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Panasonic Plasma HDTV Prices Thread

jinxeddeep 611 November 2, 2012 at 10:30 PM in Tech & Electronics (13)
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Figured I'd start a separate thread for the panny plasma's since the HDTV thread seems to be moving more towards a budget HDTV buying guide side and I got tired of reading through a lot of information about westinghouse, proscan and other budget HDTV brands.

I myself am most interested in the GT50 or ST50 models...hoping that the 55 inch GT will go under 1100 or that the 60 inch ST will go below 1000...

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I went to best buy to look at the Panasonic U50 model, the picture is okay, the reflections are terrible and so are the white levels. Can anyone who has one, calibrated their U50 model or U55 to have better white levels. I am wondering if Best Buy is crippling that TV purposely, though the reflections are just horrible.
the filter is not the best so it works best in a light controlled room. refelections are something you can't do much about except light control for this model. but the white levels clean up a LOT with a proper calibration. I've tweaked the hell out of mine and it looks fantastic.
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I was going to get the U50 or the LG 47LS4500 (LED 120 Hz 47") which is $599 at best buy.
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Thinking of getting the 65VT50. buytvtoday.com has it for $2599. Will amazon or BB match that, especially with black friday coming up?

http://buytvtoday.com/Panasonic/P...sumer.aspx
My Best Buy offered me the 65vt50 for 2799 last weekend, not sure who he price matched so its worth a try

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No, and that looks like a sketchy site...

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This is Amazons Price match not Best Buy
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Quote from preludef71 View Post :
Thinking of getting the 65VT50. buytvtoday.com has it for $2599. Will amazon or BB match that, especially with black friday coming up?

http://buytvtoday.com/Panasonic/P...sumer.aspx

It depends on the store manager. I used that site and price matched the 55VT50 at Best Buy yesterday. I have seen people on another forum getting the 65VT50 pricematched as well. I would not recommend ordering it from buytvtoday.com (just use it for pricematching purposes).
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Finally just pulled the trigger on a 60" ST50.

Just an FYI. If you can wait until 11/23 and don't mind risking Amazon selling out, Discover is giving an additional 2% ontop the 5% cashback on Internet purchases. (Only 11/23 though).
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Panasonic.com has the 60u50 in stock for 719.00 EPP Price
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Finally just pulled the trigger on a 60" ST50.

Just an FYI. If you can wait until 11/23 and don't mind risking Amazon selling out, Discover is giving an additional 2% ontop the 5% cashback on Internet purchases. (Only 11/23 though).
Important clarification: you have to sign up for it, and it is only being offered for some cards. We have two essentially identical Discover Cards between my wife & I, and only one got the offer. the other got 2% Cashback Bonus on Phone, TV and Internet bills
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Fry's!

http://slickdeals.net/f/5541760-Fry-s-Black-Friday-ad-preview?v=1

Edit: False alarm, these are Thursday's deals, and nothing Panasonic plasma related Frown
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Hasn't it been that price for a while?

I updated the thread wiki earlier today & that was the price I found then, but I didn't think it was new, or that noteworthy. It was only a few bucks less than the price that had been there before. Sorry, I would have put it in a post as well if I thought people would be excited by it.
the 50ST50 is 983 on eastcost http://www.eastcoasttvs.com/Panas...50st50.htm.
do you think this is the best deal on the ST50 so far and is it worth PM with Amazon.. suggestions plz?
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the 50ST50 is 983 on eastcost http://www.eastcoasttvs.com/Panasonic-Plasma-HDTV-p/tcp50st50.htm.
do you think this is the best deal on the ST50 so far and is it worth PM with Amazon.. suggestions plz?
I believe it was less than that recently -- review the thread. I'll be honest I really haven't been applying attention the 50" prices, I'm focused on the 60", but willing to go to 65 or 55 if prices are right.

Also, your price match is only $15. So I imagine they'd give it to pretty willingly (almost seems more trouble that its worth IMO). Unless you really don't WANT it any bigger, I'll be blunt, I'd not even bother with the 50" at ~$1k, when you can get the 55" at amazon for only $125 more, after their 2% promotion.

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Fry's!

http://slickdeals.net/f/5541760-Fry-s-Black-Friday-ad-preview?v=1

Edit: False alarm, these are Thursday's deals.
Could you save us all having to each search through that thread and tell us what the specific deal is for panasonic? Would be much more helpful to everyone. I search the thread for the word "Panasonic" and didn't get one hit http://static.slickdealscdn.com/imag...questioned.gif

Ta.
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Quote from puddnhead View Post :
I believe it was less than that recently -- review the thread. I'll be honest I really haven't been applying attention the 50" prices, I'm focused on the 60", but willing to go to 65 or 55 if prices are right.

Also, your price match is only $15. So I imagine they'd give it to pretty willingly (almost seems more trouble that its worth IMO). Unless you really don't WANT it any bigger, I'll be blunt, I'd not even bother with the 50" at ~$1k, when you can get the 55" at amazon for only $125 more, after their 2% promotion.

Could you save us all having to each search through that thread and tell us what the specific deal is for panasonic? Would be much more helpful to everyone. I search the thread for the word "Panasonic" and didn't get one hit http://static.slickdealscdn.com/imag...questioned.gif

Ta.
There wasn't a related deal in there, I just flipped out when I saw it because I've been waiting for that ad forever.

Sorry.
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Quote from malewicki View Post :
I went to best buy to look at the Panasonic U50 model, the picture is okay, the reflections are terrible and so are the white levels. Can anyone who has one, calibrated their U50 model or U55 to have better white levels. I am wondering if Best Buy is crippling that TV purposely, though the reflections are just horrible.
Please don't take offense, but do you have any idea what you area talking about? When you are talking about white levels, are you referring to light output (which is different from white level). Or did you throw up a grayscale/white level test pattern, calibrate contrast and notice clipping? Oh and did you also throw a puck on there and calibrate to d65 and take a light output reading?

Ok yes I am being a butt Smilie Light output is not a measurement of performance. There are some websites (like Anandtech) that state it is, but they are 120% wrong.

Can the TV produce a bright enough image so you can see it (in your room conditions), and not cause eye strain? Yes? Perfect, you do not need it any brighter than that. If you are finding yourself needing to max out the backlight/contrast to view the TV comfortably, then you have the wrong TV for your room conditions (I.e. way to much ambient light). In that case you should also be looking at a Anti-Glare display.
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I just went to Best Buy and checked out the U50. I was glad to see that the accusations of low brightness seem overblown to me. Yes, it was not as bright as some of the other sets, but it was quite easy to see even with tons of overhead lights shining on it. Yes, the reflection is marginally worse than the TVs with matte displays, but once I saw the reflection on the U50 I could almost as easily see it on the matte ones. Even with the lights shining my brain could filter it out, so I don't think it'll be a problem at all in my light-controlled room.

Those of you who are on the fence, GO to a local store if you can and see it for yourself. It settled it for me - I'm going for one during the lightning deal Smilie
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Ok question guys! my best buy has an open box 50" GT50 which they claim to honor the 1 year warranty!! but the catch is that its a display piece and is on for about 250 hours! (their claim) they are selling it to me for $949 + tax!!!
should i go for it? or buy a new 50" st50 for almost the same price??

and is the difference in both so much that its worth getting the GT?!!!
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Quote from waheeb View Post :
Ok question guys! my best buy has an open box 50" GT50 which they claim to honor the 1 year warranty!! but the catch is that its a display piece and is on for about 250 hours! (their claim) they are selling it to me for $949 + tax!!!
should i go for it? or buy a new 50" st50 for almost the same price??

and is the difference in both so much that its worth getting the GT?!!!
One potential positive to this: They've basically broken the set in, so you don't have to. The phosphors should have aged relatively evenly, since they have full screen constantly changing material on.

Besides that, ask if these extra features are worth taking it used:
- unique features include 24,576 shades of gradation,
- it is THX 3D Certified, reproducing 2D & 3D images with cinema-like quality.
- 4 HDMI / 3 USB

Personally, I'd probably go with the new ST. I don't care about 3D, and from what I've read about the THX 3D certified feature, some people think it's bullshit. You also get an extra HDMI input and USB port, which are also things I wouldn't care about. The gradation sounds good, but the ST looks fabulous so I don't think it'd be worth it for me.
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