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Panasonic TH42PZ85U Help

I bought the above tv several monthes ago, and I have to be honest, I am somewhat disappointed in the picture. I have adjusted the settings to what I think seems best, but it still seems to leaves me with wondering whether I bought the right tv. My buddy has a similar priced Vizio which I think looks better than my tv.

I am having my TV professionally callibrated next week- but can someone reassure me on my purchase? Will this callibration make a huge difference?

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That depends

What do you not like about the picture?

The TV you bought is one of the top models for picture quality, and a vizio should not look better.

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what sources have you viewed w/ the Panny?

Blue ray, Comcast CATV, Dish, ? And how is everything connected? Is the TV in a brightly lit (w/ daylight) room? Inquiring minds... Wink


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Hooked to...

I have it hooked up to Time Warner cable w/ HDMI cables, and a Panasonic BD 35 player. Shades don't seem bright enough, sometimes a little foggy. Colors aren't quite realistic.

I currently have it set on cinema, using some settings I found on line. The more I mess with it, the worse it gets. I am hoping this callibration is worth all my money, and than some. I just don't believe the Vizio really can have a better picture (I was pretty impressed with it). The one difference might be that the Direct TV guy who did the install at my buddies changed a bunch of colors for him.

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It doesn't sound like it's the CATV box that can be blamed (my first thought), but the fact that you still have poor results with even BD is strange. Do you have access to the same HDTV in a store near your house that you could use for comparison? Keep in mind that what you see on flat panels in the showrooms is often known as 'torch mode', so the display is going to typically look a lot brighter than a plasma would in your home out of the box. That's where a proper professional calibration might come in handy. There are a lot of Panny owners with your model who contribute @ AVSforum. I'd use some of their input on the settings you might want to try beyond what you've done already. Also, are you feeding both video sources through an A/V receiver or directly to the plasma(?)

FWIW, a professionally calibrated Vizio can actually look outstanding, contrary to what opinions you might read elsewhere on the internet. Believe it or not under the hood there are actually a few Panasonic parts <gasp!> running some of the Vizios. I've never owned one, so I can't comment on their reliability. My friend who repairs various electronic devices let me in on the secret that inside sometimes the panels aren't so different as you might believe.
A calibration can in some cases make a real difference.


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yes, you'll be impressed. However, I'd try an Avia ii or DVE disc first. You can even rent them. Not on the level of a pro cal, but a lot cheaper.

I doubt your tv can hold multiple settings per source, where you could have separate settings for both day and night viewing. if you optimize for night, it'll look washed out during the day. if you optimize for the day, it'll look too bright at night.

also realize that there is always variation from unit to unit, and someone else's settings are not always best for you. then again, you have to consider amount of light in play, and even the color of your walls!

I use a projector, and I have to calibrate every 200 hrs or so.

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