Need to figure out how to post pics - am guessing a link to Flickr would work so will have a go at that. Mrs M has just got home so am taking her out for dinner first, to take the edge of that frown that crossed her face when she walked in the lounge just now...
Signature looking good! How's it going with the TV?
Thanks on the signature front! Have been out at work all day but be home in half hour to start playing around with settings again, was fiddling around for ages last night and got to a really nice place with PQ, but with a really annoying blur on fast panning shots - played around for ages and couldn't get rid of it, until finally turned off all video processing on the pioneer amp which seemed to solve it! By then it was about 1am though, so need to put a bit more time in tonight to see if that was the issue or not.
Lounge: Panasonic TX-P60ZT65B (calibrated), Pioneer SC-LX75, Denon DPB-2012, Sky-HD1TB, PS4, Xbox 360, Apple-TV, Atacama Equinox AV stand, Monitor Audio Silver RX8, RXC, RX-FX, RXW-12. Kitchen: Pioneer XC-HM81, Monitor Audio Bronze BX2. Bedroom: Samsung UE37D6510, Samsung BD-C5900, Sky-HD, Pioneer N-50, Rotel RC-03 (pre-amp), Rotel RB-9708X (power-amp), Mordaunt-Short MS914
Am sat here now watching "coyote ugly" on ITV2 HD. Firstly, can I say what a truly terrible film it is - utter garbage! (It's what Mrs M was watching when I walked through the door). More importantly though, the blurring effect I was seeing last night has definitely disappeared since I switched off all video processing on the LX75 so can only assume there was some kind of conflict between what the amp and the screen were trying to do regarding motion processing. At some point will switch the amp's video processing back owned work backwards to find out what the issue was.
Till then, picture quality is excellent so far. In the past it might have been a case of picture quality being good "for a screen of this size", but as I think Ellisdj said about his VT65, the PQ is just really good - full stop. Extremely clear, fluid, and a pleasure to just sit and watch.
Only current criticism would be that the picture's lacking a little 'pop', which can no doubt be fixed by playing around with settings, and will certainly be fixed by calibration once it's run in, but in any event can't be fixed until this god-awful film has finished!
larger screen sizes in plasma, as your 60 inch zt60, lack brightness, which cause a lack of pop.
for example the 50vt60 has better brightness and therefor more "pop" than the 55vt60.
this is caused by energy consumption, bigger panels require more power, and when displaying bright objects, need to scale back in brightness to prevent extreme power consumption/overheating. the smaller panels have less scaling back in brightness.
that is why i will be going for a 50 inch instead of 55 inch.
Suspect your right that smaller screens can generate higher levels of brightness, but don't think the current relatively dim picture is an inherent issue with the screen size - am currently running the screen in the 'EBU' preset, if I change it to one of the THX out-the-box settings there's an immediate uplift in screen brightness; I'm avoiding those settings though until the screen has been run in for a while to try and avoid any potential IR/screen burn issues.
The other minor niggle, and one that I suspect isn't going to go away, is the fan noise - had initially felt the wouldn't be audible at normal listening volumes but there's no denying its there; would say its about the same level as a first gen PS3 (not as loud as a 360). This I suspect is definitely one that's directly attributable to screen size and doubt there's any way round this shy of returning the set and going back to the 50" kuro.
Lounge: Panasonic (faulty but 'within specification') 50GT50, Mico DVD-A980 (multi region), Yamaha RX-V596RDS, Mission M74, M7C and M7DS speakers, Sony CDPXE570, Nintendo WIi, Sony PS3, Humax FOXSAT-HDR,
Conservatory: Panasonic 42G20 and DMP-BD45EBK
I seem to recall someone saying the ZT65 was not as noisy as the VT65, so perhaps with the ZT65 it does vary from screen? Perhaps just takes time getting used to?
Main AV Setup: Panasonic 50VT65 TV, Pioneer Bdp-lx71, Pioneer Vsx-lx70, B&W FPM Series, B&W PV1, Optimum AV300 AV Stand, QED Silver Anniversary XT Speaker Cable & Chord Silver Plus HDMI Cables. Gadgets: iPad 4 & iPhone 4S.
Have copied this from the HDTVtest review of the ZT:
"There is one new interesting picture preset on the European ZT60s and British ZT65s, called “EBU Default”. It turns out that the European Broadcasting Union has had a recommendation on the performance characteristics of consumer displays since 2007, the tech document being EBU 3321 (link). (By the way, if you’re reading from outside this continent, then just think of the EBU as Europe’s equivalent to SMPTE). This mode is designed to comply with EBU tech doc 3321, although the EBU’s guidelines call for the same ITU-approved base picture characteristics as any other professional video institution. So, like both ISF and THX, this mode targets a Rec709 colour gamut and D65 white point. The only difference is the default gamma, which targets the EBU’s favoured 2.3, rather than the 2.2 or 2.4 we’re used to seeing. In reality, that difference is very small, however. Also, the EBU mode has a limited light output, similar to last year’s “Professional” modes, meaning that like a studio monitor, it favours supreme gamma accuracy at the cost of light output."
No worries - I'd never heard of either till the ZT came out but it seemed the safest setting during the run-in period
My dealer rang me earlier with my ZT - but I have already bought the 65VT. I feel bad on the very helpful sales lady and would like to help her and a buyer who is trying to get one
if anyone is interested in this dealers details I will give you the name of my contact while they have stock. I did have the set at an amazing price
Meridian G61R, HD621, Bryston 9BSST
Optimised Audio PC - J River / JPlay / Custom Full Linear Power Supply
Panasonic 65VT65, Marantz UD7007, HIFi Racks Podium Reference
Monitor Audio GX100, GXC150, GXFX, BK XLS400 (set with hard knee house curve)
JCAT USB and Sata, Graham Slee Spatia (SC) Graham Slee Lautus Digital / Analogue IC x 9
Think you need to update that signature, given that your VT is now very much up & running?
I was watching Bad Boys 2 last night, and I thought the picture was great:
Nice pics, probably a stupid question but how did you post them in the thread?
Ah cheers! I uploaded them to Flickr.com, then I copy and paste them in. In Flickr click on the image, and then select the size of it, I select the 500 one. Get stuck, just shout.
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