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Just bought a Panasonic TH-42PZ700U enlighten me please!

tsltd
03-28-2008, 12:27 PM
hello i been just searching and reading and there is so much info on here thanks! i have just a few questions just to be sure. I just purchased the Panasonic TH-42PZ700U Plasma TV.

1. Is the break in still necessary now with this tv? Or just have it set to Cinima for the first 100 hours?
2. I also just ordered Direct TV w/ HD access. Do I need to avoid the HD channels? There is like around 30....
3. Anything else I should be worried about with this plasma tv?

thank you very much!!

mobiushky
03-28-2008, 12:41 PM
hello i been just searching and reading and there is so much info on here thanks! i have just a few questions just to be sure. I just purchased the Panasonic TH-42PZ700U Plasma TV.

1. Is the break in still necessary now with this tv? Or just have it set to Cinima for the first 100 hours?
2. I also just ordered Direct TV w/ HD access. Do I need to avoid the HD channels? There is like around 30....
3. Anything else I should be worried about with this plasma tv?

thank you very much!!

1. Before you go too far off the deep end, just relax a bit on the break-in and take a deep breath. Breaking in a plasma is a good idea, but it is not a super critical end of life event that has to be done with nano precision. Basically, you aren't going to screw it up unless you really try to screw it up purposely. Just watch tv like you would on any other tv, but make sure that you don't let any black bars (side or top and bottom) stay on the tv for the entire time. Use stretch aspect ratio on 4:3 material so that people look wide and the image fills the screen. You won't have any issues.

Don't use the factory setting it's on out of the box. Use the cinema if you want, or play with the settings a bit. Find what you like for now. If you want to get it calibrated, ok, but odds are it will have to be tweaked after the first 100 hours or so. You might be better off just setting Cinema and then calibrating it in a month or so.

2. Watch all the HD you want. Knock yourself out. HD is what your tv was made for.

3. After watching HD, you may find yourself thinking SD looks awful. Unfortunately that is a side effect that is often tough to prevent. As more channels switch to HD you will find yourself less and less irritated with this SD phenomenon. Just try to get through the tough times and you'll be ok. LOL!!! j/k, seriously, the number one reason people return HDTV's is because the SD they used to watch can actually look worse on an HDtv than on their old TV. There's not much that can be done. You just have to accept that it's not quite as good as it was. But the HD channels will look stunning. As channels transition to HD, it will become less of an issue.

tsltd
03-28-2008, 12:46 PM
1. Before you go too far off the deep end, just relax a bit on the break-in and take a deep breath. Breaking in a plasma is a good idea, but it is not a super critical end of life event that has to be done with nano precision. Basically, you aren't going to screw it up unless you really try to screw it up purposely. Just watch tv like you would on any other tv, but make sure that you don't let any black bars (side or top and bottom) stay on the tv for the entire time. Use stretch aspect ratio on 4:3 material so that people look wide and the image fills the screen. You won't have any issues.

Don't use the factory setting it's on out of the box. Use the cinema if you want, or play with the settings a bit. Find what you like for now. If you want to get it calibrated, ok, but odds are it will have to be tweaked after the first 100 hours or so. You might be better off just setting Cinema and then calibrating it in a month or so.

2. Watch all the HD you want. Knock yourself out. HD is what your tv was made for.

3. After watching HD, you may find yourself thinking SD looks awful. Unfortunately that is a side effect that is often tough to prevent. As more channels switch to HD you will find yourself less and less irritated with this SD phenomenon. Just try to get through the tough times and you'll be ok. LOL!!! j/k, seriously, the number one reason people return HDTV's is because the SD they used to watch can actually look worse on an HDtv than on their old TV. There's not much that can be done. You just have to accept that it's not quite as good as it was. But the HD channels will look stunning. As channels transition to HD, it will become less of an issue.

ok cool thanks man i was just a tad worried because sports is my number 1 choice to watch and its just gonna be on ESPN the whole time with the scores and such on the bottom...

mobiushky
03-28-2008, 12:51 PM
ok cool thanks man i was just a tad worried because sports is my number 1 choice to watch and its just gonna be on ESPN the whole time with the scores and such on the bottom...

Remember that the ticker has static images on them. The titles and the headings rarely change. That might be a bad idea at first, just to be sure the panel gets broken in evenly.

What I would do is watch your ESPN when you want, but change the channel periodically for a while. Watch a movie, etc. I wouldn't leave ESPN on for 100 hours straight. Watch the actual sports events if you can. What you want to avoid at first is the static images. Something that is on the screen and doesn't change at all. Usually when you watch tv (assuming you watch more than just one channel) you don't have that problem. But if you really mean it will be on ESPN only and nothing else all the time, you might cause problems.

Still, it's not a huge deal. Just make sure you mix in some other channels or movies periodically.

tsltd
03-28-2008, 01:01 PM
Remember that the ticker has static images on them. The titles and the headings rarely change. That might be a bad idea at first, just to be sure the panel gets broken in evenly.

What I would do is watch your ESPN when you want, but change the channel periodically for a while. Watch a movie, etc. I wouldn't leave ESPN on for 100 hours straight. Watch the actual sports events if you can. What you want to avoid at first is the static images. Something that is on the screen and doesn't change at all. Usually when you watch tv (assuming you watch more than just one channel) you don't have that problem. But if you really mean it will be on ESPN only and nothing else all the time, you might cause problems.

Still, it's not a huge deal. Just make sure you mix in some other channels or movies periodically.

thanks for your help and clarification!

mobiushky
03-28-2008, 01:16 PM
thanks for your help and clarification!

No problems. Above all, enjoy your new tv! Welcome to the HD side of life. Just be prepared to get infected with the bigger better bug! LOL! Some of us here are still trying to find a cure for that one.

jim mohundro
03-29-2008, 12:23 PM
I recently purchased the TH-42PZ700U and I'm very pleased with it. I watch baseball on Fox Sports Northwest and the score tracker is at the upper edge of the screen. I adjust the Zoom feature to eliminate the score tracker by moving the picture down just enough and with the minimum zoom magnification. Then, during the broadcast, if I've lost track of any of the score elements, I quickly change the Aspect Ratio for a few seconds to pick up the info.

I'm a long-time baseball fan and when I go to games, I rarely look at the scoreboard. I'm focused enough on the pitcher and hitter to have a good handle on the ball/strike count in my head.

Micahsa
04-02-2008, 06:07 PM
Yup, just got this TV from Costco for $1099 (before tax) and I'm loving it so far.

As far as break in, I'll QFE below:

Basically, you aren't going to screw it up unless you really try to screw it up purposely. Just watch tv like you would on any other tv, but make sure that you don't let any black bars (side or top and bottom) stay on the tv for the entire time. Use stretch aspect ratio on 4:3 material so that people look wide and the image fills the screen. You won't have any issues.


I'm still watching TV a little more than usual, just so that once college football season comes around it will be well broken in and I won't have to worry about it during the long stretches of college gameday.

One tip: Discovery HD Theater is great for long stretches of programming that you can actually watch (unlike the break in DVD's you find). They have minimal logos, usually only appearing for a few minutes, and almost no sidebars. I wake up in the morning and watch their sunrise program at 7:00 with my coffee, its pretty incredible :)

Anyways, enjoy!

djbamber
04-02-2008, 06:28 PM
Hope you really enjoy your new purchase. I was set to pull the trigger on the 700 series Panny also until I found out that having 2 huge windows in the upper level of my living room with a catherdral ceiling, and having the tv next to a 6 foot sliding glass door all facing south ruled out buying the Panny. However based on all the recommendations, and reviews the 700 series Panny IMO is one of the TOP sets out there! Good Luck, and welcome aboard.