Long time member, frequent lurker and 1st post in years.
First let me thank each and everyone of you that take the time to share your passion with this community. I dont wish to deminish anyones contributions here but I have to give an extra shout out to Randy!
A little background;
I thought myself pretty up to date with tech 10 years ago when I bought this TV, Toshiba 32AF43.A great TV BTW which still has an amzing picture today. Never have had one issue with this TV. It had been relocated elsewhere in the house.
Things began to change rapidly shortly after that as the goverment finally decided to actually make the switch to digital and HD displays began to fall in price.
And then we became parents 6 years ago and there were no resources for upgrades.
Last month I finally got to upgrade. I had been dating this TV for a long time, reading here, researching, ect.
(actually I was seeing the ST but the day I went to buy it on Amazon I took a quick look at the GT and found it to be only $139.00 more than the ST. I couldnt resist..."in for a penny in for a pound")
The windows in then relection are about as bad as it ever gets and this is about 8:00AM. By 10:00AM you hardly notice them.and by noon they are gone.
I went from the Flintstones to the Jetsons overnight.
I got the TV a week before Christmas. Scheduled delivery when checked out on Amazon. They where on time, took it out of the box and put it on the stand and placed it on a cabinet in our foyer. They waited while I hooked up a10' HDMI cable from my HD D*Tivo and I plugged in my USB stick with D-Nice slides. They wanted to make sure the TV was not defective out of the box. I wish I had more then the $20 dollars I tipped them. They were worth it.
I knew everything to look for because of this forum
I choose to run the slides because (a) I needed to do everything I could to reduce the chance of IR/BI(swiss cheese brain of teenager useing TV) (b) make sure no defect would show up after return period ended (c) I believe from reading here, the display looks better after a few hundred hours of aging.You (I) are correct!
I ran the slides in the foyer for about 3 days straight.High contrast and brightness. Slight buzzing on light screens which I determined were not problematic due to information I gatherd here.I can only hear it when standing within a couple of feet or sticking my ear up to it. I think this is normal elcetronic buzz. It is pretty much all over the back of the panel. Doesnt buzz near as much as the old CRT.I am not concerned.
I mounted the display on the front of the custom cabinet I had built years ago for the Toshiba. I used an articulating cheetah mount and am very happy with the finished look.
I got a DMP-BDT220 Christmas day with a stack of Blu ray and 3D movies and 4 pairs of the Samsung glasses.
The display is absolutely awesome! I think this is the best display for anyone comiing from CRT displays.
I am using THX Cinema mode. We are pretty much watching anything we want and have had no IR issues.
East facing windows in the morning and the reflections just are not that bad. No worse than the CRT.
The 220 and the TV do a great job with standard DVDs and DVD-r's. We have over a1000 of these so this was a concern
The TV linked up with our home wifi very easilly. I didnt buy this TV for anything but the display but all these extra bells and whistles are great!
B-rays and 3D disc's are outstanding as is HD programming from Direct TV. The Samsung glasses work very well IMO.
The TV's 2D>3D is very cool. We watched Its a Wonderful Life and it added another level to the experince.
I downloaded the Panasonic app to my iPhone. To cool! I can throw a website, photos, vidoes, anything on my phone onto the TV.
I think I have only scratched the surface of what this TV can do and I am tottally satisfied at this point.
If you came here to research this display, read all the concerns but dont let them over shadow all the great things users are reporting about this unit.
Thank you, AVS forum members! You all rock!!!!!!!Edited by Trebor Pyn - 1/10/13 at 6:27am