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post #751 of 941
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Originally Posted by epiney View Post

Ahh, OK. Looks great BTW. Professional finish and nice solution for steel studs. You must be pretty happy

What's the center channel you are using. It looks like a good slim design to fit below PDPs. Where are the other speakers? It's such a clean look.


The center speaker is actually a 3 in 1 speaker by Mirage called the Unitheater which has all three channels with omnipolar tweeters. I also have the matching omnipolar rear surrounds. I am reasonably happy with it so far. Obviously the look was a deciding factor although I may move to some sleek discrete speakers in the near future. I was using some paradigm speakers before that sounded great but did not go with our decor, I do miss the wide soundstage though. Mirage makes some Omnipolar floorstanders that would work but I will try this for awhile. This particular all in one front speaker has a wider soundstage than the other similiar products I have listened to because of the omnipolar tweeters. The Yamaha is designed to simulate a 5.1 surround setup without rear speakers. I strongly felt that there is no substitute for discrete rear surrounds so I passed on the Yamaha.

I am partial to canadian speakers and their sound but may venture away in the future. My concession to that is my subwoofer which is an HSU VTF12 in gloss black ie monster?

as Mike1117 mentioned before the stand is a BDI avion noir the smaller of the two sizes available

www.bdiusa.com

www.miragespeakers.com

thanks everybody for the feedback

As for the TV, I have been using the break in dvd almost all the time since getting the TV. I set the picture mode to standard and adjusted everything to 0 and found that I was pretty happy with that although I will start tweaking very soon. I have Avia, DVE and the new ISF disc from monster and a radio shack spl meter for the sound. I will put up my settings for what its worth.

The picture looks great! but I feel that the image size and sense of immersion give me more impact than the improved picture quality over my old vizio. This tend to make me feel that in the future if I had to sacrifice a little on picture quality for square inches I am not embarrased to say I would pick the bigger tv. I have videophile tendencies and do notice the inadequencies in modern displays but I am lucky enough to enjoy watching despite them if i feel immersed into the picture.

The panny was the perfect compromise for me and expect to be enjoying well into the future.

as an aside, I had posted earlier that I was purchasing from panny direct with corporate pricing only to find out that costco had it in their store for a little more. I felt the peace of mind buying at costco was worth the price difference and was able to cancel my panny direct order (refused delivery) and will not be charged a restocking fee. and purchased at a local costco.

sorry about the ranting!

anybody else have pics of their setup? We would love to see them!
post #752 of 941
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Originally Posted by nred1 View Post

Below is a link to some pictures of my install of the 58px600u. Sorry, I don't know how to get the images to display in this message.

Thanks to Mike1117 for his extra time in providing me with measurements to facilitate this install.

let me know what you think.

http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/nischa...bddre2&.src=ph

One last question: Why did you pick the 600 over the 60? Black bezel, or something else?

Thanks!

Shane D
post #753 of 941
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Originally Posted by Shane D View Post

One last question: Why did you pick the 600 over the 60? Black bezel, or something else?

Thanks!

Shane D


Shane,

I got the 600 because it looks better, ie black bezel. The other options including the better speakers, cable card etc I don't intend to use. If I was in a situation where the price was significantly more I may have reconsidered ,but the retailer I finally ended up purchasing from (costco) had a fair price on the 600u and they do not carry the 60u. I wanted to purchase from this retailer due to their very generous return policy for peace of mind.
post #754 of 941
Does anyone know if Panasonic has plans to release a 58" version of the commerical panel? If so, what is the time frame and is there a source for additional info?

Also, due to a poor layout (from a TV watching perspective) of my living room I am afraid the best place for my TV is 15-16' from some of the seating. Is this too far for a 58" TV? I realize it is further than the "optimal," but is this an unreasonable distance?

Thanks in advance. JT
post #755 of 941
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Originally Posted by nred1 View Post

Shane,

I got the 600 because it looks better, ie black bezel. The other options including the better speakers, cable card etc I don't intend to use. If I was in a situation where the price was significantly more I may have reconsidered ,but the retailer I finally ended up purchasing from (costco) had a fair price on the 600u and they do not carry the 60u. I wanted to purchase from this retailer due to their very generous return policy for peace of mind.

Thanks for the reply!

Shane D
post #756 of 941
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Originally Posted by jameyt View Post

Does anyone know if Panasonic has plans to release a 58" version of the commerical panel? If so, what is the time frame and is there a source for additional info?

Also, due to a poor layout (from a TV watching perspective) of my living room I am afraid the best place for my TV is 15-16' from some of the seating. Is this too far for a 58" TV? I realize it is further than the "optimal," but is this an unreasonable distance?

Thanks in advance. JT

There has not been any noise about a 58 commercial. However, the 65 1080p is out, to be followed by the 50 & 58 1080p's next spring rumor has it. 15-16 feet is not unreasonable for a viewing distance. My distance goes from 8-20 feet or so and it works.
post #757 of 941
Question for owners -- do you get much glare from the 58" Panasonic? We are a little concerned with the reflection of this screen compared to other TVs with the non-glare type glass.

Lucy
post #758 of 941
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Originally Posted by beatles6 View Post

Hey it worked!!





Is that a BDI Icon Stand? I just ordered the 50.5 inch wide version. Is your's the same width, and is it an awesome, quality stand??? I hope it is seeing as how I just shelled out a nice sum like you did.
post #759 of 941
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Originally Posted by HeresLucy View Post

Question for owners -- do you get much glare from the 58" Panasonic? We are a little concerned with the reflection of this screen compared to other TVs with the non-glare type glass.

Lucy

You'll get glare off a plasma, all do. The 58 is pretty good about it nonetheless. I have large windows adjacent to the tv and some glare but it is very watchable. I think what one should avoid are windows behind the viewer which would annoy. I actually like a light off center and behind me when watching so the reflection is not visible.
post #760 of 941
My 58" arrives on Friday, I think I'm pretty ready for it. I have the mount, and everything is already pre-wired through the wall from the current plasma screen.

One question though -

I have a media room behind the wall where my current plasma screen hangs and where the new one will go, this is where all of the other components reside (out of sight). Will the IR Blaster that is furnished with the 600U pass the IR signal from each components own remote through the screen's IR receiver on the front of the screen then through the cable and to the component? Or does it only work in conjunction with the 600U remote and/or signals sent from the TV Guide feature?

This is really important to me, I hope that it works the way that I think it should. I am tired of having a IR transmitter visible in the room. As is, my setup is very clean and has no visible cabling or components with the plasma screen invisibly suspended on the wall.
post #761 of 941
Thanks for the replies all. Screen arrives in a few hours, I guess I'll just figure it out then.
post #762 of 941
I belive it will not work that way. I used to like the IR blaster until I came across the RF universal remotes and receiver kits. They work great and the receiver is set near the devises you want to run, nothing in your main room. RF remotes work through walls, floor, ect, ect. No IR bugs to mess with either
post #763 of 941
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Originally Posted by Cleveland Plasma View Post

I belive it will not work that way. I used to like the IR blaster until I came across the RF universal remotes and receiver kits. They work great and the receiver is set near the devises you want to run, nothing in your main room. RF remotes work through walls, floor, ect, ect. No IR bugs to mess with either

That's what I have now and I hate it. I think a neighbor has the same thing, my channels change by themselves quite often. Looking at the new Logitech 890 to replace what I currently have.
post #764 of 941
^^^^ I would say the range is a little to good. I bet your neighbors remote is changing your TV channels. I can run my components on my second floor with my RF remote and my gear is in the basement.
post #765 of 941
Here is my installation -



Additional installation pics located at -

http://s146.photobucket.com/albums/r254/currierm2/
post #766 of 941
I installed my cablecard today and have the optical audio out (SPDIF) coming out of the 600U and going into my audio receiver out to 5.1 speakers. The audio is out of sync (standard dialogue).

Any ideas?
post #767 of 941
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Originally Posted by mcurrier View Post

Here is my installation -



Additional installation pics located at -

http://s146.photobucket.com/albums/r254/currierm2/

Very nice install. Put up a pic of the room it's in so we can get a better sense of the whole package. I need to do the same but still haven't had time to square away my wiring since I'm redoing some bathrooms. As far as the audio sync that is out of my knowledge area and there are times (regards your remote query) that folks won't respond because they have no useful input. However, I like your setup and don't forget to take that sticker off the top right part of your panel, it just peels right off if you're gentle.
post #768 of 941
Just read through this entire thread and I love all the pics and feedback, but the one thing I haven't seen mentioned, which is important to me, is how do people like gaming on this set? I currently have my 360 running into an older Panny 42 inch EDTV and I love it. Anyone gaming on the 58 yet? If so, how do you like it?
post #769 of 941
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Originally Posted by Jonesky View Post

Very nice install. Put up a pic of the room it's in so we can get a better sense of the whole package.

Here is the room, has not changed since building house 3 years ago.

Primary viewing position is 15 feet from screen, looks AWESOME!



post #770 of 941
Mcurrier; Nice room for tv, you'll be happy with the panel I'd say. I dig mine big time.

As far as gaming, Skyehill. I haven't, but I have a Samsung 40 inch lcd for that.
post #771 of 941
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Originally Posted by Jonesky View Post

Mcurrier; Nice room for tv, you'll be happy with the panel I'd say. I dig mine big time.

Thanks. When we built our home we deleted the fireplace, that opened up a very important wall. All of our previous homes had fireplaces, and I find that the fireplace is usually a room killer. It creates problems in furniture/plasma positioning, and honestly, it rarely ever gets used. I think that fireplaces are more of a decor design these days than for functionality and use.
post #772 of 941
"When we built our home we deleted the fireplace, that opened up a very important wall. All of our previous homes had fireplaces, and I find that the fireplace is usually a room killer. It creates problems in furniture/plasma positioning, and honestly, it rarely ever gets used. I think that fireplaces are more of a decor design these days than for functionality and use."
mcurrier
I take exception to this- when we built our home 7 years ago, my wife insisted on a fireplace.
And we do intend to use it someday :>)).
post #773 of 941
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Originally Posted by rturner View Post

I take exception to this- when we built our home 7 years ago, my wife insisted on a fireplace.
And we do intend to use it someday :>)).

I stand corrected.
post #774 of 941
Wondering if anyone has pics of their xbox 360 playing on their 58" and can share your experiences(component, vga, sound, etc).
post #775 of 941
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Originally Posted by rturner View Post

"When we built our home we deleted the fireplace, that opened up a very important wall. All of our previous homes had fireplaces, and I find that the fireplace is usually a room killer. It creates problems in furniture/plasma positioning, and honestly, it rarely ever gets used. I think that fireplaces are more of a decor design these days than for functionality and use."
mcurrier
I take exception to this- when we built our home 7 years ago, my wife insisted on a fireplace.
And we do intend to use it someday :>)).

This is very interesting to me since I am on the verge of buying a 58px600u to mount in a built in media cabinet over a gas fireplace. Currently I have a Toshiba 36" CRT SD in there. The plan has always been to put a big set in there and now the time is finally here

The cabinet is 63 1/4" w x 38 1/4" H x 27 3/4" D. I plan to use an articulating arm mount like the Omni UCL-X attached to structural wall studs behind the cabinet. The plan for the new TIVO S3 (maybe DTV HR20-700) and DVD/Receiver is to place them on the bottom of the cabinet behind the 58px600u and swing the panel out of the way when I need to access them. We watch about 3 DVD's a year so access to it is not critical.

Has anyone heard of any problems from the hot air from gas fireplaces near a plasma panel? We don't use the fireplace a lot since we are in Central Florida but we enjoy it a few times during the winter. My wife has been known to turn on the AC so she can watch the fireplace.

Suggestions/thoughts appreciated!
LL
post #776 of 941
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Originally Posted by mcurrier View Post

Thanks. When we built our home we deleted the fireplace, that opened up a very important wall. All of our previous homes had fireplaces, and I find that the fireplace is usually a room killer. It creates problems in furniture/plasma positioning, and honestly, it rarely ever gets used. I think that fireplaces are more of a decor design these days than for functionality and use.

I only have a fireplace in my den and it works well there but with the size windows in my LR there is no place for a fire place. It's nice on occasion when it's really cold.
post #777 of 941
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Originally Posted by sthor View Post

This is very interesting to me since I am on the verge of buying a 58px600u to mount in a built in media cabinet over a gas fireplace. Currently I have a Toshiba 36" CRT SD in there. The plan has always been to put a big set in there and now the time is finally here

The cabinet is 63 1/4" w x 38 1/4" H x 27 3/4" D. I plan to use an articulating arm mount like the Omni UCL-X attached to structural wall studs behind the cabinet. The plan for the new TIVO S3 (maybe DTV HR20-700) and DVD/Receiver is to place them on the bottom of the cabinet behind the 58px600u and swing the panel out of the way when I need to access them. We watch about 3 DVD's a year so access to it is not critical.

Has anyone heard of any problems from the hot air from gas fireplaces near a plasma panel? We don't use the fireplace a lot since we are in Central Florida but we enjoy it a few times during the winter. My wife has been known to turn on the AC so she can watch the fireplace.

Suggestions/thoughts appreciated!

I remember a thread a while back where this was discussed and I don't think it was a problem unless the hot gasses tended to flow up there directly for some (improper install, for example) reason and accumulate around the box where you would have the panel. If you pull the panel out and leave it in the hot gas flow then you might get it a little hot. I am not an expert though.

I think the most common problem cited was the head/neck angle viewing a high mounted plasma. Apparently you watch tv up there so probably not an issue.
post #778 of 941
Does anyone know how or where I might be able to get the Panasonic TV mount that is in the manual? I understand it is not for sale in the US for some reason...
I am supposed to pickup my 60U today or tomorrow. I purchased it last night on a weekend sale from Huppins HiFi.
I need to sell my Toshiba 57HDX82 first to make room for the Panny!! But, I also need a good stand for the new Panny.
BTW... It was one heck of a read going through all 26 pages of this thread! I muscled my way through and it helped me decide on the Panny. The price was great (under thirty-fve-hundred!)
post #779 of 941
I purchased the 50PX60U about 6 months ago. I had the urge for something bigger. I started looking into the XBR2 60" and a couple other models because of price difference between plasma's and LCD over 50 inches. I really prefer plasma after returning a sony A10 LCD. Both DLP and LCD I don't care for bulb replacements or SSE or rainbows.To my surprise today I got the 58PX600U at a great price, $4500 Canadian which is very good up here. It was suppose to be the 60U but when I got there it was the 600U I was priced for. Same place I bought my 50PX60U from. I am happy to be able to get a bigger plasma screen at a great price. I didn't really want anything other than a plasma. To me plasma TV's are the best in the current market. When you go plasma you never go back . By the way for any Canadians I noticed a $1000 price cut on a couple popular canadian online stores (FS) and thats for the 58" model. If your thinking of moving to a big plasma screen here's your chance.
post #780 of 941
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Originally Posted by mcurrier View Post

Here is my installation -



Additional installation pics located at -

http://s146.photobucket.com/albums/r254/currierm2/

Which mount did you use?

I just got my 58' Panny this week and am trying to decide which mount to use - a tilt or a flushmount with spacers.....
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