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Hi All,

I'm new to this forum and forums in general. I've been reading reviews of the vt50 model and its looking to be the one im leaning towards. As I have started shopping online it seems that there is a a bit of a difference in prices. Looking to purchase from East Coast Tv's or AllTime Tv's because they are the cheapest. Has anyone dealt with them before? if yes are they reliable? and why such a difference in price?

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I would be cauatious make sure they are an authorzed panny dealer my guess is they will try to charge you freight insurance also what is their return policy

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Hi All,

I'm new to this forum and forums in general. I've been reading reviews of the vt50 model and its looking to be the one im leaning towards. As I have started shopping online it seems that there is a a bit of a difference in prices. Looking to purchase from East Coast Tv's or AllTime Tv's because they are the cheapest. Has anyone dealt with them before? if yes are they reliable? and why such a difference in price?

Both companies use bait-and-switch tactics and have terrible return policies. ResellerRatings.com reviews show a LOT of complaints, and have a lot of faked positive reviews that are overly-glowing and in complete contrast to the many negative reviews. If these companies were reputable you would not be seeing so many bad reviews and complaints. Complaint posts are usually legitimate and should be heeded. ECTV was caught red-handing faking their reviews and there's a few YouTube videos where their sketchy phone tactics were recorded. And not a single reputable TV retailer charges "shipping insurance" as shipping companies are self-insured or bonded, that's just a way to get more profit out of you to make up for their low TV prices. If the TV is damaged during shipment, the retailer files a claim with the shipper, not with some insurance company.

And check this out: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1441445/id-avoid-alltimetvs-com-look-at-this-return-policy

Remember the old saying - "The Best Price Usually Isn't the Best Deal". Buyer beware.

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Thanks guys for the posts, ive looked closely at both of the stores and their policy is pretty bad. I guess ill wait until newer models come out and then purchase the vt50 at BestBuy, J&R or other certified retailer. By reading some of the reviews and posts this model is pretty good without major issues.

How long have you had yours and are there any issues with yours?
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It is not such a bad idea going with the big boys so to speak of TV sales such as J & R, Best Buy et al. At least if there is an issue you know exactly what you are dealing with in terms of what to expect from them.

I have the VT50 65" model and though I went through a "process" to get it finally to my door it was worth the wait.

Everyone has a different opinion on just how good (or bad it is) and I have had not only zero problems with it but it turned out to be far quieter with respect to plasma buzz than my Kuro 5010 50" model.

Here are some tips if you decide to get it -

1) If you try to go wireless, make sure you get a really good signal if you plan to stream from one of the apps the VT50 offers.
2) If wireless seems to be problematic but you insist on "wireless" then go for a bridged router instead. You would hook the VT50 via cable to the router and then have the router wirelessly go to your primary router. The advantage with this is you could potentially hook up other AV devices to that bridged router as well.
3) If you stream something like Netflix from the VT50, it will not use the THX Cinema display. if you want that "look" of that setting, consider emulating it via the custom option or change one of the other options to match.
4) This TV ls worth getting calibrated or at least checking for other folks settings and using those as a starting point and subjectively adjust. I happen to have settings that are somewhat similar to THX Cinema but with sharpness slightly increased and a couple of other items just a bit different.

I doubt you will be disappointed. There is a new Panasonic plasma out now that supposedly is even better. My guess is the VT50 is still a great item as some of the differences only seem to be noticeable if you do side by side comparisons.

Good luck on your VT50 purchase.
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Ordered mine from Pauls they are a authorized panny dealer and have the 55" for $1499 free shipping no tax.

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The price at PAuls is pretty good but after reading the reviewson ResellerRatings.com it seems they employ the same tactics as others. Good luck, hopefully that wont happen to you.
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Thanks Phrehdd for the info it will deffinetly be usefull once i purchase the tv.
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Thanks for the inputs, I have found a deal through J & R. Just placed the order, 1700 with shipping. should have it some time in the next couple of weeks since its on back order.
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Hopefully not to long of a post, so here is my question for the Plasma experts. My question, would you go with TCP60ST60 (I can get it for the employee discount roughly 1500) or go with tcp55vt50 plasma for roughly same price?
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Hopefully not to long of a post, so here is my question for the Plasma experts. My question, would you go with TCP60ST60 (I can get it for the employee discount roughly 1500) or go with tcp55vt50 plasma for roughly same price?

What is your viewing distance ?

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The price at PAuls is pretty good but after reading the reviewson ResellerRatings.com it seems they employ the same tactics as others. Good luck, hopefully that wont happen to you.

I'm pondering a purchase from Pauls TV. They are an authorized Panasonic dealer, so that leaned me towards trusting them. Have you heard of problems?

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Omni009,

The reserch that i have don so far gives me a mixed feeling. some AVSforum members recommend and even have bought from them and are happy but it seems that if you order online and you are out of state then thats when issues begin. If you live for example in one of the states that has Pauls Tv's then you get a better treatment. i guess that has to do with them using their guys to deliver the product. Beffore buying definately read their return/exchange policy, from what i understood if there is an issue and you will return/exchange they will charge you 15% restocking fee and i called them today and what they told me is if there is an issue with the tv you must deal with the manufacturer. If you get a chance take a look at resellerratings.com, there are several customers that were not happy with their purchase and had jump through hoops.

Hope that helps and i would like to hear from the members and see if they agree or disagree with me.
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What is your viewing distance ?

Around 15 feet. I guess Im also wondering if I will notice huge differance between VT and ST?
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15 feet? Get the 60 inch. Heck, go bigger if you can! Just my advice.

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CRUTCHFIELD Screen Size Recommended Range

26" 3.25' – 5.5' (1.0 m – 1.7 m)
32" 4.0' – 6.66' (1.2 m – 2.0 m)
37" 4.63' – 7.71' (1.4 m – 2.4 m)
40" 5.0' – 8.33' (1.5 m – 2.5 m)
42" 5.25' – 8.75' (1.6 m – 2.7 m)
46" 5.75' – 9.5' (1.7 m – 2.9 m)
50" 6.25' – 10.5' (1.9 m – 3.2 m)
52" 6.5' – 10.8' (2.0 m – 3.3 m)
55" 6.9' – 11.5' (2.1 m – 3.5 m)
58" 7.25' – 12.0' (2.2 m – 3.7 m)
65" 8.13' – 13.5' (2.5 m – 4.1 m)
70" 8.75' – 14.75' (2.7 m – 4.5 m)




15ft.....Hmm get a projector biggrin.gif
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Hopefully not to long of a post, so here is my question for the Plasma experts. My question, would you go with TCP60ST60 (I can get it for the employee discount roughly 1500) or go with tcp55vt50 plasma for roughly same price?

There are at last two fairly current threads floating around here comparing the 55VT50 with the larger 60" ST50 or 60" GT50 with all the pros and cons already discussed. Search for those threads and see which posts pertain to your situation.

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