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Old 08-02-2008, 01:50 PM   #1  
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I have a 42" panasonic plasma viera, and for some reason i do not believe the picture that is coming through is the best possible pic that i can get. These are my current settings, which are probably way off of what they should be. I have my HDMI cable as well coming from my DVR box to the TV and my HDMI cable fromthe xbpx 360 to the tv AS WELL,

Normal-SET
Pic Mode-VIVID
Picture +30
Bright -6
Color+1
Tint +5
Sharpness 0
Standard Cinema
Color temp Cool
Color Mng -on


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Old 08-02-2008, 02:13 PM   #2  
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Couple suggestions.

I agree, your posted settings don't look too good. First, get it out of Vivid (often referred to as "Torch") mode. Then invest in a calibration disc, e.g. DVE or Avia brands. With a little time and patience, one of these discs will help you dial in the set pretty close to the best it's capable of doing.

If you post your actual model number here, chances are others on this forum may also have your set and can make suggestions.

If you don't get replies after that then, until you get the disc, do an internet search for your model number (e.g. TH-42PX80U or whatever it happens to be) followed by the words "Settings" or "Settings and Issues." There are many owners out there who have your set and have found settings they like. Can't post links to other forums here.

P.S.: If you have an extra one of those babes in your inventory please send asap. I'll even pay the shipping!
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Old 08-02-2008, 02:22 PM   #3  
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Yeah, put it on "standard", "cinema", "custom" or something like that. And I agree about getting a calibration disc. I have a 42" Panasonic plasma as well and it looks like brightness is usually anywhere between "50" to "55" usually no matter which mode you have it on. Contrast is trickier to judge. The consensus seems to be contrast or "picture" is somewhere in the 80's for "cinema" mode. And somewhere in the 50's in "custom" and "standard".

I personally have my color at 49 and tint at -5. These are all judgements from my own use of the DVE calibration disc.

I don't really have color management on. And I have the temp set at "normal".
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Couple suggestions.

I agree, your posted settings don't look too good. First, get it out of Vivid (often referred to as "Torch") mode. Then invest in a calibration disc, e.g. DVE or Avia brands. With a little time and patience, one of these discs will help you dial in the set pretty close to the best it's capable of doing.

If you post your actual model number here, chances are others on this forum may also have your set and can make suggestions.

If you don't get replies after that then, until you get the disc, do an internet search for your model number (e.g. TH-42PX80U or whatever it happens to be) followed by the words "Settings" or "Settings and Issues." There are many owners out there who have your set and have found settings they like. Can't post links to other forums here.

P.S.: If you have an extra one of those babes in your inventory please send asap. I'll even pay the shipping!

What do you suggest i put it on? Also where can i pick up the disc that you mentioned? What's it cost/ cost isn't an issue just curious
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Here is the model #

42" Panasonic Plasma Viera Model# TH-42PX6U
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Perhaps you should read this: http://www.cnet.com/4520-7874_1-5108543-1.html?tag=txt
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Here is the model #

42" Panasonic Plasma Viera Model# TH-42PX6U
Do you mean the TH-42PX60U?

If so here is a site that will get you in the ballpark for the 60u model:

http://www.tweaktv.com/tweak-my-tv/c...h-42px60u.html

Notice that they say to use the Temp: Warm setting? This is because it is closer to the correct gray scale settings and D65. Coming from the very blue tinted COOL setting, it will look wrong so you may want to change to the Normal setting for a day or two, before going to the Warm setting.

That will probably improve your PQ quite a bit from the settings you listed as a start, but each panel has slight variations so a calibration disc will help even more. You can get DVE here:

SD DVD version:
http://entertainment.circuitcity.com...&catOid=-13219

Blu-ray version:
http://entertainment.circuitcity.com...&catOid=-13219

Or Avia:
http://entertainment.circuitcity.com...&catOid=-13219

Avia is $50.00 versus $20.00 for either version of DVE, but Avia is easier to navigate compared to DVE but is a much older version and is not as up to date with current displays. It is more for CRT based TVs which is what most were when it came out but it has better sound calibration IMO, compared to DVE if you have a surround sound system.

I have all of those discs and I like DVE better myself but it takes so getting use to for navigation. It has cleaner test screens compared to Avia also IMO.

Hope this helps!
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Do you mean the TH-42PX60U?

If so here is a site that will get you in the ballpark for the 60u model:

http://www.tweaktv.com/tweak-my-tv/c...h-42px60u.html

Notice that they say to use the Temp: Warm setting? This is because it is closer to the correct gray scale settings and D65. Coming from the very blue tinted COOL setting, it will look wrong so you may want to change to the Normal setting for a day or two, before going to the Warm setting.

That will probably improve your PQ quite a bit from the settings you listed as a start, but each panel has slight variations so a calibration disc will help even more. You can get DVE here:

SD DVD version:
http://entertainment.circuitcity.com...&catOid=-13219

Blu-ray version:
http://entertainment.circuitcity.com...&catOid=-13219

Or Avia:
http://entertainment.circuitcity.com...&catOid=-13219

Avia is $50.00 versus $20.00 for either version of DVE, but Avia is easier to navigate compared to DVE but is a much older version and is not as up to date with current displays. It is more for CRT based TVs which is what most were when it came out but it has better sound calibration IMO, compared to DVE if you have a surround sound system.

I have all of those discs and I like DVE better myself but it takes so getting use to for navigation. It has cleaner test screens compared to Avia also IMO.

Hope this helps!



This defintely helps , THANKS ALOT
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Sound and Vision Home Theater Tune Up is also a great calibration DVD. It is a Avia disc used by other commentators. The price is right also as I just got one for $14.95.
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