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It's year 2015, is the Viera TH-50PZ800U still a good buy?

http://lasvegas.craigslist.org/ele/4893217440.html

I don't know the condition of this plasma set yet but i'd like to know if this set is still as good as the Viera g10 and g20.

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anyone here still owns or ever owned the PZ800U ?

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If you are searching for a used plasma, I suggest you find any of the 50/60 series panasonics, or a Samsung F8500. They were the last great reference panels. Good luck.

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http://lasvegas.craigslist.org/ele/4893217440.html

I don't know the condition of this plasma set yet but i'd like to know if this set is still as good as the Viera g10 and g20.
The PZ80U/PZ85U/PZ800U series was one of the more solid series. My neighbor has a PZ85U and it's black levels are deeper than my G10's black levels are (i've actually checked hers on familar channels). My G10's blacks are definitely grayer.

I don't know anyone with a G20 or VT20 etc but my SIL has an S2 and it's black levels are also better than my G10.

And that PZ800U has the upgraded speaker system (two mid-woofers and two mid-ranges like my PZ700U) and these sound a lot better than the models with just two small speakers if that factors into your decision.

I think a 50PZ800U in perfect condition would be worth $499 myself.

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The PZ80U/PZ85U/PZ800U series was one of the more solid series. My neighbor has a PZ85U and it's black levels are deeper than my G10's black levels are (i've actually checked hers on familar channels). My G10's blacks are definitely grayer.

I don't know anyone with a G20 or VT20 etc but my SIL has an S2 and it's black levels are also better than my G10.

And that PZ800U has the upgraded speaker system (two mid-woofers and two mid-ranges like my PZ700U) and these sound a lot better than the models with just two small speakers if that factors into your decision.

I think a 50PZ800U in perfect condition would be worth $499 myself.

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It looks like the PZ800U posted above was sold.
I also found another PZ800U in SoCal craigslist but it's a bit too hassle for me to drive down thetre.

Back to Viera PZ800U, how is the overall light output in THX mode?

For reference, chadb wrote a review for the Viera G20 and he says that just increasing the contrast setting from stock 60/100 to 68/100 results in 56 ft/L light output in THX mode.

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If you are going to buy a used Panasonic plasma, shoot for a 60 series.

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Every year is a great year when a plasma TV still exists. Get one or while you still can we are an extinct species.

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Forgot to mention that Viera PZ800U is a model year 2008.

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Forgot to mention that Viera PZ800U is a model year 2008.
A 60 series model will smoke it.

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The PZ80U/PZ85U/PZ800U series was one of the more solid series. My neighbor has a PZ85U and it's black levels are deeper than my G10's black levels are (i've actually checked hers on familar channels). My G10's blacks are definitely grayer.
Randy, I'm thinking that the "out of box" black levels were better on the 2009 G10 than the 2008 PZ8xx family, but after MLL rise, maybe the PZ8xx series remains darker- is that what you meant?

FWIW, both mironto's DIY method or my PMCv2 device can be used to reset the MLL adjustment timer on both the G10 and the PZ800U in question.. (check my sig for links to both)

A co-worker of mine just offered me a non-functional PZ880U. I'm thinking about picking it up, trying to fix it (7 blinks), and using it in the bedroom with my PMCv2 device to reset its black levels.. Should certainly smoke the cheap LCD panel I currently have there.. My G10 in the family room still looks fantastic (also with PMCv2 installed)..

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A 60 series model will smoke it.
This is very true-- but will also cost you more than $500 used right now..
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I purchased a 65PZ850U in 2007 for my HT, had it ISF calibrated and it still looks amazing. Probably needs a touch up but everyone who comes for a viewing is pretty amazed at how good the display looks.

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