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Old 11-16-2006, 11:57 PM   #1  
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Default Getting my first HDTV

So, within the next week I will have my first HDTV, specifically the Panasonic TH-42PX60U. I do have a few questions and would appreciate anyone that can help out...

1. I have read several people say "Take it out of torch mode." Is that anything more than dropping the brightness out of the box? Would getting a calibration DVD do the same thing, which leads me to number 2...

2. Where do you get these DVD's? I have looked in a few places and have had no luck finding one.

3. I was looking through the Panasonic manual for this TV, and it had several diagrams showing the TV being attached to the wall and tv stand to keep it from falling over. This is the first time I have heard of this...is this something that has to be done, or being overly paranoid?

Thanks for all of the help.
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Old 11-17-2006, 01:51 AM   #2  
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I have had this tv since oct22 and love it

1- yes take it out of vivid. drop contrast to around 8 and brightness to 5. (some say to 0 but mine is ok at the above settings)
everything else is 0
be careful what you watch. try to keep it full screen as much as possible (for atleast the first 100hrs)

not sure about the DVD but you can use any movie DVD that has THX
Starwars movies would do.. can do some adjustments with that. for me i just went by eye and looks perfect to me.

3- if you keep tv on a sturdy table it be ok. it wont tip over by itself.
if you have young kids or live in earthquake zone it be good idea to strap it down. If a kid trys to climb up the tv it will tip over.
Mine is not tied down.
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Old 11-17-2006, 07:22 AM   #3  
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What DVD are you talking about? You will need to get a SEPARATE HD-DVD or Blu-Ray player......Unless that set comes with one built in, which would be odd and not recommendable.
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Old 11-17-2006, 08:04 AM   #4  
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I have seen a few posts in the ISF Calibration forum that mentioned getting a calibration disk, but the only one I saw linked was a Monster DVD http://www.highdefforum.com/showthread.php?t=28089

I'm just going to give the THX thing a try first before buying another disk to do it.
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Old 11-17-2006, 09:17 AM   #5  
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By all means try the THX optimizer. Spending money on cal disks is dicey at best.... what are they calibrating it to? YOUR eyes? How do they know what you like best? I dont care what the "magic" numbers are supposed to be.... if it looks good to you, then leave it that way!

I never understood this.....its like paying someone to adjust something that YOU have to use...not them. Like a driving position calibration disk for your car.... its your rear-end, back, shoulders, etc, etc. How do they know what's best for you?

What the fock?

Just dial in the set to your liking and forget all the nerd-ball mumbo-jumbo....
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Old 11-17-2006, 09:31 AM   #6  
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Another possible issue is that you are calibrating the DVD input, i.e. the signal from the DVD player. My guess is most of us watch a lot more stuff through our cable/satellite connections, usually involving some form of STB. I have found there ARE differences between them (generally speaking, my DVD player's image is noticeably darker than my STB image).
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