Originally Posted by acetheog
My TCP50VT25 is 10 days old. I have run break in on the set for 200+ hours and I am now enjoying a mix of games, blurays, and hd sports. Thank you for all the members that provided the starting point for my current settings.
I first noticed a faint ticking / snapping, that i originally thought was coming from the speakers - then it hit me that its probably due to expansion and contraction for the plastic bezel and metal frame. It's not a deal breaker, but it can be quite noticeable during quiet scenes. I've been since following this thread pretty closely.
I've noticed a hum / buzz coming from the set as well - nothing like some members are complaining about. It is NOT noticeable from 8 feet away in complete silence.
I decided to call Panasonic and they are sending a tech out. Apparently, to fix the buzzing, a combo of extra sealant and a new board are recommended. For the ticking, felt will be installed.
Will update everyone with my findings as soon as the work is complete.
The service tech came, worked on the set for about an hour, and I've been using the set for about 2 hours since he left.
1) The tech came with a box containing every board that make up the TV. He opened the back and we both put our ears to the set to find the buzz. We both agreed that the boards on the far left and right were responsible for the hum. The tech replaced both boards - I wish I took some pics. He mentioned the coils on the board were the culprit. Buzzing is no longer apparent from the front. A low, "normal," plasma hum is still heard when my ear is facing the back of the TV - obviously more noticeable when up against a vent. This wasn't a huge issue for me, but I'm glad the service was performed!
2) The tech then proceeded to apply a generous amount of felt tape on contact points between the panel, the front bezel, and the back. He told me that he's never done this on the VT25 yet, but in his own words, "I'm here so I might as well do every thing we can!" Creaks and cracks are gone!
3) I'm currently running FW 3.5, but the service rep flashed the set with something else - didn't get the details - he mentioned it had a v-sync correction. Have not noticed a difference. Fingers crossed it does something about the contouring when running in 96hz. Will update after further testing.
This is my first Panasonic set and my first time dealing with Panasonic service, and I am very pleased with my experience!