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post #2131 of 2143 Old 07-09-2014, 01:44 PM
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Cool Just fired my 55ST60...meant turned it on...

After three days waiting to get help to haul it to the second floor finally installed it today.....I was getting really anxious but my back problems prevented me from taking chances (with my back).......Got a quick look thru the component connection.....WOW...really impressed with the contrast and picture quality...Only I wished got a 60 inch but none was available so this was second best option....

When I got my Bravia LCD (3+ yrs ago) my first option was a GT plasma series they had in Costco but kind of hesitated at the moment and missed on the Panny...regret it...but since that moment always wanted to get the Panny Plasma....

Just Shuted it down until have time to read a little more on the master burn in thread on this forum to properly break it in.....

Now......will fire my Projector to watch the world cup...

BTW....you are welcomed to Puerto Rico anytime.....I bet there still a few ST's out there on the local Sears.....the way the local economy is and with LCD's selling much cheaper....and people buying more on size than PQ...

and you will enjoy it....and we need the toursim...on this instance HT tourism lets call it....
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1. The "Model" you have.
PN64H5000
2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".
Reviews of how good the picture quality is, and great black levels. Then the sale price sealed the deal.
3. What you like best about your Plasma.
The picture is outstanding, and their is no blurring/soap opera which I see on every LCD I have ever looked at
4. What you don't like about your Plasma.
The glare, the screen is like a mirror. A lamp w/ 60 Watt bulb takes over the screen.
5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.
Smart TV, but its really not an issue for me
6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.
Some sort of filter for the glare.
7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.
How great the picture is. So many slaps on this set from it being a Pentile display, I was worried about the quality of the picture.
8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.
None
9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.
The price for this set is outstanding.
10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.
Not much to really add. You get a great picture for a great price for a set this big. Coming from a 50" LG, this was a huge upgrade. So sad to see Plasma going away, I really hope they have something affordable coming in the next 5-10 years to replace LCD.
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1. The "Model" you have.

--- A: Panasonic 65vt60

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".

---A: It had the best pq within my budget in a dark/darkened room. I do wonder if I should have gone with the st60 due to the price difference at times, but I do not regret my purchase.

3. What you like best about your Plasma.

--- A: The contrast ratio and black level.

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.

--- A: Dithering is more noticeable then I would like in 3d.

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.

--- A: I wish I could have paid a little less and not had the camera and smart features.

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.

--- A: Your oleds that top plasmas at a similar price point better be coming soon.

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.

--- A: How large the box was and how heavy it was. My lg and old panny plasma are far lighter (attmitedly they are notably smaller 42" and 50").

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.

--- A: The viera link can be a bit finiky with my blu-ray player. If you turn the blu-ray player on before the tv the controll via the tv remote will often not work. Likewsie the auto turn on blu-ray player with tv feature casuses problems that requires the blu-ray player to need to be unplugged from the wall and pluigged back in to be able to turn on.

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.
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--- A: Where I live yes, it is still selling for less then rrp.


10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.

--- A: Hopefully some fald lcd's can fill the gap between now and when oled's reach more affordable levels and are a proven product that lasts as the whole panasonic and samsung leaving the plasma market creates a rather bleak outlook for affordable tv's with great picture quality for the next few years.
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Pionner apparently have quite a few brand new in boxes left for warranty claims.
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1. The "Model" you have.

Samsung 64/8500
2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".

Seems to be the highest rated plasma left on the market
3. What you like best about your Plasma.

The contrast ratio and black level.

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.

My kids love the smart features
5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.

It has more than I will use

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.

Keep making plasmas

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.

How light it is and how much better the picture is than my Pioneer 5050
8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.

None yet

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.
We all would like to pay less, but we all want the best picture possible.
You have to find the set with the parameters that fit your eye and your budget.


10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.

Thanks to Chris at Cleveland Plasma for making this seamless, as he has before.
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1. The "Model" you have.

Panasonic 55ST60

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".

Reviews online led me to believe this is the best performing plasma at this price point

3. What you like best about your Plasma.

Price: A floor model at Best Buy, I got it for $1100 Cdn with 4-year warranty and calibration included
Performance: clearly outperformed the F5300 which I compared to side-by-side

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.

it IS a floor model. I wish I could buy a brand new one but it was not available

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.

even though it does a good job, it still reflects light somewhat

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.

Bring back plasma, Panny!

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.

awesome picture quality

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.

N/A

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.

It was originally marked $1449, but after a chat with the rep/manager, I was able to get that deal and jumped on it. If it were the original price, I still think it's a decent price but I probably would have ponied up the cash for a new F8500

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.

Keep looking out there for floor models/open box for the ST60, they are still out there!
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1. The "Model" you have.
Samsung PN64F8500

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".
The ability for it to excel in many areas; manufacture incentive I received from Samsung made it over $1K less than a 65ZT60,

3. What you like best about your Plasma.
Contrast. Almost no dithering.

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.
Input lag. I'm not as much of a gamer as I was at one time, but the delay is bordering upon unacceptable. Also my set does buzz slightly. It's not as bad as others have reported and it is not noticeable under normal viewing volumes, but it is there.

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.
A true game mode that brought input lag down to a reasonable number.

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.
If more were going to be made, I'd suggest going for deeper black levels even if that meant sacrificing a bit of brightness. But since the plasma ship has sailed, invest R&D in OLED.

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.
The TV really has to be abused for any type of IR to exist, which was surprising to me for how bright the TV can get.

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.
Nothing other than the nitpicking observations listed above. I would classify those as "problems."

9. Do you really think that today's "Prices" are worth it.
Flagship 65" TV's for ~3K? Absolutely.

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.
I've now owned the TV for around 9 months and I have no regrets going this route over the VT&ZT. The TV has really exceeded my expectations and will most definitely keep me content until 4K OLED's have a few years under their belt.
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Just bought the LG60PB6650 to replace my old RPTV Mitsubishi. I know I took my time because the Mits still has a great picture. But a 60" plasma for $697 was too good to pass up.

Can anyone suggest settings? Watch mostly TV shows and movies in a darkened room
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Bought a Samsung 51" 8500 series yesterday but won't be able to accept delivery until 9/17 so plenty of time to read the threads! I missed out last year buying another Panny plasma so could not let this one slip away!
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1. The "Model" you have.
Samsung PN60F5300AFXZA (60", 1080p)

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".
Price , Size, Image Quality (especially considering the price), "Features" (or, rather, lack thereof...3D, "Smart", etc. are things I don't care for and this model has NONE of them)

3. What you like best about your Plasma.
Picture quality vs. LCD (of any kind), etc.

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.
Nothing.

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.
Nothing more than what it already has.

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.
As stated previously in this thread, KEEP MANUFACTURING THEM, PLEASE.

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.
No surprises, I knew what I was buying and this isn't my 1st plasma.

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.
None. Even the 2007 model 50" Hitachi 1080i plasma I bought as "last year's model" in Jan. 2008 as a "bedroom TV" still works perfectly with no burn-in (that can't be solved with a 30 min. white-out, anyway). It's now my "garage TV" as of this weekend after the Samsung was purchased.

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.
Absolutely...but then again, it's now the year 2014.

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Tell me the following:
Sure, but they're first impressions at best... hasn't been on 24 hours.

1. The "Model" you have.
LG 60PB6900 plasma display panel replacing a Sony KD-34XBR970 HD-CRT

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model"./
Timing driven by impending end of plasma production.
Choice by comparison of available products based on value vs. requirements, not just "who's best?"
CR "best buy" rating.
Price

3. What you like best about your Plasma.
Size (3x+ upgrade)
Micro-contrast, sharpness of fine detail (XBR970 phosphor mask was ~870 x 1080, not 1920x1080)
Macro-contrast, from highlight details to shadows; the whites hurt my eyes like the XBR did.
Color saturation (watching U.S. Open tennis, bright shirts and dresses, bright sun onto white next to shadows, motion, crowd - great test)
Color stability, light-shadow (no hue/tint change as chroma and value vary)
Brightness... panel level doesn't have to be 100 for an excellent picture.
Contrast; I'm used to a 100,000:1-class CRT. I'm seeing at least 10,000:1 in the tennis scenes
Motion rendition clear, little macro blocking?
Display set up wizard that guides you through a Joe Kane-type contrast/brightness and color set-up.
Phone app.
Off-axis performance

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.
Flesh tones sometimes lose detail - low contrast macro blocks - in local news broadcasts?
It's supposed to be shiny showing room reflections, but it's no worse than the CRT, just bigger so a larger area is reflected.
I'm fishing here... what's not to like?

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.
Keyboard for internet (need to try the USB ports). Pointing devices have limitations.

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.
Improve packaging. First delivery had been dropped. A stiffer bottom box with better shock absorption may have prevented the damage.

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.
It was broken! Screen shattered on one corner.
On the replacement, color saturation is so good it has me turning the panel level down.

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.
Arrived broken, since replaced.
Price dropped the day after I bought it; vendor honored the lower price.
Still in its first day, so I won't do critical set-up and comparison to the XBR until Sunday.

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.
34" CRT was $1K
60" plasma is $850
Seems like a no-brainer YES!
Now, the comparison differs if we're talking a Samsung 8500-series.

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.
Brand new, no appreciable break-in as yet
Set up to Consumer Reports recommended set points; set-up wizard shows these set points are whiter-than-white and blacker-then-black with a little color error. I will revisit after breakin. I like a little WTW and BTB...
Viewing distance 80-100 inches on-axis. I find minimum viewing distance to be ~60" consistent with screen diagonal.

Have fun,
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1. The "Model" you have.
LG 60PB6650

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".
Price , Size, Image Quality (based on AVSForum reviews!)

3. What you like best about your Plasma.
Picture quality vs. LCD (of any kind), etc.

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.
Not sure I have the setting exactly where I want them yet....

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.
Nothing more than what it already has.

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.
As stated previously in this thread, KEEP MANUFACTURING THEM, PLEASE.

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.
It didnt look quite as good as my Samsung 60PN5300 I returned

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.
None.

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.
Yes

Side note.....I had a Samsung 60PN5300 that I used settings from this forum to adjust and LOVED it!! BUT, after 2.5 months, it started powering down at random, so I returned it. Wal-Mart had none left, so I got a refund, and found a deal on this LG with Dell, and have it. I don't know if I don't have it set right, or if its just the TV, but it doesn't seem quite as sharp as the Samsung was. Again, maybe I need to play with the settings a bit more, but as of now the Sammy looked a bit better.
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1. The "Model" you have?
Samsung PN51F8500A (51", 1080p, 3D, Smart with WIFI built in)

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model?"
Got it for less than $600 less than Best Buy from a guy on craigslist and it had less than 300 hours on it, wanted it for my bedroom, Awesome quality that I'm still getting to play with…

3. What you like best about your Plasma?
Picture quality vs. LCD… the ability to also have bright colors considering it's a Plasma!

4. What you don't like about your Plasma?
Can't think of any thing else at the moment… absolutely love this TV!!

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had?
Still discovering what this TV has to offer...

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma?
Wish they would continue making them and to educate people more about the benefits of a plasma v. LED (faster game play, better in terms of watching sports)

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma?
How light it is in case I have to move it from one room to another!

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma?

None at the moment.

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it?
Yes, because this particular model will last for at least 7-10 years… now I just need to get it calibrated so it can possibly last me even longer!?! Any suggestions as to whom to use? Best Buy Geek Squad has their calibration starting at $250 and it includes calibrating a TV plus one more unit (i.e. Receiver or Blue ray player)… Is Best Buy reliable?? Any one have any good experiences with Best Buy??
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