Originally Posted by GenX2011
Hi newbee here and I've been considering a new TV including a VT30. I'm a bit saturated here looking at several threads. The VT30 for example. Is this considered a "good" TV? If so why? Because a lot of the threads I've read are like this. "Does it have the latest MJ fix", "watch out, it may be an "A" board failure". I mean, this is supposed to be a NEW TV. When cars have these kind of issues we, um, call them bad. So how should a person look at this?
It seems a lot of people want to convince themselves a certain TV is "good" because a review says it is or some guru says it is. Sorry for being so frank, but I'm just sayin'. Are we supposed to kid ourselves?
Welcome to AVS, where no piece of electronic equipment is good enough!
Yes, IMHO the VT30 is a great TV and a worthy flagship for Panasonic. Yet, it has niggles and shortcomings just like every other TV
One thing to keep in mind though is that millions of these are sold to customers who have no knowledge (and don't care) about the issues you have noted. They turn on the TV, use it from day zero any way they want, and are happy as clams.
However, being an enthusist in anything has the inevitable side effect of knowing more than is necessary, which for some makes them picky as all get out. Part of the price--but also part of the fun.
The key IMHO is to decide where your
middle ground lies. That's why questions like "What is the BEST?" or "Is it worth it?" are so difficult to answer. The answer depends solely on YOU and your particular situation. The real question should be: "What is the best for ME?" and be happy with that, while ignoring the static. It doesn't matter what anyone else owns or likes, as long as you are content with what you finally decide on.
Finally, I think it's also important to not let the comments in AVS forums discourage or confuse you. As you know, in the wild west that is the Internet, we get all types of posts--from truly helpful, fact-based information to crossposted passionate viewpoints referencing genitals, and everything in between.
They key is to separate the wheat from the chaff, and as others have recently posted: please don't take things personally--they're just TVs!