Originally Posted by PhantomRogue
So I recently moved.
Paid a ton for a box and insurance... to make a long story short. They broke it. (Panel was cracked in 4 different places, Glass was intact, but the panel itself was cracked).
I never understood why a professional mover needs to charge additional for "insurance". I mean they move stuff for a living - you'd think they can accomplish that without breaking TVs and mirrors and china cabinets and other glass items. I've moved a few times and i've helped friends move many times and i can't remember any of us breaking anything - and we're not even pros. It should be a given that if they break something through their own carelessness and negligence, they should have their own insurance or be self-bonded to reimburse you for the items they broke, not charge their customers extra to be made partially whole in the event that they break items entrusted to them.
I had this thing ISF custom tuned by ChadB and everything. I cried myself to sleep that night. So they are going to reimburse me for 'cost of replacement.' Which is much less than what I paid for it, but at least its something. What is a good replacement for this panel? Is it really just the 2012 Model of the 55VT50?
Yes, 55VT50. I would insist on paying you the purchase price of your 55VT30 as well as the price you paid to have it Calibrated, as well as sales tax and shipping. Personally i'd insist they pay me my original purchase price of the TV and the Calibration, not have me settle for a lower price - especially since you paid extra for the insurance.
A buddy of mine said to check into LED TVs, but are they really good for heavy motion shows? (Hockey, Video Games, tons of Movies). Any recommendations for replacements?
Nah, LED LCD TVs suck
Also, Anyone know if I can return this panel to get it 'repaired' or with the Panel itself being cracked, is it a lost cause?
If you didn't power it up after it got cracked then the damage will be limited to just the panel and all the boards and power supply etc will be undamaged so you can either have a new panel installed, or sell the broken TV for parts (the boards and cabinet and outer glass etc). Replacing the panel is indeed expensive and the high cost might not be worth it, so get an estimate from a few Panasonic repair centers. If you haven't powered it up since the impact let them know that. And whatever you do, don't get curious and plug that TV in - no not try to turn it on - doing so will most likely cause more collateral damage among the other boards and components.