Originally Posted by Tigerriot
Have you actually connected your tv to your router and checked for an update in the tv's software update menu?
I'm a little apprehensive to set foot in this hornet's nest of a thread, but here goes...
I brought home a 55GT30 last night. 2 days prior, I had purchased a Samsung PN51D6500. I wanted the Panasonic originally, but the difference in price at the store was about $500 and I just couldn't justify it. So, I get the Samsung home, unbox it and the first thing I notice is how chintzy the stand is -- I would say it is barely sufficient to support the panel. I get the stand attached finally and get the panel hoisted up into my wall unit, pull off the screen wrapping and... The screen has a large spider-web crack in it!
I call the store and they tell me that I am the 3rd person that day to report a broken screen on the same SKU. Next day, back I go to the store with the broken panel. They wheel out a new one and we unbox it right there on the showroom floor to inspect it. Low-and-behold, that panel also has a crack in it -- much smaller, but still cracked. Then I am told that I will have to wait a while because they have to pull another unit from their central warehouse because the last one we checked was the last in stock at the store.
By this point, I'm getting fed up and thinking more-and-more that Samsung might not be the one for me. I speak to the manager and, long story short, I get the 55GT30 that I originally wanted for only $200 more instead of $500.
The 55GT30 was much-better packed and arrived home, got set-up, etc. just fine. I set up the wireless and immediately checked to see if there was any kind of update available - There is no update available as of today.
I got some basic settings going on it, but haven't got close to doing a fine-tune of the settings. I have to say, to my naked, somewhat-trained eye, the set looks really good in THX mode pretty much right out of the box. I haven't watched anything real close yet, but off-hand I see no fluctuating brightness (turn that C.A.T.S off immediately!), no floating blacks, no flashes, blobs or anything that I would call unusual to any other plasma panel. I've had it on for about 2 hours so far this morning and there is no audible buzzing or whirring heard from a distance of more than a foot or 2. So far, I think I'll be very happy with it.
One final note - some reviews are badgering about Panasonic's menu design and picture setting options. I don't know what they are on about because the Panny's are clearly better than the 2011 Samsung's IMO. For just one thing, the D6500 doesn't have a "Custom" option. My last set was a Panny TH-PZ800U from 2008 and the menu options on the GT30 are significantly improved.