Originally Posted by DanBook Pro
I just pulled the trigger on a 64E7000. It should arrive on July 6th. Due to all of the burn-in issues with panasonic and my unbelievable lucky streak with Samsung, I couldn't justify jumping makes.
I really love the look of the GT/VT but i'm too much of a gamer to coddle the panasonic and treat her right. My C8000 and D7000 both kept up very well with my gaming habits and I hope the E7000 is up to the task as well.
Best Buy had a reasonable promotion where they threw in a Samsung Soundbar for free. I already have a surround sound system so the Soundbar will be returned for a $200 credit once I take delivery and am happy that the E isn't a loud buzzer.
I will post my results once i get the TV all set up on Friday.
I have had a TC-P60GT50 for around a month now and have not even had a trace of IR let alone burn in.. I have actually had 2 of them due to BB stripping two screws on the pedestal of the first 60GT50. (1st one July, 2012, 2nd April 2012 Build Date) While I simply asked for two screws, it went from a new Pedestal being brought over to bringing out a whole new TV. As I had gone through 150 hours, I really did not want to go through break in again. As for the break in, all it really consisted of was keeping it to 1.78:1 source material and not using torch modes. In truth, upon finding out I was getting a replacement 60GT50, I did try video games, 3D Movies et al and did not even have a trace of IR.
Comparative to the number who have purchased a VT/GT/ST/UT Series, I think my experience is quite normal. Like with most things . those who have experienced IR have certainly been more outspoken. However, it seems a number of those affected were using vivid and or had the brightness and contrast cranked during the first couple hundred hours. In truth, I specifically purchased the TV from Best Buy to purchase their PSP as it is one of the very few that does cover burn in. I am now seriously considering getting my money back on the PSP as I honestly do not think IR/burn in is going to be an issue.
It really is a shame as these 2012 Panasonic Plasmas are truly special. I still do not understand how or why the 60GT50 ended up with IR or Burn in while the 55VT50 ended up clearing up in regards to the Cnet Article as they have the identical panel. In addition, after reading almost all of the VT/GT/ST Owners Threads, the numbers are relatively small of those who have experienced IR or Burn In.
It is great that the 2012 Samsungs seemed to have had hardly either, but I do think the 2012 Panasonic issue has been somewhat blown out of proportion. Also, I got ridiculously lucky and ended up paying $1750 for my TC-P60GT50 as there was a free Panasonic 3D BDP Promotion at the time of purchase. Due to the Night Manager inexplicably changing the price from $1899 to $1750 and charging $149.99 for the BDP whereas the price should have remained $1899 and the BDP would have zeroed out. Regardless, due to this, I was able to return the BDP and put the $160 (after taxes) towards the 4 year PSP. Even better, the PSP went down to $329 from $499, It is only because of this that I might keep the PSP.