So I had to stop by the big plasma LCD box house yesterday....

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Sniper X, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. soyanarchisto

    soyanarchisto Long timer

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    I'm hoping to mount a TV above my gas fireplace in the condo I just bought. There is no cable outlet on the wall (or on that side of the condo), however there is one in the room above that I can drop down into the living room (townhouse condo). Electricity can be found and relocated easily enough so thats not the problem. No games but would like to get a blue ray player. I'm thinking wireless TV so I can stream netflix, hulu, etc. Is there a way to stream cable so I dont need to deal with a cable box/cable? Ideally I would like to see ONLY the TV on that wall and no boxes, receivers etc.

    Secondly, is the Viera still the cats PJ's or is there something better? I dont give a rats ass about 3D.
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  2. tommyg

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    yesterday I replaved ny 5 year old toshiba 47in lcd with a panasonic 50in st50 plasma. First thing I did was watch dark knoght on blue ray. Iam very impressed with picture and video ganes look fanatasic. I did alot of research before I bought. Every review the st 50 came in first.
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  3. Cogswell

    Cogswell Spudly Adventurer

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    Did you run it through the break in cycle using the fully colored screens ?

    Mike
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  5. troidus

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    Sansui 32" LCD bought at Aldi in 2009 for <$400. Sent it with my wife to Ohio, and now Georgia. I still have my 1999 27" Trinitron that I use to watch the occasional DVD.

    Plasma sounds nice. $800 for one doesn't. (I do remember when a 42" plasma was $27k, so $800 doesn't seem so bad, but I'll wait until the Sansui craps out.)
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  6. tommyg

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    There was nothing in the maual about break in or in the many reviews I read about a break in.. The only thing Ive read about break in is dont do a calibration until 100hrs. I found several websites that have done this for my exact tv. and Ill wait to try them, I think the tv looks great on the cinema mode, after reading your warning Ill keep it on standard for awhile, even though it pretty dark.
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  7. Speedo66

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    Where did you buy it, do you feel you got a good price? Best I've seen is Amazon for $999.

    I'm looking for the same model, or maybe go to the 55", undecided at this point.
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  8. tommyg

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    i paid $1099 at abc warehouse, they were inline with most other stores, after 3 days I have no regrets on this tv. Go as big you can, Iam 13ft away the 50 is just right.
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  9. Cogswell

    Cogswell Spudly Adventurer

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    Yeah, I downloaded a file of "slides" from one of the AV forums. Put it on a flash drive and ran the TV on it for the first hundred hours. It has the entire screen one color for so many seconds and rotates through the file. It is supposed to break in the pixels evenly across the screen.:deal

    Most folks on those forums do agree to not calibrate prior to the first hundred hours of use. You can probably find the proper "settings" with a little searching.:wink:

    :freaky

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  10. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave Backyard Adventurer

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    What happens if one doesn't 'break in the pixels'?
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  11. Cogswell

    Cogswell Spudly Adventurer

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    If you read the writings of "the purists" The way I understood it was watching certain programming with darker borders rarely get the outer or perimeter pixels used. Therefore the pixels more to the center of the screen get used more and are broken in at a different rate, or faster than the rest of the screen possibly leading to uneven colors on the screen.

    Running the color slides has the entire screen at the same color for a period of time, before going on to the next color, and on around the loop.

    Clear as mud right ?

    :1drink
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  12. MikeFromMT

    MikeFromMT Past Tense

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  13. mbabc

    mbabc Curmudgeon trainee

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    Hey sniper,

    What ya think of this Pany (TC-P50UT50)at $699 with free shipping?

    Panasonic Plasma

    Thanks for any help!
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  14. spagthorpe

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    Dead thread?

    Been looking at the plasmas. I've not liked them in the past, as I like the crispness of the LCD sets but the new Panasonic plasmas are pretty amazing. I'm stuck in that ST50 vs GT50 vs VT50 quandary. Anyone get something new over the holidays and want to comment on them?

    I know the VT50 seems to be without hesitation the best set you can get right now. The real question is whether it's worth the cash over the GT50 or even the ST50, since even the ST50 is better than most of last years sets from what I've read.
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  15. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    Nah. Not dead.

    I got an inexpensive 32" Sanyo LED TV for the bedroom at Christmas. It's OK, but not great.

    (I guess I'm a luddite... I really like the look of the picture on the old tube TVs. We have a 25" Sony that is really nice. Just really heavy and takes up too much space.)

    Putting off the big purchase until after the 1st. Will go with one of the Panasonic Plasmas for the family room in the house we're getting ready to renovate.
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  16. tommyg

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    I purchased the st50 3 weeks ago. I did alot of research and I also had a hard time not sticking with led/lcd, but Iam very happy ith tv. Video games, hd movies everything is good . Alot of websites have the professional calibration settings available, I found they look slightly better than the default cinema setting
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  17. bigtrailie

    bigtrailie Pursuing happiness

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    I'm limited to 42" due to a high mantle and a low ceiling. But when I search for the ST30 I can't find it that small. I was hoping to find a Panasonic plasma after reading such good things on this thread.

    I dont need 3D, but wifi would be nice (netflix)
    Sniper X -- what would you suggest in 42" plasma

    (Sorry about the double post -- also in the Hi-def TV thread)
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  18. CA_Strom

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    Screw the built in Wifi. On my 65" Acquos I don't even use it! A simple $40 Roku box does more, works faster, and has a much better interface.
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  19. RocketJohn

    RocketJohn Hook em' Horns!

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    the builtin wifi setup and ipad/iphone apps of the Viera Panasonic plasmas are pretty cool...
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  20. freeflow

    freeflow get in or go in

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    you effers made me check out my TV...it's an LG 50" plasma.lg 50pj350....and I fiddled with the settings....I use an antenna for signal and occasionally hook laptop to stream....now I am looking at a Roku.....because of this thread...:baldy...