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jinxeddeep 611 November 2, 2012 at 11:30 PM in Tech & Electronics (13) More Panasonic Deals
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Last Edited by jinxeddeep December 2, 2012 at 09:14 PM
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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My Best Buy had the GT50 (60") next to the VT50 (65"). Both were playing Clash of the Titans. I spent maybe 5 minutes comparing PQ between the two. Granted, you can guarantee neither were calibrated. Both were probably running on default settings. That said, there was hardly a discernible difference in a dimly lit room. Again, I highly doubt the VT50 was set up to show off some of its added features (96Hz, THX, etc.), but for me at least, you're paying quite a premium for the VT50. It's an unquestionably gorgeous display. The single sheet glass design is second to none. However, the slickdealer in me finds the ST50 nearly as attractive at half the cost. It was a no-brainer for me.

Thanks for that comparison chief. I guess I'll have to go around to a few more stores and see if I can find one actually calibrated (or find some "ideal" cal settings online and see if I can have them set the tv to those settings) and do a comparison then. If its still a negligible difference, I'll go with the ST/GT...otherwise I'll stick with my current TV and try and wait 'til the 4K tv's come out and these drop in price.
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Thanks for that comparison chief. I guess I'll have to go around to a few more stores and see if I can find one actually calibrated (or find some "ideal" cal settings online and see if I can have them set the tv to those settings) and do a comparison then. If its still a negligible difference, I'll go with the ST/GT...otherwise I'll stick with my current TV and try and wait 'til the 4K tv's come out and these drop in price.
Some of the higher model plasmas have a coating that dims lighting coming from above. Besides that I believe picture quality is mostly the same as a direct pass through but I'm sure the higher end models will have significantly more options for the enthusiast and a more powerful processor to utilize some of those functions.
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If you are in New England, paulstv.com has the 65gt at $2499.00, the 60gt at $1999.00 and the 55gt at $1499.00.
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Also hoping for a deal on BF for either the ST50 or GT50 in 60"+.

Canadian shopper so Amazon drop ship to BUF is the easiest.
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For those that already have large Panasonic Plasmas, have you guys noticed a quality drop after 4+ years? Or ever had to recharge the screen with plasma?
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For those that already have large Panasonic Plasmas, have you guys noticed a quality drop after 4+ years? Or ever had to recharge the screen with plasma?
Have 50" 8UK that is still a great picture with no issues.

Recharging plasma is a myth AFAIK.
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Have 50" 8UK that is still a great picture with no issues.

Recharging plasma is a myth AFAIK.
ok coo
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I heard there was an excess amount of panel's and price should drop
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Excuse my TV naiveness, I am in need of a new TV and reading this thread it seems like everyone is sold on a Panasonic. I currently have a 42" Panasonic I purchased in 05 that held up pretty good, I want to put in my room and upgrade to a new TV for the family room. That being said I would like to bump up size and clarity and stay in the sub 1k. What do you guys recommend, I have never done the whole BF waiting in line deal, and I don't want to.......unless I have to. Please help a newbie out. I am lost in regards to Plasma, LED......... I have a nice built in surround sound, but I mainly watch TV and occasionally go on Netflix and keep flipping through the list and end up watching something I don't want to.
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Any deals on the VT series?
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Excuse my TV naiveness, I am in need of a new TV and reading this thread it seems like everyone is sold on a Panasonic. I currently have a 42" Panasonic I purchased in 05 that held up pretty good, I want to put in my room and upgrade to a new TV for the family room. That being said I would like to bump up size and clarity and stay in the sub 1k. What do you guys recommend, I have never done the whole BF waiting in line deal, and I don't want to.......unless I have to. Please help a newbie out. I am lost in regards to Plasma, LED......... I have a nice built in surround sound, but I mainly watch TV and occasionally go on Netflix and keep flipping through the list and end up watching something I don't want to.
if you're looking for an HDTV with good picture quality under a grand, plasmas are the way to go. While some of the more expensive high-end LED tvs provide slightly better picture quality, they are also very expensive, usually around 1700+ for a 55" model...the difference in picture quality, although discernible, is certainly not significant enough to warrant the extra 500+ when compared to an equivalent plasma model. The PQ on the plasmas, or atleast the panaonic models, is by itself, excellent. If one has the money to splash around, these high end LEDs would be the way to go. Based on your requirements however, a plasma tv is the best option as it provides the best of both worlds. More so in your case, since you would be moving from a 7 year old model making the already great PQ of the panny even better. The Panasonic ST50 is considered to be the best value-for-money product without compromising on picture quality. It is significantly better than the next in line UT50 yet having the same specs in terms of PQ to the higher end GT50 which costs 300 more. The primary difference between the ST50 and GT50 is the inclusion of THX modes and a dual core processor in the latter. Assuming you can find the right calibration settings for the ST50 online, you will not need the THX modes leaving only the smoothness of navigating through menu options the single advantage of the GT50 (thanks to its processor). We here, are hoping that the 60 inch ST50 will fall under the 4 digit mark, so if that happens, then I would strongly recommend that for you.

For a list of current prices on the ST and GT series refer to the thread wiki.

PS: I am a fledgling audiophile and kudos to you having a separate surround sound system. To me, audio, is just as important as video. Did you assemble your own set or did u buy one of the shelf. I'm sure either way, it's a marked improvement over just using your tv speakers.
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if you're looking for an HDTV with good picture quality under a grand, plasmas are the way to go. While some of the more expensive high-end LED tvs provide slightly better picture quality, they are also very expensive, usually around 1700+ for a 55" model...the difference in picture quality, although discernible, is certainly not significant enough to warrant the extra 500+ when compared to an equivalent plasma model. The PQ on the plasmas, or atleast the panaonic models, is by itself, excellent. If one has the money to splash around, these high end LEDs would be the way to go. Based on your requirements however, a plasma tv is the best option as it provides the best of both worlds. More so in your case, since you would be moving from a 7 year old model making the already great PQ of the panny even better. The Panasonic ST50 is considered to be the best value-for-money product without compromising on picture quality. It is significantly better than the next in line UT50 yet having the same specs in terms of PQ to the higher end GT50 which costs 300 more. The primary difference between the ST50 and GT50 is the inclusion of THX modes and a dual core processor in the latter. Assuming you can find the right calibration settings for the ST50 online, you will not need the THX modes leaving only the smoothness of navigating through menu options the single advantage of the GT50 (thanks to its processor). We here, are hoping that the 60 inch ST50 will fall under the 4 digit mark, so if that happens, then I would strongly recommend that for you.

For a list of current prices on the ST and GT series refer to the thread wiki.

PS: I am a fledgling audiophile and kudos to you having a separate surround sound system. To me, audio, is just as important as video. Did you assemble your own set or did u buy one of the shelf. I'm sure either way, it's a marked improvement over just using your tv speakers.
Talk about getting the info I need, thank you very much for taking your time to give me all the information that I was looking for. I will be shadowing your next move for sure!

In regards to audio, I lucked out and the previous owner had the speakers put into the ceiling, three in the front two in the back. I bought a Onkyo receiver and a nice size sub. I still can't get everything to sound the way it should be, but I am hoping the tv will help me take some time out to figure it out.
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Just out of curiosity, where are folks expecting to have these higher end sets go on sale? Best Buy, Amazon and ??? Does the Panasonic EPP program even have BF sales (I'm guessing not)? I guess it just seems like a slightly more niche market.
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