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My dilemma: Panasonic ZT vs. Samsung F8500

Discussion in 'Displays' started by Ronald Epstein, Nov 6, 2013.

  1. Robert Crawford

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    Perhaps, the TV getting to room temperature and above has helped the 3-D performance. As to the glasses, that's a change from last year's models as to the status indicators. Could the glasses being more in sync with your display now?
     
  2. Ronald Epstein

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    Robert,

    Makes sense.

    I am going back-and-forth from my office (to check email) to looking at 3D content.

    The ZT is really growing on me. It's really a fantastic picture.
     
  3. Ronald Epstein

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    Fios broadcast television looks like shit. It's blurry, not at all detailed.

    I forgot that I had Dish Network in the house. It was installed when I did a review
    a year ago. I switched over to Dish and miraculously, the broadcast picture looked
    much, much better.

    Problem is, I can't use Dish for everyday use. I have a Tivo Roamio that is not
    compatible with Dish. I must use Fios.

    I have to find a way to tweak these settings so that the Fios broadcast signal looks
    acceptable.

    At some point calibration may be necessary, but with the holidays here, that is not
    something I am going to pursue until next year.
     
  4. Robert Crawford

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    Well, at least you determined it's not the display in regards to your TV programming. So now, it's just a matter of getting that signal tweaked to your satisfaction.
     
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    I have a feeling the TV was cold. One thING that helps "non-dish" broadcast work better is to turn off the pixel orbiter while watching Fios.
     
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    Holy moley, what a thread to wake up to and read straight through, bleary-eyed, over one's first cup of coffee. Talk about a rollercoaster ride...

    I have NO doubt that there's a setting or two to be changed somewhere, then everything will look like it should. I'm deeply envious! :)

    As for 3-D testing, some of us will be waiting with bated breath for your report on how DIAL M FOR MURDER looks on this screen, what with the ghosting issues on other Pannys. I'm just wondering if Panasonic had made any improvements on that since my model of three years ago. But however DIAL M plays, the 3-D otherwise should be absolutely fabulous.
     
  7. Ronald Epstein

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    UPDATE
    Things just continue to be crazy on this end as I have been breaking in my ZT60 for the past 7 hours.
    I was complaining that broadcast quality looks like crap.
    I went into my Tivo settings. It was outputting 480p. It made the switch when I swapped out displays and never switched back. Never even thought that could be the problem.
    So, there is the answer for the blurry Hi-Def. Now it looks amazing in 1080.
    The only remaining issue with this display is its initial tendency to switch 3D from flat to "pop"
    Someone else has reported the same issue and I want to be certain this is not an ongoing problem where sometimes I am getting the best 3D I can and others it is giving me a more flat picture.
     
  8. Robert Crawford

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    Ron,

    I have to wonder if those glasses become out of sync with your display which is causing the inconsistent 3-D performance.
     
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    No, actually, not an out-of-synch thing. If it had gone OOS then the
    screen would have shown blurred images associated with watching
    3D without eyewear.

    Something just suddenly kicked in that wasn't there previously. Been
    speaking with other owners of the ZT60, and the same thing has happened
    to others. This may be an issue with the display. Have not seen the problem
    repeated.

    I just watched a 3D release that I am about to review and it looked quite
    excellent on the ZT60.
     
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    Maybe the TV needed a firmware update? (assume you connected it to your network)
     
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    Flying Swords Of Dragon's Gate. ? I predict it will go into your top five if so.
     
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    Haha, no. A Polar Bear film that I need to get started on writing about.

    Are you serious about the Flying Swords of Dragon's Gate? Is this a film
    I need to pick up or are you trying to be funny?
     
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    Ron,

    Welcome to the Panny plasma 3D club! :)

    If you haven't already picked up:
    A Turtle's Tale 2: Sammy's Escape from Paradise
    Please do. The "in your face" 3D is just as good, if not better than the first one. And it's a good story too.
     
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    Reed,

    Really?
    I am ordering it right now.

    Damn. Turtle's Tale was amazing enough. I gotta see this one.

    Thank You.

    PS: Just did overnight shipping from Amazon to have it tomorrow.
     
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    It's got some fabulous 3D, i mean great depth but also lots of quality popout moments, i'm fussy with the type of 3D i enjoy but this one was really enjoyable, i also second the Turtles Tale sequel, picked it a few weeks back and checked out some scenes, it's very good.
     
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    He's not kidding about the Wuxia. But, you have to be into it.
     
  17. Ronald Epstein

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    You guys sold me.

    A Turtle's Tale is the absolute 3D reference disc.

    Unfortunately, it is not available in the United States. I have the import.

    Happy that at least this sequel is more obtainable for us Yanks.
     
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    I bought the Turtles Tale sequel from the USA because the UK disc has been censored for a U certificate, the word Spaz has been deemed inappropriate for kids to hear for the certificate, they could have got a PG but decided to censor instead, the American disc is region coded so you need a multi region player to view it.

    You can buy Flying Swords Of Dragon Gate from the UK cheaper than the USA version ( i think ) which seems to be higher priced, although i dislike dubbing for this particular title i viewed with the dubbing because subtitles on a 3D film is very distracting and doesn't work well, i believe it's region free too.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Flying-Swords-Dragon-Gate-Blu-ray/dp/B008U9SWK8/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1384283478&sr=8-2-fkmr0&keywords=flying+sword+of+draGONS+GATE+3D+BLU+RAY
     
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    Ordered Flying swords from your link Foxy thanks.TT2 isn't as good as TT1? Where should I order the original from?
     
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    I don't know if the sequel is as good, i'm planning on watching it nearer Xmas, the 3D seems to have some very good moments although once again i don't know if it's as good as the original, it's still better than most from the brief scenes i checked out.

    You can buy the first one here from the USA.

    http://www.amazon.com/Turtles-Tale-Sammys-Adventures-Blu-ray/dp/B006AS4OCQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1384285785&sr=8-2&keywords=a+turtles+tale+3d

    Or cheaper from the UK, both seem to be the UK disc.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Turtles-Tale-Sammys-Adventures-Blu-ray/dp/B005IF7AZK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1384285906&sr=8-2&keywords=a+turtles+tale+3d+blu+ray
     

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