High Def Forum
Thank you for visiting. This is our website archive. Please visit our main website by clicking the logo above.

Help- Just Got Panasonic 34"HDTV CT-34WX15 Setting Recommendations

Hershon
11-20-2005, 05:45 PM
I just replaced my 30" Samsung 3064 HDTV which was a very good in my bedroom with Panasonic's CT-34WX15 because I needed a bigger TV (I have a 48" Mitsubishi HDTV in the living room). I would appreciate any help and recommendations for settings on this from anyone who has this set or a similar Panasonic TV- i.e. do you have it on Vivid, Standard or Cinema, Cool, Warm, or Normal, etc What do you have color, sharpness, brightness, tone, etc. on? Would appreciate someone listing their recommended settings for me. Thanks

troublefan
11-21-2005, 12:52 AM
I have last year's model (CT-34WX54) and although I have not had it professionally calibrated, an in-home technician got me started with the initial settings. I since tweaked those settings and am very satisfied with the results. He did say that you'll need to get used to it a bit because they are nowhere near the settings from the factory or from a sales floor. So, here's what I have it set at:

Picture Mode- Standard
color-19
tint-40
brightness-55
picture-40
sharpness-3 (yeah, lower is better)
Color temp-normal
natural color-on
video nr, vm, mpeg nr all off

I like these settings; hope this helps and let me know what you think

Hershon
11-21-2005, 01:19 AM
Really appreciate it. I'm going to try your settings now. I'll try to return the favor here, with the following info,that you may or may not know.
1. If you ever want to make a back up DVD of a commercial DVD, you can download a free program online called DVD Shrink. Feel free to ask me how to use it. 2. If you ever forget to record a TV show, go to the website www.mininova.org & download a free program called utorrent. This site has a huge amount in excellent quality of TV shows without commercials. They take a while to download but the quality is great. If I screw up my DVR recording, I go to that site as shows are on it almnost instantly. Thanks again for your help. How much did your TV cost? I got mine at Circuit City for $1199 & free delivery & installation. I also spent $149 for an extended 3 year warranty.

Hershon
11-21-2005, 04:03 AM
Can you check those numbers again as it looked a bit too washed out for me? Thanks

doggie
11-21-2005, 06:48 AM
I just replaced my 30" Samsung 3064 HDTV which was a very good in my bedroom with Panasonic's CT-34WX15 because I needed a bigger TV (I have a 48" Mitsubishi HDTV in the living room). I would appreciate any help and recommendations for settings on this from anyone who has this set or a similar Panasonic TV- i.e. do you have it on Vivid, Standard or Cinema, Cool, Warm, or Normal, etc What do you have color, sharpness, brightness, tone, etc. on? Would appreciate someone listing their recommended settings for me. Thanks
You can grab this DVD (or rent it from Netflix) to help you calibrate general video/audio settings:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/630551982X/104-8021318-2292736?v=glance&n=130&v=glance

There's also another one called Digital Video Essentials.

troublefan
11-21-2005, 10:10 AM
I'll check again when I get home, but yeah, it does look washed out. I had the same response when I first changed the settings because they were so much different than factory, but you can adjust a bit more or less according to your taste. We watch mostly in a darker room so maybe that has something to do with it.
I got mine last year online (bigondigital.com) for $1K + $100 shipping and no tax. I also got the 3 year ext. warranty. Thanks for the other info. I'll give those a look when I need to.

ja2935
11-21-2005, 01:04 PM
Hershon - if you have a THX movie try the quick-and-dirty THX setup.

Hershon
11-21-2005, 02:40 PM
Thanks I'll try the Avia One through Netflix. I actually tweaked this slightly & have gotten better results by putting this on Standard with all the preset Standard controls except I put it on Warm. Hopefully I'll fine tune this more with Avia. The set seems a real good one, however, my Mitsubishi Factor Setting for my 48" HDTV were prefect & I've never tweaked them & I don't quite understand the mentality behind Panasonic's factory settings as these are clearly not optimal settings.

ja2935
11-21-2005, 10:11 PM
They are designed to catch your eye in the showroom amongst all the other overblown sets!

Lotto777
11-22-2005, 05:45 AM
Picture Mode- Vivid
color-27
tint-24
brightness-43
picture-34
sharpness-10
Color temp-Cool
natural color-on
video nr On
vm Off
mpeg nr On

troublefan
11-22-2005, 10:01 AM
Picture Mode- Vivid
color-27
tint-24
brightness-43
picture-34
sharpness-10
Color temp-Cool
natural color-on
video nr On
vm Off
mpeg nr On

Lotto777:
Were these out-of-the-box settings or from a calibration disk? I'd always heard to stay away from vivid mode and to turn off most of the video noise reductions. Like ja2935 said, the overblown settings are to catch your eye on a sales floor, under bright lights. Just curious.

Hershon
11-22-2005, 01:29 PM
Maybe its personal taste but the 2 settings listed on here for me personally, washed out the picture & make it look dull & undynamic. Anyone have any other settings to try? When I get the AVI callibrator from Netflix, I'll post the settings I came up with on them. It's weird that Mitsubishi presets were perfect & Panasonics obviously aren't. Thanks for sharing your settings

Weaser
11-22-2005, 06:01 PM
Try these settings out.. it was posted earlier by a setup tech.

Standard mode
Picture=31-45 percent
brightness=31-45 percent
Color=31-25 percent
Sharpness-31
tint=31
color temp is normal
VNR=on (I did this cause it takes disortion off of text)

for picture and brightness I went on the higher side
I like the settings for this so far.

Lotto777
11-22-2005, 06:14 PM
Hi. I rechecked my settings and here they are, the picture is beautiful to me.

Vivid-Cool
color 26
tint 26
brightness 44
picture 34
sharpness 11
VM is off all others is ON

Hershon
11-22-2005, 09:49 PM
"Picture=31-45 percent
brightness=31-45 percent
Color=31-25 percent"

Is this a range or 2 numbers? I'm a little confused what you mean. IE, should I set my picture to 31 or 45 or 31,32,33,etc. to 45? Thanks

Weaser
11-25-2005, 10:40 AM
I used those as actual numbers... so #31 up to #45 etc.

Hershon
11-25-2005, 12:22 PM
I don't understand what you are talking about What is the number for Picture? Is it 31 or 45, it can't be bother, etc

Weaser
11-25-2005, 11:19 PM
I don't understand what you are talking about What is the number for Picture? Is it 31 or 45, it can't be bother, etc

well I have my picture set to 45 and brightness to 40. My color is at 25 and tint is 31 but it does sometimes skin can be a tinge redder than normal. Those numbers I gave earlier are ranges from 31 to 45.

Weaser
11-27-2005, 01:44 PM
well I have my picture set to 45 and brightness to 40. My color is at 25 and tint is 31 but it does sometimes skin can be a tinge redder than normal. Those numbers I gave earlier are ranges from 31 to 45.

Oh yeah, and if you increase the tint to about 34 or so, then the reddish skin tint will be reduced, but colors will still be vibrant.

snatta
11-28-2005, 05:07 PM
How do you guys like the Panasonic 34" HDTV Monitor (CT-34WX15)? I am trying to decide betwenn the Panny and the Sony 34" HDTV Monitor (KV-34HS420). I will be sitting about 5-6 feet away from the HDTV, and plan to watch a lot of Sports both from HD and 4:3 Digital feeds. I will be keeping my 32" SDTV to help with watching the analog SD channels <100, but I still hope that the digital channels>100 will have good PQ.

Thanks! :bowdown:

Hershon
11-28-2005, 06:14 PM
Buy this before it goes off the market. It looks cosmetically beautiful & its picture is great both for DVD's, HD & regular shows as well. Until you can fine tune this, go with the factory preset of Vivid & don't change anything- it may take a day or 2 to get use too but stick with that unless you can come up with something better. While I appreciate people's settings except the one guy I don't understand, and I agree its a matter of personal taste, THEY ARE ALL TERRIBLE in my opinion, we're not talking mediocore but terrible, as all of them get rid of the vibrant picture and make it look dead & washed up. The factory preset of Vivid is so much better then what anyone posted here its not funny. I ordered the Avia calibration disc and hopefully I can fine tune it (apparently the filters aren't included if you rent this from Netflix). I'm watching from my bed about 9 feet away. Before that I had a Samsung 30" HD there. That TV set was too small. I made the mistake of thinking a 30" widescreen HD would be more than equal to my 4:3 normal 27" set. It wasn't. There's actually a conversion table at www.cavecreations.com/tv2.cgi?KeohiHDTV
It took about 3 days for my eyes to get use to the 34" widescreen from my 30" widescreen. The DVD picture is awesome on this. If a DVD movie wasn't filmed or converted to widescreen, you can use the 4:3 aspect on this TV and it looks great. This wasn't the case with my 30" Samsung. Regular 4:3 color shows on this set look very good compared to the grainy pictures I'm use to seeing on other HD Sets. The HD broadcasts are excellent. I still think I can fine tune the picture slightly better & as I said, I'm surprised at the suggestions posted here as they all in my opinion produce a much worse picture then the Vivid preset. I can't comment on sound as I listen through my Denon 3801 Receiver, Orb Mod 1 speakers & Harmon Kardon 31 DVD player home theater system & so that isn't a factor. I got my set from Circuit City for $1200 plus I bought an extended 5 year warranty & delivery & installation was free & took just 2 days. I sold my Samsung for $475 & am quite happy with this set for my bedroom.

troublefan
11-30-2005, 10:13 AM
Hershon:

Remember, these were settings openly given to you by people who'd like to help. Responses like '...all terrible' and the like will merely result in others who actually know what they're talking about not even reply to your question. You repeated the sentiment: it's personal preference. I prefer to not watch tv or movies in garish color, quite simply because that's not what I see when I go outside, or to the mall, or to work. People and things are not 'vivid', but again that's my opinion (perhaps also because there's a color temp setting called 'normal' in the setup)?

You said it took about 3 days to get used to the new widescreen size. I said earlier it would take some time getting used to the normal color mode and subsequent adjustments. This is not just my opinion, but that from a tech who assisted in the setup of my tv. I don't claim to believe these as the perfect settings, merely the best for me. Perhaps you can give the settings that all of these kind people have offered a 3 day test as well....

Hershon
11-30-2005, 02:23 PM
I'm greatful these people put up their settings but within 5 seconds, I or anyone else with normal sensabilities could tell the picture was dead and washed up and no amount of time will make that better. Its like if you see a woman who you're not physically attracted to, no amount of time is going to make you feel more attracted to her- that only happens in the movies. I personally feel some of the colors on the Vivid preset are a bit to dark & was hoping that someones settings would let me fine tune that. Even with it looking a bit too dark it is so superior to the settings suggested we're talking rightfield looking at left field. I think that people have mistakenly listed the wrong numbers. Anyway, to each their own.

troublefan
11-30-2005, 02:49 PM
With so many people offering their version of settings, I find it hard to believe we all made a mistake. A rather pompous statement, no? I truly hope you find the right settings for you. There are many other forums out there (AVS, remember?) where one can find knowledgable folks giving great feedback for this or any other question/problem one may have. Search those forums. Find out what others have done. In the end, it really is all about you and what you like.

And while that was an artful analogy, sometimes, the more you see a woman to whom you may not be physically attracted the more you get to know the real person. You will see who she really is, what she's really like, and you just may come to love that person. Therein is the comparison you're looking for....best of luck.

Hershon
11-30-2005, 08:28 PM
I'm guessing that people used some kind of callibrator and they switched the settings to what they believe will technically give them the maximum best picture but even though it isn't and isn't even close, they have trained their minds to mentally accept these settings as the best picture because that is what their program said it was and therefore it must be true. All I know is I used for my receiver two different testing devices to set controls and the bottom line is they didn't sound as good as to what I set the controls myself based on gut unscientific theory. Having said that, I'm awaiting the Avia callibration DVD & if I get a better picture from using this, I'll of course keep those settings but if the picture isn't better in my opinion, I'll stick to the factory Vivid preset. My point is, if a program tells me that these are the best settings for my audio/video equipment but my ears and eyes tell me otherwise, I'm not going to tell myself that the program must be right and use those settings.

TacticalS!
12-02-2005, 11:58 AM
Hello Folks!

Earlier this week I purchased a Panasonic CT-34WX15. Similar to the thread starter, I am also surfing the Internet looking for recommendations from existing users of this specific HDTV.

I am presently watching the TV using the Vivid mode with factory settings. While the picture looks good, I find at times the skin tone to be a bit reddish.

Based upon another post I am going to try the following -

Standard Mode
Picture=45
Brightness=40
Color=25
Sharpness=31
Tint=34
Color Temp=Normal
VNR=On

However, I was hoping for more feedback to help assist me in achieving the best possible better picture quality.

-----

We also originally ordered the Panasonic SC-HT730 Home Theatre System. It was our intention to send Dolby 5.1 surround sound from the HD satellite receiver and XBox 360 to the speakers. Unfortunately, only the surround sound from the DVD player that comes with this system would work.

I have been told that only a receiver with speakers can work for my intended setup. It is my understanding that the TV has an audio out. My question is can I send a proper signal (5.1/surround sound) from my gaming console & satellite to the TV, then from the TV to the audio receiver/speakers? What cable (optical?) is needed? Finally, any suggestions for a modest system?

Best regards,
Mark

Hershon
12-02-2005, 04:35 PM
I'll be very curious if you find any of the suggested settings an improvement over the Vivid Preset as I thought all of them were attrocious, nothing personal, and reflect more on believing that a techincal callaborating program is giving them the best picture rather then thinking it is the best picture. What you said about the skin tones is very true. I'm still waiting on my Avia Calibrator to see if I can fine tune this a bit. I'll post the results if I think they're an improvement to the factory preset based on how my eyes see the final picture.

This is still a great TV. I got lucky as the price dropped this week at Circuit City as its now $1099 but don't know how long that lasts nor am I sure if that still includes free delivery. I paid $1199 & free delivery & they gave me back another $120 when the price dropped (I was in their store and noticed the difference in price as it wasn't advertised & they refunded me $100 plus tax plus another $10 immediately- no receipt was necessary as it was in their computer systen).

As I get my HD through the cable company, I can't help you on your problem but it doesn't really make much sense to me as you should be able to get your TV sound from whatever the satellite equivilent of a digital receiver/DVR. I will say though, if you want to improve TV sound get a glass fiber link optic cable for around $25 new on Ebay (use a regular optics cable for your DVD player as the sound is too powerful for anything but TV).

TacticalS!
12-02-2005, 05:02 PM
Thanks Hershon! Great to hear about your savings too.

While I noticed that you didn't like Weaser's suggested settings, I have tried them tonight and personally like them. True they are not as valibrate as Vivid, but the skin tone has been completely resolved for me. Still, looking forward to your testing. Please post what you have discovered.

I'm left wondering if using Vivid could lead to premature wear opposed to Standard mode. Isn't Vivid the so-called "torch" mode used by retailers? It looks good but Normal seems a bit more natural, at least under our livingroom lighting. Thanks Weaser for posting them. If nothing else they are a start.

I am surprised that Panasonic doesn't provide some help. Clearly the skin tone is rather reddish, which can be resolved with some minor tweaking.

As for the sound, be interested in hearing from those with surround sound systems.

Regards,
Mark

Hershon
12-02-2005, 06:53 PM
I have a Mitsubishi 48" HDTV which I love & have used the factory preset from day one and the picture is perfect. The picture on that is what my basic HD picture on my Panasonic should look like (before I had a Samsung 30" HDTV). Anyway, when I tried each of the settings posted, the picture totally looked dull & lifeless and washed out compared to my Mitsubishi & the Vivid preset. The good thing on the Pansonic is you can set everything back to the preset in a few seconds. If you have any suggestions for just changing the skin tones let me know. I may wind up calling Panasonic and hope that maybe someone can give me recommendations. I know the picture still looks very good on the Vivid preset except for a sucky show called "How I Met Your Mother" where the picture is too dark.

In regards to surround sound, I've got a Denon 3801 Receiver which I recommend that you can get for about $400 used on Ebay and $1200 new, Orb Mod 1 Speakers & Sub (orbaudio.com) & Denon 31 DVD plauer & the 5.1 TV sound is great on my Cable TV SyStem through an HD DVR. I definately recommend if you don't have an HD DVR which my cable company rents cheaply.

How much did your TV cost?