Originally Posted by StevenC56
Isn't IR and buzzing more of a problem on the Panasonics? Also, I think the screen is less reflective on the LG. Did you have bad luck with an LG plasma?
Having just gone through the same exhaustive research and trial and error, I ended up at the GT50. The Panasonics get the rep they have for best picture quality for a reason, nothing else in the price range compares. I personally would never own another LG product again, I just don't think the production quality is there. Some of their products are fantastic, some aren't good at all, most are somewhere in the middle. Unfortunately, not knowing what you're going to get from product to product, even of the same line of products is just a deal breaker for me, especially with their shaky customer service rep.
As you may have seen from my recent posts, the post I quoted below and others, buzzing can be a problem. But I wouldn't say it is a problem any more prevalent in Panasonic's plasmas nor would I say it is a problem I'd ever consider when buying. My Panasonic has a bad buzz, I'm exchanging it. Even with the buzz it has, I wouldn't reconsider the decision and if an exchange weren't an option, I would have kept it because the TV itself is that good. I just wanted to make sure that for the money, I was totally satisfied.
I didn't even consider IR when purchasing. I game A LOT and probably 90% of my TV viewing is ESPN, sports with contrasting scoreboards, CNN, etc. IR never even crossed my mind making the purchase. Since I am exchanging my TV anyway, I figured I'd put it through some pretty intense IR testing. Long periods of gaming with contrasting scoreboards (NBA 2K) and a lot of watching sports/ESPN, any IR I had was only visible when I intentionally checked slides to see if it existed, it was barely visible on the slides and any trace was gone after I checked again 10 minutes later. Never visible in regular usage. The only way you're getting significant IR on this is if you abuse the hell out of it on some pretty intense picture settings. Even then, I think it'll hold up. Maybe the new one I get won't be as resistant to it, but I researched a lot on AVS and elsewhere and you don't see too many true, real world IR complaints.
Originally Posted by David Bartley
Ugh, just got a GT50 from Amazon (really good price, $1700), and it buzzes on vivid, cinema, and thx cinema, displaying anything white (for example, on the "internet" page)
I can hear the buzzing about 8.5 feet away. If I listen at the back the buzzing seems to be primarily from the top portion, at the left and right sides for sure, and to a lesser extent, possibly center-right. I have a "-2" after the model number and it says it was made in "September 2012". Looking through the grill it appears I have the newer screws with lock-washers. I'm going to give Panasonic a call tomorrow to see if they can fix it (maybe board replacements?).
Sounds like my situation, except mine was November 2012. Every picture mode including custom with HD's settings (which I intend to use permanently) would buzz on any bright screen. It didn't even have to be white, opening the Menu on an all black screen led to audible buzzing at 8'. A light shining on a white character's face in an otherwise dark room would cause buzzing. When I watch something like basketball, I forget the buzzing is even there because it is consistent throughout and it just turns into white noise. But when you start getting into TV shows and movies that go bright-dark-bright-dark, the pulsing buzz completely takes me out of what I'm watching, even with sound on.
I elected to exchange rather than deal with a service call, Amazon is great about exchanges so I figured I'd give another panel a try. They'll bring the new one and take the old one at the same time. I kind of wish they didn't because I'd like to be able to test both and then decide but since it's still cold, I won't be able to turn the new one on for a while after delivery. Guess I'll have to chance it. As long as everything else is the same (no PQ issues, no glass defects) and the buzzing is equal to or less audible than the current one, I'll just keep the next one regardless. Not going to play the shipping lottery three times, so as long as it isn't worse, it'll be fine.
Can't blame you for going the service call route over an exchange though, ever since I requested it I've been dreading it worried it'll be worse or the set will have other PQ issues that I don't have on the current one.