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Steve Withers
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    1. MRH15
      MRH15
      Panasonic 2018

      Steve,

      Any news on their range of recorders for 2018 ? Specifically are we going to get a UK version of the DMR-UBC80 or DMR-UBC90 that they sell in Germany ?

      Or will I have to make do with a DMR-BWT850 + 4K Player ?

      This would give us a one box solution for those of us with restricted space and limited requirements.
      1. Steve Withers
        Steve Withers
        I'm afraid that no one from Panasonic UK mentioned anything other than the new 4K players to me.
        Feb 16, 2018 at 1:36 PM
    2. benmbe
      benmbe
      Just watch Steve and Phil's journey to Gatwick Airport and beyond and then arrive at Las Vegas.

      The apartment you guys have for the duration is really good. Guys (Phil & Steve) I would just like to take this opportunity and say thank you for your depth of enthusiasm over the years.
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    3. Chamberlain
      Chamberlain
      Hi again Steve, on black friday i could get the SJ9 for £582 and the HWK950 for £793, if i get the same chance again now around christmas time, would you say the HWK950 is worth the extra? I will use it for gaming and 4K discs.
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      2. Steve Withers
        Steve Withers
        You can't send Dolby Atmos over ARC, only via HDMI.
        Dec 18, 2017
      3. Chamberlain
        Chamberlain
        Alright so HDMI out on the soundbar, connect it to my E7 then just connect my Xbox One X and UB700 to the two HDMI in on the soundbar and i should be fine?
        Dec 18, 2017
      4. Steve Withers
        Steve Withers
        Exactly.
        Dec 18, 2017
    4. Chamberlain
      Chamberlain
      Hi Steve, does edge correction still need to be set at +1 on the UB700?
      1. Steve Withers
        Steve Withers
        As far as I know, yes you do.
        Nov 27, 2017
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    5. Chris2302
      Chris2302
      I have a Panasonic UB900, Sony 55xe93 and a Yamaha ysp2700.

      I bought the HP 8 4K Box Set. I watch 7 part 2. The spot where Voldemort destroys the shield there is a high pitch shriek. I’ve changed disc It’s does the same thing through tv speakers as well as through the sound bar. It’s playing the dts7.1 master HD. However it doesn’t do this in another language with standard Dolby Digital 5.1.any theories.
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      2. Steve Withers
        Steve Withers
        Strange, has anyone else reported it? Perhaps it's a fault in the new DTS:X soundtrack?
        Nov 27, 2017
      3. Chris2302
        Chris2302
        I’m taking the disc to an audio specialist to see if it makes the same noise. I’ve emailed a video clip of it.
        Nov 28, 2017
      4. Chris2302
        Chris2302
        As for the hdmi set up. Pana to Yamaha to tv. It also makes the noise when the player is directly connected to the tv.
        Nov 28, 2017
    6. MultiRoom
      MultiRoom
      Hi Steve, Dollag tells me you're aware of when the POS9002 is to be sold by John Lewis. I understood it was today but as yet cannot see any listed in the website. Do you have any info on where I'd be able to get one? Thanks in advance for your help.
      1. Steve Withers
        Steve Withers
        Philips said last week that the POS9002 would be available in John Lewis from today but I'd give them until tomorrow to update their system.
        Nov 13, 2017
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      2. MultiRoom
        MultiRoom
        Thanks Steve, appreciate the reply. I'll keep a close eye on the website.
        Nov 13, 2017
    7. Chris2302
      Chris2302
      Hey Steve do you have an idea as to when the successor to the YSP5600 might be unveiled?
      1. Steve Withers
        Steve Withers
        No I don't I'm afraid.
        Sep 19, 2017
    8. Chris2302
      Chris2302
      How accurate is the Yamaha ysp25/700 calibration software.

      I calibrated for my lounge room and the subwoofer was calibrated to 0. I then moved it to a medium sized room and the sun went to 3 and then to a bigger room like a hall and it was still 0. Although the other speaker calibration values had changed.

      The mic was set up correctly in the centre.
      1. Steve Withers
        Steve Withers
        I find that Yamaha's calibration software isn't that great with bass frequencies but the correct subwoofer placement is something of a dark art.
        Sep 15, 2017
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    9. poachermas
      poachermas
      Hi Steve,65"Sony a1 being delivered sat,would it be possible to put me down in your diary for calibration,I realise it's probably best to put a few hours on her,so no particular rush,I'll fit in with you.
      Thank you
      Marek Swan
      Ps, based on Herts/Beds borders just north of St.Albans
      1. Steve Withers
        Steve Withers
        Hi Marek, can I suggest Julian Scott (Canary_Jules on the Forums), he's an excellent calibrator and much closer.
        Sep 8, 2017
    10. O Ayers
      O Ayers
      Hi Steve! I just emailed from the link provided via the avforums site for application to Tech Shoot Out but apparently that's not a deliverable e-mail address!? Please check!

      I got:
      Delivery has failed to these recipients or groups:

      PhilipsTVevents@cmcpr.co.uk
      The email address that you entered couldn't be found.
      1. Steve Withers
        Steve Withers
        OK, I'll pass that on to the people organising it.
        Jul 7, 2017
      2. Steve Withers
        Steve Withers
        Should be OK now.
        Jul 7, 2017
    11. Tegs200
      Tegs200
      Hi Steve
      Are you still calibrating ? I have an lg e6 65" , thanks.
    12. UEG
      UEG
      Hi Steve, do we need to toggle color space output between 8bit 709 and 10bit 2020 depending on HD and HDR content? 10bit 2020 does get rid of color banding but blacks are not as deep. Is this a trade-off? Thanks in advance. (Nvidia Shield TV, Sony XD93)
    13. Chris2302
      Chris2302
      Hey Steve I'm having some trouble with my Panasonic UP900. It won't recognise my USB files. I've tried mkv, Avi and MP4 videos on both my Sandisk extreme 64gig (FAT32) and LaCie 2TB (NTFS) hard drive. Some files are in folders and some are not. The USB and hard drive work on my sony 55XD93

      Thanks
    14. markliddle50
      markliddle50
      Hi Steve straight choice between LG Oled55c6v or Pan 58dx902b? I watch sport and films on Sky HD and no games, any advice please?
    15. duffvader
      duffvader
      Hi Steve, are you still calibrating?
      I've just ordered an LG 65B6V and want to use it to its potential.
      Perhaps you could pm me to discuss?
    16. jmy2469
      jmy2469
      Good afternoon Steve, quick question. At IFA 2016 did Sony mention that the 2016 sets would be upgraded via firmware to do HLG HR? I keep hearing info about this,but no confirmation as of yet. Thanks for the info! John.
      1. Steve Withers
        Steve Withers
        Whilst no manufacturer would confirm that there would be an HLG firmware update for their current HDR TVs, most seemed to suggest it was possible.
        Oct 26, 2016
    17. daveydw
      daveydw
      Hi Steve do you have a list of the recommended settings for the 55 ks9000 you calibrated for every day viewing of hd material from sky hd and blurays
      Thanks
    18. Ten80p
      Ten80p
      Steve this is very random, but believe it or not I really value your opinions when it comes to projectors. You reviewed the Sony VW500es a few years back, one is available in the classifieds. I have 3k burning a hole in my pocket, my question is buy a 2nd hand Sony VW500ES or something newer for roughly the same money.. my old Infocus80e is still going strong after 7-8yrs.
    19. O Ayers
      O Ayers
      Steve! While at CES PLEASE checkout DELL'S OLED MONITOR! It uses a Sony panel from their broadcast oleds! Drag Phil with you too!
    20. epony
      epony
      Hi Steve,

      My friend argues that when you wrote that "The Yamaha RX-A2040 ... pipped the Marantz when it came to surround sound but ultimately lost out...", you had meant that the RX-A2040 outperformed the SR7009 by a significant margin when it came to surround sound. I'm of the mind that "pipped" means "edged", i.e. by the narrowest of margins.

      Pray tell, who of us is right in this case?

      Cheers!
      1. Steve Withers
        Steve Withers
        Yes I meant edged out, perhaps I should have chosen a different word!
        Oct 26, 2015
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      2. epony
        epony
        I don't think your word choice was controversial, but my friend's an American and according to him "pipped" could be construed as "smoked" on the other side of the pond! ;)
        Oct 26, 2015
      3. Steve Withers
        Steve Withers
        Two nations divided by a common language.
        Oct 26, 2015
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    21. jbn008
      jbn008
      Forgot to mention that I recently caught a demo of the Sony and was very impressed with it's bright and smooth dynamic image. thanks again
    22. jbn008
      jbn008
      I appreciate the review as usual (for Sony hw40). I currently own a rs4810 (x55) and would greatly appreciate your opinion on the below:
      I have always been reluctant to switch from JVC due to it's blacks/ contrast, but the Sony had that commercial cinema look (my holy grail). Could you be happy with the Sony in your own theater?
      Thank you for your help
    23. Nascar Dog
      Nascar Dog
    24. ExcessiveGBH
      ExcessiveGBH
      Hi Steve
      Just wondering when you or someone else reviews the Panasonic TH-65AX900 for the lag test, try the Display port as well (not sure if it will make a difference). Have seen other lag test at 87ms with game mode. Just realised the Leo Bodnar lag tester dose not have Display port.
    25. Marcus96
      Marcus96
      I read a review of this TV (from HDTVtest: http://www.*/news/kdl42w705b-201402233639.htm) but the black version, so I e-mailed them asking if they could share their calibration settings including 2-pt white balance. They said they can give me them for £10. Would this be ideal to pay for those settings or should I just stick with basic calibration (e.g. following Picture Perfect)?
    26. Philosophy
      Philosophy
      Hey Steve, how is the 730v compared to the w829 in terms of black level performance? And also does the LG support full RGB 4.4.4 through HDMI?
    27. tool03
      tool03
      Time ne 'question about the contrast settings in LCD / LED TV's.
      They're in your personal settings but still very high in the test magazines.
      Most already at the maximum values to be set (end).
      Shorten such "high" contrast settings are not the life (durability) of the panel??

      With best regards
      tool03
    28. Sparxxx
      Sparxxx
      Hi Steve,

      I saw you recently reviewed the Sony MDR-HW700DS Headphones and I have a quick question.
      As you mentioned in the review I am also not happy with the "Cinema" effect mode as it sounds artificial.
      Since I use them without any effect set will I still benefit from the 5.1/7.1 surround? Of course on my Dune player everything is set for 5.1/7.1 output...
      Thanks and looking forward for your answer!
      1. Steve Withers
        Steve Withers
        Yes you're still getting the 5.1/7.1 effect, the Cinema mode is just added processing laid on top of that.
        Jun 24, 2014
      2. Sparxxx
        Sparxxx
        Excellent. Thanks a lot for your feedback!
        Have a nice day!
        Jun 24, 2014
    29. craighewer18
      craighewer18
      Hi Steve, looking to get my 50GT60 calibrated soon, I live in Milford Haven, would this be possible for you? I think I've got the set dialled in OK re: contrast/brightness. My main issues with the TV are some dither on HD content, motion issues (phospor trails/DFC) and also I would like to improve the light output during the daytime (sunny room.) Do you think the issues would be improved with a calibration? Thanks
      1. Steve Withers
        Steve Withers
        Well a calibration can certainly create a good daytime setting for you but dither and DFC are just part of the way Panasonic plasmas are driven, there's nothing I could do about that. If you're interested in arranging something send me a message.
        Jun 20, 2014
    30. Marcus96
      Marcus96
      One question: On my Optoma HD25, if their is an YCbCr signal, the defaults are saturation=9 and tint=2. But with an RGB signal, I have noticed that there isn't any saturation/tint controls, but it looks like them both on 0 with a YCbCr signal. So should I use the projectors 'colour management' system to +2 to tint and +9 to saturation of each colour for RGB signals or should I just leave it as default?
      1. Steve Withers
        Steve Withers
        I'd leave it on default if I was you.
        Jun 18, 2014
      2. Marcus96
        Marcus96
        Thank you Steve. Your help is very appreciated. I thought that it would of been a bad idea to tamper with the advanced color management settings, I did notice some clipping in the reds, etc, so I decided to change it back to how it was. The 'Cinema' preset, with 'Noise Reduction' and 'Dynamic Black' tuned off and 'BrilliantColor' to 1 (the lowest setting/off). Have I done everything correct here?
        Jun 18, 2014
      3. Steve Withers
        Steve Withers
        Yes that's correct Marcus.
        Jun 18, 2014
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