I found the forum about 2 months ago and through careful question asking and review, i bought my new toy, the Panasonic 42PWD5. It's a great unit for a great price, that does great things. I just wanted to say thanks to all the members that answered my questions,a nd even those that answered questions before they were asked, you "guys" definitely give great advice, even on no commision. Thanks for all your help!
You are probably too busy gazing at your new toy, but we'd like to hear the details of your order experience. Where, how much, how fast, good service? This stuff is really usefull to those of us who haven't taken the plunge!
I had a very similar experience to biggstuu. I found AVS about 3-4 months ago. I spent a lot of time in the Rear Projection forum and was actually in the Samsung DLP powerbuy. After finally getting to see one of those (and experiencing headaches as well as seeing rainbows), I decided I had better get a plasma instead. I too bought the 42PWD5, from Paul at Visual Apex. I got the set+stand deliverd for $3750; the set arrived 3 days after ordering it. I've had it for a week now. I want to play with the set for another couple of weeks before I start asking more questions from this group. This forum really helped me decide what was the right plasma for me now and convinced me I could buy from non-local source, safely and cheaper.
srgilbert, you are right i have been watching old dvd's, new dvd's, and thoroughly enjoying my new toy, but i have to say that LOTR Special Edition is by far the best i have seen on the unit as far as PQ, yes, even better than SWAOTC. As far as the buying experience, i went through Paul at Visual Apex, unfortunately at the time i ordered the west coast shipping strike was taking place and i had to wait a few weeks, but he always kept me in the loop, i recall calling him and telling him i wanted to change my order to a different model that was in stock and even cost more, a plus for him, Paul did the unthinkable and advised me that the model i was shooting for paled in comparison to the model i was waiting for, i did my research and he was 100% on the money. My patience paid off, Paul called me on a Weds night and adv that the sets were in and i had my unit on a Tuesday evening, and now im loving life. As far as price i think it was $3700 w/shipping and wall mount included. I highly recommend working w/Paul and the folks at VA.
Since both of you are just entering the plasma world, if you didn't read some of my recent postings I just wanted to encourage you to calibrate the display with something like Avia, VE, or the thx optimizer at the very least. I just did that and the results were very pleasing. (I always had black level far too low)
Calibrating with AVIA is my friday night project. I've read some posts concerning this and have a question: Is there a list of which tests from this disk are applicable for a plasma screen? Or is there a short list of the tests that *don't* apply? Thanks
The white level test doesn't really work. The general concensus from forum members is to put it somewhere around -20 or so, and then calibrate from there. I found -18 was where I liked the whiteness of the white on that test pattern, so I just set it there.
Be careful of the geometry area. Remember that the various aspect ratio patterns shown are still designed for a 4:3 TV, so they are non-anamorphic images. In the "Widescreen Enhanced" section you will find anamporhpic material.
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