Originally Posted by vivatech
Yah- I concur with the above. I don't understand the series bashing. The PQ is amazing- and I have a very bright room for all those that think only LED/LCD are for bright rooms- this set is fine. I generally use THX bright room unless night time when I use cinema.
I've had my 60" GT50 since early June and I love it. I watch sports & news stations, play Xbox, utilize MLB.tv, and Amazon Prime videos. All work fantastic. No indication of any of the primary negative comments in this thread: no IR, no buzzing, no tilting, no smearing. Olympics were amazing to watch with the FiOS HD signal. Unfortunately I never got a pair of 3D glasses to check out the the 3D feed.
Only negatives: set puts out a LOT of heat. I might not hear buzzing a foot away, but my face sure gets warm a foot away. And the speakers SUCK- forget about "8 train speakers with sub"- they suck. SQ gets really bad with volume: barely a difference between sound levels 60 and 100. Another con: the set fails to pick up an IP address quickly. I connect via Ethernet to a gigabit network and I still need to wait a minute before it connects to my router and/or Internet services. You may only see this if you use VIERA Connect, which I do a lot to catch my Yankees- it's annoying to wait for the set to complete diagnostics just to get an IP address.
Other non-Panasonic negative is Amazon. They really screwed up their white glove delivery. I stayed home from work to receive the package and then they never delivered it! Amazon agreed the scheduling was their screwup and refunded $100. Then when the CEVA freight company finally delivered it, my wife was home and the delivery schmuck was alone and required her help to get the box through the door. And then he had to borrow screwdriver to put set/stand together. They don't carry basic tools?!?! Horrible, horrible experience. Amazon's use of CEVA will make me think twice about buying a TV from them again.
The TV is awesome. If you're on the fence you can jump on this side without worrying.
The bashing is all coming from one troll who doesn't even own the set. I found the troll's posts so ignorant and useless I actually added the troll to my filter list; I no longer even see the trolls ravings. I have no objection to anyone finding problems or questioning Panasonic but the troll just kept repeating useless 2nd hand stories and mis-information.
Heat, yea thats plasma and thats why its not energy-star compliant. The majority of power that gets sucked out the electrical outlet gets converted to heat. Not so good in the summer when the AC is running but will be less of an issue when the heat comes on.
Speakers, well no they are not going to compare to an AV set-up but compared to any other flat panel I have seen they are significantly better. I have no idea what happens between 60 and 100; I usually don't need to go above 30 -35. For "simple" TV I find the built-ins more than acceptable. For Anything else I turn on the sound system. Then again I probably have almost as much $ in the Elite reciever and speaker system as I do the GT50.
IP address, I also noticed that if I just turn on the TV and quickly go to an IP service I get the error. I've kinda learned that a little patience works here. If the TV is on for a minute the IP connection comes right up. I was also quite happy with the ease of setting the initial "log in". Just a single button press on the router and poof I was connected. It took me 10 minutes with an LG set that required typing in the 64 character code (3 times before I got it right with the remote). That was ugly.
Amazon, well I had a Mega Ugly episode with Pilot Freight the first time and a "curb drop" the second time. Love Amazon but they have very poor control over the regional contractors who service the national freight companies. Ultimately Amazon is at fault because it is their responsibility to make the logistics work. I had to ask the driver to help me carry the box in then I did the damage check while he just stood there looking like I was wasting his time.