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Steve Withers
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    1. 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
    2. 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
    3. Zombie Twin
      Zombie Twin
      Hi. After about Pioneer 160, could you clear something up about the audio? Mine is an older amp without HD decoding, my Sony 550 currently handles the multi-channel side of things, outputting as LPCM though HDMI. Will the Pioneer perform the same duties as my Sony when it comes to DTS-MA, TrueHD and multi-channel PCM, and will it decode SD 5.1 signals, as recent Sony players don't do.
      Cheers.
      1. Steve Withers
        Steve Withers
        Yes the BDP160 will decode all the various audio formats (both lossless and lossy) and output them as LPCM over HDMI.
        Jun 11, 2014
      2. Zombie Twin
        Zombie Twin
        Thanks, my good man!
        Jun 12, 2014
    4. tool03
      tool03
      Hello Steve,

      Does it have an impact on the MCACC measurement when the speaker was connected wrong?
      So the + and - polarity were Reverse.
      I own a Pioneer SC-LX 87 Receiver.

      best Regards
      1. Steve Withers
        Steve Withers
        Yes it will, why don't you just run it again?
        Jun 9, 2014
    5. SonyXP
      SonyXP
      Hello Steve,
      after reading the review of the 50w829b, I recently bought myself one of those bad boys. I have one issue tho with the limited options this setup gives me.

      There's some noticable blue hue in the reds. Unfortunately, there's no 3 or 6 axis color correction and I wonder, if such a thing can be done in the service mode. If so, are you guys in the know of the code for this model, to enter it?
    6. MikeH
      MikeH
      I *might* have missed this but I can't find it on the search facility.

      In the old days I used to be able to see ALL products given a reference, highly praised type review conclusion in one table.

      That seems not to be available now? Is there a full list of the products receiving such awards?

      Thanks, MikeH
      1. Steve Withers
        Steve Withers
        I don't think you can filter a search by awards but I'll suggest it.
        May 27, 2014
      2. MikeH
        MikeH
        Thanks. It wasn't via the search I used to do it but a full on page linked from the reviews section (if I remember right called something like current award winners).

        MikeH
        May 27, 2014
    7. frankie13
      frankie13
      Hi steve , i have a yamaha aventage rx-810 connected to my epson tw-9100 projector the problem is around the 90min the projector loses picture black screen the speaker icons the yamaha display disappear then 5 seconds later they all come back on as if nothing had happened , i get no warnings from the projector or the yamaha prior to the event
      1. Steve Withers
        Steve Withers
        Do you mean after 90 minutes you lose the picture for 5 seconds? Not sure why that would be, how are the two connected and have you checked the cables and connections?
        May 22, 2014
      2. frankie13
        frankie13
        yes its like the projector drops to half power loses connection to the yamaha then 5 seconds later goes back to full ,as if nothing had happened , connections are hdmi only , sleep timer is off , its this 90min mark that baffles me steve i thought it might be a overheating problem buy there is no warning messages to say so
        thanks steve
        May 22, 2014
      3. Steve Withers
        Steve Withers
        If it's always after 90 minutes it could be an overheating problem or some kind of timer, if it's under warranty I'd get it checked out.
        May 22, 2014
    8. Connor Martyn
      Connor Martyn
      Hey Steve, is anyone here at avforums going to review the Sonos Playbar soon/ever?
      1. Steve Withers
        Steve Withers
        We'd like to but it depends on getting hold of review samples.
        May 22, 2014
    9. PC1975
      PC1975
      Hi Steve,

      I am currently looking to upgrade my Marantz CD6004 cd player and am looking at models around the £1k mark.

      In your opinion how does the Oppo 105 compare to dedicated cd players in the same price bracket when it comes to cd playback?

      If it is as good as any £1k cd player then I would rather have an all in one bluray/cd player and get rid of my Sony BDPS790 as well.

      Thanks.
      1. Steve Withers
        Steve Withers
        I think the BDP-105 can certainly hold its own against similarly priced dedicated CD players and there are also the additional benefits you mentioned.
        Apr 21, 2014
    10. markolarko
      markolarko
      JVC X55 DILA

      I am just about to buy a screen - 120 inch diag - and wonder what colour / gain I should go for. - No ambient light at all. Also should it be a flat or curved frame?

      I have a 3800cm by 2270cm rear wall to project onto and feel comfortable at 2660 x 1330cm. - 16:9 - but would it be better to go for 2.35:1?
      1. Steve Withers
        Steve Withers
        Well given the conditions you describe a white screen with a slight positive gain would be good. You don't need a curved screen but since the X55 has a lens memory feature, personally I'd get a 2.35:1 screen.
        Mar 10, 2014
    11. paul1966
      paul1966
      Hi Steve have got a GT60 but have a problem with motion and soft picture - kept all setting THX for now 25 hrs in have used IFC to help with motion fuzziness - is this just due to running in or could be fault with tv - my gt30 had excellent motion control. Thanks
    12. LicensedTaximan
      LicensedTaximan
      I have chronicled you in "general chat" Sir Withers, and you though you could get away with it.
    13. joe-turbo
      joe-turbo
      Hi steve, I recently purchased a panny 50vt65, I have now read part 1 and 2 of the owners thread but am struggling to find any real base settings to use. Do you have any recommendations?
      1. Steve Withers
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    15. SonyXP
      SonyXP
      Hello Steve,

      avforums fella from Germany here. Recently I bought myself a new TX 50GTW60, which is the German version of the GT60 series.

      I came accross your review and wondered if you could share the calibrated settings you achieved. That would be very much appreciated. I could not find them on the forums or review, yet.

      Thank you very much in advance!
    16. Steve Withers
      Steve Withers
      The HD25 is a great projector, I think you'd be very happy if you picked one up.
    17. lapino
      lapino
      Hey Steve, I currently own a Benq w1070 but have some brightness uniformity issues (you can read about that in the owners's thread). I am now thinking about selling it and getting an Optoma HD25e. What is your opinion on that? Thx in advance.
    18. aivariukas
      aivariukas
      hi, Steve
      just wondering is anywhere any best recommended 3d settings was posted for samsung ue55f8000. thanks
    19. paul1966
      paul1966
      Thanks Steve
    20. Steve Withers
      Steve Withers
      The GT60 is a definite improvement in terms of black levels, brightness and dynamic range, so I don't think you'll be disappointed.
    21. paul1966
      paul1966
      Hi Steve - just read your very good review of the Panasonic P50GT60. I currently own a P50GT30 which I like, but with plasma going - and still not convinced with OLED motion (also just read your review on the Samsung OLED - and have seen the LG in the flesh - not impressed with the motion there either), would you get the GT60 and sell the GT30. Thank you in advance. Paul
    22. Steve Withers
      Steve Withers
      I believe RS are offering the A6000 for £299 but you can pick up the S790 for £169 on Amazon, so I go for the latter.
    23. SamF
      SamF
      Thanks, the s790 is being discontinued before Christmas so this is the lowest price they are going to be before the replacement in March.
      Just read the a6000 is an RS exclusive which is why I cant find any information about it other than RS!

      Thanks again
    24. Steve Withers
      Steve Withers
      I have a sneaking suspicion that the BDP-A6000 is essentially a S790 in a different chassis.
    25. SamF
      SamF
      Hi Steve, are you going to be getting the Sony BDPA6000 in to review against the s790 anytime soon?
    26. Steve Withers
      Steve Withers
      I think it's a handshaking issue with certain devices but I really wouldn't worry about it. The Oppo is still a fantastic player.
      1. tin can
        tin can
        Oops sorry, missed this - thanks Steve. It sounds irritating to me, happy to live with it if a fix is on the way but sadly Oppo don't seem inclined to take it seriously. Will mull it over some more...
        Nov 29, 2013
    27. tin can
      tin can
    28. StreetBloke
      StreetBloke
      Hi Steve, I have the Panasonic L50E6 and I've been following your calibrated settings for this model. Recently I've noticed that some kind of ABL is kicking in during credit sequences on dark backgrounds or any kind of fade-out/fade-in when watching blu-rays, resulting in a distracting flicker during these moments. The best way to eliminate this problem apparently is to set Brightness to +2. How badly would this throw off the other settings and what would be the best way to compensate for it with contrast, backlight, etc...? Using calibration discs I can see that +2 brightness is not ideal and is a couple of clicks above reference black but it seems to be the only option without engaging any of the dreaded Eco-Settings. I'd be very grateful to hear your thoughts on this.
    29. den
      den
      Hi Steve I've the w9 and love the colours and black levels but the viewing angle is bet poor how does the f8000 compare on viewing angles ? Plus are the blacks alot better in the w9 ? Many thanks
    30. ALIEN1X
      ALIEN1X
      Hello Steve, I understand u wrote a good review on the Sony W905a LED TV. How dose this set compare aganst Samsung f8000 series LED and the New panasonic GT60 plasma?
      Which one would you prefer and why?
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