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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerjo View Post
    I just discovered that the firmware for my Panasonic plasma no longer updates. The Amazon streaming is particularly out of date. I'm going to get a Fire Stick as a temporary fix but I suppose by next year I'll be shopping for a new TV. When do the new models come out, after the CES?
    If you get a Fire Stick, be sure it's the newest 4K model. It allows audio pass-through for higher quality sound playback.
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    Quote Originally Posted by progmatist View Post
    If you get a Fire Stick, be sure it's the newest 4K model. It allows audio pass-through for higher quality sound playback.
    Yeh but does it support Netflix’s Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos output like the Apple TV 4K?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Firth View Post
    Yeh but does it support Netflix’s Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos output like the Apple TV 4K?
    It does support Dolby Atmos.
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    I got a notice from either Panasonic or Amazon saying that the software on my Panasonic plasma would no longer be updated (yeah, no shit, it had been clunky for a year). But the email gave me a code for $25 off a new Fire Stick (even the 4K!). There's a back-to-college sale on Amazon so I was able to use the coupon code to get another stick for $14. It will rotate between the bedroom/office TVs. The interface has worked quite well in the living room although setting up all the passwords/codes is a pain. My wife noticed that when you paused a scene on prime, it will give you little icons saying what actor is in the scene. It's saved a few arguments while streaming X Files.
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    how old is that Panasonic? what model?
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    2012 Panasonic VIERA TC-P55ST50
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    That Viera is 3 years younger than my dumb 50 inch Viera Plasma. TVs should be dumb and provide the video inputs possible. Let an external box which can be updated more easily handle streaming and audio pickoff. It’s taken way too long get TV designs updated to handle updated audio output (Like hdmi 2.1 or EARC). Let the receiver pick the audio off and send the video to a stream box and then to the TV.

    PS that Viera has the display panel that Panasonic started making after getting the Pioneer Kuro patent. Still looks great on HD content. Just doesn’t upscale like current 4kUHD models. I looked at a Samsung 75” 8k Q900 at Best Buy yesterday. Not going to buy, but no LED-LCD tv has lower screen reflections than that, and it looks fabulous off axis, almost as good as an OLED. An OLED has to be in a dark room just like that plasma to appreciate the dynamic range. A good buy for now would be a 65 inch Samsung Q80 which is good on reflections and off axis, but ~$1900.
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    The 75 Q900 was $6000.
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    If you're contemplating buying ANYTHING electronic, better do it before December when the next round of tariffs kick in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcarlberg View Post
    If you're contemplating buying ANYTHING electronic, better do it before December when the next round of tariffs kick in.
    You mean the tariffs that are on, then off, then on, then off, then on....?
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