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The FAQ has answered just about every question I've ever had concerning Plasma and I've read it many times and I applaud all those who have contributed to it, it is an invaluable resource of information that has given me a beginning towards my understanding of this technology.


I've also read so many threads that it is hard to remember what I've read, let alone trying to remember where I read it, so please bear with me.


My question is specifically for the PH-42PWD5UY that I ordered from Dell.


I'm using a Denon 3803 which allows for composite, s-video and component "Input" and only one "Output" to TV (Video Conversion)


I'm using the TW HD box, DVD player, and a VCR.


This quote is from the FAQ:

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Most plasma units will have one-each of the standard "analog" connections (RGBHV via VGA or BNC, component via 3xRCA or BNC, S-Video, composite and NTSC/PAL-based RF)
I currently own some overpriced component cables.

Do I need a BNC cable?

If so, should I purchase a BNC adapter or would it be better to purchase a cable with component on one end and BNC on the other?

The reason I ask is because I can't seem to find information on exactly what connections are on the rear of this set.


Also when I fire this baby up, before I do anything else what are the recommended starting points for contrast, picture etc. before I have a chance to calibrate it with AVIA/Video Essentials.


Thanks in advance


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In theory a cable with a built-in BNC connector would perform better than one that requires a BNC adapter. However, the quality of the cable makes a difference. Another thread around here discusses some ongoing cable testing of mine. So far the two cables that required a BNC adapter performed better than the set with the built-in BNC connection.


Also, it is my guess that the quality of the BNC adapter can make a difference. I am not testing this theory - I just bought Monster BNC adapters rather than the Radio Shack version.
 

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For a starting point on contrast, just turn it down to about -15 to -20 right away. The rest of the settings are not all that bad by default. For analog cable I find about -17 brightness is good, but brightness is set to +3 for DVD viewing.


To be perfectly clear, the panel has BNC connectors for all video lines. So thats 5 for the component and 1 for the composite feed.
 

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Felgar,


I do not own a Panasonic, so I have no real clue on this. You mention five component inputs. I was under the impression that component input was a three wire affair. At least that is what the back of my DVD player deals with. Which device(s) has a five wire component output setup?


Thanks . . .
 

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Oh, thanks.
 

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Another question that I could not find the answer to in the FAQ.


Are plasmas affected by unshielded speakers?


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Another question that I could not find the answer to in the FAQ.


Are plasmas affected by unshielded speakers?


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You are correct, that should be in the FAQ. The answer is no, it's not affected by magnetic fields.
 

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i run my dvd player with component cables directly to the plasma and my other stuff with composite to the AV receiver and then composite to the plasma.


the PH-42PWD5UY is the commercial unit so it's no stand and BNC connections. i don't notice any signal loss with a BNC adapter for my composite input but others here (deann) said she noticed it.


speakers. i think it was covered. yeh, don't worry about it.


oh about the contrast, i used the factory setting for a while until i got an AVIA Home Theater calibration DVD.


PM me and I can point you to how to get the DVD really cheap.
 
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