Originally Posted by zeuspaul
I read the reviews and the complaints. I am sure there are all sorts of minor issues and imperfections. If you inspect a beautiful woman with a magnifying glass you will find a lot of imperfections too!
I think it's great that reviewers scrutinize the TVs. I choose not to. If I were to scrutinize the TV I would be more likely to become aware of minor issues. I don't see the point for the end user.
I have the 55 GT30 set up next to a 19 inch Vizio LCD. I have viewed and compared the two on several occasions. I look for overall picture quality and viewing experience. I only use the TVs for movies, slide shows and DirecTV viewing.
During the day the LCD looks better than the Plasma in THX. I was able to modify the vivid? settings to make the GT30 look as good as the LCD during the day. During evening viewing the GT30 is clearly better than the LCD. The GT30 definitely has more detail in the dark areas. I can see things on the GT30 that I can't see on the Vizio LCD.
I don't doubt the imperfections. If I were to follow directions and try to see them I am sure I would be able to notice a few of them. If I trained my eye to look for them it may have a negative impact on my viewing pleasure as I would be more likely to notice them.
I am more interested in the overall impact of the TV, the *look* of the TV, the ease of use, the remote, the functions, the inputs. The overall picture quality is so good to my eye that I don't concern myself with minor (to me) imperfections. I watched the whites on the GT30 compared to my Vizio LCD for several hours of viewing and I could not detect any issues under my viewing situations.
One surprise for me is the slide show capability on the GT30. I have tried several DVD player , Blu Ray player and TV slide show applications and have not been satisfied with any of them. Either they can't cope with a lot of slides or they have limited timing functions. I ended up with a Western Digital media player that works great. To my surprise I don't need it any more. The GT30 has a great slide show option. All I want is USB flash drive input and slow intervals and transition options. The GT30 has them all. The GT30 has THREE USB inputs! It comes with a handy USB extension cable that you can place on a flat surface making it easy to swap USB drives.
My biggest complaint is the location of the four HDMI and two of the three USB inputs. They are too close to the side. You can see the HDMI cables extending beyond the bezel. I ended up purchasing new cables with swivel ends so I can angle them down without having to put a sharp bend in an HDMI cable.
I could hear the fans when I was running the prep slide show with no volume. To hear them I listened from behind the TV. I can't hear them from my TV watching position even with the volume off. I have not been able to detect any buzzing sounds.