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Anyone have a recommendation for the extended warranty (to 5 years) for the 42pz700a

My suggestion would be to call your retailer you bought the TV from and see what they can do. If you try Panasonic it will be very pricey. I'm not sure how they deal with EW sales two months after the purchase.

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supposedly the anti-glare screen that we have(doesnt help much) darkens the actual picture a little.. i ahve the 58 700a so i've got 10000 contrast ratio but the picture is still very dark at times.

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Hi folks,

My TV is hopefully not too long away, so I've sat down and worked out what cables I need to buy to connect my system up.

The outcome is this: http://img254.imageshack.us/my.php?image=cablesjm3.gif

The components are:

- Austar Flinders box

- Wii

- Pioneer DV-400

- Panasonic HT-65 theatre-in-a-box

- Panasonic 50" PZ700

I'm pretty sure I've got most inputs/outputs listed, and the ones I've omitted aren't needed.

Can someone please run their eyes over the diagram and confirm that it'll all work as intended?

The one main question I have, is if I have the Wii's audio connected into the AV2 of the tv, will the TV pass that audio through its stereo RCA audio out plugs so I can plug it into the theatre system somewhere?

you might wanna get a wii component cable... i jsut bought one and the graphics is alot better... but still very crap.. worth it tho

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Hi

Sorry about the change in topic.

I have just got a PS3 to go with my 50pz700a. I have updated the PS3 firmware to the latest version and set the output to 24fps. The result on the panasonic is awful. Reading the forum it appears that the tv doesn't support 1080/24.

My question is does anyone know if there is a firmware update planned to address this?

Before anyone starts - I know I should have read the forum first but I thought the panasonic webpage made it pretty clear:

"1080p Digital Processing Chip-Set - Inputting and outputting 1080p video signals without altering their natural specifications. (Image is displayed on Full-HD Panel with 1920 x 1080 resolution).

The 1080p signal format used by Blu-ray Discs offers the highest image quality among high-definition video sources. The VIERA processor receives 1080p video signals in their original format. It applies optimum signal processing to output the same high signal quality."

The format on blueray discs is after all 1080/24. At best this is disingenious and I think closer to misleading.

Any insight would be appreciated.

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The new '08 models I believe will support 1080p/24. My experience with Panasonic and FW is that they will not be releasing any FW upgrade for older models. I have a PX600 which supports PiP on all inputs except HDMI. The current 7XX series screens do support PiP on HDMI input. When I asked Panasonic if this could be made available for the PX600 screens as a FW upgrade the short answer was "No" :(

As for the disingenuous claims, I reckon Panasonic would argue that they only refer to the pixel count (1080p) and not the frame rate 24htz. For your sake I hope you can get somewhere with this, otherwise, can the PS3 output 1080p/50?

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Have a search through these threads - plenty of mentions about Panasonic and the bulge. I have a PX600 which has the bulge, but no worries using a generic universal mount. Certainly looks better wall mounted I reckon

Wall Mounts

yo... i mounted the 58 on the wall about 2 months ago... hasn't fallen off yet :)

i just bought one off selby.. they have 20% off to those who visit here... ummm i think it costed me about 50$... quite cheap.. and holds on well...

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Hi all,

Just Bought a Panasonic VIERA TH-50PZ700A and have been trolling through the forums to find a display settings guide so i can tweak my display settings. After trolling for the last hour i have given up and was wondering if one exists at the moment or not. If so could someone please link me the post.

Thanks

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howdy all. I am new to the forums (1st post) and new to the world of HD Tv's as well - so please be patient.

First of all - is there any reason why newbies can't make new topics? I can only reply to threads already started. I don't want to highjack other people's threads if i don't have too - but if i can't post a new topic, it may end up coming to that.

Ok, secondly, I purchased a beautiful TH42PZ700A Panasonic Plasma recently and I am hoping for some extra help/info regarding a few questions.

First of all, does anyone know where I can download the service manual for this TV? I have recently purchased the DVE DVD - but all of the reference materials on it are useless if I can't access the service menu (as you other owners would know, the options are extremely limited in the TV menu). I have done the basic calibration on the Disc, but that is all. I'm not too sure if what I've done is any good either.

I contacted Aaron from Alvical (or whatever the company is called) who does Plasma calibrations, and was quoted $360 for his services, not including gst - so $396 in total. Is it really worth getting him to do it? Or should I just muck about in the service menu myself? The only issue I have with professional calibration, is that I'm sure it depends heavily on the room and the lighting conditions in the room. If i move houses in 12 months time (which is likely) I am guessing that I will have wasted my $396 right? Since the TV would have been calibrated for a different environment?! I also wasn't sure if a bunch of people had it done and made a group booking if we could get it cheaper than that.

Also if anyone knows how to access the service menu, it would be appreciated -save me mucking about trying to figure out which buttons to press at the same time. Lastly, I can confirm that the remote for this TV is indeed useless. You have to be an expert marksman to use it (pointing exactly at the receiver.)

Current Set-up

TV set to Normal Mode & Warm mode - I've read this is the best setting to get near the 6500k mark

Noise Reduction Off

Color Management On

Connected via HDMI to PS3

Viewing distance is about 2 - 2.5 metres.

Cheers for any help you can offer me!

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Hi

Sorry about the change in topic.

I have just got a PS3 to go with my 50pz700a. I have updated the PS3 firmware to the latest version and set the output to 24fps. The result on the panasonic is awful. Reading the forum it appears that the tv doesn't support 1080/24.

My question is does anyone know if there is a firmware update planned to address this?

Before anyone starts - I know I should have read the forum first but I thought the panasonic webpage made it pretty clear:

"1080p Digital Processing Chip-Set - Inputting and outputting 1080p video signals without altering their natural specifications. (Image is displayed on Full-HD Panel with 1920 x 1080 resolution).

The 1080p signal format used by Blu-ray Discs offers the highest image quality among high-definition video sources. The VIERA processor receives 1080p video signals in their original format. It applies optimum signal processing to output the same high signal quality."

The format on blueray discs is after all 1080/24. At best this is disingenious and I think closer to misleading.

Any insight would be appreciated.

Just leave the PS3 setting on Auto and the PS3 will work fine with the TH-50PZ700A for both BD and DVD.

I believe it outputs at 60Hz for BD discs and the Panasonic does a pretty good job of displaying this smoothly.

The manual does state that only 50Hz and 60Hz are supported.

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hey can we use this thread, or should we start another, for posting pics of peoples set-ups? I'm interested to see how all the Panny owners have got their setups looking...

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hey can we use this thread, or should we start another, for posting pics of peoples set-ups? I'm interested to see how all the Panny owners have got their setups looking...

Do a search, there's quite a few threads of punters setups posted already

EDIT: found the two below threads after a quick search, but maybe in keeping with the title of the thread (ie PZ700) you could posts your pics here

Panasonic Th50pz700a Photos & Settings

Panasonic Group Buy, Owners Showoff Thread., Place your pix here!

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Hi everyone, this is my first post and my first foray into HDTV so please excuse the noobishness (if thats a word)

I am currently looking to upgrade my Samsung 43" CRT rear projection unit to the Panasonic TH50PZ700A and would love some advice please.

My viewing distance varies due to the layout of my room and L-shaped sofa so it measures between 2.5m at a 25 degree angle to 3.5m dead straight in front of the screen, and my room is pretty dimly lit at night which is when i watch tv. I've read on here that at that distance 1080P maybe isn't worth it and i should perhaps look at something bigger with a lower resolution - is this true? The only problem is i can't go much larger than a 50 as there simply isn't enough wall space! And if i did buy a lesser TV how would Blu-ray look on it? Will the plasma look better in a dark room too?

Secondly I want to run a PS3 through it for gaming and Blu-ray, but I also own a 1 year old Samsung DVD recorder/VCR combo (don't know the model number but i'd imagine its not too flash) so my next question is would it be better to view DVDs through the PS3 or the DVDr in terms of PQ? The DVDr has no HDMI port, just composite. Those of you with a PS3 how well does it play DVDs through this TV?

And how does Foxtel look on it? I'm guessing crap by what i've read.....

And finally, picture size apart, do you think the plasma will produce a better picture quality than CRT rear proj? I picked the CRT for the better PQ compared to the other rear projector technologies at the time but now the prices of plasmas have dropped i'm very tempted to upgrade, especially for the size improvements. I will say though that after countless hours standing in shops trying to find a decent picture on LCDs and plasmas that don't look either too high contrast or have crappy black rendering (like the Samsung LCDs) i am getting pretty fed up of it all. I spotted the Pioneers which looked the best of the bunch but the prices put me off, so even though the Panasonic picture looked a bit dull by comparison i have been told (and read a lot) that they are the next best thing to the Pioneers, so if i bought one it would be solely on recommendation.

Please help before i go nuts!

Cheers

John :)

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John

If you are as fussy with the decision to buy your previous screen, then consider the Pioneer 508XDA (~$2700). It's a 768p panel, not 1080p like the Panasonic, but produces a much better picture. I would even buy a PX70 before the PZ700, resolution isn't everything...the antiglare coating and low contrast put me off the 50PZ700. If you wait another month or two, the new Panasonic models are due out and the 50" 1080p has better contrast and a few other features that in my opinion, if you must have a 1080p, would be worth the wait. Plasma's look better than LCDs in dimly lit rooms IMO, because they don't have a backlight making their blacks look greyer that a plama.

The PS3 upscales DVDs, but I would hook up the DVD Combo anyway and try it out. See which looks best in your eyes. I would be suprised though if the Samsung only has composite connections. I would imagine it would also have component which would be a much better connection.

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Hi Mick, thanks for your reply. Yes the Samsung DVDr does have component connections. Sorry i was a bit tired when i wrote that after trawling the forums for so long!

I've been everywhere but i have yet to see a 768 50 inch Panasonic in Perth. I'm wondering if they have been discontinued?

I think i will try and travel a little wider and see what i can find. Cheers :)

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I have similar setup to what you described with a TH-50PZ700A, a PS3 and a Panasonic DMR-EX87 DVD recorder (plus a Sony PVR).

What might look a little dull under bright shop lights compared to other screens with their brightness maxed out, is absolutely fine under normal, or even moderately bright, home viewing conditions, and would certainly be fine for you where you indicated very low light levels for viewing. I have mine set at only the default 50% brightness even for daytime viewing with quite a lot of sunlight coming in to the room.

At 2.5m you should see a difference between 1080 and 720 screens, even if you don't quite theoretically get the full benefit of the higher resolution - this depends very much on your eyesight anyway. I personally find that anything much under 2.5m I can see the pixel edges even on the 1080 screen.

I have compared DVD playing on the DVD recorder and the PS3, both connected via HDMI, and trying many different settings and found the using the PS3 and having it do the upscaling gives the best picture (and a very good picture at that).

If you use the PS3 for games as well, these look great on the Panasonic.

You will find this is an area where you will get lots of different opinions.

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If you are as fussy with the decision to buy your previous screen, then consider the Pioneer 508XDA (~$2700). It's a 768p panel, not 1080p like the Panasonic, but produces a much better picture. I would even buy a PX70 before the PZ700, resolution isn't everything...the antiglare coating and low contrast put me off the 50PZ700. If you wait another month or two, the new Panasonic models are due out and the 50" 1080p has better contrast and a few other features that in my opinion, if you must have a 1080p, would be worth the wait. Plasma's look better than LCDs in dimly lit rooms IMO, because they don't have a backlight making their blacks look greyer that a plama.

The PS3 upscales DVDs, but I would hook up the DVD Combo anyway and try it out. See which looks best in your eyes. I would be suprised though if the Samsung only has composite connections. I would imagine it would also have component which would be a much better connection.

Ok, i travelled a bit further today and found the following:

The PX70 was on sale for $1999 even on 24 months interest free. Great picture but it was hard to compare it with the PZ as even though they were side by side the PZ was playing Bluray. I did notice the blacks on the PZ lacked the detail of the PX though.

However, HNs had the 508XDA for $2999on special, but of course only for today. On interest free they wanted an extra 12% too but t included a 5 year warranty in the price.

I did like the PQ of the Pana but my only gripe was the case looked a little dated, but for a grand less i am wondering if i could live with it.

Someone please just slap me and help me make a decision before i go completely insane!

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The lower contrast on the PZ is a big negative over the PX IMO. The PX maybe made in China, but it'll be to the same hiogh standards that Panasonic apply in their Japanese factories. I believe they are assembled in China, but the glass is still made in Japan.

$2999 seems to be the current ticketed price for the Pioneer across Australia, with some guys getting it for ~$2600. The 5 year warranty is included in the price from Pioneer (factory warranty) as standard, as well as free delivery and installation.

New Panasonic models should be out in the next month or so, so if you don't like the look of the current wait a few weeks and compare with the new ones.

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Thanks for the advice Mick. Well i'm happy to say it's finally all over; i grabbed the last PDP-508XDA in the shop along with a PS3 :D

The picture quality, warranty and the rave reviews from everywhere did it for me. I have a few more questions about the Pio but i won't litter this Panasonic thread any longer.

Many thanks for your assistance everyone! :)

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Check out the various price threads - Hdtv Prices, Latest & Best HDTV Prices and New PANASONIC plasmas, how much you pay?.

From memory the 50PZ700 should be available for ~$2900 if not less.

Both BingLee and Harvey Norman Auburn say their cost is $2975.00

Clive Peeters in Auburn will honour $3180 (TV + 4-year extra warranty + delivery) if you show them a printout of the prices shown in hdtvprices.wiki.

Has anyone bought a 50PZ700 at a price lower than the above?

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Has anyone used this TV with a Harmony remote ?

I'm having a slight issue where when I turn on the TV, it goes to DVB-TV, then to Analog TV. ie, it doesn't stay on DVB.

It works ok switching between inputs, but not when turning on.

As a workaround, I set the activity to Go to "PC" input, then another command to go to "TV" input. It works, but takes a few seconds.

anyone else found this or a way around it ?

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i wish i knew mate. having the EXACT same problem. I will try your method... at the moment i have just been going thru the help button to get it to change! lol

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Ok...another question.

Has anyone managed to get DVI + Audio into the Pansonic ?

I have a Mediaplayer with DVI output.

I want to connect via DVI, however the Pana's HDMI inputs don't let you associate an analog signal with them (ie the only way you can get audio to a HDMI input is through the HDMI cable)

So, my question is, is there a DVI to HDMI cable that also includes connectors for spdif or RCA ?

The only thing I have found is a some kind of breakout box which is $300US.

I can also just route audio to my amp and use the amp as my speakers (which I would do when watching home theatre), but I would like an everyday solution

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I want to connect via DVI, however the Pana's HDMI inputs don't let you associate an analog signal with them (ie the only way you can get audio to a HDMI input is through the HDMI cable)

You should be able to use the "AUDIO IN" terminals with the HDMI1 input (see pg 29 of the manual where it talks about DVI). It looks like only HDMI2 has no analog audio associated with it.

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Ok...another question.

Has anyone managed to get DVI + Audio into the Pansonic ?

I have a Mediaplayer with DVI output.

I want to connect via DVI, however the Pana's HDMI inputs don't let you associate an analog signal with them (ie the only way you can get audio to a HDMI input is through the HDMI cable)

So, my question is, is there a DVI to HDMI cable that also includes connectors for spdif or RCA ?

The only thing I have found is a some kind of breakout box which is $300US.

I can also just route audio to my amp and use the amp as my speakers (which I would do when watching home theatre), but I would like an everyday solution

I have used a DVI-HDMI cable (e-bay $20) to create a 1080p output from my mediacentre. Unfortunately my graphics card (6600GT) is not really up to that - so I have gone back to 13xx x 768 via the PC analogue input. Even at this resolution it still looks awesome. I am not sure any of the networks are broadcasting at the 1080i true HD format anyway. But this doesn't answer the audio question .

One approach on the audio may be to use a ATI-2600 or 2400 series video card. I believe this include audio decoders and include an audio stream in the HDMI output?

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Hi guys, pretty sure I already know the answer, but just want to confirm..

Considering one of these in the 42, or 50 to be hooked up to a media centre PC via DVI to HDMI and I just want to make sure it can be used as a desktop at the full 1920x1080.

The specs say;

Applicable PC Input Signals - 1366x768 @ 60 Hz (48.4KHz) as the highest, but that is using the VGA.

Applicable HDMI Video Input Signals - 1,080p @ 60Hz (67.5KHz)

Is the computer source classed as HDMI Video, as long as it comes from the HDMI?

I've been told and I don't know if it's true that certain screens may support 1920x1080, via HDMI but not when being used as a desktop...

Any comments?

Also I've posted under the burn in sticky, so just quickly, have any of you had burn in problems when using these screens connected to a media centre PC running Windows XP MCE 2005? Mainly concerned on the static menu when playing music..

Cheers

medianut

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Got my TH-50PZ700A a few days ago and finially set it up last night.

Uisng PS3 with HDMI cable into HDMI 1 in the tv when playing a game or a blu ray the display on the TV says 1080i input not 1080p.

Is this a setting on the PS3 i need to change? Didnt get much of a chance to play with it.

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Got my TH-50PZ700A a few days ago and finially set it up last night.

Uisng PS3 with HDMI cable into HDMI 1 in the tv when playing a game or a blu ray the display on the TV says 1080i input not 1080p.

Is this a setting on the PS3 i need to change? Didnt get much of a chance to play with it.

Yes in the display setup of the PS3, chose the resolutions.

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just thought i'd put up a new price....$2935 + delivery + 5 year warranty (1 + 4 year extended) + DVI to HDMI cable from DSE PowerHouse in Nunawading...

$1999 plus extras at Retravision

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42" regardless, i still hate him.. :P

i bought mine about 4 months ago and paid $2900

(mind you that included a 3 year warranty, delivery and 2 years interest free, but even so...$2000?!!!)

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