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As I write I'm only minutes away from my first Plasma TV, the Toshiba 86crt got the boot and I have purchased and waiting on my new :blink: Panasonic 106cm (42inch) Viera Widescreen HD Plasma TV, I'm sitting at the front door waiting for the little white Ute to arrive!

Maybe we Panasonic Plasma owners should setup the "Pana Paradise Club".

Sorry I’m excited; any tips guys on things to do and not to do??

Thanks, and keep up all the good advice and tips!

Only 15 minutes to delivery now, wish me luck!

Any settings on the Viera I should now about contrast and color for the first couple of week’s maybe?

Can and when can I play the Xbox on it!

Thanks

MC. :ph34r:

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I did get 1 tip from the guys from Megamart, is to turn of the TV with button on the front and dont use the remote to turn of (Stand by mode).

By pressing the button on the front, it deguss the screen and this helps prolong the life of the screen!

Is this true!

Knock knock!

YES!

Bye

Whoa

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thats true for a CRT based set - but complete garbage for a plasma / LCD as there is not magnetic deflection -

can you please check and confirm which of your legs has the bells on it ?

Regards

Rayman :blink:

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mchuelio,

PANASONIC WHITE PAPER dated November 2004,

HERE

gives some good advice about Panasonic Plasma displays especially in regard to Burn In and Plasma Break-In.

Congrats on your purchase. Enjoy.

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mchuelio,

PANASONIC WHITE PAPER dated November 2004,

        HERE

  gives some good advice about Panasonic Plasma displays especially in regard to Burn In and Plasma Break-In.

Congrats on your purchase.  Enjoy.

Thanks, TV setup and is looking stunning, watching AFL in HD, I like it, I like it alot!

Thanks,

Just printing out the Pana stuff now , so thanks!

Go the Cats!

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Thanks, TV setup and is looking stunning, watching AFL in HD, I like it, I like it alot!

Huh, AFL in HD... I don't think so.

You're probably watching it using a HD STB and a HD panel, but the broadcast aint HD. :blink:

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No Easter Bunny ?? Glenncol what are you saying ?? Who delivers da eggs then hey ?? Sheesh some of you people really... they dont get in my fridge by em  selves..  :blink:

its ok wayne, glens jsut never see da bunny that brings the eggs. Anyways its best kept a mystery you know..more fun that way !

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So, what is the panel like? I went into the Good Guys today with the intention on spending a maximum of $4000 on an SD panel, expecting to wind up with the LG model, or possibly the Pana 42"SD. First TV i saw was the HD 42" Pana, and try as i might, couldn't bring myself to settle for anything else...

So with a quick revision to the budget, I am Joining the Pana Club with the TH42PV500A being delivered on Tuesday :blink: Can't wait!

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So, what is the panel like?  I went into the Good Guys today with the intention on spending a maximum of $4000 on an SD panel, expecting to wind up with the LG model, or possibly the Pana 42"SD.  First TV i saw was the HD 42" Pana, and try as i might, couldn't bring myself to settle for anything else...

So with a quick revision to the budget, I am Joining the Pana Club with the TH42PV500A being delivered on Tuesday :blink:  Can't wait!

In one world "Stunning"

Welcome to the "Pana Club", Watching this tv last watching the Afl, in Hd lite (Thanks Froggy), was nice, sorry very very nice.

DVD via S-Vide, not hdmi yet (Budget Broken) was fantastic, cant say a bad thing about it but that its looks very big in my small townhouse.

And to Foggy, just wondering if your trying out for Mythbusters, got a few questions for you:

Is Santa a member of ZZ-Top?

Is the sky Blue?

If I fart in bed will the Girlfriend notice?

Just Playing, but very happy to be part of Plasma Paradise!

Later

MC :ph34r:

Dont know what you got yours for but I paid $4300 at Megamart with the stand and a Panasonic CD clock radio, with $230 RRP. They had 10% off all Plasma and being in sales, I worked hard !

Enjoy!

And Happy Fathers Day to all the Dad.

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In one world "Stunning"

Welcome to the "Pana Club", Watching this tv last watching the Afl, in Hd lite (Thanks Froggy), was nice, sorry very very nice.

DVD via S-Vide, not hdmi yet (Budget Broken) was fantastic, cant say a bad thing about it but that its looks very big in my small townhouse.

And to Foggy, just wondering if your trying out for Mythbusters, got a few questions for you:

Is Santa a member of ZZ-Top?

Is the sky Blue?

If I fart in bed will the Girlfriend notice?

Just Playing, but very happy to be part of Plasma Paradise!

Later

MC :ph34r: 

Dont know what you got yours for but I paid $4300 at Megamart with the stand and a Panasonic CD clock radio, with $230 RRP. They had 10% off all Plasma and being in sales, I worked hard !

Enjoy!

And Happy Fathers Day to all the Dad.

1. Yes

2. Not in Melbourne

3. Yes, they can smell it from a mile away.

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Pana 42500A owner for one week and really happy with the purchase. I set myself a budget of $4000 for a HD plasma and for quite a while I was going to get the new all-black HD Samsung model. One day in Bing Lee I found that I could get the the price difference down to $200 and from that point I stretched the budget to $4200 and haven't looked back.

Fantastic picture. Not a hint of solarisation. I've heard of lots of solarisation on the Samsung.

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3 days of trying to find a problem or something I dont like about The Pana Plasma, as I write at 1.30pm EST, no problem to date and works very nicely with the Ausid HD STB, DVD and Xbox are stunning!

Go the Pana, I also get $140 bucks worth of Wallabies gear for free from Panasonic.

Got to love it!

Mc :ph34r:

Hmmm HDMI DVD ! :blink:

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Can you please give a list of all the available inputs for this Pana model?

Specifications

S-Video Input, 2

Component Video Input, 2

Applicable Component Video Signals 640x480i (NTSC) @ 60Hz

HDMI Video/Audio Input Yes

Applicable HDMI Video Signals 640x480i (NTSC) @ 60Hz

PC Input Mini D-sub 15-pin

Applicable PC Signals XGA (SXGA, UXGA compressed)

A/V Input Yes, 3 - Rear, 1 - Front

Headphone Jack Yes

I hope this help or go to:

http://panasonic.com.au/products/details.cfm?objectID=2636

Mc :ph34r:

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Very happy with my 50 inch PV500. It looked absolutely massive when we set it up. I almost admitted to my wife that the 42 inch would have been big enough.

Running a Topfield 5000 through s-video and an old pioneer dvd through component. Both look fantastic to me. No solarisation, colours look very natural, fast motion looks great, blacks and shadow detail are great. I really can't fault it so far. I haven't seen a fujitsu (nobody in Canberra stocks them) but even if they are slightly better, I think the panny is a bargain.

$5900 including extended warranty to 5 years and delivery. Also included Wallabies supporters pack and $400 worth of Caltex Star Cash.

George

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do we have a new champ in the 42 inch club> be nice to get the Pana and Fuji side by side.

yes differrent glass used in both panels pana using its own and the fuji using a alis hitachi.

would be interesting indeed. till someone does infact do a side by side no one is to know.

I know I saw a pana and fuji side by side in megamart and the pana killed the fuji. Was quite impressed with the PQ of the pana. Both not professionally calibrated though. Both with 'out of box' settings and who knows what both hooked upto and how ? not really a great comparison is it. Truth be known though a lot of people will be quite happy with this sort of comparison and walk home quite happy with the pana and pocket the savings for their next purchase.

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I have had the Panasonic for 2 days, and could not be happier! It gives an absolutely brilliant picture, though i'm still experimenting with settings (for nothing else than to play really).

I saw the posts on this forum on bias lighting and what not which i'd never heard about before, and (since I sell lights for a living...) decided to give it a go - fantastic! I just used a little T4 10w Fluro fitting with a 6500K tube, and it gives a great effect, and makes it easier on your eyes to watch. We had 2 friends over last night, and they both want to come in and buy the same light for their plasmas.

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yes AB I concur there were lots of Fuji's and some new Pana's at the recent home show, even though i couldn't see them side by side memory gave the Panny the slight edge to my untrained eye, also blacks seemed deeper plus higher WAF factor with black bezel, no offence to any Fuji's owners especially El Presidente but just not a fan of the silver surround.. For me either the Pana 42 or LCD equivalent will do fine when it gets to replacing the trusty Sony which refuses to die, despite hoping.

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i still gotta decide between the Pana 500A and the Hitachi 7800TA for a purchase in about 2 weeks time. Both can be had for around the same price. On paper, most things seem to point to the Hitachi (ie ALIS panel, more inputs, greater color depth, better speakers - although Pana has a higher contrast). Has anyone done a side by side comparison? Any reason why I should be looking at buying the Pana over the Hitachi?

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Does anyone with the Panasonic PV500A know if you can use Picture in Picture with HDMI or Component inputs? It says in the specs "Yes, 1 Tuner + AV". One would assume that you can only use the inbuilt tuner and an AV input such as S-Video or Composite.

It would suck not being able to have Picture in Picture with your HD Set Top box in HDMI input and Austar in S-Video input like the LG plasma's let you do. Thats the most convenient thing I use on my LG at the moment.

Mossy

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yes AB I concur there were lots of Fuji's and some new Pana's at the recent home show, even though i couldn't see them side by side memory gave the Panny the slight edge to my untrained eye, also blacks seemed deeper plus higher WAF factor with black bezel, no offence to any Fuji's owners especially El Presidente but just not a fan of the silver surround.. For me either the Pana 42 or LCD equivalent will do fine when it gets to replacing the trusty Sony which refuses to die, despite hoping.

i suppose each of us will see it as we see it

The 42" Fujitsu will nto have the blacks levels of the Panasonic as the pana is running 3000:1 contrast but there is another thing to consider which is processing

If choosing between these two you will have to weight up black levels v processing power

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yes differrent glass used in both panels pana using its own and the fuji using a alis hitachi.

would be interesting indeed. till someone does infact do a side by side no one is to know.

I know I saw a pana and fuji side by side in megamart and the pana killed the fuji. Was quite impressed with the PQ of the pana. Both not professionally calibrated though. Both with 'out of box' settings and who knows what both hooked upto and how ? not really a great comparison is it. Truth be known though a lot of people will be quite happy with this sort of comparison and walk home quite happy with the pana and pocket the savings for their next purchase.

I had seen the same thing at Mega in Sunshine and also noticed that the Fujitsu was running the light sensor on

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I too am joining "Panna Paradise" - was told by DJ's that my 42P50A is in stock & ready for delivery!

OK, so I'm going SD - means I can amortise it faster and move into the Next Big Thing in 3 yrs time. Man, this 42" SD panel is going to look good in the bedroom....and in the meantime, Fox Digital (SD) and all those DVDs (SD) will look bloody marvelous.

Will post review when I've calmed down - installation date is 19 Sept. :blink:

Cheers

Cameron

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I too am joining "Panna Paradise" - was told by DJ's that my 42P50A is in stock & ready for delivery!

Will post review when I've calmed down - installation date is 19 Sept.  :blink:

Cheers

Cameron

I'm a week or so behind you. 42" 500A coming my way!! Builder is currently digging trench in the wall for cables, wall mount bracket is ready to put up, TV is on order, fingers are ready for the remote....should be a good long weekend in October

All I have outstanding is a decision on an STB (I realise an HD STB is required to get the full benefit but thought I'd see how Foxtel looks first ... gotta love a budget) and trying to get a 3m SCART > component video+audio cable.

quite exciting ...

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Hi guys, I just invested in a 500A yesterday, and so far it's good... but not great. I'm sure this is due to my incompetence more-so than the panel itself.

I was hoping maybe some of the more experienced (and technically adept) users could give some advice as to improving picture quality.

For example, when watching 'the footy' on the plasma, the feed is coming from Foxtel Digital. Our signal is 98% strength, so that isn't the issue. I am running that into the AV1 port set on the back of the television. This is with the red/white/yellow plugs, from a SCART (I think) plug on the back of the foxtel unit.

However, it seems like the edges of players are somewhat blurred, and when fast movement takes place, the television is blurring considerably, and appears to struggle to keep up with the 'framerate' (wrong term I know).

I have tried messing with the 3D comb, MPEG, and PDR (?) settings, but don't really know what they do in real terms. Does anyone have any advice as to how I could go about improving picture quality?

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Hi guys, I just invested in a 500A yesterday, and so far it's good... but not great. I'm sure this is due to my incompetence more-so than the panel itself.

I was hoping maybe some of the more experienced (and technically adept) users could give some advice as to improving picture quality.

For example, when watching 'the footy' on the plasma, the feed is coming from Foxtel Digital. Our signal is 98% strength, so that isn't the issue. I am running that into the AV1 port set on the back of the television. This is with the red/white/yellow plugs, from a SCART (I think) plug on the back of the foxtel unit.

However, it seems like the edges of players are somewhat blurred, and when fast movement takes place, the television is blurring considerably, and appears to struggle to keep up with the 'framerate' (wrong term I know).

I have tried messing with the 3D comb, MPEG, and PDR (?) settings, but don't really know what they do in real terms. Does anyone have any advice as to how I could go about improving picture quality?

Hi nacho.

I have the 42" version and I can definitely say that I know what you're talking about. I don't have Foxtel but even on my normal HD channels (haven't really checked out SD properly) the footy has those blurs around each player most angles (don't know what the blur is referred to in "technical terms").

So far to me the grass sports look shabby as it really reminds me I'm watching TV and not a plasma on a HD channel. I also have tried playing with the obvious settings but no go.

The only thing I haven't done is to get a professional to come out and check my antenna signals, condition, positioning etc especially my RF cables running from antenna into the STB.

Thing is no matter how good the condition of my antenna is, I bet I'll need a new one :blink:

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Hi guys, I just invested in a 500A yesterday, and so far it's good... but not great. I'm sure this is due to my incompetence more-so than the panel itself.

I was hoping maybe some of the more experienced (and technically adept) users could give some advice as to improving picture quality.

For example, when watching 'the footy' on the plasma, the feed is coming from Foxtel Digital. Our signal is 98% strength, so that isn't the issue. I am running that into the AV1 port set on the back of the television. This is with the red/white/yellow plugs, from a SCART (I think) plug on the back of the foxtel unit.

However, it seems like the edges of players are somewhat blurred, and when fast movement takes place, the television is blurring considerably, and appears to struggle to keep up with the 'framerate' (wrong term I know).

I have tried messing with the 3D comb, MPEG, and PDR (?) settings, but don't really know what they do in real terms. Does anyone have any advice as to how I could go about improving picture quality?

First things first, Welcome to the club!

If your using Scart to rca (red, white and yellow), the one's they give you for nothing when they did the install, worth about $0.50cents, you are using the lowest qty cable possible, I have Scart to Component cables (red,blue,green+red and white for sound), bought from Jaycar For around $30 bucks and they do the job very nicely!

When you do this, you must set the video output from foxtel to YUY, and your picture will improve on all channels!

I hope this helps !

Mc :ph34r:

Link below for the cable:

http://www.jaycar.com.au/productView.asp?I...eMax=&SUBCATID=

You then plug the cables into av4 Component input !

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I’d be interested in joining the Pana Club.

Where can I get my hands on the 65” 1080p model? :P

Better still, make it the commercial version. :blink:

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I’d be interested in joining the Pana Club.

Where can I get my hands on the 65” 1080p model?  :P

Better still, make it the commercial version. :blink:

It's not the Pana Club, it's the Pan Clan, get it right :P

Yes!

Foxtel has 2 scart output!

Works both way

So what is the other SCART output used for usually??

Thanks mchuelio

Ash.

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Does any Panasonic Plasma owners here, hear the faint little sound that comes from the right hand side of the panel, it sounds like a Kettle whistling, even with the sound down to zero, there's a whistling sound very low, but can be heard when there no sound at all!

Only a little drama, but the picture on this set is outstanding and is a joy to watch!

Go the Pana Club!

Mc. :ph34r:

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Does any Panasonic Plasma owners here, hear the faint little sound that comes from the right hand side of the panel, it sounds like a Kettle whistling, even with the sound down to zero, there's a whistling sound very low, but can be heard when there no sound at all!

Only a little drama, but the picture on this set is outstanding and is a joy to watch!

Go the Pana Club!

Mc. :ph34r:

fan or transformer/ power supplies. Just ask shirai if you really want to head down the path of silencing it.

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