Just wanted to share my experience with getting the TC-P65VT30 I was very hesitant to order this TV online after reading a lot posts that mention the fluctuating brightness problem. I checked my local BB store and they didn't have any sets built in August of 2011 (or newer). The Amazon wouldn't guarantee the SN/build date either. I decided to order it through some online retailer and just see what happens. I received the TV yesterday and like it very much so far (upgraded from 8 years old TH-50PHD6). Initially, I was a bit disappointed that my particular unit was built in July 2011 (serial number MJ1187****). However, I wasn't able to detect any issues with fluctuating brightness. Can somebody explain what's the best way to identify it, any particular blue-ray disc/episode ? I would greatly appreciate any help.
BTW, the set came with the firmware version 2.060 (I immediately upgraded it online to 2.070). What's interesting that the PDP EEP version was 84.46 out of the box. I was under impression that the cutover SN is **1215****, build month August 2011.
In any case I like the TV very much and will be keeping it.