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Yellow blobs are really the only real issue I've seen from this model in longevity. I've now spotted them myself on some occasions. Still very faint though.
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Hi all,

I have an opportunity to get a p65vt50 for under $2k. I have been pondering a new larger tv in the 65-70" range. I have always loved Panny plasmas and I know this model wasrecieved and reviewedwell a couple years ago.

This one is from an estate sale and according to the menu it has 289 hrs, itsbeen turned on 267times an the serial number is MJ22960100. It looks to be and is said to be in perfect condition. It's a ways awayfrom me, so I wanted to gather as much info as possible before I drive to look at it.

any thoughts on issues with this paticularmodel/production run?

thanks in advance,

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Be sure to check for screen burn.

....and don't pay too much. I'd say no more than about $1,500.

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Id go $1500. Is 300 hours enough to see the blobs. Im lucky, never got em on my VT50.

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Hi all,

I have an opportunity to get a p65vt50 for under $2k. I have been pondering a new larger tv in the 65-70" range. I have always loved Panny plasmas and I know this model wasrecieved and reviewedwell a couple years ago.

This one is from an estate sale and according to the menu it has 289 hrs, itsbeen turned on 267times an the serial number is MJ22960100. It looks to be and is said to be in perfect condition. It's a ways awayfrom me, so I wanted to gather as much info as possible before I drive to look at it.

any thoughts on issues with this paticularmodel/production run?

thanks in advance,

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I hope you have purchased it by now.

Perhaps I misremembered.

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Id go $1500. Is 300 hours enough to see the blobs. Im lucky, never got em on my VT50.
Thanks everyone for your help. I'm setting up a trip to view and hopefully buy the set!

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Be sure to check for screen burn.

....and don't pay too much. I'd say no more than about $1,500.
On the issue of screen burn in, are the vt50s more susceptible than other plasma panels? I've been reading a lot of older threads about it. Kind of concerns me. Is it mainly an issue during the first couple hundered hours, or will it always be an issue? I have an 8 yo 42" with no dicernable issues, why would the vt50s go backward as far as burn in effect?

Also, if I wanted the seller to send a pic that could show potential burn in, what would be the best setup, e.g., dark room, tv on with no input (blank black screen)? Or, something else?

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My GT30 had more issues than the VT50, VT50 has been pretty tough.

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JimP,

Just out of curiosity, how do you think your Samsung 8500 stacks up to the vt50?

That is the tv I have been considering new, until I ran across this used vt50.

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Difficult question because each has its pros and cons.

If you have the VT50 in a medium to darker room, then you're gold. If you need a set for a bright room, then the F8500's brighter picture wins the day. The VT50 gets IR fairly easy but the F8500 is very resistant to IR. The VT50 can be calibrated to reference level without a LUTs processer. The F8500 requires a LUTs processer to be calibrated to reference levels but with that said, you can use the internal CMS to get a picture that is fairly high quality. Personally, I don't want to run the signal through any more processing than necessary and would rather not use the LUTs processer. The smart app for the VT50 using small jpegs for your picture files which is worlds better than not having them in the F8500. We use the smart apps to access photos off of the computer and its just a lot easier with the VT50. VT50 is heavier which would give you the impression that it should be built better but for some users, they get the yellow blobs. I don't have them but its always stuck in the back of my mind. Given the number of hours I poured on the VT50 for a year and a half (probably over 3 years normal use) it works like a champ.

One thing that can't be over emphasized about either display is if you really want the best picture and can see the difference in colors like gold versus raw sienna, then getting a high quality pro level calibration from a calibrator who has a jeti 1211 spectro or equivalent is a requirement....not an option. I got my three i1D3s profiled off of a jeti 1211 and the difference is visible.....but then again, I'm a bit extreme about PQ...and SQ(sound quality).

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Thanks Jim. This will bemy primary tv, so I am coserned about the burn-in described. I may have to pass on the vt and take another look at the 8500.
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JimP,

Not trying to hijack the vt50 thread with my samsung questions (apologies to folks). I tried to send you a pm but i do not have enough posts yet

a couple of additional questions:

How is the 3d performance relative to the vt50?

The only real issues I've been reading about the 8500 have to do with the panel buzz.

Have you had any other issues with your's.

How many hours do you have on it?

thanks much,

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Difficult question because each has its pros and cons.

Thanks for the comparison. Which set do you prefer when it comes to overall black levels and contrast? I also wanted to get your feelings on 1080i and 720p tv content. It has been reported that the Panasonic 50 series looks soft on these settings. How much of a difference do you see between the Panasonic and the Samsung while watching regular tv content?
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Having issue with connectivity with the APP

Resurrecting a dormant thread because of a very frustrating issue. That is, the Television not recognizing my iPhone or iPad via my wifi system
I spend most of the past weekend testing all possibilities so I can precisely narrow down how everything has been acting.

In a nutshell let me start out by stating that 1) the Wireless in my unit (65" VT50) has never functioned property, it 'might' connect for a while, but will invariably disconnects after 5 minutes needing for me to either to cycle on/off the TV, or a reboot of the wireless router. If I do "hook on" when everything is connected, it will STAY connected (i did a test via YouTube over the weekend and kept connected for 30 minutes), but after 2-3 minutes of idle time, the app shows the TV as 'not connected' and wants to place me in demo mode.

SOOOOO, for the last 2 years I have had a hard wired ethernet cable between the TV and my router, this has worked well with maybe a disconnect every 6 weeks or so that was easily solved by a quick reboot of the router (very much an acceptable success rate)

Lately the app will not function even with the hard wire connect, any rebooting of modem/router..etc..etc. What is most frustrating is that if I turn on and off the tv a few times, it "might" come back to life for a while, only to invariably drop off again. What is weird is that if the TV is turned off, the app can power up the set, but not do anything else. I am not a big fan of quick cycling the TV and I am afraid it may cause damage if done too often

I know the TV is connected to the router because I have full access to the internet and the apps through the Viera connect settings, but it just wont regularly see my iPhone or Ipad (which is important to know because its not MY device if it is 2 things here)

In addition, I was curious if this "wireless dongle" that Panasonic has for sale might solve my issue (as it goes into a USB port) , or was that device ONLY for models earlier than mine? I am also interested if any of you super computer types could tell me if I need to configure my router in such a way that would allow the TV to see my devices easier...any type of manual settings? Port opening...etc..etc. I ask the same about my iPhone/iPad as well, might I need to change a setting on these devices?

I am pretty sure through internet research that I have all my TV settings correct for this purpose, and as I said, it worked perfectly for so long. I even went so far as swapping out the cables, or using different ports on the router (every OTHER component connected to the router is working perfectly, just as it had before)...eliminating THAT as a suspect.

Hopefully this message will see the correct eyes and someone can help me. I may call Panasonic tonight , but as I call from my issues with the wireless not working 2 years ago, there really wasn't much help they could offer me other than having a guy come out and look at the set (and believe me, in my current set-up, I am NOT tearing everything apart for this issue)

Thank you for your time and consideration

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I have the opportunity to buy this set locally. Add says very little usage. Pics appear to be nice. I've been looking at a new Sammy 64h5000 as well. Sold my panny 60gt30 and regret it every second.

Anyway, what would be a fair price to pay for a used 65vt50??
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I have the opportunity to buy this set locally. Add says very little usage. Pics appear to be nice. I've been looking at a new Sammy 64h5000 as well. Sold my panny 60gt30 and regret it every second.

Anyway, what would be a fair price to pay for a used 65vt50??
FWIW, I just sold mine a few weeks ago for $2000.00.

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Ok. Guy is asking 2200
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Ok. Guy is asking 2200
That's where I started, offer him $2000.00 and see what happens.

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I'm such a dope. I wanted a larger screen so I sold the 60gt30 and have struggled to find a decent led/lcd since. I paid $2k for that gt30 3 yrs ago.
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That's a sad priced vt50. A new zt60 went for 2600 new at the end.
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I have the opportunity to pick up a 65" VT50 for $850. It has 2500 hours and 1300 cycles on it. Does this sound like a good deal assuming the panel is ok? What should I look for and what tools should I take with me? Are slides on a USB enough? Thanks in advance.
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I have the opportunity to pick up a 65" VT50 for $850. It has 2500 hours and 1300 cycles on it. Does this sound like a good deal assuming the panel is ok? What should I look for and what tools should I take with me? Are slides on a USB enough? Thanks in advance.
Couldn't figure out how to edit my post. Disregard my above questions because I found out that it's a 55".
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Couldn't figure out how to edit my post. Disregard my above questions because I found out that it's a 55".
That's a decent price for a 55.

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That's a decent price for a 55.
I know it would have been a steal for a 65. Looking for at least a 60 because I love the size of the Vizio M 65 we purchased but can't stand the FALD aspect. Maybe because of lack of zones. Not sure but I hate the blooming and flashlighting.

So even with the usage on the 55 you think it's a nice price?
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I'm in the same boat. Have a vizio M 65 and long for a plasma again.
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I know it would have been a steal for a 65. Looking for at least a 60 because I love the size of the Vizio M 65 we purchased but can't stand the FALD aspect. Maybe because of lack of zones. Not sure but I hate the blooming and flashlighting.

So even with the usage on the 55 you think it's a nice price?
I'd buy it over any current $850.00 LCD, even with the usage.

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