Originally Posted by mgrotel
yea, its pretty easy to rule out other things buzzing. mine has a faint buzz on bright screens, which i am totally ok with and never hear it over the audio of a movie or broadcast. however, it is clear where it is coming from because when fast forwarding through commercials on a dvr box, the room is completely silent and the buzz varies depending on how bright the screen is during the fast forward movement. i am not saying its a problem for me at all, because it isnt, love the tv, couldnt be happier. but, it is pretty easy to tell where it is coming from in a silent room.
to add to your analogy allwhitemeat:
because your new ford truck has a bad fuel pump, does that mean its complete junk? i would say no. you dont push it off a cliff because of one bad thing. all new items will have lemons or small issues that need to be worked out. so what do you do? take the truck in for warranty work. as far as the tv, take it back and get a new one.
(part of me wants to argue the ford is complete junk as i am a chevy guy. lol)
The buzzing alone isnt a deal breaker nor would it make the tv a lemon alone. I just had the repairman from bestbuy show up two days ago. A bit of a runaround to get him to show up, but thats bad subcontracting. But read like two posts up for my follow up to my permanent IR and other issues.
Screen needs replacing. The hud from borderlands burned in after a few hours. Was using the factory firmware, version .9 or something. Now Im at 1.2 something. Since the new firmware I havent had any NEW IR/burn issues. But the orginal "burn" is showing no signs of fading.
The tv no longer generates solid colors, of anything. It shimmers with random green pixel noise. The darker the shade the.more noise. Does it on all HDMIs and in the tv menu. Parts are at least ordered for this problem under my PPlan from BB.
Line Bleed? Bad. Doesnt need to be a line, any solid dark color occupying enough real estate on the screen alters the color of things beside it. Not a little, enough that it looks like two intentionally different colors. U see it in everything u watch. The tv menu produces a strong line bleed effect so Im going to go back to BB and check their ST50 for comparison. Repairman said it wont be fixed, but Im not quiting. Maybe a new screen wont do it, which ill get anyway due to the burned image.
Research the vertical banding issue. I have it too, but they wont fix it now. Repairman said panasonic wont cover it till later (i guess panasonic pays for repaira in first year, then the BeatBuy plan kicks in?). I dont know if they want to see if the new board (green sparkles fix) will clear it up. Or if the new screen fixes that issue also.
Lastly, the repairman had a small powered usb drive which he used for test patterns and stuff. He didnt tell me what he was looking at, but after some pressuring he said the tv "failed the pattern test". I dont know what that means exactly as he wouldnt elaborate and said by the time they get to fixing that, the TV will already have had 3 problems in one year and Ill get a refund. So, Im annoyed at the prospect of having to go through multiple repairs at intervals.
To finish the analogy, if I had a brand new truck, and spent 50k on it and I get stranded by a bad fuel.pump, then the fuel injectors quit working, then the turbo gave out, then the stereo played CD's with an audible hiss (ground loop), I would want a new truck, and a drug test for the assembly line crew.
Thanks for reading
Ps- my ford has been a headache IRL (ball joints, fuel injectors and a transmission at 110k) but then so has my brothers Chevy (blown engine ~90k miles). We haul heavy machinery so we patch'em back up and send them out to work again. Dont make them like they used to. Tremendous power, short lifespans.