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Van
Mar 31, 2023
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I was just contacted by a chap with the 8 blue blink issue on his KRP-M01 media receiver. I offered him a decent discount (more than 25% off) as part of the Spring Promotion. His response was quite revealing in his effort to try and save money (which I do thoroughly understand), but the Kuro does deserve the best... CLIENT: Hi, Thanks for your offer but its just too expensive for me I'm sad to say. I had the thing repaired at a place in Crawley just a couple of months ago at a cost of about £170 plus the drive from London there and back twice, and it's gone again. Its the 2nd time I've repaired it. It's a shame. Unless the repair is very cheap I'm caught between a rock and a hard place. So, he already spent more than my offer for shoddy workmanship. All he had to do was google 'Kuro 8 blue blink', but he wanted (Note: still wants) a CHEAP REPAIR. The sad thing is that the repair company in Crawley only offered a 30 DAY GUARANTEE (We offer between 12 -18 months). Also, he would not of had to waste extra time and money to travel from London to Crawley and back twice, as we are based in London, and would have come to his location to repair his media box onsite The moral of the story is "you get what you pay for in life". As all Kuro owners from new can attest to, the Kuro was nether cheap!
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Van
Mar 11, 2023
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Here is the Plasma TV comparison from one of my customers from Slovakia named Erik Maters. He is a life long A/V and electronics enthusiast and likes to put plasma TVs through their paces. Bare in mind, the Kuro is 4-5 years older, and Panasonic inherited a lot of the Kuro design team: I bought 65"ST50 in 2013 coming from 55"ST50 which already felt small to me at that time. Contrast on 65" was amazing, lot better blacks than on 55" and best depth in picture I seen on plasma, including 55" VT50,ST60 and tweaked Kuro. Black screen on Kuro was still better, of course. Never saw VT60, didn't care anymore when ST60 was hardly any improvement. Surprisingly, the Panasonic PQ worsened a lot over time (typical), plus changes to light output were way worse than blacks. When I bought Kuro in 2018 with 25 000hrs of usage, the ST50 could hold up nicely even with Kuro after reset. In dark movies the Kuro had the edge, but not by much, unless it was a very dark or black scene. And yes both TVs were calibrated (on Panasonics it's crucial) Those TVs might have some pretty big changes to grayscale and they shift often. Huge PITA, lol But later on, after 8 000 hrs or so, there was huge contrast change on my 65". Like heart attack inducing huge, lol. It's like it lost half the light output overnight and the grayscale was green mess. Thought at first it was failing main system board, but when I saw the picture was off and the sparkles were gone, I knew right away It was just another nasty surprise from Panasonic. They never mastered plasma TVs. There was huge problems with sparkles on 65" sets, and whites were worsening over time to combat it. Even 65" VT60 have it from what I heard. With calibration and tweaking the Vsus parameters, I managed to return it to former glory (ALMOST). To get it bright enough without severe white crush and tons of sparkles was an absolute pain. I would have never fiddled with the TV so much, if not for it being a 65"; size helps a ton IMO. In a nutshell, even an untouched Kuro with tons of hours and red tint might still be better than majority of Panasonics with similar usage. They are either totally washed out or brutally dim. That dimness it's the worst. The TV is barely watchable, even with good blacks. So, this is my long observation, lol
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Van
Nov 12, 2022
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Andor - Is something I highly recommend to watch on your Kuro. It is the latest offering from the Star Wars Universe, and boy, it is a good one! Created by Tony Gilroy (Most notable work: "Rogue One" and the Jason Bourne movies and spinoff series). Disney has finally nailed it with the SW franchise. The combination of the reknowned fellow thespian, Stellan Skarsgard (as rebel leader Luthen Rael) alongside Diego Luna (Cassian Andor) adds an air of class to this production. This 12 episode (at episode 10 at time of writing) story is basically a prequel to the life of 'Cassian Andor', one of the heroes of the Star Wars movie Rogue One (2016), and the beginnings of the Rebel Alliance against the Galactic Empire. Without giving away the plot, I can assure you this is the most gritty and compelling Star Wars series I have ever seen. It doesn't require action every 5 minutes to keep your attention, though there are quite a few 'hair raising' and 'heart in your mouth' moments. Instead, the writers have allowed you to delve deeper into the characters lives, you can feel the angst and fear of the times that they are living in. Some might say it reminds them of the current issues of the real world we live in, albeit "In a Galaxy Far, Far Away"... The artwork, colour and design of the sets looks so stunning on the Kuro. The cinematography includes real life buildings, plus the latest CGI. It is so good that it allows one to fully suspend disbelief and really feel you are gazing into futuristic, broad, urban & rural spaces. The 'Coruscant' scenes are pure eye candy. Kuro Settings: I recommend selecting the 'Optimum' preset in the 'PICTURE' menu. HDMI Input should be set to Drive Mode 3 in the 'OPTIONS' menu and 'Light Sensor' should be enabled. To fully appreciate the sound quality a 5.1 upwards surround sound is highly recommended. Although on my LX6090, I simply attached the PDP-S65 Kuro Soundbar (SRS WoW audio effects enabled in the Sound Menu) and a pioneer subwoofer, in 2.1 configuration and the clarity and depth of sound was truly amazing. (All images credited to Disney+)
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