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My new baby, well my TH42-pv500 Cab + Pictures

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by greyhorse, Jun 4, 2005.

  1. greyhorse

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    Picked the beast up this afternoon from JL. Managed to transport it up right with the 2 huge boxes.
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    Started to build the stand and unpack box after box of bits !!! Took my time and the wife gave her help :)

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    The room looks like a bombs hit it but we are building :)

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    Nearly there !!!

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    Wife thinks its taken over the whole room and thinks it to big, Im grinning like a cat with the cream. Spent a while connecting everything up.
    I have just stuck the AV stuff together quickly as I need some new speaker stands and some new leads which Im getting on Sunday.

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    I dont think it looks oversize for the room !!! wife isnt so mad.

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    Kidden garten kop looks great on normal telly, freeview is good and dvd is pure ace, Im going to run a pc HD feed to it as I have loads of stuff at 1020 and 720 to put it through a good test.

    I have turned the contrast and brightness right down and have picture set to normal, is that the best way to settle the screen in ?????


    Its a great tv and i love it :)
     
  2. Rapid 17

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    Nice pics matey. :thumbsup:
     
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    Hi,
    Thanks for sharing your plasma moment.
    I am considering the same set up apart from getting the 50" model.
    Any reason why you didn't get a 50" one.
    Fatpat
     
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    Doesn't look too big for the room at all, enjoy, nice plasma!

    Cheers
    Andy
     
  5. Mr Eddy

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    Great post, can we have close up pic of just tv and stand set up.

    Also what are the dimensions of the boxes before unpacking. Trying to estimate if they fit in mondeo hatch.

    Did it come with cable clips/metal covers to run along back of glass shelves?
     
  6. ErikX

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    So nice to see ppl that takes the time to share their experience with those of us that has not yet decided wheter to go for PV500 or not. I am looking forward for your experience on HD content!
     
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    Did you manage to get a price match?. If so, from which shop?.

    BTW, I thought JL were out of stock for the 42" model.
     
  8. greyhorse

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    trays hide cables that sit behind each glass shelf, also cables run down side frame of stand, cable clips and tidys and plastic shelf behind screen.

    I just stuck it all in, as the scart leads I have only cost a few quid although the picture quality is great on dvd, hdd, freeview.

    I cant wait to stick some decent leads in it, Im going to use componnent for dvd player and some good scarts for the rest. After viewing the Freeview the sky box is out on its ear, free view produces a better picture. Having said that my scart leads are ****.

    I doubt very much if the PV500 box would stand up in a mondeo, the box height is 870mm X1250mm long and 440mm wide. The box for the stand weighs over 36kg!

    If anyone has doubts I just viewed the blue planet on DVD and the detail is breath taking. Watched paycheck and the quality and detail in some of the shots is fantastic. I just dont know what to watch next. Its a great screen hooks up a treat and auto syncs with the panny dvd/hdd.

    I have no regrets and as a Plasma virgin just wanted to say the screen is ace and thanks to you guys here I learnt a little more and first purchase was a good one.

    Once again Cheers guys :)
     
  9. SimonMallion

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    Did you get JL to price match your PV500 in the end greyhorse?
     
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    Yeh what's the best price on the PV with the pedestal stand (I'm only goin gto wall mount it) and will JL pricematch ?
     
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    You should set it to Cinema for the first 200/300 hours of use. I have the Panny PE30 and at first put the contrast and brightness down to around 30%.

    Wish I had waited and got the PV500 though, very jealous seeing those piccies... :smashin:
     
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    I plan to get one over the next few weeks (your pics have helped) :thumbsup:

    Is that the best settings for run-in? also how long should you run it in for?
     
  13. greyhorse

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    Popped down to my local retail store to get some new leads. Purchased some JVC gold plated scart leads and component leads.

    The picture quality from the Panny e-95 on DVD is breath taking on component leads from JVC that only cost £10 !!!!!!!!!! I cant se ehow the picture could be any better. The detail on Blue Planet is nonthing short of fantastic.

    The hdd is also super dooper :)

    Have connected a scart to av2 from the dvd/hdd for normal HDD play back as it only records in digital stereo, no point having the dts AMP ON.

    The component used for DVD play back with amp.

    Im so happy with this telly its the dogs hairy dangly bits :) Having a movie fest tonight !!!!
     
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    PV500's don't need 'running in'according to my Panny dealer. Don't do anything daft with it though ! The settings on my 42pv500 are about the same on Sky and DVD and looking from Contrast to Sharpness they all gradually decrease (i.e. Contrast is about 65% and Sharpness 30%). When I had it installed the Panny lads left the Reds Waaay to loud. I re-set it all myself using a DVE disk and it looks totally awesome. Watched a standard edition of The Fifth Element last night and you would think you were warching HD already - its that good :D
     
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    I´m curious... do you use an external scaler? (maybe your DVD player has a built-in scaler?)

    I found that without using an external scaler the DVD picture is rather poor. BUt when scaling it to 720P even DVDs look superb. (HD of course, looks absolutely fantastic)
     
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    No scaler but I do have a top DVD player in the Linn Unidisk 1.1 (DVI-D > HDMI).
     
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    Does your DVDPlayer output 720P? Then it would have an internal scaler.. :)
     
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    Sorry, I don't know. The software is ahead of the manual updates!
     
  19. greyhorse

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    You must have some set up, if you think the dvd quality looks poor. Its as sharp as PIN. The detail is just fantastic and you can see individual hairs on peoples faces.

    Spiderman 2 looked fantastic, the detail in blue planet was like being under the see. This tv is fantastic and the new leads have driven the picture to a quality I didnt even see in the AV shop that did some demos for me on HDTV.
     
  20. greyhorse

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    Hope this helps some front and rears :)

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    :D :cool: :D :cool:
     
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    and the ££ damage at JL's was....... ?
     
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    Actually, I've noticed that when you press 'i' on the Panny remote when you are in HDMI the display shows you how many 'p's are displayed. For The Fifth Element (widescreen with black bars) it was 576p and for Mulholland Drive (fullscreen) it was 480p. So probably don't have an internal scaler. Doesn't matter to me, the pq is incredible. :thumbsup:
     
  24. Mr Eddy

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    Thanks those are exactly the pics I wanted to see. Rear shots perfect. Thank you.

    PS Does the HD sticker on the front peel off?
     
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    How long is the power lead?
     
  26. greyhorse

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    about 200 cm
     
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    cheaper than some, higher than others. :)
     
  28. Rapid 17

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    greyhorse, is blue planet you mention, a set of DVD's from the BBC ? Oh and by the way, i have ordered my Panasonic PV500CAB from Dixons on line. Only has 1 year warranty though so i will purchase an extra 2 or maybe 4 years elsewhere. Geoff.
     
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    BBC series it looks great on DVD.

    Also I think you can purchase extra warranty through Panny, I know you can with DVD/VCR etc. Should have info when you get you box :)
     

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