Originally Posted by mfrey0118
OK here's my GT25 nightmare:
First time buyer of a non-CRT TV. Was so excited to start shopping about 3 weeks ago. Budget was around $700-$800. I began scouring the net for reviews.
Listened to the "tech" guys and decided to go Plasma, being that they claimed most of the bad rap on plasma no longer applies. Sweet. First, I ordered the S3 from Amazon but then I stumbled upon the 3-D GT25. Rave reviews, read 'em all. Decided this is the one. Called Amazon and canceled the S3 order before it shipped.
First one I got was from Brandsmart. November build. I really didn't notice anything wrong with it and I was pretty happy with my new TV. Then, my wife noticed Costco selling the same one but they offer a 2 year warranty on TVs, and Brandsmart wanted to charge me for extending the manufaturer's warranty and plus Costco was selling it for $20 less...thus began my nightmare!
First one I got from them was September build. Buzzing was noticeably louder, I could hear it from about 7ft away, and from anywhere in the room if it was totally quiet. Also, a noticed a slight dimple in the glass where the screen on the Nov. build from BM was pretty flawless.
So I freaked and took it back. Got another one. September build again. Buzz wasn't as bad on this one but the picture looked less sharp than the previous two, and I noticed ALL KINDS of ripples and wavy patterns in the objects reflected in the screen when the TV is off that I'd never noticed on the other ones...so I returned that one for ANOTHER GT25. Tried to run serial numbers with Panasonic before I bought but they told me they couldn't do that for me. Costco had 10 new GT25's shipped in and the store rep told me they were all August builds! WTH?
Anyway, finally went to another Costco in my area and got the 4th GT25. This was also (surprise!) September build. And this one had the same crazy rippling of light through the screen, etc. But since the last one had it too, I decided it was just part of the package and decided to start breaking it in.
Well now I can't even see the plasma flowing over the screen. It looks...I dunno...static. Of course I have a theory that the reason I can see light reflecting so crazily in these screens is because they are messed up, and uneven thus perhaps hindering the flow of the gas around the screen..? Not sure if that's a good theory or not but it makes sense that if light is bending then my eye is missing alot of what the screen is putting out...
Anyway, after less than 40 hours of break in using normal viewing and a slide show via USB I noticed a bad pixel on the screen that goes dark when the slide is blue and blinks intermittenly on other colors except white, where it kind of stays lit... And then I notice other pixels that just lit up and did not change color with the picture.
THEN I noticed when running the 1080p break-in slide show via USB, every time I brought up the menu screen, you could see the bands from the boxes around the selections going across the entire screen! I watched the entire TV from left to right change colors as I went up and down the menu with the selector...
So NOW what? The ST30 is just out of my reach because even getting the GT25 was stretching it to the limit (we are a family of meager means).
I just know though that this is a bad batch problem! Should I roll the dice yet again and TRY to get a GT25 that works perfectly like it was designed to? Should I just give up on plamsa and go get a LCD/LED?