I have a TH-42PWD7UY, but I haven't tried S-vid yet (using DVI and component). I guess I can plug the DVD player into the S-vid slot and pull out the pluge pattern. It seems like a hit and miss sort of thing.
YOu should check it out if you have a chance and let me know what you think... although I dunno if it affects the ED version of the set? Hows the picture with DVI/Component on yours? What display did you have before this one?
Oh, and CA? Yep, moved to Hollywood! I work in Audio Post production for TV now, working on reality stuff, like Nanny911 and Biggest Loser and the like.
Hey did you get my email about Maskeeper Cables run? I know you're swamped at Gotapex, so I took no offense that you didn't have room to run it: just wanted to make sure you got them email at all (cause usually I hear back from you one way or another).
Kirk at TV Authority was telling me that as long as you don't use the S Video and Composite inputs on this new 7U model that the picture is great. Panasonic has decided with this model to change over the circuit board more for the business customer for data and computer graphics. Changing the circuit board has affected the ED image. This is a change from the 6U series to the 7U. Also, since this is a professional model the warranty isn't there and you would have to pay for any problems with it yourself.
Vince did you get a chance to call him yet? What about David Giles with Carada?
Got the TH50PHD7UY about a week after we got back from the HTF California trip and I've loved it. I used to have the Panny consumer 50px20u and hated the picture on that. Even after Greg ISF'd it I didn't really like the picture. The problem with the consumer models was that half of the service mode options were blocked out and couldn't be corrected so that was not so good and there was nothing the ISF calibration could do on those settings.
The new 7uy model has a MUCH BETTER picture right out of the box. I played with the video settings for about 5 minutes out of the box and it smokes the 50px20u model so I'm happy to say the least. I'll probably have Greg ISF this set soon as well since he'll have a full set of service menu features to work with this time
I have the denon 2910 hooked up via DVI and the pic is stunning. The hd cable is thru component at the moment until TWC activates the DVI output on the box in 2005 but I love the pic thru that box too.
I don't use Svideo at all. I use composite for watching analog tv and it's ok for a screen of this size. Nothing that'll blow you away but definitely watchable. That's about all I've got but lemme know if you have any more questions.
Also, if memory serves me correct the set has a 1 year warranty and you can get extended warranties very cheaply online which is what I'm planning. They start the day after your manufacturer's warranty runs out.
I have been out fo the loop for a few months: does the 2910 pass 1080 or 720, or both? Which do you use? Have you ever compared to a HTPC output (I was using a HTPC for 720 dvd with theatertek on my PJ previously, and I thought it looked amazing- wondering if these stand alones hold a candle).
The problem with HTPC was no adaptive deinterlacing cadence detection pulldown: they could just read flags to reconstruct frames, so they are less useful with video sources or mixed media stuff like "making-of" pieces. I figured as much as I LOVE htpc, I'll probably dump it in favor of a upconvert DVD player or a DVDO just to make the system easier for anyone to use...
So does the 2910 do well with tv dvd or mixed media stuff to the 50 incher?
On yours, do you guys watch the 4x3 material stretched or native 4x3 with boxes?
I guess the morte I think about it the svideo/composite input issue is less of an issue-- but I guess you start getting nervous when buying something like this and knowing it has weird problems right out of the box...
PS: I too will probably be buying an extended warranty from a 3rd party provider for the set: let me know who you decide to go with Steve... even if it's a few months from now, drop me a PM
Hey Vince, the 2910 has dvi and hdmi outs and upconverts to 720 or 1080i. I have it set to 1080i. You can set the denon 2910 to "stretch mode". This will let you watch 4:3 dvds with the black side bars if you wish. It won't however let you scale non-anamorphic dvds thru dvi/hdmi. I get around this by also having the component outputs hooked up for when I want to zoom 4:3 to fit the screen or to watch non anamorphic dvds in the correct aspect ratio.
The sacd/dvd audio is also topnotch with this player compared to the samsung hd841 and other players I've had. The last time I checked the net I found a four year warranty thru Warrentech I believe for around $250.00 which is a great price. They have threads on this subject at the avs forum. I have a year to find one. You need to at least get the warranty about a month or so before your manufacturer's warranty runs out and then the new one will take over after it runs out.
I'm using composite out for analog tv and don't notice any problems with it. I have heard about the svideo bug but don't use that so it's no problem for me since I love the picture quality so much.