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Question Lost my 60 inch GT50...replacement?

Looking for some advice on a replacement panel.

My GT50 developed a vertical line of dead pixels the other day....looks like Square Trade is going to reimburse me the purchase cost, i.e., $1500.

I initially thought, great, I'll get a newer Panasonic plasma in 60 or 65 inches....so, I came on here to look around a bit and found that Panasonic discontinued production/sale of plasma panels. Bummer. ( I knew it was coming, but didn't know it had happened)

So, what would be a comparable replacement panel at or around $1500???

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
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In that price range, you are looking at the 60" H5000, which is going to be a step down pq wise. If you can find a good deal on a F8500, that is probably your best bet for similar pq
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In that price range, you are looking at the 60" H5000, which is going to be a step down pq wise. If you can find a good deal on a F8500, that is probably your best bet for similar pq
I totally agree as well, unless you can find a ST60, the best advice would be the same, get a Samsung F8500. Everything else would be un civilized.

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check the sears outlet website. If you are in CA, there is a floor model 60" ST60 for $499. It is in Ventura. There are some others, but they are priced higher. I would jump on it, but my wife would kill me for buying another tv and 150 miles away... I just cannot justify.
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Thanks for the replies.... This is pretty disappointing.

I don't see an f8500 for less than $2k and I am definitely not interested in downgrading picture quality.
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I wouldn't be so quick to judge the H5000. In my opinion, the GT50 and the H5000 is closer than you'd think. The Panny S60,U50,UT50,ST50,GT50 are in a similiar running field and the H5000 about equal to the S60, so contrast ratio wise, the H5000 is very competitive. (I've already had two people telling me they've sold their F8500 for the H5000 for superior black level) I'd hazard a guess the GT50 is still superior in calibration but the H5000 also has great calibration option for a budget plasma. It's very light on features compared to your GT50 though...no 3D, no SMART TV, no IR filter, etc. It's also using a pentile array that may not be ideal for you depending on your seating distance. One of the Panasonic S64 owner has gone for the H5000 and he feels it's actually an upgrade. Another guy who had the VT60 who went for it has said the downgrade is not really vast.

If you want to go used, definitely go with the ST60 as it has the best value.
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Thanks again...I'm going to take a hard look at the H5000 - it looks like I could step up in size within the settlement amount. And while I use my ps3 for smart function, and 3d has lost its novel attraction, I do really appreciate the anti-glare on the GT-50.

The reality I'm finding, though, is that with Panasonic exiting the market, it's slim pickings for plasma panels. It seems like we're between technology waves at the moment - a poor moment to lose my panel.
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Thanks again...I'm going to take a hard look at the H5000 - it looks like I could step up in size within the settlement amount. And while I use my ps3 for smart function, and 3d has lost its novel attraction, I do really appreciate the anti-glare on the GT-50.

The reality I'm finding, though, is that with Panasonic exiting the market, it's slim pickings for plasma panels. It seems like we're between technology waves at the moment - a poor moment to lose my panel.
Sad times indeed. I don't understand the market place. First the DLP goes away...a PQ far better than LCD, maybe not quite as sharp as plasma, but by far the best bang for the buck in the past 20 years. I guess if it's not as thin as a Japanese phone, nobody wants it, never mind that tv's are made for viewing not decorations. Now plasmas. I don't get it. I can live with DLP dying since the market wanted tv's that hang on the wall, but why are plasmas going away? No accounting for taste I guess.
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Sad times indeed. I don't understand the market place. First the DLP goes away...a PQ far better than LCD, maybe not quite as sharp as plasma, but by far the best bang for the buck in the past 20 years. I guess if it's not as thin as a Japanese phone, nobody wants it, never mind that tv's are made for viewing not decorations. Now plasmas. I don't get it. I can live with DLP dying since the market wanted tv's that hang on the wall, but why are plasmas going away? No accounting for taste I guess.

It is too expensive to make 4k plasma as well as people want thin and bright, two things plasma don't do as well as led. We just need to hold out to for oled to come down in price.
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