS!!!!!

As you can tell, I am new to this, but as it appears, I love the new PLASMA. It is truely the way to go (IMHO).

Again, I cannot express my appreciation to all on this forum for your thoughts, ideas, experiences, opinions, etc. If I can be of assistance to any other "newbies" or anyone else, please let me know. I will be a regular member here on the forum.

Thanks Again,
Pez
post #1173 of 1376
Congratulations Pez!

I have the 50U series Panasonic, and it's fantastic for PQ.

You might want to consider getting the set ISF calibrated, as you'll have an even better picture afterwards. It is about $400, but for me it was money well spent. Everyone that sees my Panny marvels at the PQ, even people that have HDTV's!

Here's a site about ISF calibrating, in case you're interested:

http://www.isftv.com

No matter what, though, you've made a great choice with that Panasonic. Good luck with it!
post #1174 of 1376
Thanks Slikkster,

I appreciate the website. I think I still have wait till it hits 100 hours! After that, I will get it calibrated.

Pez
post #1175 of 1376
HD quality is great, but on long distance shots the reds come out flickering...anyone else have this problem? Any suggestions?
post #1176 of 1376
Great post. Lots of useful information. thanks.
post #1177 of 1376
Is Bruzzi's site down for good? Can't get to it
post #1178 of 1376
Guys,

I'm wondering what you have your HD input set at for your Panny Plasmas. I have the 50-8uk and 42-60u. I have D*tv HD Tivo for both plasmas and I know the native res for both sets is 720 and the HD tivo is set to output at 720. However, I was tinkering around last night and set the HD tivo to 1080i and the picture was better. Now I start to wonder if I should run everything at 1080i (xbox 360, upconvert DVD) and let the plasmas downscale them?

Just curious.

Thanks
post #1179 of 1376
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Originally Posted by ucla92 View Post

Guys,

I'm wondering what you have your HD input set at for your Panny Plasmas. I have the 50-8uk and 42-60u. I have D*tv HD Tivo for both plasmas and I know the native res for both sets is 720. However, I was tinkering around last night and set the HD tivo to 1080i and the picture was better. Know I start to wonder if I should run everything at 1080i (xbox 360, upconvert DVD) and let the plasmas downscale them?

I have the Industrial 42PHD6UY from 2004. It DEFINITELY looks better with 1080i, particularly on OTA CBS sports presentations.
post #1180 of 1376
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Originally Posted by billt1111 View Post

I have the Industrial 42PHD6UY from 2004. It DEFINITELY looks better with 1080i, particularly on OTA CBS sports presentations.

Thanks, any other opinions?
post #1181 of 1376
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by ice1874193 View Post

Is Bruzzi's site down for good? Can't get to it


Nooooooo.



There was a problem with the Server (Hard Drive Controller) where my webpage is hosted. The site's back to normal.



.
post #1182 of 1376
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by ucla92 View Post

Guys,

I'm wondering what you have your HD input set at for your Panny Plasmas. I have the 50-8uk and 42-60u. I have D*tv HD Tivo for both plasmas and I know the native res for both sets is 720 ...

They are actually 768 not 720. You should set whatever resolution looks better with your set up. When I had Time Warner Cable with Motorola HD STB, 1080i looked better on most channels.
post #1183 of 1376
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Originally Posted by ucla92 View Post

Guys,

I'm wondering what you have your HD input set at for your Panny Plasmas...I was tinkering around last night and set the HD tivo to 1080i and the picture was better...

This has come up from time to time in the past, and the consensus always seems to be that Panasonic plasmas usually look best with 1080i input. Even their ED models do.
post #1184 of 1376
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Originally Posted by Macfan424 View Post

This has come up from time to time in the past, and the consensus always seems to be that Panasonic plasmas usually look best with 1080i input. Even their ED models do.

Thanks. I'll set everything to 1080i and sit back and enjoy!
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post #1186 of 1376
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Originally Posted by pilot04 View Post

Is http://bruzzi.ws/ down?

Right now it is. I can ping the site but the web server application is not running.
post #1187 of 1376
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Originally Posted by billt1111 View Post

Right now it is. I can ping the site but the web server application is not running.

Thanks, I'll check back later when its back up.
post #1188 of 1376
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by billt1111 View Post

Right now it is. I can ping the site but the web server application is not running.


Sorry guys, I have no idea what's going on this time.

I had an issue that made me reinstall the software again in a different directory. Then the Server crashed. Few days ago the hard driver's controller went bad. And now a suspended page. WTF???

My page went down last night around 9:30pm and I still don't have an answer from my Webhost on what's wrong with it.

I'm looking for another host as I can rely on TotalChoice anymore.

If you guys are looking for something found in the FAQ, please let me know as I have a copy of all topics and can send the info via PM to you.

Regards,

Bruzzi
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Thanks BruZZi, your site has loads of info for me/us, gl with the host hunt.
post #1190 of 1376
Thanks BruZZi! I was going to check the faq to see if there were any instructions on cablecard for the PX600U.
post #1191 of 1376
I'm actually having trouble accessing the service menu (just want to know how many hours it's been running). Your instructions say to hold V- on the TV and press RECALL on the remote 3 times, but..... there is no RECALL button on the remote

I'm in Australia so maybe that has something to do with it

Any idea how I can get in there?
post #1192 of 1376
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Originally Posted by BruZZi View Post

If you guys are looking for something found in the FAQ, please let me know as I have a copy of all topics and can send the info via PM to you.

Regards,

Bruzzi

Too bad the FAQ links are down as I am a newbie in search of information. If you get a chance any of the newbie FAQ's would be appreciated, especially LCD vs, Plasma

Thanks!

bhightwr a t aol d o t com
(url restriction for less than 5 posts)
post #1193 of 1376
[quote=_Michaelangelo_]
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.
- 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

I agree with most of your comments, but would add this ... the viewing angle aspect is critical and it has almost nothing to do with horizontal degrees. All LCDs, flat screens as well as rear projectors, and all DLPs and LCoS have both brightness and color shifts when viewed from off-center angles.

Many LCD companies advertise 160-degree viewing angles but that means you can see a recognizable picture at that angle, maybe even a good recognizable picture, but not the SAME or as GOOD a picture as you will from directly in front of it -- directly in front BOTH vertically and horizontally, since the picture degrades if you stand up and look down at those sets or lay on the floor and look up.

In fairness, viewing angle on LCDs is less of a problem if you are far away from it, which is why many high-end LCD dealers have very deep viewing rooms. But in the average living room, say 10-12 feet from an LCD screen, a person sitting on one end of a seven-foot couch and a person sitting on the other end are not seeing the same picture -- and neither one is seeing as good a picture as the person sitting in the middle. With a plasma, they'd all be seeing the same great image.

Test one: Sit down and look at an HD image on an LCD. Stand up while watching the screen, does the image show a bit of wash out? Try it with a plasma. Image perfect, right?

Test two: Try something revolutionary. Hide the remote and try to adjust the color on your LCD or DLP using the controls on the set. Kind of hard, isn't it? What with having to walk away from the set the check the effect your twiddling the buttons had. Try it with a plasma and you'll be able to stand right next to the set and adjust the color as you watch.

Like CRT's, plasma screen are designed to watch television programs -- which people traditionally view from all over the place while cooking dinner, adding logs to the fireplace or making love on the floor. LCDs and DLPs do not give you that freedom of viewing position, like the computer monitors and conference room projectors they derive from, they are designed to be viewed by a worker drone chained to a chair in front of them.

True, plasma is not as sharp as film. But not many of us have home theaters capable of supporting a 70mm projector. And why list a perceived threat, as opposed to a real one, as a negative.
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Thread Starter 
Here's an update...


I found a new Host.


I just placed an order with a new Hosting Company (after reading many good reviews about them). It'll take approximatelty 12 hours before I'm able to start setting up the FAQ. Also I'm very busy at my regular job so hopefully by the end of the week, the FAQ will be back online and running.

Thanks for your support guys.

Best Regards,

Bruzzi
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Thanks for your support... was just about to refer someone to your site...then the panic set in ...but all is better now..
post #1196 of 1376
Bruzzi, does your FAQ have any info on how to change values and navigate through the service menus (I have TH50PX60U panny plasma). I know someone who has had a friend do a pro calibration in another town, he has a pdf of the values for his TH50PX60U, I would like to change my settings to match his (yes, I know each TV is different, yada, yada), but am timid about just winging it. I have updated firmare and checked stuff like hours of use using your excellent forum in the past.

Does anyone know where I could find this info?
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Originally Posted by stty0 View Post

Bruzzi, does your FAQ have any info on how to change values and navigate through the service menus (I have TH50PX60U panny plasma). I know someone who has had a friend do a pro calibration in another town, he has a pdf of the values for his TH50PX60U, I would like to change my settings to match his (yes, I know each TV is different, yada, yada), but am timid about just winging it. I have updated firmare and checked stuff like hours of use using your excellent forum in the past.

There is some information to be found on the web, but what it says is that the procedure is very complicated and easy to screw up. The values you see are mode-sensitive and depend on following exactly the right sequence of steps to be sure that you are looking at the right mode. It's not as simple as just looking at a screen and copying the values.
post #1199 of 1376
I just received my TH42PX60U last evening - watching TV really should not be this complicated. I have my STB (sci-atl 8300D) to output 1080i and. Watching SD the aspect ratio looked good in "just" but in HD "full" looked better. Then watching ABC HD the aspect ratio was 4:3 even though it was an HD broadcast. Is it harmfull to leave sidebars up so I don't have to continuously monkey with the aspect ratio? I tried setting the STB 4:3 to stretch and also side bars but it seems no matter what combination STB / aspect ratio there is no perfect combination where I don't need the Panny remote. Has anybody found the silver bullet I am looking for?
post #1200 of 1376
2nu2hd.. Set up the STB to wide all the time with resolution pass-through if possible. For HD programming and 4:3 commercials I just leave it on "full" all the time. For 4:3 programming I use "just". For non-anamorphic letter-boxed I use "zoom". I just need to monkey with the remote when changing programs ( 90%+ of what I watch is HD widescreen ).

Leaving bars is a problem only if you have your setting up far too high... otherwise enjoy the set and don't have a coronary if black bars are up for a small percentage of the time.
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