Initial impression after 24 hrs. I am coming from a Sony 46" LED HX800. Was going to get the 50ST50, but the bezel is a bit too wide to fit the TV alcove. I hate TV alcoves as it limits me to TVs width of 46.5". The 50GT50 is the only 50" TV that I know of that will fit in the alcove.
Firmware is 1.170.
PQ is fantastic on Netflix and PC. OTA channels are soft kind of like the signal is running through a low grade vintage vacuum tube pre - processor.
The web browser is crap. It crashes almost immediately after I get on any page. Probably only good for viewing text-centric sites like wikipedia.
I have no problem with panel reflection as I don't have any windows facing the TV. Lights actually have more affect on the panel at night.
Plasma hum is present more so with PC as source. Anyone try this fix
Really dislike the connections layout. It's a wire management disaster. I suppose it's designed with wall mount in mind. Currently, there's wires galore on the left side of the TV. Going to have to get some velcro strips. I would much rather have rear mount rather than side mount connections.
For Netflix and PC, definitely a PQ upgrade over the Sony LED. I prefer the Sony when viewing OTA channels. But, I use the PC 98% of the time.
The Netflix app gives marginally better PQ compared to streaming Netflix on PC.
Love the instant start up when turning the TV on. The Sony takes forever to boot up and change channels. My older Sony Z4100 took MUCH less time to boot up and change channels than the HX800.
Would much rather have a lower profile remote. Sony made some cool remotes back in the 90's. Current ones are plasticky. Someone is accurate in describing the Panny remote as geriatric.
Can't believe I am upgrading/updating my TV every two years... victim of consumerism. But, wanted a TV for the bedroom. Tired of using the laptop on the bedside table.