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post #2221 of 2234 Old 04-07-2016, 07:17 AM
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1. The "Model" you have. Panasonic 55GT30


2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model". I have always enjoyed plasma TVs over any LCD. We actually have a 60 inch LG Plasma in the living room and a 51 inch 720p Samsung Plasma in one of the bedrooms. I always wanted one of the "higher end" plasmas but they are hard to come by at a decent price. I currently have a pretty terrible Westinghouse 46 inch LCD in one of the other bedrooms and had decided to upgrade to a budget 4k (RCA or Sceptre). I did one more craigslist search and found this model with a Polk Audio 5000 sound bar for 400. I decided it was worth the risk.

3. What you like best about your Plasma. The image looks amazing. I have not yet mounted it because I want to address some issues first but the it looks a lot better than my other 2 plasmas. Also, it is incredibly thin and feels well built.

4. What you don't like about your Plasma. It has a slight buzzing from the top right corner. I know these Plasmas are prone to screws backing out from the boards and frying themselves so before mounting it, I am going to install the new type of screws with washers. The sound could be better too.

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.
Better speakers and better screws for the board! I really do not want to have to take the back cover off (it will be my first time), but I want to do all that I can to make this thing last. They don't make them like they used to!

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma. Use better materials and extend warranty on displays that have a known manufacturers defect.

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma. Even though it is 5 years old, it only had 4481 Hours on it. That was a welcome surprise.

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma. None so far. But I will definitely be replacing those faulty screws.

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it. Depends what you are looking for. I think if you want a really big TV and could care less about "Smart TVs", I believe there are deals out there to be had. I do not think the high end stuff is worth the price nowadays. My uncle has a Curved Samsung and it does not look better even than my relatively inferior LG Plasma. If you have to have the latest technology such as 4k and Smart apps, I think you can find good deals. But if your priority is PQ than Plasmas can't be beat.

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.
Try to take care of your Plasma TVs as best as you can. It is sad seeing these TVs all over craigslist either broken or neglected. Also, avoid CNN like the plague. They red and white logo in the bottom right corner will cause you many hours freaking out about Burn in .
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Where is all the chatter?
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Not many people able to buy plasmas nowadays, Mile !
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We recently revived our PRO-111FD from the 8-blink death. We used a 26" Mintek 1366x768 TN LCD in the week the mainboard was sent for repair and, well, it was a welcome return, let's just say, haha.
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Just picked up another 5020fd with fewer hours than mine. It only cost me a bit over $100 even after repair. Can't believe people basically throw these things away after seeing a few blinking blue dots
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Just picked up another 5020fd with fewer hours than mine. It only cost me a bit over $100 even after repair. Can't believe people basically throw these things away after seeing a few blinking blue dots
Right?! I almost came home too late; the whole family had already given up that it had died for good. After 30 seconds of Google'ing, you can see that the blinks are incredibly easy to repair.

Hmmm. Maybe a different sort of crowd.
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Right?! I almost came home too late; the whole family had already given up that it had died for good. After 30 seconds of Google'ing, you can see that the blinks are incredibly easy to repair.

Hmmm. Maybe a different sort of crowd.
Picked up a 60GT50 from a fella who is moving overseas soon. He let me have it for $350, and I have a feeling if I pressed, I could have gotten it for even less because he didn't seem to need the money. We were having good conversation about tech and lamenting the lack of progress regarding true picture quality, so I didn't want to sour the mood by low balling.

Anyway, amazing tv for the price. No burn-in, banding, or other flaws I can find, and the tv only has ~5,000 hours on it!! Which, for a tv made in 2012 which acted as his main display while he worked from home, is pretty great in my book.

For comparison, the two Pioneer 5020s I own have 25k and 40k hours which are just absurd numbers. Those two still work like a charm (although the 40k hour count one does get noticeably hot after even 20 minutes of operation).

Things I like best about the new set:

Amazing picture quality (especially for the money). Being a long time Pioneer Kuro fanboy, I was surprised at what equal footing this GT was on with the two black level tweaked 5020s I have! Blacks aren't quite as dark (obviously) but if you have a Kuro with a lot of hours and haven't done any black level tweaking to combat the rising (and reddening) blacks, I'd say it's much closer than you would think after reading these forums for years.

Aside from blacks, I can't think of much the Pioneers do better than the Panasonic. In fact, I think I may prefer the Panasonic's near-black shadow rendition (both sets at 2.4 gamma)...there's just more detail there! So, I'll take a much bigger, lighter, thinner, more stylish TV from 2012 over a Kuro at this price any day.

In fact, I DID. I had the option to buy a 6020FD for $50 less. have watched Craigslist religiously for these things for years and they don't pop up that frequently so it's amazing that two 60 inch bargains dropped at the same time.

I passed because buying a 2008 vs a 2012 was more of a gamble and the last CL Pioneer was the one with 40k hours. I didn't want to have to move that hulking heater into my new apartment when I move. The quality of life benefits the Panasonic provides are worth it to me, and I'm beginning to think I might actually prefer the picture.

It's just got a more 'fluid' image. Some have described the Kuro's picture as being 'coarser' and I think I would tend to agree with that. I read a good article recently on such a comparison and it detailed the panel driving methods which are behind that difference in appearance. I will link if I can find. Purists may prefer the Pioneer method because it may appear a little more 'analog' to some while the Panasonic, while still incredibly natural looking, could be construed as being in the 'digital' camp.

Now that I have an OLED as my main display though, I think I'm firmly in the 'digital' but cleaner image camp (but still with far more natural colors and greater image depth than LED).

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1. The "Model" you have.
Pioneer Kuro 151FD. February 09 if that's worth anything.

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".
Wanted a Kuro and found this one

3. What you like best about your Plasma.
Size is perfect for my space, contrast is good

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.
Red tint, needs some adjustment because blacks aren't so hot. I've got some cables on the way

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.
Ummm auto-calibration?

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.
Red tint Pioneer, wtf

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.
So it was advertised as a 50". I looked at the build date but not the badge when I bought. Was more checking for burn in and such. Got it home, took my 50" PDP-504 down and realized the new set was way bigger. Looked at the badge and it was a 151. Shiiiiiittt.

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.
Nothing except slight red tint, blacks aren't so hot.

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.
$300 felt good to me

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.
I'm already confused as to ControlCal, KuroCommand (which I can't find a link to) etc. I just wanna tweak the red tint, put in d-nice's settings and go. Not investing in a colorimeter anytime soon.

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Alright, now I have a dilemma, the 60 inch GT50 I bought for $350 has been working out fantastically. Problem is, a 60 inch VT60 just popped up on Craigslist in my area for $500.

Do I go with the TV that's better in every way (sans input lag) for an extra $150 (I would have to sell the GT50 and hope I don't lose anything)...or stick with a great tv (which is a secondary tv in the first place) and save myself the possible headache?
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Alright, now I have a dilemma, the 60 inch GT50 I bought for $350 has been working out fantastically. Problem is, a 60 inch VT60 just popped up on Craigslist in my area for $500.

Do I go with the TV that's better in every way (sans input lag) for an extra $150 (I would have to sell the GT50 and hope I don't lose anything)...or stick with a great tv (which is a secondary tv in the first place) and save myself the possible headache?
Keep the GT and buy the VT. Have your cake and eat it too. Keep one as a backup in case one dies. Good plasmas are getting harder to find. Or, post your city/state and maybe someone can "help you out" with your problem by taking one off your hands. I would be interested if you were in my neck of the woods.

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Keep the GT and buy the VT. Have your cake and eat it too. Keep one as a backup in case one dies. Good plasmas are getting harder to find. Or, post your city/state and maybe someone can "help you out" with your problem by taking one off your hands. I would be interested if you were in my neck of the woods.
If I don't end up buying it by the end of the weekend I will post, I'm sure if more eyes see it, it'll be gone soon.

And I have 3 plasmas and an OLED already (2 Pioneer 5020s, the 60GT50, and my 9100).

The pioneers were given to a family member and my girlfriend on semi-permanent loan. The gt50 AND 9100 are both currently in my room at home. When I move out with a friend, the gt50 will become the living room tv for older game systems and casual viewing (the 9100 will go in my room for serious viewing, ps4, and pc hookup)

One of the pioneers will probably be coming back to me when I move in with my gf eventually. So, yeah, there's my dilema...lots of great tvs and not enough space/people to use them!

I would probably sell the gt50. My parents have a larger DLP and are uninterested in upgrading but if I could convince them, I'd let them have it at a loss.
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I've decided to go for the VT60 after all. I will more than likely post my GT50 on here as well as Craigslist and ebay for a very reasonable price. If anyone is near Atlanta and wants a 60GT50 with low hours and in good condition, feel free to PM me.
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Not a new plasma, but I nabbed a Hitachi P50V701 in pristine condition from Craigslist. I have owned 3 Panny's and a Pioneer Kuro, but never a Hitachi. This is from the last year that ALIS plasmas were made and it's quite an interesting piece of kit. Black levels are terrible but the colors are surprisingly gorgeous. It's quite bright as well (for a plasma!) and, unlike Pio and Panny plasmas, there isn't any significant phosphor lag or temporary image retention. Aside from the gray black levels, scaling every source to 1024x1080i produces some odd issues. Generally 1080p sources look good and detailed but some diagonal lines show noise and stair-stepping. It's not noticeable in actual content, usually, but it's there. Despite being an "interlaced" display, it shows no flickering, but the overall picture can be noisy at times.

I'm pretty pleased with this Hitachi, just as a novelty and a piece of history if nothing else.

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