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|12-16-2012 02:51 PM|
|oldgrump||$449 now, tempted to bring mine back. The daytime glare takes all the fun out of watching it. Amazing at night, though. Tough to give it up.|
|11-29-2012 09:43 AM|
I didn't realize these TVs don't come with dual tuners. Picture-in-Picture and Split-screen are features I've grown accustomed to for the past decade, and they will be sorely missed.
The funny part is that this is the largest TV I've ever owned, and would've been great for split-screen watching.
|11-29-2012 08:55 AM|
I take it you don't watch sports or game. If you are as snobbishly critical of the PQ for movies as you claim you are, then it is your fault for buying this TV since its pretty well established that this isn't the ideal TV for that.
|11-28-2012 10:34 PM|
"More mixed signals: 1080p/60 versus 1080p/24
1080p HDTVs are a dime a dozen, but not all 1080p HDTVs are created equal. First off, some older HDTVs with 1080p resolution couldn't accept 1080p sources at all. More recently, the advent of Blu-ray has delivered another video format variation to worry about: 1080p/24.
The numbers 24 and 60 refer to frame rate. Moving video is composed of a certain number of frames transmitted every second that combine in the viewer's mind to create the illusion of movement. The nominal rate for film is 24 frames per second, while the rate for video is 30 frames per second. In standard 1080p video, which is technically 1080p/60, each frame is repeated twice. Every 1080p HDTV sold today can accept and display 1080p/60 sources via its HDMI inputs.
Not every 1080p HDTV properly displays 1080p/24 sources, however. Most Blu-ray players, as well as the PlayStation 3, have a setting that lets the player transmit 1080p/24 video directly. Blu-ray Discs with movies that originate on film are encoded at 1080p/24 to preserve the proper cadence of film--that characteristic motion that's smooth but not too smooth. If your player is set to output 1080p/24 directly, and your TV can properly display it, you're seeing the image as close as possible to what the director intended--how it looks when displayed on a cinema screen from a film projector at your local movie theater.
Generally, for an HDTV to properly display 1080p/24 it needs to have a refresh rate at some multiple of 24. The standard refresh rate for HDTVs of all varieties is 60Hz, which is not a multiple of 24. There's no benefit to sending these displays 1080p/24 instead of 1080p/60. If the HDTV can actually show the signal (some cannot), the result usually looks the same regardless of the setting on your Blu-ray player.
On the other hand, increasing numbers of LCD TVs have refresh rates of 120Hz or 240Hz, for example, while a few plasmas refresh at 48Hz, 72Hz, or 96Hz. All are exact multiples of 24. Some of these HDTVs come closer to preserving the cadence of film than others, and some can introduce extra dejudder video processing (usually user defeatable) that also affects cadence. Unlike with resolution, there's no easy way to tell from the spec sheet if a display with a multiple of 24 as its refresh rate handles 1080p/24 correctly, although most such displays that we've tested do.
For most viewers the visible benefits of 1080p/24 are slight. Displays that cannot show it correctly can nonetheless produce a viable semblance of film's cadence, one that to experienced viewers appears to stutter slightly, especially in pans or camera movement, instead of move more smoothly like true film cadence. But for purists interested in seeing every last benefit of film, 1080p/24 signals mated to a 1080p/24-compatible display are worth the investment."
|11-28-2012 08:40 PM|
|yourwhiteshadow||if you're even moderately critical about your PQ then this TV is not for you especially if you're moderately critical when you watch blu rays. imo, 24p is critical for blu ray playback, and this thing fails so hard at that its not even funny. funny how my $1000 40" samsung LCD from 2008 can do this perfectly while this plasma can't. i haven't even touched in since sunday, that's how much i dislike this TV.|
|11-28-2012 08:39 PM|
|Nate650||Here is David Katzmaier's (of CNET) recommended picture settings.|
|11-28-2012 08:34 PM|
|11-28-2012 01:45 PM|
A guy on highdefjunkies recommends these settings:
Picture Mode: Custom
Color Temp: Warm2
Photo Enhancement: Off
Video NR: Off
W/B High R: +1
W/B High G: 0
W/B High B: +2
W/B Low R: +12
W/B Low G: 0
W/B Low B: +4
Black Extension: 0
Gamma Adjustment: 2.6
Panel Brightness: Mid
Contour Emphasis: Off
***Leave all settings in this menu at their default***
Block NR: Off
Mosquito NR: Off
Motion Smoother: Off
Black Level: Light
3:2 PullDown: Auto
|11-28-2012 12:43 PM|
|dooger||I bought one on BF at Costco, but I was in my local Sam's today (Colorado Springs), and the deal is still alive! They had 4-5 in stock listed at $499. Also, purchasing with a Sam's with a business membership gives free 4-yr warranty. Love the TV! Has to be the best bang for the buck right now.|
|11-28-2012 10:42 AM|
|h1qual1ty||I got in on the Amazon deal for $550. I mounted the TV up on the wall and it looks great. Will look even better when I run the wires in the wall. Bought a $200 PS3 for streaming/games and hooked it up. The games and blu-ray look really good. My only complaint is that the HDMI audio works only on the PS3 home screen. I had to hook up component audio and change the setting in my PS3 to allow two output sources at once and now it works. A lot of people complain about only having 2 HDMI's but for me it's one too many. Is it possibly to update the firmware on this TV?|
|11-28-2012 10:30 AM|
|11-28-2012 10:28 AM|
Brick and mortar , meaning instore only
|11-28-2012 10:26 AM|
|Cino||this MAY be a dumb question BUT what does the "(B&M)"mean? i can't figure it out!|
|11-27-2012 07:09 AM|
Can someone help out understanding the menu choices... I don't see this one explained anywhere.
We utilize over the air signals. Sometimes the picture resolution is cropped, with either gray, blue or black sidebars. How can I set it so that they are always black?
And should the screen format setting need to be changed? If so, what's ideal for which environment? All that seems to do is stretch or zoom in, shrink or be normal - why would one want one over the other?
|11-26-2012 08:53 AM|
|johnnywieners||I had been eyeing this TV at $599, and when it dropped another $100 I pulled the trigger on 11/20, before the crowds. Had to go to a second Costco I don't frequent that had "10 in stock", less when I arrived an hour or two later...maybe 7 plus the floor model (one I frequent was OOS since my last visitation with this set). I bought the extended warranty. I am so happy to get back into a plasma, as I've been watching a borrowed 40" Sony Bravio LCD. I miss the plasma blacks and colors. I have a break in dvd running as we speak on the Panny. No dead pixels out of the box thankfully (not the case w/ my last Samsung plasma which had to be exchanged, or accept further discounting). The sound of this TV running ("buzzing") is alot quieter than I remember my 42" Samsung plasma being. -To me it's very quiet. The borrowed dvd player (w/ HDMI) I'm running is what's howling loud! -I'm very happy so far and can't wait to get it broken-in, calibrated, and mounted on the wall soon! I just wish the set had one more HDMI input.|
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