Originally Posted by sdg4vfx
Just bought a new 65GT50 today and it arrives tomorrow. I've got a calibration with D-Nice scheduled mid-August.
Was planning on getting a 65ST50 and have been faithfully reading that thread the last couple of weeks, but, the ST price went up the last couple of days and Magnolia gave me great deal on the GT today. (Which I like to look of better anyway.)
Based on the ST50 thread - during the slides prep and for the first 10-15 days I'll be checking for:
bad pixels, vertical stripes and excessive buzzing.
My 50GT50 has none of those defects. The screen is perfect, all 2,073,600 pixels are working fine, and i can only hear a slight buzz when i put my head behind the TV and virtually no buzz when i'm a foot from the front screen.
Are there any GT50 specific bug-a-boos I should be looking out for? (I.e. Any build dates to be wary of? Any physical things to check when setting up? Etc.)
Build date doesn't matter - there are no good or bad months as far as i'm seeing in the various 2012 Panasonic threads.
A few tips about the stand installation on these 2012 models:
(1.) Use a #2 size Phillips Tip Screwdriver - DO NOT USE a smaller #1 size as it doesn't properly fit the slots and it will slip and strip the screw head. The #2 tip fit's properly. The screw heads are somewhat soft and some people here have stripped the screw head's slots making it almost impossible to get the screw back out and that can only happen by using too small of a screwdriver tip, or overtightening the screw, or both. I slightly stripped the head of one of my four screws with a #1 tip before realizing the screwdriver was too small. The #2 tip fits properly and works perfectly.
(2.) When you insert the base's upright steel tab into the big slot in the bottom of the TV, leave those four screws slightly loose so when you place the TV on the table or credenza, you can nudge the TV to adjust the amount of left/right lean and level the TV out before tightening those screws. Mine (as well as others here) was leaning badly to one side at first, so i loosened the screws just enough to nudge the TV back to level, then i re-tightened them. You don't need to crank the screws down tight - just snug them firmly. I used two new Post-It note pads under the left and right corners of my TV and they were the perfect height to get both sides dead even.
I'll be catching up on this thread over the next few days. I just don't have the time read, and take in, all 2777 posts before the TV is delivered tomorrow (have a full evening prepping the room). Really don't want to miss something vital at the delivery.
Just make sure you thoroughly inspect the screen, panel, and cabinet for physical damage while the Magnolia delivery guys are there. Use a flashlight to inspect every inch of that screen for small or hidden spider cracks in the outer glass and the plasma panel underneath.Edited by RandyWalters - 9/27/12 at 6:54pm