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hello, guys please help me, i am coming from LED tv, and i am new to plasma tv and i dont know what are the pros and cons of the plasma from the led tv. can you also please help me which plasma tv i need to get. i am looking for 65" plasma tv with all the settings to get ISF PRO Calibration because i am gonna hire someone to calirate it. and my budget is $2k. thanks.

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hello, guys please help me, i am coming from LED tv, and i am new to plasma tv and i dont know what are the pros and cons of the plasma from the led tv. can you also please help me which plasma tv i need to get. i am looking for 65" plasma tv with all the settings to get ISF PRO Calibration because i am gonna hire someone to calibrate it. and my budget is $2k. thanks.

The best 65" TV for under $2,000 is the Panasonic S60 series and S64 series.

Here's the Official S60/S64 thread:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1461177/official-panasonic-s60-series-discussion-thread



If you can stretch your budget a bit, the 65" ST60 is even better.

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Thank you for the reply. Is that the top of the line plasma for Panasonic? I can stretch my budget till 3k.is that the top of the line of Panasonic plasma?

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The Panasonics in descending order:

ZT60 series (top of the line)

VT60 series

ST60 series

S60/S64 series

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the Samsung f8500 is also worth consideration. in a lot of ways, it's 'eases' an LED user into the plasma world. it has a brighter image, and the pixel structure looks more lcd like imo. it's also a fantastic tv, and if not for the the vt60 and zt60, would have been the new reference television. but hey, two companies releasing great TV's is even better!

imo, ST60 is the best value. it's like 90% as good as anything else out there at only 60% the price. in a store setting I spent about an hour comparing the st60 to the vt60 using my own material and was a coin flip. i'm assuming in a better viewing environment the extra contrast and deeper blacks would be more noticeable.

have a look at:
Panasonic
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-ST60
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there's plenty of info on all of them on these forums already. decide what matters most to you, and how you want to use the tv, and you should be able to figure out which model suits your needs best. and they can all be found for 3k or less
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Thanks a lot. I am leaning on st60 model. How good is the refurbished 65 st60 for 1400 from sears outlet?

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Thanks a lot. I am leaning on st60 model. How good is the refurbished 65 st60 for 1400 from sears outlet?

That sounds suspicious used models on amazon are $2,000. That's nearly half off a tv that is only a few months old and I didn't even know they had refurbished models yet.

You will not want a model less than the st60 as it's the best bang for the buck and you'll still be happy with it in 5 years.

Although the vt60 is a llittle better and will have more extensive picture controls although costing a little bit more.

I think abe's of maine might be ok and a good price although venture at your own peril.


The only thing you should make sure your ok with is plasma dithering as all plasma do it but uncalibrated tvs at best buy suck.
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The ST60 IS for sure the best TV for the money. IF you find a great deal on a new one jump on it.
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Thanks guys. I'm not sure if that is legit for the price, but it's from sears outlet.

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Thanks a lot. I am leaning on st60 model. How good is the refurbished 65 st60 for 1400 from sears outlet?

Panasonic doesn't authorize anyone to refurbish their TVs. A refurb could be a defective TV that was repaired, or a TV rebuilt using parts from other defective TVs, or a customer return that could have been returned because of a problem (like excessive buzzing) or some other defect.

And refurbished TVs typically only have a 90 day limited warranty.

There is no way in hell i'd ever buy a refurbished TV that large for that much money. Buy a new one that's within your budget. If your budget isn't big enough, save up more money until it is wink.gif

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for what it's worth, I was quoted 2150 for the 65" st60 from a friend in the retail business. I've be leary of 1400 for a non-authorized refurb.

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1 yr warranty is promising, but i'd try to use that as a bargaining chip from a better retailer first if possible. obviously they won't price match, but if you can get within 200-300bux i'd spend the extra to avoid sears. i've bought a few things through sears outlet(including my first plasma, but it wasn't refurb) and it's always a huge hassle imo. pretty sad when ordering something off amazon is easier than buying something from a physical store location.

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Ordered my ST50 from Amazon and it was a breeze... Haven't tried returning something so large to them, but as large of a company as they are, I'm not worried if it comes down to it.
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My personal comment on calibration:

I have had my Panasonic Plasma since 2007, and never had it calibrated. Just adjusted it a little. Very happy with the colors, brightness, and black levels.

If you need it to be accurate, get it calibrated. I have a family member who calibrates both his computer monitor and his printer. He does some professional photography, and it is his hobby, so he wants to print what he see's, so he gets it calibrated.

However, you could most probably get a very nice looking picture just by adjusting it yourself.
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