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I am in the market to replace my 10 year old Mitsu RP set. It has been a great TV, but it's only 1080i and the picture is no where near what it once was. After reading a lot on this forum, I am just about ready to pull the trigger on the 55" ST50. I have a 5 year old Panny plasma 720p 50" in another room that I really like. Our TV will mostly be used at night, but in the daytime this room is reasonably bright. PQ is my prime concern, but I also want good wide angle viewing, good streaming options (Amazon, Netflix, web browsing) and decent 3D. Most of the programming will come from a DirecTV HD DVR, with some Blu-Ray.

I have also looked at the LG LCDs (LW5700 at Costco, LM6600) and the Samsung LCDs (ES6600), but I pretty sure the Panny is the one for me.

I would classify myself as a pretty discerning viewer, but definitely not a videophile. Are there any factors I should consider before making the purchase?
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This might be a reason not to buy.

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You might be able to get the 59D7000 at nearly the same price now. CNET #1 TV 2011.

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You might be able to get the 59D7000 at nearly the same price now. CNET #1 TV 2011.

D7000 was not rated "best" tv of the year, D8000 and VT30 were rated ahead of it, may have been best value but not best plasma performance wise, if you are going to give advice you might want to get your facts straight at least

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D7000 was not rated "best" tv of the year, D8000 and VT30 were rated ahead of it, may have been best value but not best plasma performance wise, if you are going to give advice you might want to get your facts straight at least

Go re read cnet - no difference in the two an 7k cheaper - DKatz loves the TV

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The VT50 is another reason not to buy the ST50.
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The VT50 is another reason not to buy the ST50.

+1 only reason I'm not pulling the trigger yet is to wait to see how the vt plays out.
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No, there is no reason not to buy, it's arguably the best tv you can buy for the money. And for people saying VT50, not everyone has the budget for that tv, and it won't be leaps and bounds above the ST50
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What's with all the new threads for the same tv's? There's an ST50 thread, a VT50 thread, and a general 2012 Panasonic Plasma thread already...think this could have been posted in 2 of the 3.
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What's with all the new threads for the same tv's? There's an ST50 thread, a VT50 thread, and a general 2012 Panasonic Plasma thread already...think this could have been posted in 2 of the 3.

I've tried posting in the ST50 thread. The only thing anyone wants to talk about there is the PQ--pink splotches, green bars, etc. No responses to more general questions about the set.
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No, there is no reason not to buy, it's arguably the best tv you can buy for the money. And for people saying VT50, not everyone has the budget for that tv, and it won't be leaps and bounds above the ST50

That's kind of what I am thinking. The price will be at least $1000 more in the 55", right? For some pretty minor PQ differences?
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I've tried posting in the ST50 thread. The only thing anyone wants to talk about there is the PQ--pink splotches, green bars, etc. No responses to more general questions about the set.

Yet you don't think anyone is going to bring up these issues in a thread thats titled "Any Reason NOT to Get the Panny 55ST50?"

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Too new to say right now, since it usually takes a little time for imperfections to rear their ugly head, but from the reports I've read, the ST50 is a very nice display.

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Yet you don't think anyone is going to bring up these issues in a thread thats titled "Any Reason NOT to Get the Panny 55ST50?"

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Yet you don't think anyone is going to bring up these issues in a thread thats titled "Any Reason NOT to Get the Panny 55ST50?"

On the contrary; I hope they do bring those issues up, but more in the context of whether this TV is a good choice for a casual viewer who is interested in more than just PQ.

Thanks to those in this thread and elsewhere who have provided such advice.
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What's with all the new threads for the same tv's? There's an ST50 thread, a VT50 thread, and a general 2012 Panasonic Plasma thread already...think this could have been posted in 2 of the 3.

There are approximately 8 threads for Panasonic plasmas that really need to be 1 single thread at this point.

There is no difference in HDMI cables. If you can see the picture without visible dropouts or sparklies, the cable is working at 100%. No other cable will display a better version of that picture. You're simply wrong if you think there is a better digital cable than one that is already working. (Oh, and plasma didn't die because of logistics problems, nor does OLED ship in big boxes because it comes from Korea.)
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Got my TV today. This TV is really awesome. With the tweaking available here. I think it can beat any high end TV in the market. I love the this TV. Watched Ironman2 & Rango from netflix Streaming and can't think of anything better. Picture quality is at least at par of Samsung UN55D8000.
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No, there is no reason not to buy, it's arguably the best tv you can buy for the money. And for people saying VT50, not everyone has the budget for that tv, and it won't be leaps and bounds above the ST50

I agree with this guy. Go check it out at BB. Best value for money.
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Three weeks in with our 50ST50, we are thrilled with this set, amazing PQ all around with no issues what so ever.
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For another $278 you can buy the 55GT50 ($1678) - if you aren't getting the st calibrated, or if you want to do a lot of internet apps (gt has dual core) might be worth the extra money.
I am doing the same debate as you for the same reasons!
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For another $278 you can buy the 55GT50 ($1678) - if you aren't getting the st calibrated, or if you want to do a lot of internet apps gt has dual core) might be worth the extra money.
I am doing the same debate as you for the same reasons!

I think if all those Internet apps are an excuse to charge more for tv. If you have Xbox live or a Panasonic blue ray player like the 220, there is absolutely no reason to have the apps on the tv. By the way CNet just made the Panasonic 220 the Blue Ray player of the year.
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D7000 was not rated "best" tv of the year, D8000 and VT30 were rated ahead of it, may have been best value but not best plasma performance wise, if you are going to give advice you might want to get your facts straight at least

I think he was going based off the fact that the Samsung received editor's choice from cnet. Editor's choice for the TV on cnet generally means that its cnet's #1 pick for the year. Slight difference, yes. Chill, dude.
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For another $278 you can buy the 55GT50 ($1678) - if you aren't getting the st calibrated, or if you want to do a lot of internet apps (gt has dual core) might be worth the extra money.
I am doing the same debate as you for the same reasons!

$1678? Wow, the lowest I have seen it for is $1899.
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$1678? Wow, the lowest I have seen it for is $1899.

Well he didn't mention where he found that price but I ordered my 55GT50 for $1698 and used a $15 coupon found on Google for a total of $1683, plus the reseller was offering a free wall mount. Abe's of Maine.
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check out bountii dot come for prices - they show you the best deals.
through bountii - abes of main for 1678 right now
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check out bountii dot come for prices - they show you the best deals.
through bountii - abes of main for 1678 right now

I just ordered my TV from Abes of Maine yesterday for $1683 which includes a $15 off coupon. I couldn't find any coupons larger than that. Where do you see $1678?

EDIT" Nevermind, I see that. Darnit, missed that one. Maybe I can get the price adjusted since it hasn't shipped yet.
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