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Hello Guys, I recently purchased a display model Samsung PN51D7000, which is a 2011 model though I was told that it was "last years model" which as far as I am concerned was 2012 and 2011 was two years ago. So I contacted the folks at Magnolia and told them I want a different TV. I had looked at a Panasonic 55 VT50, but at the time it was $500 more than the Samsung. When I called I asked about that TV and the price is now the same as I paid for the Samsung and it is a 55" vs the 51". Now I am even more confused as they have a 60 GT50 for the same price as the 55 VT50.....? so now I have to wonder what is a more valuable aspect, that additional 5" of screen real-estate or the added features and benefits of the VT over the GT line at the same dollar amount? Can you guys please give me that advice I am seeking. I know that these are last years models as they are not the VT60 and I guess there is no longer a GT in the 60 line at all. I can say that I love the picture of the Samsung that they delivered, but the fact that I was somewhat ********ted by the sales guy has really tainted my view of this TV, and I am hopeful that the Panasonics will be the equal or better than this Samsung while offering what will actually be a one year old model as I intended to purchase with a full factory warranty. I will be waiting for your opinions on this matter as I have read some very interesting posts in this forum which led me to the Plasma TV's over the LCDs that I had owned with great success, my Samsung LN40A750 is what all this was intended to replace and money is very limited for me or I would go for the VT60 but that is just out of reach for me currently. Thanks in advance for your help. Daniel
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Take the extra 5 inches so long as you don't need to spend more on furniture to accommodate it. You can dial in the picture to similar quality levels, but you won't get the preset thx with the gt50.... So use dnice settings or cnet ones in lieu of those.

That's my take.

Edit. Also consider. This yrs st60 if price is similar
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Take the extra 5 inches so long as you don't need to spend more on furniture to accommodate it. You can dial in the picture to similar quality levels, but you won't get the preset thx with the gt50.... So use dnice settings or cnet ones in lieu of those.

That's my take.

Edit. Also consider. This yrs st60 if price is similar


The GT50 has THX settings. I would also go for the bigger 60". The GT50 is also brighter than the VT50 and blacks are very similar. As long as the one you are getting is not refurbished, burn in free and you can get extended warranty. I would go for it.
If not consider this years ST60.

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You're right thx is in there. In either case the dnice settings will be an improvement over them - so still useless wink.gif
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So the GT50 is just about the same level of video ability as the VT50. I appreciate the advice, I am going to have to call Magnolia and change the invoice to reflect the change of sets. I am not sure what the policy is regarding "pricing" but I am going to say that the price I am paying for the 55 VT50 or 60 GT50 is just shy of $900 without taxes as they are "open box" items and the extended warranty is going to be an addition of about $150 which I will gladly pay, and I will tell you that I would not be getting this TV if I hadn't bought the extended coverage back in 09 for my 750 series Samsung. The repair/warranty guy said the "panel" is no longer made so they gave me the entire purchase price back on that set, an LN40A750 Samsung LCD TV which was a great TV, but it developed a "black shadow" on the right side of the panel. So all in all I am paying a couple hundred out of pocket while upgrading my TV in size and I like that, for a change I don't think I got screwed!
But again, thanks for the advice!
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Hey Guys,
Well I called to jump on the GT50 60" instead of the VT50 55" and I was told that I should have done so yesterday because the GT was sold this morning! So I no longer have a choice in which Panasonic to go with as Magnolia doesn't carry the ST line. So I am sending the Samsung PN51D7000 back and exchanging it for the TC-P55VT50 which is really what I wanted for the past year, but couldn't afford until my Samsung LN40A750 crapped out, and I luckily was still covered by the extended warranty by 3 months!!! as without that I would have been out of luck at this time because I just had my 3rd back surgery in 3months so I will be on disability for awhile but I only had a difference of $300 for cost, taxes, etc. to go to a larger, better Plasma over the LCD that I had, which I was happy with until I began reading more about the differences between LCD/LED and Plasma. My Brother has a Panasonic and he LOVES his TV so I am really psyched about getting this set!!!!!! Thanks Again Guys, I will be looking for help/ advice to "calibrate" the VT50 when it is delivered this week, which I have little experience with so I will be digging around in here for the info. I'll be back soon....
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Hey Mo, the "info" that is in the dialog box of your reply, regarding the extended warranty from Costco, does that cover a TV purchased somewhere other than Costco? Please let me know, we may be able to go with that rather than the one from Magnolia Hi-Fi
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Hey Chunon, My new VT-50 just got delivered!!!! It is gorgeous! But I don't know how to find the "VT-50 owners forum" that you mentioned and I want to look for settings for various picture and lighting conditions. Can you "give me directions" to the area? I'll be lookin for ya..
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Just search for vt50 owners thread vt50 settings thread here in this forum
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