Originally Posted by Dameaus
uh.... i wont be "fixing" anything myself.... the product either comes perfect or it gets returned.
aside from that, doesnt everyone buy a warranty on expensive purchases?
the purpose of my thread was to ask if the pink tint is common to all ST50s or if by returning mine and getting another, i may get one with zero pink tint and hopefully less buzz.
it was also to ask if the GT50s maybe have a lesser chance of this happening due to better quality control/ use of panels with less flaws.
the bit about the GT50 having more input lag is blatantly false. the ST50 and GT50 use the exact same panel in their production. they will perform exactly the same, with the same settings. the only difference in panels could be, like i said, better quality control on the GT50s so you get a panel with possibly less "flaws".
Easily understand the desire to have a "perfect panel" - but you are setting yourself up for Endless Disappointment if that is your Standard. Not even the Elites - whether the older Pioneer plasmas, or the newer Sharp LCDs - were (are) "Perfect," despite their Top-of-the-Line Reputations & PRICING....
What we end up with - instead of "perfection" - is a panel whose FLAWS we are either willing to live with, or which we personally do not "see" (or Hear!), for Whatever reason(s).
Actually, most people do not purchase a warranty on any of their purchases - "expensive" or not (what is "expensive" is a relative term, of course).
We like to purchase from CostCo (2 year warranty on HDTVs) and/or with American Express (adds a year to mfg warranty - as do some other credit cards - although admittedly mixed reports on how well that actually works in the event of a loss).
But we've never purchased
an "Extended Warranty" on any of our HDTVs: the vast majority of electronic failures show up within the first year (and usually within the first 30 - 90 days), or else Some Number Of Years Down The Road - and probably beyond the term of most Ext Warr policies.
Most of the third-party warranties also contain significant "out" clauses that limit the liability of the issuing company.
Obviously there are exceptions to this: some products, or products from certain Manufacturers, tend to have a higher percentage of failures, and if one chooses to buy from this category - perhaps due to price considerations - then perhaps it makes sense to factor in the cost of an extended warranty when comparing the bottom line.
"BUZZ" is a much discussed topic, with opinions ranging from "NO Plasma Should Buzz" to "ALL Plasma panels Buzz to SOME degree." I fall into the latter category, as that has been our experience - with well over a dozen plasma panels in the immediate family (not counting Friends or Extended Family....).
Still, have never experienced plasma buzzing that was Bothersome, at a Normal Viewing Distance, with Normal Program material, and above a Normal Listening level....
Our 60ST50 buzzs/hums (as do / have all of the 7 other sets we've had in house), but with Normal Program Material I can only hear it - in a QUIET ROOM (Audio Muted) - either Behind the panel, or literally from a few inches in front of the panel. No. 1 Son, otoh, says he can hear the buzz, under the same circumstance, from within about 2 - 3 feet of the panel.
Given a normal viewing distance of 9feet - and the fact that we seldom WATCH the set with Muted Audio - would state that "buzzing is not a problem" for this panel. But it DOES exist.
Also note that a fair number of owners have reported that their Buzzing was Resolved, via one process or another: tightening interior or exterior screws; replacing a power supply or other faulty board; removing CFL lights or other "noisy" electronics from the same circuit (or even other HH circuits); plugging the set into an AVR....
For an otherwise "perfect" set, would certainly take the chance on a Svc Call to see whether an Easy Fix could stop the buzz: it is a pain exchanging panels, and no guarantees what the new one might bring.
And, if by some chance the CAUSE of the Buzz/Hum is External to the set itself, you might well replace a Dozen sets and still end up with the same problem.
Your report of PINK TINT Around the Edges sounds distressingly familiar: that was a fairly common problem with 2011 Pan plasmas - although less "universal" than the infamous Green Blobs / Green Tint.
IF it were our set - and, again IF the Pink Tint were the only bothersome flaw - I would Aggressively Age the panel, as long as within the return period - to find out whether the Tint Increased or Decreased (either in area, and/or intensity). We had 2011 panels for which the Pink grew BETTER as the panel aged, and ones for which it grew Worse.
No idea WHY, for either outcome. But on the two sets (we know of) for which the pink grew better, it has remained better - and is not a problem with either panel.
Still, have read only a handful of reports of Pink Tint on 2012 panels, so it SEEMS Logical to expect that a replacement would be tint free - unless some gremlin has crept into the manufacturing process.
Suppose it is Possible that panels for the GT50 series are "preferentially selected," with the balance going to the ST50 models. Such a process has been employed in the past (at least by other companies) - with those parts that meet or exceed certain "Specs" being designated for a "Premier" model, while the balance are shuttled over to the Mainline or Bargain models...
Such a practice usually results in the Premier devices having Tighter Specs - and more uniform performance - while lower models will display a wider range of specs / performance.
NOTE: Have NO idea whether or not Panasonic actually attempts to do this - or even if there is a Practical "test" that would tell them which panels are Superior.
But would not be at all surprised if SOMEONE on this board knows the answer to both of these questions!