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Complete novice wanting to get a PV500, any advice?

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs Forum' started by Argee1977, May 25, 2005.

  1. Argee1977

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    I'm looking at getting the Panasonic 42" PV500 next month and was wondering what i would need to get the best out of the package?

    I have sky and a DVD player to hook upto the new television but was wondering exactly what else is required, such as whats the best leads to hook up the tele to sky and the DVD player for best quality of picture, it'll also need to be hooked upto a PS2 and then the PS3 next year, do i need anything else to get the best experience from the TV such as sound systems or other pieces (in all honesty i don't really want any sound system except the one on the tele, but is this good enough?).

    Finally, whats the best way of getting the TV set up, i'll be getting it through Robert Whyte as they're the closest, i've read about calibration but wonder who does this, what about the first 200 hours, do you run the TV differently, does this mean the TV has a poor quality picture for those hours and what about screen burn?


    Well thats about it, for a first post i think i've got it all off my chest, well except that reading some of the posts the plasmas seem very complicated, might i be best to wait for the Phillips 37PF9830 LCD screen???
     
  2. mentalmike

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    Sorry if I'm hyjacking this but I'm in the same situation so will be interested in the replys. I've read that whole thread on if your new with the 7 series pannys and I'm very interested in this new one. The one thing I'm unsure on is the speaker set up, I've read the canton cd1's are pretty good, would I need an amp with that and what are the alternatives? Also I'm planning on running it through a media centre PC, will this produce good quality? My PC has a dvi out, so I guess input through hdmi, I've read that there may be some probs with that due to copyright signal or is that through dvd players?
     
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    Argee,

    I am no expert, just been reading more and have already ordered.

    I ordered a JS RGB to VGA converter -(you also need a scart lead and a vga cable) - This improves the SKY picture(which I am paranoid about)

    Arguably you are getting a PV500 for the HD element so you may want a HDMI cable from your DVD player to the plasma but many are still saying that you are unlikely to notice much improvement from this but given you want to use the speakers, it may save on some wiring.

    The screen won't be low quality, as a precaution just lower contrast/brightness so it will possibly be a bit dimmer than later on. This is to avoid screen burn.

    For sound system wait and see, I have one but its always nice to get new toys and you can see what you think(and ask the other forums)
    Hope that helps
     
  4. Argee1977

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    I should have added that i don't want to spend a fortune on other bits like speakers if whats there is good enough, its mainly the calibration element i'm wondering about and the screen burn issues?
     
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    pv500 panny I understand sounds very very good, let your ears decide.

    Only ever spend what you ears can hear :D
     
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    Argee and Mentalmike,

    Welcome to the forum.

    Sound from the PV500 is far better than I have heard from any other "TV" plasma but it isn't in the same league as a proper 5.1 / 7.1 surround system, which needs an amp / receiver plus external speakers / sub-woofer.

    From what I have seen of the PV500 and of the (previous) 7 series panels from Panasonic you don't need to be worried about screen burn. Don't use the "dynamic" setting that is the out of the box setting, change it to either Cinema or Natural. I have ISF calibrated a few panels when they have been virtually brand new and the difference between brand new and 200 hours has been negligable - Gordon, who also does ISF, has posted previously that he recommends folk to wait for say 100 hours as if a screen is faulty it will probably become apparent in the first 100 hours and if it has to be replaced then if it has been ISF'ed at least you won't have to pay for that twice. Good and fair advice.

    The jury is out on whether you need a JS Tech converter to get the best out of the PV500. I haven't had the time / opportunity to try it. Maybe someone else has but I haven't seen anything on the forum.

    Calibration makes a difference, just do a search on ISF!
     
  8. mentalmike

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    thanks for that, I know what I need to go and search on now! Oh just the PC question left really, is a media centre PC through DVI connection onto plasmas that good or better to keep things seperate with dvd player etc.

    One last question, if I get a pannel and want to get it calibrated can anyone recomend a company/person who does this in the Oxfordshire area? Cheers!

    Last thing for me to do is actually go out and try and find some of these screens for real, its anoying to find the newest ones as most of the shops round me are dixons, comet etc so have older screens and I find they all look rubbbish in shops like that as they are running so many from the same source and most probably straight out the box as well.
     
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    Media PC, I would choose another screen for. HDMI on the PV500 is highly unlikely to accept XGA, though this is unconfirmed. IF it does, it will most likely be at 60Hz, which is no use to you. Media PC can be very good indeed. Sky, previous incarnations of this screen have not particularly benefitted from an RGB to VGA converter, nor have they really needed to. It's a TV, take it home and plug it in. Getting a proper demo of the PV500 will be quite hard, as most specialists don't bother with the consumer panels, as they are trashed out on the net with a £50 margin. To spend hours demo-ing and then have the customer wander off and buy it for £10 less, not worth the hassle. Likely you'll have to buy it on spec.
     
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    Attached is a chart showing what input signals can be displayed:
     

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    can connect PC via VGA tho and i doubt you would see a huge difference between DVi>HDMI and VGA for most apps, but if the media PC is your main source then perhaps the Pio MXE should be added to your list.
     

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