Originally Posted by Tango-Zulu
I just wanted to say thank you to everyone in this thread, I've been lurking for the longest time & just recently on 12/31 ordered a Panasonic 32DT30 from Best Buy.com for $813.19 + NJ taxes of $53.20. As of today 1/10, it is no longer available.
Financing played a big part of why I bought it from Best Buy online instead of Amazon.
................Quick question, the tv which I just received yesterday 1/9 has firmware version 1.04 and the update states 2.20, is there any benefit or detriment to updating firmware for this TV series?
I also just bought a Panasonic 32DT30, this past Saturday. Fry's had come down - end of the model year and all - to $739 plus tax. That's less than any price I saw on-line. They are getting more scarce, but not sure if as scarce as the 37" sets yet. In this Dallas area three Fry's stores each had two left, including display models. One saleman told me they don't really sell a whole lot of them, due to their relatively high price.
I managed to get one that had a shipping date of December on the box; once I opened the box, though, I saw the build date on the back of the set was August. The other sets I looked at had ship dates of Jan. (display model), April and September. It's curious that a set built in August wasn't shipped until December. Makes you think that the factory (I think it's in Mexico) didn't produce any more of the sets after August, but who knows? It may also have something to do with dates of orders from different stores. However, if the last produced are the last shipped (which makes sense), then indeed it would seem production must have wound down in August. Anyone else have a later build date on their set?
Anyway, I wanted to get as late a model as possible, thinking that it would have as many of the updates and improvements as possible. I guess I'm a bit sensitive to this right now. A week ago I got a Sony 32" from Fry's, and after I got it home, saw that it had a build date of November, 2010! And it was the last set they had, although it had to be one of the first 2011 models they received. "First in, last out" is the opposite of how product should be sold, but apparently noone at Fry's was noticing.
I didn't care for the picture or the narrow viewing angle on the Sony, and in any case didn't want a "new" set that was 14 months old. I returned it and got the Panasonic.
I'm very pleased with the Panasonic. As befits a top-of-the-line set, it has all the bells and whistles, with 240Hz, 1080, LED, wireless, 3D, etc. I didn't need 3D, and wished I didn't have to pay for it, but all the manufacturers put their top features only in their 3D sets. The set also has Panasonic's IPS Alpha panel, which provides the widest field of vision of any 32" set I looked at, an important consideration for me. The speakers also have more wattage than any other sets I looked at.
Like several other posters have mentioned, I also had a limited space issue (set fits into a bookcase), and the DT30 has the narrowest width of any set I looked at, and is about the shortest height-wise (I have it on a wall-mount, so no stand). This is because it has the narrowest bezels of any 32" set. It also looks very nice.
Great picture and performance. Would I have paid the original price of over a grand for it, though? Nope. As it was, it was still expensive at $800 with tax for a 32" set. It is the most expensive 32" set Fry's carries, and the thought that I could get two good 32" sets for the same price gave me pause. However, my space constraints limited my choices to only a few sets, and the Panasonic is probably the best 32" set out there now. I'm very satisfied with the set, and I'm glad I sprung for it.