Originally Posted by dwillmore
From the reviews I think I have narrowed down my choice to one of the 65 inch panny sets (leaning GT50), but reading this thread has me worried that this may be the wrong choice. Are the problems stated here the norm, or are they a small percentage of sets?
IR - I fear this.
Buzzing - If I can hear this over my louder than most people listen to TV settings it will be a problem.
I don't like the limited screen life of a plasma or their power consumption, but I want the best picture especially where motion is concerned.
I am not vidiophile, but little things would annoy me. I am coming from a Sony rear projection KDS-60A2000 so anything has to be a step up right?Do you still recommend these sets? Do you still recommend Plasma?
To answer your last questions, Yes absolutely. After extensive research and no pre-set budget (well, it had to be under 8k), the 65GT50 was the best choice for me.
IR and burn-in are very different. Burn-in hasn't been an issue for me at all. The first 100-200 hours you just need to be a little mindful of the content. I limited viewing in this period to no-static images, full screen content (no black bars on top, bottom or sides) and little gaming. I do this with all my plasmas and never had Burn-in. IR on the other hand is not permanent, it temporarily comes and goes same as it was with the old CRT TVs and projectors, in other words no problem and won't affect your viewing one bit. Just be careful what you read online, some people confusingly and mistakenly interchange IR and Burn-in.
As far as buzzing is concerned, plasma buzz is absolutely normal and every set buzzes. My wife's hearing is very good yet she cannot hear any buzzing, even with her ear to the back of the set. Some people's hearing isn't sensitive to the buzz frequency so they think theirs is silent but I've been around plasmas for ten years and every set I've ever seen buzzes. It's part of the technology, every manufacturer acknowledges it and even has technical papers explaining why it happens and why it's normal (I've only seen the panasonic and the old pioneer Elite papers). What ISN'T normal is for buzzing to be loud enough to be heard over normal content from normal viewing seating. If that is the case, it's defective and should be exchanged or repaired, which is what I had to do with a couple of 60GT50s a few months ago, they buzzed too loudly. Otherwise, it all depends on your hearing and tolerance to certain frequencies. I am cursed with zero-loss hearing which is a PITA but my 65GT50's buzzing is so muted that I only faintly hear it on excessively bright scenes, up close to the TV with no audio playing (otherwise silent room). This to me is perfectly normal and acceptable. Whether that's acceptable to you, only you can answer that.
For power consumption on 65GT50, based on 11c per kWh (I currently pay 8c) and an average of 5 hours of use per day (on ECO mode I believe, which I have enabled all the time anyhow), your yearly running cost will be $32 (under $3 per month). Pretty reasonable IMO, and certainly much lower than plasma sets from 10 or even 3 years ago. I wish this myth would go away already.
I've weighed the pros and cons of so many TVs and there's no question in my mind that the 65GT50 is a phenomenal set, provided you don't get a defective one.