Originally Posted by TomGTR
I'm in the process of moving into my first house and I need to buy a few tv's. First tv I'm going to buy is for my tv/family room. I have more than enough room for a 64+ inch tv. I'm pretty much set on getting plasma, my grandparents have a 60inch pioneer elite, and I would buy that tv if there were still being made today.
I have had a few people tell me to just get LED, but I can still see motion blur, even on the new sharp elite models.
The two plasma tv's that keep catching my eye are the Samsung 8000 series, and Panasonic VT30/VT50. Each tv seems to have its own unique issues, but that is going to happen no matter what tv I go with.
Couple questions I have.
1. Is the 2012 Samsung 8000 series worth the extra cost over the 2011 model? I have seen good deals on the older models, but I'm told there is a price fix on the 2012's.
2. The panasonic VT50 seems to be a big improvement over the VT30. What is a realistic release date for this tv?
3. Would you consider these tv's to have better image quality than the older pioneer elite tv's?
4. What other tv's would you consider?
5. Is there a vendor on here that everyone buys from, or could you recommend where to buy.
I do not know much at all about electronics, any help would be great!
I have had my 65VT30 for 8 months now and I am loving it more and more every day. I had an LG 55LH90 LED/LCD TV before that and I never got used to the motion blur that my TV created. It drove me nuts watching a movie with motion blur. It would totally ruin my movie experience. Don't get me wrong, most people do not pay attention or do not care, but I did and that is why I purchased a plasma. Let me tell you one thing about my 65VT30, I love how fluid the picture is. Honestly, the first time I turned it on and started watching a movie, I almost got motion sickness. The picture is so fluid and so stunning that still, after 8 months of owning it, my jaw drops every time I turn it on.
Honestly, all this talk about issues with the Panasonic plasma's are mostly false. I have never had any of the issues that have been talked about on this forum. Just make sure you buy from a good company and not get a returned item. Make sure it is new and unopened. Some people try and sell a return item as new. Who knows what the previous owner may or may not have done with your $3,000 TV.
I purchased my TV from Video Only here in Portland, Oregon. If there is a store by your house, I would suggest going there. Magnolia Audio/Video is good. If you can find a Best Buy with a Magnolia, I would go there. Again, make sure the box is unopened and not a return. Best Buy is known for that kind of thing.
I would stay away from Samsung. They just settled a class action lawsuit for using poor quality capacitors in their TV's. The Samsung plasma TV get so hot that the screen actually peels away from the TV. The Panasonic 65VT30 is cool to the touch and only uses 110watts of power.
Info about Class action settlement.http://www.samsung.com/us/capacitorsettlement/
Info about Samsung screen filter delaminatinghttp://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1335353http://www.efytimes.com/e1/72882/fullnews.htmhttp://forums.cnet.com/7723-13973_10...s-peeling-off/
The problem is the screen gets waaaay to hot and the antireflective coating starts to peel. Next time you are at Best Buy, touch one of the plasma TV's and you will see what I am talking about.