Originally Posted by mcbiidermen
Received my Viera GT50 50" yesterday.
I bought it to replace a Samsung PN51E8000 which I returned after using a few days.
First impressions of the GT50, so far I am impressed with the overall quality.
The overall quality of the E8000 was seriously lacking, and I felt like a 'tester' with all their new features.
I even had the E8000 freeze on me twice.
HD TV looks fantastic on the GT50 - no complaints.
I watched 2 3D Blu-rays last night and the 3D definitely had more 'pop' and none of the 'glare' found on the E8000 (I found the glare distracting and took away from the experience). The depth was about the same as the E8000.
People go back and forth talking about 'buzz'. Plasma's have a buzz wether people want to admit it or not.
Is it distracting? on the E8000 it was, it was a constant buzz regardless of the screen content and at normal volume levels, it was noticeable as backround noise. If I played a movie at above normal volume levels (which most of us do) I could not hear it.
As far as buzz on the GT50, it's extremely quiet and barely noticeable. And at that - it's only noticeable if the screen content is overly bright. Dark scenes - I barely hear a peep. Very satisfied.
There are promotions running at some retailers to receive two pairs of free active glasses with the GT50 - the glasses are very nice, and very light weight. I prefer them over the Samsung brand.
Also impressed with Menu speeds, Internet, and other application speeds on the GT50 - very quick / responsive.
I am going to keep the GT50, amazing TV.
All that being said, I am new to Plasma for the most part.
I understand the break in period and waiting to calibrate for the first 150 hours.
What I would like information on, is the Black Bar Myths on Plasmas.
I hear that the side bars are not as much a issue (especially when grey). But what about the top/bottom bars?
A lot of 3D Content has top/bottom bars and I am curious as to if this is something I should be concerned about. Sorry for my lack of understanding on the issue, but I don't want to screw up a $1600 TV.
Back to enjoying the GT50!