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post #4231 of 5782
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Originally Posted by adm View Post

Thanks for the follow up.

Quick question though: If my settings are not being changed (still staying as a 16:9) as I surf through the channels, why would some HD channels come in as (HD 1080) in full screen and others (also HD 1080) come in with the gray side bars?

Is the gray bar bracket image the 4:3 that you are referring to?

This is because some channels are not HD even though they claim they are being broadcasted in HD (eg. Sometimes ESPN, FOX, abc etc...). So dont worry about it - nothing wrong with the TV - it is the broadcasters. Sometimes you might notice while watching HD, when they play commercial you will see the same - which is normal since programming is in HD, but commercials are not. Hope this helps.
post #4232 of 5782
I am sure I missed this somewhere, so sorry, but anybody know a firm release date for the new Panny 1080p 50" I keep hearing rumors about?

thanks,

elvis
post #4233 of 5782
First, let me just say that everyone on this forum rocks! I've learned so much and the info has been invaluable.

Well, BB/Mag. is offering 24 month interest free financing and after waiting for months I am getting the 600U this week.

I would like to get suggestions for the following:
Wall mount bracket... what brand?
Where can I get the "break in" DVD and is it necessary?
Best connectivity... HDMI, component, etc...?

Thanks again to all who have contributed and I look forward to your responses. Thanks!!!

Airgordon13
post #4234 of 5782
600U has PIP capabilities so if you want to use that, don't use the HDMI inputs.
post #4235 of 5782
Went to BB here in Honolulu today to purchase a Panasonic 42" HDTV. The store had the Panny HD and ED versions on display but the pictures were visibly worse than other brands. When I inquired the reason, I was told that the HD signal in the store was not strong enough for the Panasonic plasmas! The explanation was that the HD signal into the store had to feed all of the display models in the store, and only the Panasonic plasmas could not process the weaker signal. Again, I was told that only Panasonic had this problem. This explanation stunk, so we went to CC to check out the TVs. No signal problem here...just clear and sharp pictures on the Panasonics. Anyone else experience this unscrupulous sales tactic?
post #4236 of 5782
Hekili98

Sounds like the first store's signal distribution system was on the fritz.

Last year, the BB in my area had something bad wrong with their's where the picture on 20 or so sets would go totally black about every 5 seconds, then jump around until they would stabilize for about 3 seconds. This went on for about 6 weeks until I emailed corporate. Problem fixed in 3 or 4 days. Spoke with an employee about that later and found that there is a basic store attitude about not fixing things like this. Evidently, corporate didn't share their attitude.
post #4237 of 5782
Hi everyone. I have a questions for you. 20 days ago I bought my TH-50PX60U and very happy about it, BUT recently I started to see some veird thinks. Some times my TV showing green horizontal lines, not the whole screen some where in the middle of screen and it was about 20 lines. It happened several time and if I remeber correctly it was only when I was watching my Philips-642 DVD player. So when lines were showing up I rewind DVD disk back, and played that scene againg and there were no lines anymore. So please give me your recomendations because I have 4 days left before my 30 days store returning back period expires. Thanks.
post #4238 of 5782
microsup

If its only showing up when you use your DVD player (as opposed to your cable box or satellite box) then its in your DVD player. Solution, get a different DVD player.

If it shows up on all your devices, DVD, cable, etc., then exchange the TV.
post #4239 of 5782
Oh no! Yesterday, while watching the PGA Championship, my Panasonic 50PX60U (one week new) started switching over to Component 2, then back to Component 1, etc... At first I thought I sat on the remote or it was stuck between the couch cushions. I shut the TV off and powered back on and it continued switching. Next I took the batteries out of the remote to see if that might be the problem but it continued. I checked and double checked for a maddening half hour before shutting it off completely. When I got home from work this evening I turned it on and it has now been and hour and a half with no problems. Question, should I take this as a sign that this unit is defective and exchange it? Has anyone dealt with this before? Thanks in advance.
post #4240 of 5782
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Originally Posted by thebigkahuna1 View Post

Oh no! Yesterday, while watching the PGA Championship, my Panasonic 50PX60U (one week new) started switching over to Component 2, then back to Component 1, etc... At first I thought I sat on the remote or it was stuck between the couch cushions. I shut the TV off and powered back on and it continued switching. Next I took the batteries out of the remote to see if that might be the problem but it continued. I checked and double checked for a maddening half hour before shutting it off completely. When I got home from work this evening I turned it on and it has now been and hour and a half with no problems. Question, should I take this as a sign that this unit is defective and exchange it? Has anyone dealt with this before? Thanks in advance.

If it's a first occurence, I would remember it but not necessarily act on it right away. As soon as it happens a second time, I'd be packing it up and taking it back to the store ASAP. If it's one week new, you've got some time to make sure that's the only thing that might be wrong.
post #4241 of 5782
Did anyone notice the price drop of the panasonic plasma lately. 20-25% reduction. there are credible sources saying panasonic is going to announce it officially soon.
post #4242 of 5782
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Originally Posted by thebigkahuna1 View Post

Oh no! Yesterday, while watching the PGA Championship, my Panasonic 50PX60U (one week new) started switching over to Component 2, then back to Component 1, etc... At first I thought I sat on the remote or it was stuck between the couch cushions. I shut the TV off and powered back on and it continued switching. Next I took the batteries out of the remote to see if that might be the problem but it continued. I checked and double checked for a maddening half hour before shutting it off completely. When I got home from work this evening I turned it on and it has now been and hour and a half with no problems. Question, should I take this as a sign that this unit is defective and exchange it? Has anyone dealt with this before? Thanks in advance.

It couldn't hurt to tap on the "TV/VIDEO" button, on the front panel of the set, a few times, it may have gotton wedged in to an odd position.
post #4243 of 5782
There is new firmware available for the 60U and 600U. See http://www.pasctraining.panasonic.co...downloads1.asp

It says it corrects a "Random lock up condition". Maybe that's what happened to thebigkahuna1's set.

My 600u arrived at the end of July. It had a manufacture date of May, so I immediately installed version 1.75 of the firmware. Version 1.75 came out mid-to-late June. The current firmware version (1.76) has an August 11th date on it.
post #4244 of 5782
Very Kewl that Panny even offers these downloadable updates.
post #4245 of 5782
Hey Julio388, who are the credible sources of this alleged price drop on the Panny plasmas?

I want to take advantage of the BB 24 month financing, but they are charging MSRP for it. So if there is a price drop in the works, I'd like to hear about it.

Gotta figure with the NFL season kicking off in a few weeks, this will be the time to move a lot of TVs.
post #4246 of 5782
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Originally Posted by AIRGORDON13 View Post

Hey Julio388, who are the credible sources of this alleged price drop on the Panny plasmas?

The past two years Panasonic has announced a MSRP price cut in late August timeframe. The pattern has been followed this year with constant discounts, rebates, or sales at the B&M chain stores. This is followed by a formal MSRP drop. With the prices having fallen on direct view LCDs, the odds are pretty good that we will see an official announcement soon.
post #4247 of 5782
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Originally Posted by dundakitty View Post

There is new firmware available for the 60U and 600U. See http://www.pasctraining.panasonic.co...downloads1.asp

It says it corrects a "Random lock up condition". Maybe that's what happened to thebigkahuna1's set.

My 600u arrived at the end of July. It had a manufacture date of May, so I immediately installed version 1.75 of the firmware. Version 1.75 came out mid-to-late June. The current firmware version (1.76) has an August 11th date on it.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it...
post #4248 of 5782
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Originally Posted by AIRGORDON13 View Post

Hey Julio388, who are the credible sources of this alleged price drop on the Panny plasmas?

I want to take advantage of the BB 24 month financing, but they are charging MSRP for it. So if there is a price drop in the works, I'd like to hear about it.

Gotta figure with the NFL season kicking off in a few weeks, this will be the time to move a lot of TVs.

Check BB's web site for the 58 something something 60u.

Oh, the temptation.
post #4249 of 5782
Folks, please stop the price drop at vendor discussion. When Panasonic announces a price drop that is okay, but not price drops at vendors.

Thanks
post #4250 of 5782
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Originally Posted by bbonds View Post

If it ain't broke, don't fix it...

Curious as to the pros and cons of doing a firmware update if I have not had issues with my plasma? Also, how exactly do you do it?
post #4251 of 5782
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Originally Posted by Mike1117 View Post

Curious as to the pros and cons of doing a firmware update if I have not had issues with my plasma? Also, how exactly do you do it?

The pros are specified on the website. So if your TV is suffering from any of the conditions listed on the website, it would benefit you to download the firmware. The website also gives you step-by-step instructions of how to perform the upgrade.

http://www.pasctraining.panasonic.co...downloads1.asp
post #4252 of 5782
Well, looks like the reason I could not find the thread I started Sunday, asking if anyone knew of a Panny MSRP reduction due to the fact that I saw a local add in the Sunday paper that appeared to indicate just that, was because the mods deleted it (as well as my response to earlier posts today in this thread reiterating the same). Apologies for breaking the rules, I had tried to keep it discrete by not naming the vendor, etc., but I guess it was still too leading. Oh well, just inquiring if anyone was aware of a price drop, especially since this was the time of year Pannys dropped last year.

Tim Terral
post #4253 of 5782
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Originally Posted by Holydoc View Post

The pros are specified on the website. So if your TV is suffering from any of the conditions listed on the website, it would benefit you to download the firmware. The website also gives you step-by-step instructions of how to perform the upgrade.

http://www.pasctraining.panasonic.co...downloads1.asp

Yeah, of course the pros are it fixes the problems stated. But what are the cons? Why does bbonds say "if it aint broke, don't fix it"? I don't have a problem now, but I might in the future if it don't upgrade right? But has anyone caused other problems by downloading the upgrade?

Unless I'm missing something, I really didn't see much in the way of step by step instructions other than download & install. I guess I will have to read the manual or call the Concierge service.
post #4254 of 5782
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Originally Posted by Mike1117 View Post

Yeah, of course the pros are it fixes the problems stated. But what are the cons? Why does bbonds say "if it aint broke, don't fix it"? I don't have a problem now, but I might in the future if it don't upgrade right? But has anyone caused other problems by downloading the upgrade?

Unless I'm missing something, I really didn't see much in the way of step by step instructions other than download & install. I guess I will have to read the manual or call the Concierge service.

The place where you download the firmware has a link to the downloadable instructions right next to the firmware download link. There isn't much to updating, and most of the instructions appear on the screen while updating.

There is always a small chance of goobering up your PDP (making it completely inop.) while updating the firmware. I think it's a small risk though. I wouldn't update the night before the Super Bowl, but the day after, sure.

I was updating the firmware on a color laser printer of mine, and it just stopped responding. Took 2 in-home service calls to fix it (they swapped the wrong board the first time), and I couldn't use it until it was fixed.

If I have something that is under warranty, I'll usually update the firmware no matter what. Out of warranty, I only update if it will fix a problem I am having.
post #4255 of 5782
I have been waiting a LOOOONG time for 1080p to hit the streets in a flat panel, especially one >=46". I am seeing offerings from Pioneer, JVC, and now Westinghouse, but what about Panasonic.

I spent the last year in the LCD vs. Plasma debate, and have recently leaned more towards the Plasma due to price and size. I also can potentially get a decent discount on a Panasonic, so I have some incentive to wait if the announcement is imminent.
post #4256 of 5782
i apologize for breaking the rules, it is so tempting.
post #4257 of 5782
Yep. It's not too long to wait. Panasonic 1080p's should be coming out within a few months. Check out this thread:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...t=panasonic+pz
post #4258 of 5782
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Originally Posted by martmann View Post

The place where you download the firmware has a link to the downloadable instructions right next to the firmware download link. There isn't much to updating, and most of the instructions appear on the screen while updating.

Thanks. Somehow I missed the instructions the first time. Now the hard questions... I have extra SD cards from my cameras but I don't have an SD slot on my PC. Can I format it and download the file somehow using the camera or do I need some type of SD card reader?
post #4259 of 5782
Dear PX60/600 owners,

I am not sure if this questions was already asked earlier, but I would like to know if you can adjust the colors red, green, blue separatly on the PX60 and/or PX600?

And what about Color Temperature? Can you adjust this?

Cheers,
Fico99
post #4260 of 5782
I have a 37PX60U which as a native display of 1024X720, should I have the display set at 720p and not 1080i? Is the picture being stretched at 1080i? What do you have your settings, my cable box does not have a pass through setting (Motorola 6412III)
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