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Can the metal edge trim be removed?

It's distracting, picks up light even in the dark and reflects a bit of it. I'd prefer an all-black front. The trim appears to be made of strips with corners cut at 45 degrees, and the strips held on with small screws. What's underneath? Is the trim structural, protective, or purely ornamental?

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It's distracting, picks up light even in the dark and reflects a bit of it. I'd prefer an all-black front. The trim appears to be made of strips with corners cut at 45 degrees, and the strips held on with small screws. What's underneath? Is the trim structural, protective, or purely ornamental?
I wouldn't remove it, but it's easily covered with black trim/decal material.
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I've had my VT60 for about 8 months now and the other night there was a click sound while I was watching the TV and the left four inches of the screen went black. I've tried changing the inputs, disconnecting the tv and reconnecting everything, and it just looks like those four inches are black.

I've called Panasonic and they informed me it must be a bad screen, but since the VT60's aren't made any longer, they don't have the parts to repair it. The only silver lining is they said they'll completely refund the TV for me, since it's under warranty. It's a shame though... I really loved this TV and the picture quality was amazing.

Oh well... time to find a new TV
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I've had my VT60 for about 8 months now and the other night there was a click sound while I was watching the TV and the left four inches of the screen went black. I've tried changing the inputs, disconnecting the tv and reconnecting everything, and it just looks like those four inches are black.

I've called Panasonic and they informed me it must be a bad screen, but since the VT60's aren't made any longer, they don't have the parts to repair it. The only silver lining is they said they'll completely refund the TV for me, since it's under warranty. It's a shame though... I really loved this TV and the picture quality was amazing.

Oh well... time to find a new TV
Man, what a bummer. Sorry to hear that. It's ashamed such a great TV at what was a very reasonable price is no longer being made.

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It's incredible and extremely concerning that they no longer have parts to fix these TV's. Even if they offer a full refund, what are you going to buy with that money? Nothing comes close to the VT60 that's currently on sale, except for the F8500, and that one is hard to find and not cheap and comes with its own set of issues.

My own 65VT60 (which is about 16 months old) acted weird last night. It was displaying a very faint, sightly flickering horizontal white line in the lower black letterbox bar while watching 2.35:1 movies. I would say ionly 2 or 3 pixels high. REALLY faint. It was intermittent and seemed to go away every time I switched from HDM 1 to TV/Cable. But then it would come back. Again, very faint (my wife could not even see it) but annoying and distracting since it ruined the "floating image" effect on a 2.35:1 movie. Those blacks are quite dark, as we know, so any variation in light output is immediately evident to the trained eye. I thought perhaps the disc was defective, or there was a fault in the encoding or transfer of the movie (the original "Casino Royale"... NOT the Daniel Craig film), since the line looked like time-code data or something you see in crappy local broadcasts from a no-name station, the type of data that used to be invisible due to overscan in the old sets. I switched from HD Size 1 to 2 and back, and it was still there, so it wasn't the disc. I then turned the TV off but still no luck (the line came back again, it would go away when switching inputs, and then come back). I finally turned my Oppo 103 off and on again, watched about 90 mins of other 2.35:1 blu rays afterwards, and the line SEEMS to have gone away. Perhaps it was an HDMI handshake issue (never happened before) or the Oppo just needed a re-boot... Not sure if the Oppo or the VT60 were to blame. Still, comments like the above REALLY concern me. I would be heart-broken if my VT60 needs repair and there's nothing that can be done about it. I even bought the 3-year warranty, but it seems that wouldn't help at all. I just hope that this thing lasts enough time for OLED to become affordable in a 65" size... Very, very upset about Panasonic not keeping enough parts in stock. I'm really sorry about your case, David. I hope you are able to work out a solution you are happy with. Please keep us posted if anything changes.
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It's incredible and extremely concerning that they no longer have parts to fix these TV's. Even if they offer a full refund, what are you going to buy with that money? Nothing comes close to the VT60 that's currently on sale, except for the F8500, and that one is hard to find and not cheap and comes with its own set of issues.

My own 65VT60 (which is about 16 months old) acted weird last night. It was displaying a very faint, sightly flickering horizontal white line in the lower black letterbox bar while watching 2.35:1 movies. I would say ionly 2 or 3 pixels high. REALLY faint. It was intermittent and seemed to go away every time I switched from HDM 1 to TV/Cable. But then it would come back. Again, very faint (my wife could not even see it) but annoying and distracting since it ruined the "floating image" effect on a 2.35:1 movie. Those blacks are quite dark, as we know, so any variation in light output is immediately evident to the trained eye. I thought perhaps the disc was defective, or there was a fault in the encoding or transfer of the movie (the original "Casino Royale"... NOT the Daniel Craig film), since the line looked like time-code data or something you see in crappy local broadcasts from a no-name station, the type of data that used to be invisible due to overscan in the old sets. I switched from HD Size 1 to 2 and back, and it was still there, so it wasn't the disc. I then turned the TV off but still no luck (the line came back again, it would go away when switching inputs, and then come back). I finally turned my Oppo 103 off and on again, watched about 90 mins of other 2.35:1 blu rays afterwards, and the line SEEMS to have gone away. Perhaps it was an HDMI handshake issue (never happened before) or the Oppo just needed a re-boot... Not sure if the Oppo or the VT60 were to blame. Still, comments like the above REALLY concern me. I would be heart-broken if my VT60 needs repair and there's nothing that can be done about it. I even bought the 3-year warranty, but it seems that wouldn't help at all. I just hope that this thing lasts enough time for OLED to become affordable in a 65" size... Very, very upset about Panasonic not keeping enough parts in stock. I'm really sorry about your case, David. I hope you are able to work out a solution you are happy with. Please keep us posted if anything changes.
The F8500 is far from hard to find and is reasonably priced.

Perhaps I misremembered.

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Man, what a bummer. Sorry to hear that. It's ashamed such a great TV at what was a very reasonable price is no longer being made.
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The F8500 is far from hard to find and is reasonably priced.
Let's not go there, please. I vastly prefer the VT60, for many other reasons besides picture quality (better audio, 65 vs. 64", aesthetics, etc). I have no intentions to start yet another VT vs F8500 debate. The point in my previous post is clear, I'd like to think. By the way, I would appreciate any feedback regarding the issue described in that post.
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I've had my VT60 for about 8 months now and the other night there was a click sound while I was watching the TV and the left four inches of the screen went black. I've tried changing the inputs, disconnecting the tv and reconnecting everything, and it just looks like those four inches are black.

I've called Panasonic and they informed me it must be a bad screen, but since the VT60's aren't made any longer, they don't have the parts to repair it. The only silver lining is they said they'll completely refund the TV for me, since it's under warranty. It's a shame though... I really loved this TV and the picture quality was amazing.

Oh well... time to find a new TV
My condolences I am hoping my set lasts for a while

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Let's not go there, please. I vastly prefer the VT60, for many other reasons besides picture quality (better audio, 65 vs. 64", aesthetics, etc). I have no intentions to start yet another VT vs F8500 debate. The point in my previous post is clear, I'd like to think. By the way, I would appreciate any feedback regarding the issue described in that post.
There is really nothing to say about what happen to you last night and nothing to worry about unless it happens again. As for the Samsung 8500 it is a worthy replacement, especially if you can afford to get it calibrated. Much better than what is on the market currently unless you want a curved OLED that is only 55 inches or your a forum member named Fruad (spelling) who has 3,000 posts in 5 months regarding the incredible Vizio E, M, P, R series. Enjoy your set, I know I am and you have a few more years of coverage should something really go wrong.
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Thanks for the condolences on the issues I've had with my VT60. I just received word from Panasonic that the shipping company will be picking up the TV in the new few days. As nice as Panasonic has been, I really wish they'd have tried to repair the TV. What people have said about having trouble finding an adequate replacement seems true. Though I have some cash to get a new TV, I don't think I'm going to find anything as good in that price range (~$2000).

Right now, I'm looking at the Samsung 64" F8500 as a possibility, if I can find a good deal over the next few months (currently out of my price range). If anyone has any other recommendations for ~65" tv (plasma/lcd/led), I'm all ears. Feel free to PM me. As much as I love researching stuff, I was completely happy with the VT60, so kind of frustrated. Thanks!
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I boxed up my 3 year old 65 inch Panasonic plasma as a back up when I bought the Panasonic 65 VT60 . It's not as nice as the VT60 but it's a backup. So hopefully I'll have a good 6 years before having to look for something else.
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