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Old 05-01-2012, 07:46 AM
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If it has a fan, it's either very quiet or hasn't turned on yet.

As far is I know none of the Panny plasmas have fans I dont think that is very common anymore at all

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What's up with these retail chains? My boy from PC Richard called me up earlier saying the 60GT50 won't be in for 3 weeks. He also said their store is the only one in the district with a PNE8000 display only set. I was planning on exchanging my 55D8000 this weekend but I guess that's not happening.


Good damn question! I found the ONLY PNE8000 within a 55 mile radius, and quickly purchased it. I was hoping the panny models would be out within my 30 day return policy so I could do a compare, but nothing.. Oh I did manage to find a 'display' GT50 at BB the other day, but would still have to wait a week for actual delivery.
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Looks like Best Buy has the 50", 55" and 60" available on their website. Notes it will ship in 3-5 days.
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Good damn question! I found the ONLY PNE8000 within a 55 mile radius, and quickly purchased it. I was hoping the panny models would be out within my 30 day return policy so I could do a compare, but nothing.. Oh I did manage to find a 'display' GT50 at BB the other day, but would still have to wait a week for actual delivery.

That's crazy! Glad you found one though. Looks like I'll wait til the end of the month and hopefully catch a sale as well. I don't want to blind buy again, like I did with the UND8000. I want to see these sets in person.
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I use the Logitech V-U0022 designed spcifically for skype app on Pannys.

Thanks. I'll take a look at this one.

Do you know the pricing....???
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As far is I know none of the Panny plasmas have fans I dont think that is very common anymore at all

This year for Europe at least its only the VT50 that has fans, the GT50, ST50 etc have no fans.

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55VT50 shipping now from Best buy!

If anyone interested
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This year for Europe at least its only the VT50 that has fans, the GT50, ST50 etc have no fans.

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That's not true, I'm a huge fan of those!
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55VT50 shipping now from Best buy!

If anyone interested

Good news indeed.
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Thanks for the reply everyone. I guess that leaves the question of size. Is the 60 inch pushing it too close for someone sitting just 8 feet away? I know you can never go too big and 3D viewing will be really immersive but I'm wondering if that's such a good thing with 2D. Again, I will mostly be watching blu ray and HD OTA Primetime so high quality sources for the most part. Dithering for example is one I'm concerned about.




Can someone chime in?
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If it has a fan, it's either very quiet or hasn't turned on yet.

Thanks.
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That's not true, I'm a huge fan of those!

I see what you did there.
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As far is I know none of the Panny plasmas have fans I dont think that is very common anymore at all

Accoding to avJunkie, at the other forum. only the 50' ST50 did not have fans while the 55' and larger TVs in the ST line do have fans. I am hoping this is replicated in the GT line.
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I spoke with Panasonic support and ended up scheduling a service call for Friday to get the buzzing sorted out.

She asked me to stand 6 feet away and tell her if I could still hear it. Since I can very clearly hear it from my seated position of 7' she very quickly went and processed the service call. For those wondering how loud the buzzing should get....
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... but I know I would be even happier with a larger size.

As many have previously posted, it's very hard to find individuals reporting that the display they bought was too big.

If I had a dedicated room with a front projector filling a 128" screen, I might want something smaller for some types of viewing. I've been at 50", and now am at 60". With changes in bezel width, I could put a 65" display in the same spot with only 1" difference in width. I don't think I would want a 70" - 80" display in our small living room just because of it's presence when we weren't watching.
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Thanks for the reply everyone. I guess that leaves the question of size. Is the 60 inch pushing it too close for someone sitting just 8 feet away? I know you can never go too big and 3D viewing will be really immersive but I'm wondering if that's such a good thing with 2D. Again, I will mostly be watching blu ray and HD OTA Primetime so high quality sources for the most part. Dithering for example is one I'm concerned about.

A lot of people watch HD material on 60" screens from 8'. That's probably in the sweet spot for seeing the detail present in high quality HD source material.

Eight feet might not be ideal for SD DVDs. We still watch movies that are not yet available on Blu-ray. We almost never watch SD TV. I'm sure that would be pretty bad. Also, we are two to three feet further back.

You can take a tape measure to test for yourself, or you can buy from a dealer with a trouble free return policy. I think testing for yourself is the best plan.

Dithering shouldn't be a problem.
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(edit - this was in defense of someone who was being crticized)
You guys are pretty abusive.
If I spent $1500 for a TV I would expect a level TV. And if the base is 1/8" off the edges of the TV would be a lot more.

Sorry that some of us pay attention to details and want things they pay for correct.
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you guys are pretty abusive.
If i spent $1500 for a tv i would expect a level tv. And if the base is 1/8" off the edges of the tv would be a lot more.

Sorry that some of us pay attention to details and want things they pay for correct.

+1

consider the source
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I wanted to use stronger words but I am trying to be better at my pc'ness!
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I wanted to use stronger words but I am trying to be better at my pc'ness!

Man - I sure know how you feel. Thanks for understanding!
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I think I am narrowing down my choice now.

If you guys had a choice between a 55"VT50 or a 60"GT50 - which would you choose?
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Can someone chime in?

If you watch a lot of SD then you may have some regrets, but then again you may choose to never watch SD again (or at least rarely).

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Thank you for your contribution. I will use your suggestion of trying to watch as much full screen viewing within the first 500 hours as possible.

At the moment I am considering on going with a larger size GT50 (55 or 60) or going with the VT50 55". I am more than happy with the current GT50 I have, honestly the nicest TV I have ever seen in person, but I know I would be even happier with a larger size.

...or maybe NOT !
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Slightly off topic. How comfortable are people using the provided tabletop stand with a 65" display? I won't have romping big dogs and won't need to get behind it, but if a breeze from the heat duct hits it I don't want to be concerned it will blow over

A Plasma TV is surprisingly stable. Mine are harder to tip forward than my old Tube TVs were, even though my Plasmas weigh less than half as much as those old Tubes did. Since i live in earthquake country, i pulled my Tube TVs forward with two fingers hooked over the top rear and was able to tip if toward me very easily, but when i tried the same test with my Plasmas they took a lot more effort to pull toward me because of how the table stand juts out several inches in front of the screen which resists forward tipping. People are a bit amazed when i demonstrate this in their homes.

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I think I am narrowing down my choice now.

If you guys had a choice between a 55"VT50 or a 60"GT50 - which would you choose?

That depends on a lot of factors - everybody has different needs/likes/preferences/requirements/content/environment/sources/distances/eyesight etc so you have to take that into account for yourself.

But if i had to pick one or die? Even though i don't need or desite any of the extra features the VT50 offers, i'd pick the 55VT50 solely because a 60 incher is way way too big for me. Most here would find my reason ridiculous though

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i'd pick the 55VT50 solely because a 60 incher is way way too big for me. ...

Sixty inches or die!
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Thanks. I'll take a look at this one.

Do you know the pricing....???

Amazon always knows the pricing!

http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Skype...5921318&sr=8-1
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Can those of you with 50'' and/or 55'' GT50's please comment on how much IR your TV's get, both before and after break in period.

I am about to make the switch from my 51''E8000 to either a 50'' or 55'' GT50. I am not concerned with actual burn in, but my 8000 has minimal IR. As long as the IR on the GT is not so bad that it is noticeable during normal viewing, i am ok with it.

I messed around with a 50'' GT at the store and just in the few moments it took to switch inputs, the "HDMI 1" logo was a very visible left over in the top left corner of the black screen that followed! This seems like extreme IR to me. The TV was new to the store so maybe the fact that it might not have been broken in was making it worse...?

Also is there a difference in IR between the 50'' and 55'' GT models?
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I messed around with a 50'' GT at the store and just in the few moments it took to switch inputs, the "HDMI 1" logo was a very visible left over in the top left corner of the black screen that followed! This seems like extreme IR to me.

I've read reports about displays that have almost instant IR, but that it fades away in a few seconds. If the set you saw was new, and it was cranked up like BB likes to do, you were probably seeing that same sort of IR. If you could go to a black screen five minutes after switching inputs, with normal settings for home viewing, and got the same result, I would be concerned.

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Also is there a difference in IR between the 50'' and 55'' GT models?

That seems very doubtful to me.
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I think the GT50's THX day/night modes are a HUGE selling point for anyone not watching in a light controlled room. IMO, every TV needs separate day and night modes for a typical living room. There is just no way one setting can be bright enough for daytime without being too bright at night.

+1!

I have to tell you, I totally agree. I didn't think I would use that mode at all, but I was home sick the other day and just figured I would try it, and I was blown away. I just thought it was a gimmick and was very pleased to be proven wrong..
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