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  1. Jael

    Advice on Pioneer SD533HD5 or Mitsu WSA48 RPTV?

    Thanks for the replies! I found it local for $1999 which seems just right. These are hard sets to find! FWIW These were some of my considerations on eliminating the other options. Sony - They seem to be having a little flicker issue I'm not willing to gamble on right now (CRT issue)...
  2. Jael

    Advice on Pioneer SD533HD5 or Mitsu WSA48 RPTV?

    I've just returned from BestBuy where I took a look at the 48" Mits. I think I'm fully leaning toward the Pioneer. It'd be helpful to hear some Pioneer owners experiences before I make the final decision.
  3. Jael

    Akai Plasma PDP 4290 at Costco

    I was just checking out the very same thing. The model is "PDP4290 42" Plasma EDTV Monitor." The site seems to be up : http://www.akaiusa.com/products/pdp4290.htm
  4. Jael

    Advice on Pioneer SD533HD5 or Mitsu WSA48 RPTV?

    I find myself back in the shopping arena after a mixed experience with a previous model television. They have offered a buy back and I'm now back in the market. I'm a picky consumer with a limited budget (really not a good combination). I've decided I can eek out about $2300 (after tax) and am...
  5. Jael

    Panny problems! It's a love hate thing...

    Here is what I've found so far regarding overlays... Link Removed I'm wondering how difficult it is to have it printed on plastic sheet? I'm going to explore the possibility!
  6. Jael

    Panny problems! It's a love hate thing...

    Jack, the light issue, which took 3 visits from the tech, seems to have been related to a faulty board. First thought was light reflecting back into the crt's but when the technician examined the projection of the crt's directly on paper and he could verify the line. Next thought was the crt's...
  7. Jael

    Panny problems! It's a love hate thing...

    After re-evaluating I actually think this is a convergence issue. The technician had to redo the convergence after replacing the board in the chassis. I opened up the grid and it seemed okay but after taking a second look and fiddling a bit I think (I'm sure) this is the problem. As for...
  8. Jael

    Panny problems! It's a love hate thing...

    I don't believe it's a convergence issue. The fine convergence has been adjusted. It's a horizontal line approximately 1/4 inch where the image is stretched. This line lives about 8 inches up from the bottom of the screen. If you watch the credits of a movie scroll up they have a nice looking...
  9. Jael

    Panny problems! It's a love hate thing...

    My poor panny, just born and suffering so many problems. 2 months in I discovered a faint area of lightness in the picture that was very intrusive. After 3 visits of the tech the problem has been minimized but now I have a new blemish. About 1/4 up from the bottom of the set is an area that...
  10. Jael

    Is this problem correctable?

    Mine too was just slightly off but the solution for me was easier than not. I pushed on the frame of the set and noticed it has a little give. Apparently when the handlers had dropped the set off they had pushed the screen frame out of alignment. When I pushed (gently of course!) the frame back...
  11. Jael

    Panasonic PT47wx42 and 1 inch white band problem.

    Gregg, Everything seems to be nicely squared off. The area of heightened brightness(?) does at times appear as a distortion of the image but I'm not convinced that it isn't just a trick of the eyes as the whites seem brighter within that uniform 1" horizontal band. AVIA's cross patterns seem...
  12. Jael

    Panasonic PT47wx42 and 1 inch white band problem.

    Hopefully my post won't make you notice it more;) Power supply... I'll pass that on to the tech as a possibility. Thanks.
  13. Jael

    Panasonic PT47wx42 and 1 inch white band problem.

    I just purchased a progressive player to go with my set and have noticed a horizontal band of brighter display area, approximately 1" tall, just above the middle of the screen. If the image is still or panning from side to side this is essentially undetectable. When a scene pans up or down...
  14. Jael

    4:3 burn in on a 16:9 set?

    On this issue I think it comes down to what one pursues as essential material. Cable comes in a little fuzzy, and, in my area, doesn't have 5.1 sound so overall I don't mind stretching the material. This is primarily because it didn't look all that great to begin with. When I really get serious...
  15. Jael

    Progressive DVD Players and Aspect Ratio Control?

    In that case any recommendations for a well priced Progressive DVD player?
  16. Jael

    Progressive DVD Players and Aspect Ratio Control?

    I have a Panny PT47wx42 and am looking towards getting a progressive scan DVD player. I understand that the old model locked into full mode when fed a progressive source making a scaling DVD player a recommended accessory. The new model, '42', allows for all scaling except 'just' (stretched)...
  17. Jael

    Best Universal Remote?... I'm a newbie...

    I'd like to third that recommendation:) Home Theater Master!!!
  18. Jael

    Brand new panny too dark? Need input!

    Thanks Felipe & Yhaq, I'm getting the sense that it doesn't really matter as far as burn in and such. I'm also getting that if the brightness does decrease than I can simply pump it up in the service menu if necessary. I'm done worrying about settings, I'm just going to enjoy my set!!!
  19. Jael

    Bowed lines on 32" TV

    Pop in a DVD with the THX Optimode tools (or AVIA/Video essentials is even better) and take a look at their geometry test screens. With my JVC set the bowing was assymetrical leaving me with no adjustment options (even in the service menu). If, however, your bowing is symetrical you may be able...
  20. Jael

    Brand new panny too dark? Need input!

    BUMP Anyone with a Panny think my brightness is off? Should I be remotely concerned or am I just beating a dead horse?
  21. Jael

    Bowed lines on 32" TV

    I don't think this is necessarily so. I had the same problem with the JVC AV36-303D. It was just turned up in the lower left. Got it replaced, same thing. Went to the store. Same thing. I think it was a production defect in the new sets. It gave me the push over the edge to get a Panny pt47wx42...
  22. Jael

    Brand new panny too dark? Need input!

    I've got a beautiful Panasonic PT47wx42 sitting in my living room. I'd like it to sit there with no burn in and lasting brightness for a long time. After using AVIA however I find my settings to be as follows: All figures are out of a 63 maximum setting. Color: 31 Tint: 29 Brightness: 43...
  23. Jael

    Burn-in question

    I have the Panny 47wx42 and I keep my picture (contrast) at around 17 (17/63), I then compensate a little bit with the brightness at 36 (36/63) as it is my understanding that the contrast is more of a risk than brightness. While this still maintains the bars as an unused portion it reduces the...
  24. Jael

    Just bought a Panny PT47wx42! Some questions.

    Steve, I'm with you on that one. Give me small bars over picture loss any day! I do see the point in zooming but it just irritates me too much to know that there are things I'm missing that I shouldn't be. For the most part I'll suffer a stretch mode before I resort to zoom. Thankfully the...
  25. Jael

    Just bought a Panny PT47wx42! Some questions.

    Thanks for the feedback, this all helps. I'm going to be getting my Avia disks in a bit and I'll see what comes of that and follow up. I am starting to wonder if my set is 'dark' because to get a truly enjoyable image I need to bring the brightness up to the mid-upper 40's out of a 63 max...
  26. Jael

    Just bought a Panny PT47wx42! Some questions.

    Chris, It's my understanding that you will have the little bars on non-anamorphic DVD's there is no evident way to get rid of these bars on my display. Anyone please correct me if I'm wrong. I'm really having a problem with this brightness issue. My ideal brightness for watching a DVD seems...
  27. Jael

    Just bought a Panny PT47wx42! Some questions.

    Hmm... With brightness down to 29 I lose detail in the image that is necessary for the complete experience. I don't mind watching regular television this way but when I throw in a DVD I want to be able to see the detail in the background and not have it washed out into darkness. Does anyone else...
  28. Jael

    Just bought a Panny PT47wx42! Some questions.

    Wow, thanks for all the fast responses! I got the set in 30 minutes ago and have been doing the initial adjustments using THX optimode tools (Avia is on the way in the mail). It seems that I can keep the PICTURE down to around 25 (out of 63), but the brightness seems to want to remain up in the...
  29. Jael

    Just bought a Panny PT47wx42! Some questions.

    I just took the plunge and spent what I could on a RPTV. I have a few concerns that perhaps other owners of this tv (or the previous models) could address. 1. I understand that this TV locks into full mode from a progressive source. Does that mean that if I recieve a HDTV signal some time in...
  30. Jael

    New 36" JVC suffers from a rotated screen! Is there an easy fix?

    Upon closer exploration it seems to be a warping of the image on the lower left corner alone. I went through the service menu and tried to find an appropriate adjustment (After writing down initial values of course). I could not modify the screen image asymetrically as would be needed. I'm open...
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