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JVC PD42WV74 42" Plasma TV
Name: James Traverso
Location: Caldwell, NJ
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The picture with a Progressive Scan DVD via the Component Video connections is the best way to see this set's rich and impressive picture. It is really outstanding. So much so that I chose this model over higher priced HDTV sets because I mostly watch regular (non HD) Dish Network and occasional DVD's, so it was a great value for me. On "regular TV" (which for me is Dish Network's 721 dual DVR connected via the S Video Jack.) The picture is very good. The biggest problem on regular TV (During "24" , and sometimes CSI, and "Law and Order") is that in certain dark scene's the picture is a bit too green. Peoples faces look a bit too green. I turned on 24 on another regular CRT TV in the house and it too was green, but not as pronounced as this Plasma - so "24" likes a green tint to the show. This is NOT the case on DVD's, but on poorer signals. With an "old" VCR signal via a composite connection, the picture is surprisingly good - about Equal to the dish!
network signal. I have the brightness turned down to -5 and tint set to -5 , all the time. I find this to be the best. When I watch DVD's I turn up the brightness to 0 and find that is optimal. I have the auto color set to "normal". I see no motion artifacts and blacks are excellent. I watch the TV in "Panorama" aspect mode. Other settings I have settled on: Video Status = Standard (dynamic too bright, theater too grim), Natural Cinema = Auto, Dig Noise clear =low, Color Management = Standard (vivid is good for some DVD's , but mostly too much). I have had many 'enthusiast' friends over and they all walk out amazed at what I purchased for around $3500 all in. They just don't believe it.
I have this display mounted on a wall in the family room via a sanus wall mount that has the ability to tilt slightly out. However, I have it flat against the wall with a sofa and recliners about 9 feet across the room. It is an ideal set up. I made a small hole behind the Plasma where the power and system cable run behind the wall and come out another hole on the wall right above the floor. The Cables are wrapped in a nice beige plastic cable wrap I purchase from FrontGate. The receiver is in a rack with my Denon Surround Sound, Panasonic 5 disk DVD, Dish Network DVR, VCR and TapeDeck(don't laugh I still have tapes too !). Underneath the TV , is an antique trunk and the room is decorated in a very traditional colonial fashion. Many people like the "new" and "old" look.
The remote control is very good. However, I use 1 programmable remote (Harmony Remote) for everything so I don't use the remote very much. The Audio on this TV is outstanding. I have a wife who hates surround sound, so when she is watching something and I put on the internal subwoofer- its amazingly good. Its not surround sound, so I still use that every chance I get, but its far better than any tv (plasma or otherwise) that I have ever heard. Now that Sirius pumps their music through Dish Network- I use the TV's built in audio as a nice stereo radio in the room. Its really good. I love the separate connection and tuner box- it fits will in the rack and is easy to connect up. Overall this set is an amazing device for the money.
QUALITY RATING: 9.5
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