Originally Posted by Comp625
Hmmm...so I think I can squeeze in a 55-inch VT60.
If you can make the 55 incher fit, by all means do so.
1. It would be for the living room with a south-facing bay window; outside the window is our porch/awning but quite a bit of light still gets in. My current 46-inch GT25 is fine for day-time viewing but the glares can be annoying (I end up closing most of the curtains). Contrast = 90, Brightness = 75, Color & Sharpness = 50, Color Temp = Cool2, and everything else = Off.
The ST60/VT60 are a lot brighter than the GT25 so all things being equal in the room, either of these new TVs should punch through the ambient light even better than your old TV does.
Is the VT60 still a good choice? Or should I stick with the ST60? I hear the VT series is a bit dimmer, but remember, gaming is important to me.
But the VT60 will still be a lot brighter than your old GT25, with the ST60 being a little brighter still. But i betcha you would run either the VT60 or ST60 at full screen brightness anyway (none of us do) so the ST60's extra little bit of screen brightness really isn't neccessary. That's what LCD TVs are for
2. I see that the ST60 and VT60 are sold at BestBuy and Amazon. Does anyone have an inkling as to when they'll start phasing these sets out?
Typically Panasonic starts winding down production in November, and sometimes in December. This year is reportedly no different but on the other forum AVJ has said they're going to have lean inventory until end of production, and that if we want to be sure to get a 2013 model to buy before November. It's possible that once Amazon or Best Buy runs out of stock, they may not be able to replenish it. The Panasonic online store says "only a few left, buy now" - it's never said that before in previous years.
(Optimally, I think the 50-inch S64 would be the best fit for me, but it's difficult to find. I checked eBay and they only have a 'Factory Refurbished' version......not sure how I feel about that).
Never ever buy a "refurbished" large TV. Panasonic does not factory refurbish Plasma TVs, and they don't authorize any other companies to refurbish them so anybody on Ebay or whatever are making false claims. Sometimes it's nothing more than a TV repair shop building a complete TV out parts salvaged from leftover broken TVs and sells it as "refurbished".