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I was in Costco the other day and noticed they just received a new LG 60" that had no 3D, or smart TV features, and the price was great for the size. It did have the typical "plasma look" that is prevalent in the warehouse setting, but it looked really good regardless. I thought the box said it was a 53 Series, or my dyslexia kicked in and think it is a 35 Series......?? Has anybody seen this that can give me the right model number? Thanks in advance for your help.
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Anyone......?? I am a wheelchair bound Vet and usually am able to go to Costco once a month.......Tried calling, but it seems difficult to get the TV section.....??
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Do you know the size of the TV and the price? I know Costco does not list their LG tv's online but you can find some good lg plasma deals around the web sometimes.

I see Sam's club has a 6550 60" model. Can that be one Costco has?
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Thanks for the reply it is appreciated. It is a 60 inch plasma that was just received by Costco, so it is a new 2013 model. The side of the box indicated that it was
a 53 series, or I might have rolled by it to fast and it may have said a 35 series. I can find nothing on the web, or on LG's website, regarding this 60 inch plasma.....???????????
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Have you looked into Panasonic plasmas? They're supposed to be the best in the business and I think Costco carries some of them.

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I did see one Panasonic Plasma in stock, it was the UT50, 55 inch, which is a 2012 model. I am more interested in the new U60, as I'm not interested in 3D. I'm also interested in the new LG that Costco just got in. They also just received the new Samsung 59 inch plasma, but it was too pricey for me. I did find out that the LG 6500 and the LG 5300 seems to be the same TV, as they share the same instruction manual, as found on the LG website.
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Do you mean the S60? Just curious, how much was the LG at Costco? The LG got only 3 stars from CNET. Not saying they're the ultimate source but the often give Panasonic plasmas at least four stars.

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Yeah, I did mean S60. The LG 60 inch plasma was priced at $779, and it looked pretty good. Some family and friends have LG plasma's and never a problem with burn-in, buzz, or IR, and all of them did no "plasma prep", just plugged it in and started watching with no regard to 4:3 or anything else.
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Yeah, I did mean S60. The LG 60 inch plasma was priced at $779, and it looked pretty good. Some family and friends have LG plasma's and never a problem with burn-in, buzz, or IR, and all of them did no "plasma prep", just plugged it in and started watching with no regard to 4:3 or anything else.

LG plasmas typically have always tested astronomically high in the input lag department. So if you plan on doing any gaming on it heed my warning.
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Thanks for the info, but I'm not a gamer, just watch loads of movies and love college football.
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That's not a bad price for a plasma that big. If the glare of the tv isn't a problem then I say go for it. It should take care of your needs plenty. There's also the option of getting the Panasonic ST60. I know you don't need all of the features that it comes with like 3D and Smart TV but there is an anti-glare filter that can benefit daytime viewing. It is however $999 for a 50 inch but supposedly it's a great tv if you're not a gamer which you are not because the input lag is supposedly bad.

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I thought it was a good price as well. Costco has the 55UT50 priced at 749. The ST60 looks interesting, but I don't have a problem with light issues, so the S60 is more in my price range. Since I'm in a wheelchair I sit lower than the TV at Costco, so I really cannot see the glare problem that everyone seems to talk about, it just looks not as bright as the LED's they have. Movies, football and the History Channel are all I use my HDTV for.

Thanks to all for your input, it is really appreciated.
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In that case it's a toss up between the S60 and LG. There's no way you'll be able to get a 60 inch Panasonic in the $779 range so the LG is an attractive choice in that respect. Personally I feel like when it comes to plasma HDTVs it's best to go with Panasonic. Then again, you've seen the LG in person and liked the picture and it can get even better if you adjust the picture settings.

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Actually the 60'' Panasonic TC-60PU54 is $798 at Sam's Club.I just got one and i've been very impressed,esp. if you don't need 3D.To the OP i would def. go plasma if you have the choice,i've seen some LG ones in person that looked pretty good as well.
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The 2013 LG 60" is the 60PN6500. Microcenter has it for $799. Microcenter also lists the 2012 60PA6500 for $699, but doesn't stock it and I don't know of any changes between the 2012 and 2013 models. I went to Costco last night and the LG they had was the 2012 60PA6550 for $769.97.

I've seen the Panasonic TC-P60U50 for $700 at a local Walmart, but I don't know how this compares to the LG or the 60S60.

The nearest priced 60" Samsung I've found is the PN60F5300AFX for $948 at Walmart.

The Costco TVs were all mounted fairly high (above eye level while standing) and under lots of bright florescent lights and I did notice severe reflections in them. The only lower priced plasma model >= 60" with a glare filter that I know of is the Panasonic 65S54, $1448 at Sams (slightly more at Costco I hear), but that pretty much blows my budget of under $1000.
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The new LG at Costco is the model 60PN5300 with a stock number of 906053 and it is $779. There is no info on LG's web site. The instruction manual also covers the 42PN4500, 50PN4500, 50PN5300, 50PN6500 and 60PN6500. I'd love to know if this is a decent plasma as well, I can't find anymore information.
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I saw the PN5300 at Costco for $700. Great price for a 60 inch plasma. It probably is similar to the PA6550 I got from there last year. Hopefully, it's tweakbale as well.
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Not all that impressed with Samsung Plasma - 50" Plasma Screen developed defect lines in it after 2.5 years.. Not sure why it commands the higher price tag with that level of quality...
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I have seen MANY Samsung plasmas with stuck vertical lines, it's a common defect with A, B, C, D and E series PDPs, and it might affect F series too, seems like they have not fixed it. I have seen 13 month old Samsung with stuck vertical line. Crap quality! And not repairable, requires new panel ass'y!
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I would also like to know more about this TV. Debating between this one or the S60 50 inch..
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Some family and friends have LG plasma's and never a problem with... IR

Sorry for the late reply, but are they blind? LG is the undisputed king of image retention. My LG is extremely prone to IR, and it buzzes pretty loud even on a black screen. IR is historically so bad on LGs that it gets mentioned in seemingly every LG plasma review, even though reviewers typically ignore issues like IR and ABL.
This really just comes down to how much you want to spend. LG plasmas are very inexpensive, and you get what you pay for.
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Sorry for the late reply, but are they blind? LG is the undisputed king of image retention. My LG is extremely prone to IR, and it buzzes pretty loud even on a black screen. IR is historically so bad on LGs that it gets mentioned in seemingly every LG plasma review, even though reviewers typically ignore issues like IR and ABL.
This really just comes down to how much you want to spend. LG plasmas are very inexpensive, and you get what you pay for.

I must be blind then, according to you.biggrin.gif
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I have also been checking out the 60" LG 60PN5300 and the 55" Panasonic TC-55UT50 at Costco. I read the CNET review online of the Panasonic but theres no CNET review of the LG. The LG is not 3D but the Pana is but does not come with the glasses. I was thinking that about the only way to find out if Iike either one is to just get them and return it within 90 days if I don't like it.

I have no need of 3D. CNET says the Pana is best with a non-lit room. Picture not that great when there is light but rates it very good overall. You have to read the review. http://reviews.cnet.com/flat-panel-tvs/panasonic-tc-p55ut50/4505-6482_7-35153393.html
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Sorry for the late reply, but are they blind? LG is the undisputed king of image retention. My LG is extremely prone to IR, and it buzzes pretty loud even on a black screen. IR is historically so bad on LGs that it gets mentioned in seemingly every LG plasma review, even though reviewers typically ignore issues like IR and ABL.
This really just comes down to how much you want to spend. LG plasmas are very inexpensive, and you get what you pay for.

What a moronic statement. Panasonic is the image retention king of this year and last. THAT statement is just as stupid as yours was.

My LG has zero image retention after almost 700 hours. Not a spec of it.

I watch sports and Bu Ray's, when my kids visit they play X-Box on it. For hours on end.

OP: If you have the budget then by all means go for a Panny or Sammy 3k-5k set, you certainly wont be disappointed as they are regarded as the top 2, but I don't think you'll be unhappy with an LG either. Mines the 6700 btw. After I hit 500 hours I used the Disney WOW disc and advanced menu's to calibrate it. The blacks are set so I can see the lapels and creases in a black suit, I have pure white coloured ice when watching hockey, no "blobs" or rainbow garbage.

As always, choose what looks good to YOU.

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If Consumer Reports data is any good, Panasonics have the least repairs in all the brands while Samsung and LG are up there. But if you look at the basis of this data, they surveyed 216000 members and Panasonic came in at 2%. LG at 4% and Samsung at 5%. There are 8 other brands between Pana and LG. So this tells me all of them are very reliable but Panas are the most.
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This matches my experience with them too. Panasonic have good reliability, newer LG have OK reliability (older ones were rubbish), Samsung have poor reliability.
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This matches my experience with them too. Panasonic have good reliability, newer LG have OK reliability (older ones were rubbish), Samsung have poor reliability.

Yeah, I do not understand what the big deal is with Samsung and their prices. I will get a Sony or Panasonic TV anytime before I touch a Samsung. I might consider an LG though. I actually have an LG washing machine and I love it.

I am in the market for a 55-60" tv but not in to getting anything with too many bells and whistles. I already have a Sony np-100 media player which supports amazon watchlist so I really do not need a smart tv anyway. In fact, I like the idea of getting a non-wifi tv so I am not stuck with the wifi technology used in that tv which could change later. Plus if something gos wrong with it I am not stuck with having paid the premium for that feature and end up getting an external wifi.

This tv will go in my walkout basement. I am really eyeing either the this LG 60" plasma or the Panasonic 55 at Costco. They are both under $700. I would love to have an led lit lcd but it kicks the price up. Only thing with the Pana is it come with 3D but no glasses. Really dumb. Plus, CNETS review of the 3D is not so good.

Who knows. I might wait till black Friday for even better deals.
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I am in the market for a 55-60" tv but not in to getting anything with too many bells and whistles.

Today I saw two LG 60's at Fry Electronics:
LG 60PN6500 - 2 HDMI, 1 Component, 1 USB, No NIC. $799
LG 60PN5700 - 3 HDMI, 2 Component, 2 USB, NIC & Wireless, ARC, Smart, Backlight, De-judder control. Sale price: $699. Tomorrow it goes back to $999.

I made my friend buy the very last one available in the store. In a week's time Fry's sold all 50 allotment. my friend has an LCD 42" which made "Avatar" look horrific - the typical LCD/LED Soap Opera effect.

Maybe Costco will have the same type of deal this Father's Day.

One thing I noticed on the 60PN5700 was that there was no Orbiter or Colour Wash functions. hmmm.

Out of the box the picture settings were spot on (same as on my 60PA6500). The only thing I didn't like is that there are two default functions: Eco & Vivid.
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Update:

I believe it may only have 1 Component input.

My friend hates the glare so he may return it. He may get a 120HZ LED TV instead. He just wants to pay less than $800 for it. When I told him that what he really wants is a 240HZ model, he balked at the starting prices of ~$1500, which means about $2000 after taxes and extended warranty.

Now I'm thinking of buying it - having him return the set, then have them sell it to me for what he paid and getting a 3 year extended warranty for $129. To me, I prefer the bezel on the 60PA6500. I have to decide soon because my 60PA6500 has a small black triangle on the lower ledt side. Maybe I can get it replaced under warranty seeing as the panel has a 2 year warranty.
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I purchased the LG 60" Plasma at TV last December and love it. $800 for a 60" Plasma TV is a fantastic deal and the quality of the picture is exceptional for that price. I am a huge fan of Panasonic Plasma TV's and this is not quite as good, but was also $400+ less expensive. The model # is A6550 which I do not see anywhere on the web. I have found an A6500 but that is with web and 3D. I do not use the TV for internet purposes and do not care about 3D so this was a great buy for me. I can no longer find this TV at Costco. Everything appears to be LED now with a couple of Plasmas. The price on this TV dropped to $780 and then the next time I went in to Costco the TV was gone. I knew I should have gotten another one. I would buy another if they brought it back.
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