The higher end Panasonic plasmas have anti-glare coating. But in general a light-controlled room is preferable for a plasma because of the reflections.
I just had this year's GT50 65" (until my son threw a block at the screen and broke it! ) and it worked fine up in my living room with natural light. I didn't have any windows shinning directly on it and I watch most of my TV at night.
I'm so sick of looking at Tvs, my eyes are crossed from so much searching. i have no idea about. Is this a good deal? Should i take out the 3 yr warranty? Thanks for your input !
As far as the warranty if you have a Costco membership get it there. They sell the 3 year warranty (which at costco starts AFTER the manufacturer warranty giving you 4 years of coverage) for $59 or $99 depending in the price of the TV
If you read the terms and conditions it says you don't have to buy the TV from Costco and it starts AFTER the manufacturers warranty giving you 4 years of coverage (or 5 if you got the TV from Costco).
Details: Costco's SquareTrade pricing is exclusive to Costco Members. You must purchase a SquareTrade Service Plan from a Costco Warehouse or from www.costco.com. Costco members may also purchase a SquareTrade Service plan to cover a new TV purchased outside of Costco from an authorized retailer in the US. Service Plan must be bought within 60 days of purchasing the TV. *Excludes limited life consumables such as batteries and lamps. Full terms and conditions[costco.com]
EDIT NOTES: The warranty you buy from Amazon or direct from Square trade starts from the DATE OF PURCHASE.
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reese14 linked to my other post about the Panasonic U50 series. This is by far the best value in terms of plasmas without 3D. You can get the 60" model TC-P60U50 for $899 shipped depending on whether or not the stores charge sales tax in your state. Some top rated stores selling this TV for $899 are Amazon.com, Walmart.com, ABT.com, PaulsTV.com, BHPhotoVideo.com and a couple of other stores I saw on Google Shopping that I never heard of. I'm sure you can find one that doesn't charge sales tax where you live. PaulsTV.com is offering free white glove delivery so that might make them the best deal.
I should also mention that Electronics Expo is supposed to have this TV on sale on Black Friday for $697 but I don't know how much they'll charge for shipping.
Amazon has already announced it will be having the P60U50 on sale Black Friday (or thereabouts). The price just hasn't been announced yet. Additionally, this set was on sale through Panasonic EPP for $675 with free shipping pretty recently, so that is another option to keep an eye on for BF.
I own a Panasonic 50PF11UK and I am wondering how the current consumer models compare with the commercial models from when I got mine. Or, if the commercial models today are worth getting over the current consumer models. primary focus is on gaming, especially classic console gaming. even with all the right connectors, my Panasonic 50PF11UK could not display the image from the RCA composite out of an old NES. Also, my screen will randomly lose signal. quite annoying.
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So Im sad.... went to Best Buy today ready to negotiate with the Magnolia dept since a SD member said he/she did. First that Best Buy didnt have Magnolia.. booo. So I talked with the sales leader and he basically told me that a plasma is not a good idea for me since my living room has no blinds or curtains. I was SOO ready for the plasma too. Any thoughts?
Don't listen to what some 18 year old at Best Buys says. He's right and wrong.
I am the one that just got the GT60" for $1600 at Magnolia. I installed my 60" in a REALLY bright room. My previous TV was a Sharp LCD.
Even with the anti-glare, the plasma does have significant more glare then my previous LCD. I'm still getting my settings adjusted, but I might end up having daylight and nighttime picture settings, we'll see.
With that said, the picture quality is so far above and superior then my previous sharp it's almost laughable. When you compare it to high-end LED new model, you might come to a different conclusion for a bright room. For me, I wanted the great PQ and I watch TV mostly at night and I have some good curtains for football Sunday. I will not be exchanging mine for a LED, but I can see how some may prefer the LED for a bright room.
As was stated already, it looks like you purchased your TV when the new line (*T50) came out. Thus, all of the *T30s were on sale.
That's correct, kill3r7. And there's more to it than that - the ST30 is NOT comparable to the ST50. (The ST50 is a MUCH better set than the ST30.) See below.
Here's what Panasonic does. They introduce their new television models in Spring; they typically hit the market some time from March to May. Prices start falling gradually in late autumn. Then, to clear out the old inventory, they put the old models on sale starting around January-February until they are gone. So yes, you can get some terrific prices if you wait till the new year to buy a set. The downsides are, they may be out of stock by the time you decide to buy a set on clearance, and the new sets are always better than the old sets.
This is exactly what happened to me earlier this year. Panasonic had a big rebate and price drop on the TCP50ST30, that was selling at Costco for $600. No joke, $600 for the 50ST30! When I decided to buy it in late February, they were all sold out. The 50ST50 hit the market a month or two later, selling for $1200-1300. But the 50ST50 is far, far superior to the 50ST30, because the 50ST50 has the Infinite Black Pro panel that you had to buy the VT for in the *T30 series. The 50ST50 is currently $1000 and it sounds like it might drop to $800 but not $600.
This is why saying "these are horrible deals" is just plain wrong. It's partly because the sets may no longer be available if you wait for the deals during winter. And it's partly because the ST30 is absolutely NOT comparable to the ST50. You should be comparing a price you paid for the VT30 to prices for the ST50, since they have the same panel but the ST30 has an inferior panel.
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