Can anyone comment on :
1) Why these are going for LESS than the Panasonic TC-P65ST60?
2) If pricing/tax are equal, would you still order from Amazon and leave it up to a shipping company to deliver on their schedule or would you pick up at BB by yourself to ensure there is no damage?
First, thanks for posting this. I just submitted for a refund of the difference what I paid on Nov. 18th. It was $2399.00 on Amazon for a few weeks.
If you are worried about damage during shipping or the white glove delivery you may get then go with Best Buy. I had the one-man white glove delivery show up instead of 2 people. I ended up helping the guy slide the TV out of the van and sit the TV on the stand. No biggie to me. (FYI ...he used a hand truck to roll it into my high rise condo but he kept is almost flat so I did not have an issue with it).
Amazon does also give 2% back in Amazon credit after 35 days so that may be an incentive for you.
On the BB side, you may be more comfortable dealing with a local place but then again the return policy is limited.
The build date is September 2013, assembled in Mexico.
As far as potential fan noise... I ran D-nice's 2013 Panasonic aging slides for the 100 hours. I did hear a low level sound during that time. I am sure the fans were working pretty hard. This was when I was 5 feet away from the right edge of the screen about 5 degrees in front. The wall is 2 feet behind the TV which is on a stand. The low level noise sounds like the bearings in the two fans on the back. In my opinion this bearing noise (if that is what it is) carries further and reflects off the back wall. The air sound is only noticeable if I go behind the TV.
When watching a 3D Bluray the sound is not noticeable with the audio on mute sitting 10 feet back or walking up to the front of the TV (3 feet away).
No issues so far, very nice.
Update 12/12: Finally got it connected up in the viewing area and some more notes... Fan noise, a little when the tv boots, but otherwise quiet (however it is winter). Buzzing, a little loud on this tv, can hear at even 10ft on certain screens (and a quiet house), annoying, but that's how Panasonic rolls. Don't really like the stand, not as sturdy as my old tv but it sits lower which is good in this case. Picture quality is amazing, can't wait for football tonight.
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