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post #91 of 312
Canceled with Panasonic direct (since I just ordered yesterday) and ordered through Amazon. Scheduled delivery of May 10th 8-11AM
post #92 of 312
What prices are you guys paying?
post #93 of 312
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Originally Posted by bluetoon View Post

What prices are you guys paying?

MSRP: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o00_s00_i00

Minus tax since its through Amazon. The only downfall I can see through Amazon is that you don't get the HD camera free as an addon which Panasonic gives you free.
post #94 of 312
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Originally Posted by natetheskate View Post


MSRP: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o00_s00_i00

Minus tax since its through Amazon. The only downfall I can see through Amazon is that you don't get the HD camera free as an addon which Panasonic gives you free.

The good news is that I the price falls in the next 14 days, you guys will get the discount too
post #95 of 312
It won't be long till Abt and/or BB has them also. This is a lot sooner than I thought. Way to go Panasonic.
post #96 of 312
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Originally Posted by BIC2 View Post

55VT50 is on BB web site today but not the 65VT50.

BTW, my recent TV dealings with a particular BB store have been excellent. Can't say that for all the stores, but I found one that I'll buy my 65VT50 at as soon as it comes in.

Good for you. I hope BB can correct a few things and keep those B&M locations open.
post #97 of 312
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Originally Posted by Tempest261 View Post

The good news is that I the price falls in the next 14 days, you guys will get the discount too



Amazon only does that if the following e-stores have a lower price:



bestbuy.com
bhphotovideo.com
buy.com
buydig.com
cdw.com
circuitcity.com
compusa.com
costco.com
dell.com
electronics-expo.com
frys.com
hhgregg.com
newegg.com
paulstv.com
6ave.com
samsclub.com
sears.com
target.com
tigerdirect.com
us-appliance.com
vanns.com
walmart.com


and only these.
post #98 of 312
If its as nice as everyone says it is I could care less about + or - a couple hundred bucks, just want to get it asap and test it out!
post #99 of 312
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Originally Posted by natetheskate View Post

If its as nice as everyone says it is I could care less about + or - a couple hundred bucks, just want to get it asap and test it out!

Yes, and thanks for being one of the first to buy it! I'm looking forward to a full review and pics from you guys
post #100 of 312
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Originally Posted by natetheskate View Post

MSRP: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o00_s00_i00

Minus tax since its through Amazon. The only downfall I can see through Amazon is that you don't get the HD camera free as an addon which Panasonic gives you free.

I had a green light from the Mrs. on the 65VT30, time to upsell her I guess!

Looking forward to any reviews that can elaborate on the differences between the two and how significant they are.
post #101 of 312
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Originally Posted by General Kenobi View Post

I had a green light from the Mrs. on the 65VT30, time to upsell her I guess!

Looking forward to any reviews that can elaborate on the differences between the two and how significant they are.

I would say that the biggest advantage that the VT50 has over the VT30 is overall brightness, as well as a slightly better black level. It should also have better color accuracy compared to last year.
post #102 of 312
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Originally Posted by natetheskate View Post

If its as nice as everyone says it is I could care less about + or - a couple hundred bucks, just want to get it asap and test it out!

I'm kind of with you. I would be very very pleased to save $300-500.. But there is a temptation for the now.

That said, I'm going to let you all find the bugs and report back. I thank you in advance. Sincerely.
post #103 of 312
Just ordered the 65VT50 through amazon.

Out goes the Sammie 64E8000!

Will post comparisons next week
post #104 of 312
Is there any reason to believe that the VT50 would be any more technologically risky than the GT50 or ST50? It has a few additional techs as often discussed, but what do people think of the merits of waiting until more reports come in for the various models? I'd probably be happy with a GT50, but would prefer to spend some extra $s and not worry about what I'd be missing. Unless what I'm really getting with a VT50 is so ultra black that it is dim, or so 96hz that it melts or runs hot. I might be paranoid, but I'd like some opinions. There is a spot on my rack that sits empty, and I'd like to fill it with a TV!

Thanks all.
post #105 of 312
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Originally Posted by Mandrake View Post

Is there any reason to believe that the VT50 would be any more technologically risky than the GT50 or ST50? It has a few additional techs as often discussed, but what do people think of the merits of waiting until more reports come in for the various models? I'd probably be happy with a GT50, but would prefer to spend some extra $s and not worry about what I'd be missing. Unless what I'm really getting with a VT50 is so ultra black that it is dim, or so 96hz that it melts or runs hot. I might be paranoid, but I'd like some opinions. There is a spot on my rack that sits empty, and I'd like to fill it with a TV!

Thanks all.

The panels themselves are reportedly all the same, so that tech is proven. The only issue I think anyone needs to worry about would be dead pixels, as I don't have faith in Panasonic replacing a panel due to a single dead/stuck pixel with a warranty. Personally, I am ready to pull the trigger on a 65VT50 as soon as Amazon lowers the price a little bit. That MSRP stings too much for me.
post #106 of 312
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The panels themselves are reportedly all the same, so that tech is proven. The only issue I think anyone needs to worry about would be dead pixels, as I don't have faith in Panasonic replacing a panel due to a single dead/stuck pixel with a warranty. Personally, I am ready to pull the trigger on a 65VT50 as soon as Amazon lowers the price a little bit. That MSRP stings too much for me.

I would probably feel close to the same way as you but fortunately for me I work for a retailer and will be picking up the 65 as soon as I can order it with a four year warranty for well under msrp. So I will be a test dummy for rogo and anyone and I gladly oblige.
post #107 of 312
Sweet. Now I need the retailers to start discounting the 65VT30! My local BB does lists it @ $1500 off the MSRP of $4k. The VT50 is not listed yet.
post #108 of 312
^^^ Watch that, as there are not that many VT30 left around.
post #109 of 312
Any idea if the 65VT50 will be under $3000 by x-mas?
post #110 of 312
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Originally Posted by mnc View Post

Any idea if the 65VT50 will be under $3000 by x-mas?

And tonight's winning lottery number is.....

And With Samsung & Sony going to a Bose type controlled pricing structure for certain displays & with a likely reduction in production numbers by Panasonic and most manufacturers, who could possibly answer this question?
post #111 of 312
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Originally Posted by Cleveland Plasma View Post

^^^ Watch that, as there are not that many VT30 left around.

People who know wont say.
However, if history repeats itself in late October, early November prices start lowering.

- Rich
post #112 of 312
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Originally Posted by Tempest261 View Post

The panels themselves are reportedly all the same, so that tech is proven. The only issue I think anyone needs to worry about would be dead pixels, as I don't have faith in Panasonic replacing a panel due to a single dead/stuck pixel with a warranty. Personally, I am ready to pull the trigger on a 65VT50 as soon as Amazon lowers the price a little bit. That MSRP stings too much for me.

Here are my two concerns:
1. How does the TV look? I want see some real pictures of the TV itself. How does the one pane of glass really look. Does it affect viewing angles... etc.

2.Is the CMS buggy. Is there a real value in having this functionality or is it problematic. Can it truely be calibrated correctly?
post #113 of 312
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Originally Posted by CaTaSTrOphiK View Post

I would probably feel close to the same way as you but fortunately for me I work for a retailer and will be picking up the 65 as soon as I can order it with a four year warranty for well under msrp. So I will be a test dummy for rogo and anyone and I gladly oblige.

Thanks in advance. I would never call you a "dummy" however.

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Originally Posted by RichB View Post

People who know wont say.
However, if history repeats itself in late October, early November prices start lowering.

And there is no reason to doubt prices will fall, again, later this year. Given where the VT30 wound up, it wouldn't shock anyone to find the 65" VT50, introduced at just $3699, ending up at $2999 (or even a smidge less).

There is absolutely no reason to believe that global demand for TVs is going to much improve in 2012. While production has doubtless been cut back, it's not as if they actually overproduced last year (industry-wide) by the 40 million units that were forecast but never materialized. Supply chains are short enough and retail data feed back faster than ever.

In other words, the macro trends favor lower prices and, really, the flagship TVs haven't come down a ton year over year while the low-end and mid-range models have. What that suggests to me is that last years' eventual flagship price and this year's should have a good deal in common.

Oh, I should add that Rich's comment is interesting: "People who know won't say." Of course, he's right. Somewhere, there is probably a sheet that has a price reduction already planned for autumn/winter. But that stuff is always subject to change anyway. The entire TV industry is imploding before us. The fact that it still fills retailer shelves as if nothing seems to be wrong is akin to when bankrupt airlines keep getting people from Point A to Point B.

Imploding industries usually find prices falling, sometimes in ways they can't foresee. They rarely see the opposite.
post #114 of 312
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Originally Posted by rogo View Post

And there is no reason to doubt prices will fall, again, later this year. Given where the VT30 wound up, it wouldn't shock anyone to find the 65" VT50, introduced at just $3699, ending up at $2999 (or even a smidge less).

The VT30 started at $3,999 and ended up widely selling for $2,400-2,500. So $2,999 may be right for the eventual reduced MSRP, but market will likely go even lower.
post #115 of 312
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Originally Posted by mnc View Post

Any idea if the 65VT50 will be under $3000 by x-mas?

Im expecting the VT50 to be more around $2800-$2900 come october IF it follows the same sales trend as the GT30. GT30 was msrp $3600 at launch and our cost (wont discuss) was actually a little more than cost on the 65" VT50. The GT30 hit around $2700 in early october.
post #116 of 312
Bottom line with TV sales, this is always the worst time of year to by a new model year set and the best time to get a previous model year set on closeout (though this particular year some of the best deals were around December and Jnuary and prices for some 2011 models later stabilized higher).

Anyone buying a 2012 set right now should generally accept they are paying a premium to be the first on the block. If you're looking for bargains, you need to be thinking 6 months ahead, not weeks.
post #117 of 312
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Originally Posted by Citivas View Post

The VT30 started at $3,999 and ended up widely selling for $2,400-2,500. So $2,999 may be right for the eventual reduced MSRP, but market will likely go even lower.

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Originally Posted by maygit View Post

Im expecting the VT50 to be more around $2800-$2900 come october IF it follows the same sales trend as the GT30. GT30 was msrp $3600 at launch and our cost (wont discuss) was actually a little more than cost on the 65" VT50. The GT30 hit around $2700 in early october.

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Originally Posted by Citivas View Post

Bottom line with TV sales, this is always the worst time of year to by a new model year set and the best time to get a previous model year set on closeout (though this particular year some of the best deals were around December and Jnuary and prices for some 2011 models later stabilized higher).

Anyone buying a 2012 set right now should generally accept they are paying a premium to be the first on the block. If you're looking for bargains, you need to be thinking 6 months ahead, not weeks.

All of the above posts sound entirely reasonable to me. Without any of us knowing the answer, I think they provide a good guideline.

It's worth noting that we can already determine that "cost" on the VT50 65" model is somewhere around $2600 (based on the price at certain discounters). It wouldn't take miracles to get street prices down there at some point given how close to cost some online dealers tend to sell at.
post #118 of 312
With three consecutive high buzzing PN64E8000's I've had to deal with, I would pay $400 ABOVE MSRP for the VT50, if that would guarantee it didn't have the same buzzing issue.
post #119 of 312
Ouch, not prime eligible. Might have to buy local....

Edit: Woops, scratch that, it is prime, scheduling delivery now.
post #120 of 312
Who is going to start the official VT50 OWNERS thread??? =)

Edit: Woops seems like there is one of those too!
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