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post #9511 of 10937
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Originally Posted by dsskid View Post

I bought a nice piece that may compliment your room. It's Riverside Harmony 60" oak credenza

Nice but not deep enough for most A/V Receivers with all of the cables in the back. This is why I went with BDI they are designed for all the components even the wood ones and some have sliding doors in the back for easy access to the cables.
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post #9512 of 10937
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Originally Posted by Gary J View Post

Does Circuit City delivering, hooking up and and setting on the mount count?

If the TV was bought in January and CC charged a separate "delivery/installation" fee (not just "delivery") and it was installed by 2/15/08 and then yes, however, the rebate has since expired.
post #9513 of 10937
I always wondered...Using the Vivid pre-set would that shorten the life of the set? should i figure a way to recalibrate it? Please anyhelp would be greatly appreciated...big time noob.
post #9514 of 10937
Just turn off Vivid. Looks better anyway.
post #9515 of 10937
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Originally Posted by kid quick View Post

I always wondered...Using the Vivid pre-set would that shorten the life of the set? should i figure a way to recalibrate it? Please anyhelp would be greatly appreciated...big time noob.

Well you could at least go into the Picture/Contrast and change those to lower settings, esp. the Picture which is set all the way on 30. But vivid mode is a bit much anyhow, no matter how you set it in my opinion you are better off going to one of the other modes like Standard/Custom/Cinema and making adjustments there.
post #9516 of 10937
Hi I have a 58pz700u and I am wall mounting this unit. I am not using the stand that comes with this unit. Can the stand fit any other sets or just this one?
post #9517 of 10937
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Originally Posted by cincy51 View Post

Hi I have a 58pz700u and I am wall mounting this unit. I am not using the stand that comes with this unit. Can the stand fit any other sets or just this one?

Your stand is larger than the 50" stand, however, as I suggested to another poster who was wall mounting, you might want to keep it should you ever require repair/service work in which the set has to be removed from the wall.
post #9518 of 10937
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Originally Posted by kid quick View Post

I always wondered...Using the Vivid pre-set would that shorten the life of the set? should i figure a way to recalibrate it? Please anyhelp would be greatly appreciated...big time noob.

The higher the Picture setting (e.g. VIVID) the shorter the phoshor life, although as suggested by others, the other settings are much better for general viewing purposes, although I do prefer VIVID for gaming.
post #9519 of 10937
Ok Thanks yes I will keep it no matter
post #9520 of 10937
I picked up the TH-42PZ700U last night from Costco. Brought it home set it up and within a few hours it had shut itself off and the power indicator was blinking. It now does this within 30 minutes of using the set. Searching the thread has revealed this appears to be a problem people here are seeing. Sigh.

It was kind of a pain in the ass to get home, now I need to decide if I want to just return it or call Panasonic Concierge.
post #9521 of 10937
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Originally Posted by hifi View Post

I picked up the TH-42PZ700U last night from Costco. Brought it home set it up and within a few hours it had shut itself off and the power indicator was blinking. It now does this within 30 minutes of using the set. Searching the thread has revealed this appears to be a problem people here are seeing. Sigh.

It was kind of a pain in the ass to get home, now I need to decide if I want to just return it or call Panasonic Concierge.

It is a rare problem to be sure, however, given that COSTCO is so good about returns, your best bet is to just return it as it might take awhile for a Panasonic tech to get out and replace the power supply. Also, now that you've seen the size of the 42" you might consider upgrading to the 50".
post #9522 of 10937
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Originally Posted by jdsmoothie View Post

It is a rare problem to be sure, however, given that COSTCO is so good about returns, your best bet is to just return it as it might take awhile for a Panasonic tech to get out and replace the power supply. Also, now that you've seen the size of the 42" you might consider upgrading to the 50".

I decided to give Panasonic Concierge a call, they said they could have someone out by Tuesday morning, much quicker than I expected.

I Just realized I should probably figure out how that is going to effect my 90 day return policy at Costco. I would just return it if its size wasn't so much of a pain in the butt as far as returning it goes. Especially if all the other TV's my Costco are just going to have the same issue. It sounded like from some posts on the forum that the service is fairly easy so I figured what the hell. The manufacture date on the unit is Jan 2008 btw.

The TV is actually for my bedroom so the 42" might actually be too big. But I'm not about to pay the same price for something smaller like a 37" LCD. It does look nice though. :P
post #9523 of 10937
Because one product is bad is no reason to assume that ALL the products are bad. Regardless of COSTCO's 90-day return policy, the Panasonic 1 year warranty would still be in effect although most likely the tech will be able to resolve your problem by replacing the power supply. Although initially the 42" might seem too large for the bedroom, keep in mind it's ideal viewing distance is only 6'-9'.
post #9524 of 10937
We replaced a 20" Sony CRT with a 42" panny in our bedroom and we think it's just right! The problem is, we like the picture so well on the panny plasma that we're seriously considering getting a 58" panny plasma for the living room to replace our 5 year old 50" panny lcd rptv.
post #9525 of 10937
And therein lies the rub. Most folks don't really care about the TV in their bedroom, watching at best 30-60min prior to going to sleep. However, and especially if it's the first plasma, once you see the PQ of HD channels on this Panny, you'll not only not want to go back to SD, but you'll most likely want to go larger the next time around in other rooms. There have been more than a few converts here who started out cheap, sticking with SD only, only to have their eyes opened wide when they saw HD programming on their new set.
post #9526 of 10937
anyone have the th65pz750u running at 1080p/24? If so, what settings are you using?
post #9527 of 10937
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Originally Posted by jdsmoothie View Post

And therein lies the rub. Most folks don't really care about the TV in their bedroom, watching at best 30-60min prior to going to sleep. However, and especially if it's the first plasma, once you see the PQ of HD channels on this Panny, you'll not only not want to go back to SD, but you'll most likely want to go larger the next time around in other rooms. There have been more than a few converts here who started out cheap, sticking with SD only, only to have their eyes opened wide when they saw HD programming on their new set.

I only used the Panny for a bit last night before it shut itself off, but I was impressed with the SD picture quality. Definitely better than my 60" SXRD in the living room.

Unfortunately my living situation currently does not offer me HD television (hopefully fixing that in May). Until then I will have to get my HD fixes in through a PS3, XBox 360, Apple TV, and computer. I love my living room set though, part of the reason I decided to upgrade the 20" CRT in the bedroom. :P
post #9528 of 10937
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Originally Posted by citman View Post

Hardwood floors in a red oak type color, big wall with fireplace that is all oak paneled, dark brown (espresso) leather furniture. Really need to take some pics of the room I guess and post huh?

the w.i.f.e. wants a "real" piece of furniture for the room, no Bush prefab crap (although I like my old bush desk) and she prefers wood as opposed to metal/glass contemporary looks.

I got a TON of links from that other thread. Off to surf.

I was forced to build one of these by my w.i.f.e. to hold the 50PZ700U. Be glad.

-Crackers

post #9529 of 10937
Wow, good job Crackers! Did you buy those doors or rout them yourself? And why is the light blue? Doesn't that affect the way you perceive the colors on the screen?
post #9530 of 10937
Light appears "blue" because the digital camera got fooled by the room lighting (the lamp on the left) being "warm". The camera compensated and made things look cooler, or more blue. In reality, the backlight (or bias light) is a perfectly white light at 6500K, the studio reference standard.

Your eye, in a dark room, will use this backlight as a reference and I find it helps perceive real colors better on the Panny.

Doors were routed by a friend of mine, piano hinges on the bottom. Stores all those DVD's and other ugly stuff.
post #9531 of 10937
I could tell from the notches above the doors that they were tilt outs. Nice design choice. I have a digital camera as well and find it very difficult to get an accurate picture of my TV. Mine is just a simple Sony Cybershot.
post #9532 of 10937
I'm learning how to use the remote for the 50pz700u I just got. Can you switch from one input to another with only one press of a button? can you switch from one picture mode to another with just one press of a button?

btw, for anyone interested, I'm testing the 700u against the Pioneer 5080HD which I already have.
post #9533 of 10937
at this time would it be worth getting a 42700u? or are there wayy better plasmas out? used only for bluray an Gaming.
post #9534 of 10937
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Originally Posted by like2watch00 View Post

I'm learning how to use the remote for the 50pz700u I just got. Can you switch from one input to another with only one press of a button? can you switch from one picture mode to another with just one press of a button?

Kinda yes if the button is on a Logitech Harmony. Changes the other units simultaneously (including power on/off) at the same time as well. :-)

Otherwise I recall needing two keystrokes (one to say you're picking inputs and the second stroke to pick which one (by number)). But we switch scenarios with a low end version of Harmony ($80'ish list, less on eBay).
post #9535 of 10937
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Originally Posted by like2watch00 View Post

Can you switch from one input to another with only one press of a button? can you switch from one picture mode to another with just one press of a button?

The 700u remote is not programmable so INPUT - no, ASPECT - yes.
post #9536 of 10937
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Originally Posted by Dubz4lif3 View Post

at this time would it be worth getting a 42700u? or are there wayy better plasmas out? used only for bluray an Gaming.

Yes. No (although this is a Panny thread).
post #9537 of 10937
Do you guys think I am better off waiting for the 42PZ85U to go on sale a couple hundred off, or is there not much improvement over the 42PZ77U?

Opinions much appreciated!
post #9538 of 10937
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Originally Posted by like2watch00 View Post

I'm learning how to use the remote for the 50pz700u I just got. Can you switch from one input to another with only one press of a button? can you switch from one picture mode to another with just one press of a button?

btw, for anyone interested, I'm testing the 700u against the Pioneer 5080HD which I already have.

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Originally Posted by seemenewd View Post

Kinda yes if the button is on a Logitech Harmony. Changes the other units simultaneously (including power on/off) at the same time as well. :-)

Otherwise I recall needing two keystrokes (one to say you're picking inputs and the second stroke to pick which one (by number)). But we switch scenarios with a low end version of Harmony ($80'ish list, less on eBay).

too bad it's not one keystroke. Also, the pz700 has no "before & after" function to see the effects of your settings changes, correct?
post #9539 of 10937
Thx! i have the 700u, my friend is getting a plasma so was checking if my plasma didn't become "old" lol
post #9540 of 10937
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Originally Posted by Winnipeg_Jet View Post

Do you guys think I am better off waiting for the 42PZ85U to go on sale a couple hundred off, or is there not much improvement over the 42PZ77U?

Opinions much appreciated!

This is the 700/750 thread, both of which are superior to the 77u so doubt you'll get positive responses for the 85u which is a level lower then the 700/750 replacements .... 800/850.
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