Panasonic TH-42PZ70B Arrived (Photos + Thoughts)

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  1. glen8

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    Just a very quick and simple post to start with as I have only just got it all setup and working. The weight is 49kgs which sounds heavy, however me and the mrs had no problems lifting it onto the table top. The pedestal was very easy to fit together and was literally on within a couple of minutes.

    First thing I did was changed the picture settings for the 200hr run-in

    Cinema mode
    Warm
    Zoom 1
    Overscan off
    Brightness, Contrast, Colour +15 (just for a few hours till it gets warmed up then a slow gradual increase, say +10 every 50 hours)

    The fans on the rear are silent and I have noticed no buzzing

    PS3 set to 24hz which worked no problem. Slapped in casino royale and watched from the beginning to just after the explosion at the end of the chase schene.

    First thoughts.......picture quality is fantastic and puts my tosh 1080 LCD to shame BIG TIME. The motion/judder/latency is 99%. The actual movie is judder free just like watching the film on a CRT set. The motion flows smoothly, I was very impressed. The end credits however had a VERY slight judder when scrolling. I'd have to say probably a 2 pixel jump, it was that small....but I did notice it. I took the bedroom CRT set down to have a side by side comparision, as motion goes they were neck and neck. I wonder if the reason I noticed the credits juddering 'slightly' was the fact that the resolution was so much higher I could actually see it?

    When I took a 5min break and returned, I noticed no judder at all and took me a good few minutes before my eyes began to pick up on it again. When actually watching a movie for real, and not looking for problems I'll never pick it up. It really is as close to a CRT as you'll find.

    I really need to view a display now which advertises the fact it supports 24hz 5:5 like the Tosh Z does to compare but I honestly don't think you're going to get anything any smoother from a flat panel display.

    I turned the 24hz feature off and tried again. SNAP! Everything looked exactly the same. I'm not sure what that tells us?

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  2. JohnColes

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    Whats it like in SD? What about football/rugby?
     
  3. glen8

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    Just had a quick look on ITV1 now (rugby) and caught the last 1 min of an action replay. Motion wise PERFECT :eek:

    If I stand with my nose to the screen I can see some pixels around the players but go back a few feet and the picture is awesome
     
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    Nice one Glen. This is how I see my pz70. Perfect. All the doubters will bah humbug again, all the pio fans will say rubbish, all the the guys with old tech will say they see no difference when viewing them side by side in their local shop.

    :D

    Good pics too.

    Sit back and enjoy some glorious Full 1080P HD mate.:smashin:
     
  5. glen8

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    Thanks Andy,

    My sony 910 amp is arriving on Monday (or I might try and drive to the local depot tomorrow) so I can get HD audio too :D Can't wait, I'm like a kid at christmas
     
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    I found Overscan On eliminated some of the fixed lines / frame effects visible whilst watching certain programmes.
    Not saying it matters but Dexter / The Wire on FX, The Shield / Criminal Minds on 5, The Sopranos / My Name Is Earl on E4 and Moto GP on BBC , F1 / British Superbikes / BTCC on ITV. Some of which at times had permanent edges visible with Overscan Off. Can't remember which but you'll see it when its there.
    Also avoided watching NASCAR coverage on C5 US because of the fixed dogs - but for many avoiding watching NASCAR is good policy anyway.
    The one annoyance is the bright red interactive button on DVB BBC sports - you would think they would know better by now.

    Haven't experienced any problems either way.
    Happy viewing !
     
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    6 KING SIZE pics, but just 1 with the actual thing (the PZ70) on it, and even not with an image on the screen.
    That could be done better glen8. :D
     
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    glen8, thanks for the report on your new TV, glad you are lovin' it! :thumbsup:

    I do have a question, and a suggestion for you:

    1) What's the point of setting overscan off, if you are going to use Zoom1, which cuts off right and left sides anyway? Does keeping overscan
    off mean you get *all* the vertical material on screen (i.e., the black top/bottom borders on a 2.35:1 movie are *just* off-screen)?

    2) Suggestion: if your use of zoom1, warm color setting etc. are because of worries about retention or wanting to "go easy"
    on the panel to break it it, then relax and play around with any settings you like. Many experienced posters have convinced
    me that Panasonic's plasmas have been basically bomb-proof for several generations now, as far as screen burn goes. I doubt
    enormously that has changed in the 1080p glass. And by coddling your panel, you just make the break-in period (i.e. the genuine
    settling-down into long-term running characteristics, not the arbitrary 200hrs) take longer.

    Enjoy!

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    Glen,

    TY for taking the time to post. Where is the image of the 24Hz output information taken from? The question remains whether the TV is displaying this type of source in its native form or internally converting to be shown at 1080p/50or60.

    On the same subject, does anyone know if the PZ700 is similarly equipped to handle 1080p/24fps input?

    Thanks,

    AliG
     
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    mine arrives today and this is my first proper tv, only ever had CRT


    what settings should i use to start the tv off? and for how long?

    thanks
     
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    Like I said it was only a quick post, I'll change and add bits later today :smashin:
     
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    what was your old 1080 lcd? (to get perspective about PQ)
     
  13. glen8

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    Toshiba 42WLT66 and before that a Panasonic 6 Series Plasma
     
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    mines just arrived, what the hell do i do with the box as i have a 5 year warranty with john lewis, do i have to keep the box or would they pack it if i had a problem further down the line
     
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    try and keep the box, flat pack it and store in the shed/garage/loft etc etc
     
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    thats going to be difficult to flat pack this, got it all setup and just for the sheer size and wow factor of having a first plasma..looks well nice

    got settings on cinema and low to start with, how long should i keep it like this.. when i put colour on normal.. wow amazing.. even SD is good but i need to break it in :rolleyes:
     
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    anyone got sky code for this tv?
     
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    as per another threa you can sort it via the interactive sky menu but most pannys are 0678
     
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    yep cheers that did it

    ...............

    got my tv setup and i like it allot, sd looks ok, xbox 360 elite looks very nice and i will try a 1080p hd film soon and i will be less than 3 foot away :clap:
     
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    I'm very interested to hear if anyone has tried a HTPC on this screen, the overscan on the PX70 was quite bad. I also tried Casino Royale on the PX70 and I could notice the 24fps problem quite easily, hopefully this has now been solved on the PZ70/700.

    I've had a quick look at the Panasonic website and am not sure whether to go for the 70 or 700 series. You've obviously gone for the 70, was the decision purely price based or is it a better screen?
     
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    viewing SD with the built in freeview and my dreambox (satellite box) connected with RGB it is very good and i am impressed

    on the other hand using a sky+ box, connected to the RGB with same cable, it is not as good

    has anyone else noticed that or is sky just lesser quality
     
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    Hi guy's

    Where is the best place to purchase one from ? I would like either a 3 or 5 year warranty?

    Please specify outlet and price

    Thanks
     
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    Any more pics glen8?
     
  24. glen8

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    give us a sec mate

    I have taken a few but by the time I have resized and saved the jpg it looks [email protected]

    Uploading now tho

    Running safe settings at the min
    Cinema mode
    +15 (from bottom so VERY low) on colour, brightness, contrast

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    Thanks for the pics. I am wall mounting my plasma and need to know what the back of the TV looks like as I need to be fit a Gefen HDMI Cat5 extender box behind it - http://www.gefen.com/kvm/product.jsp?prod_id=4504


    Can't remember from when I was in the shop and can't find any pics on the net! Found a picture of the back of a PX70 - is it the same?

    http://www.*/image/hdtv/Panasonic-TH42PX70/mainconnection.jpg

    http://www.*/image/hdtv/Panasonic-TH42PX70/backpanel.jpg

    Can anyone tell me what the depth/width of the "cut out" bit is?
     

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