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post #2011 of 2673
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Originally Posted by huntingbears View Post

Is a best buy warranty worth it for new vt50? Think its like $400-$500 for five years and covers burn in. Costco offers square trade warranty for 3 years for $100

I would just go with Square trade. I know I'm not even at 200 hours on my VT yet, and I've done everything, Videogames, 4:3 DVDS, letterboxed blurays, etc. and not even a hint of IR, let alone burn in.
post #2012 of 2673
That's what I was leaning towards. BB warranty seems like a rip off. Thanks
post #2013 of 2673
Has anybody considered waiting for the vt60 model? Just wondering opinions on the matter. Is there any difference?
post #2014 of 2673
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Originally Posted by Jay Mammoth View Post

I would just go with Square trade. I know I'm not even at 200 hours on my VT yet, and I've done everything, Videogames, 4:3 DVDS, letterboxed blurays, etc. and not even a hint of IR, let alone burn in.

As it's been mentioned elseware, Square Trade specifically states it does *not* cover IR or Burn-in for any tv or monitor warranty claims. Buyer beware.
post #2015 of 2673
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Originally Posted by Partyslammer View Post

As it's been mentioned elseware, Square Trade specifically states it does *not* cover IR or Burn-in for any tv or monitor warranty claims. Buyer beware.

This is my 3rd Panasonic plasma I have bought and have never had problems with IR or burn in, I'm not even buying a square trade warranty. def wouldnt pay Best Buy an extra $500 for nothing.
post #2016 of 2673
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Originally Posted by huntingbears View Post

Has anybody considered waiting for the vt60 model? Just wondering opinions on the matter. Is there any difference?
Panasonic had the 2012 VT50 and 2013 ZT60 side by side at CES. There appear to be a number of small changes that add up to a significant overall improvements, namely the black level. Normally I'd say, "Next year's model is always going to be an improvement over this year's model" but with the eventual demise of [the superior] plasma technology that may not be the case. If there will be no plasmas in 2014 then 2013's ZT60 may be the best plasma, and therefore the best flat screen TV, ever made.
Edited by repete66211 - 1/28/13 at 7:52am
post #2017 of 2673
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Originally Posted by repete66211 View Post

Panasonic had the 2012 VT50 and 2013 ZT60 side by side at CES. There appear to be a number of small changes that add up to a significant overall improvements, namely the black level. This is usually where someone says, "Next year's model is always going to be better" but with the eventual demise of [the superior] plasma technology that may not be the case. If there will be no plasmas in 2014 then 2013's ZT60 may be the best plasma, and therefore the best flat screen TV, ever made.

If that is the case then I may be looking at the ZT60 about this time next year as an upgrade to my VT. Of course, there will always be that "next big thing" around the corner, so who knows!
post #2018 of 2673
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Originally Posted by scirica View Post

If that is the case then I may be looking at the ZT60 about this time next year as an upgrade to my VT. Of course, there will always be that "next big thing" around the corner, so who knows!
Yeah, but the "next big thing" appears to be OLED or UHD, neither of which will probably be affordable for the average consumer for a number of years.
post #2019 of 2673
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Originally Posted by repete66211 View Post

Yeah, but the "next big thing" appears to be OLED or UHD, neither of which will probably be affordable for the average consumer for a number of years.

Exactly what I was referring to...and given the speed with which technology evolves and becomes cheaper, it may be affordable within a 3 - 5 year window. "Affordable" being the operative word here of course.
post #2020 of 2673
I am seeing the 55VT50 on BB.com for $1,999.98.

How are some seeing it for $1599 (yesterday)?
post #2021 of 2673
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Originally Posted by scirica View Post

Exactly what I was referring to...and given the speed with which technology evolves and becomes cheaper, it may be affordable within a 3 - 5 year window. "Affordable" being the operative word here of course.
Yep. Given the unexpectedly slow pace of OLED development and the dearth of UHD source material I'm guessing I wouldn't be in the market for either of those until one more TV cycle, or about 5+ years.
post #2022 of 2673
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Originally Posted by MrMorganUSC View Post

I am seeing the 55VT50 on BB.com for $1,999.98.

How are some seeing it for $1599 (yesterday)?

Yep, back to 2,000. Will probably drop back down to the same price (or lower) unless the inventory is running out.
post #2023 of 2673
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Originally Posted by eric102 View Post

Yep, back to 2,000. Will probably drop back down to the same price (or lower) unless the inventory is running out.

This morning it was $1599 on amazon and was about to price match it at Best Buy but now it is back to $1999 on Amazon
post #2024 of 2673
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Originally Posted by MrMorganUSC View Post

This morning it was $1599 on amazon and was about to price match it at Best Buy but now it is back to $1999 on Amazon

Keep checking Amazon, their prices change by the hour sometimes.
post #2025 of 2673
Unbelievable, the price changes hourly. I'm looking for this on Amazon at that price but missed it due to work.
post #2026 of 2673
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Originally Posted by Magazine Fed View Post

Unbelievable, the price changes hourly. I'm looking for this on Amazon at that price but missed it due to work.

Yeah, watching Amazons price is almost a full time job:) I decided to go with 60"GT from BB for 1,700 instead of the 55"VT.
post #2027 of 2673
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post #2028 of 2673
That was one of my dilemmas. I have room for a 60" and am about 14 feet away from the TV. But $1600 is my absolute limit, if the 60GT50 goes down to $1600 before I can catch the 55VT50 at $1600 then I will probably go with the GT.

Thanks
Tom
post #2029 of 2673
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Originally Posted by ravneet View Post

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Thanks!
post #2030 of 2673
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Originally Posted by Magazine Fed View Post

That was one of my dilemmas. I have room for a 60" and am about 14 feet away from the TV. But $1600 is my absolute limit, if the 60GT50 goes down to $1600 before I can catch the 55VT50 at $1600 then I will probably go with the GT.

Thanks
Tom

At 14' you may want to hold out for the 60", I would think that if they don't sell out the prices will go lower. I'm hopeing to do a few price adjustments on mine in the next 30days.
post #2031 of 2673
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Originally Posted by Magazine Fed View Post

That was one of my dilemmas. I have room for a 60" and am about 14 feet away from the TV. But $1600 is my absolute limit, if the 60GT50 goes down to $1600 before I can catch the 55VT50 at $1600 then I will probably go with the GT.

Thanks
Tom

We have the same viewing distance, you should go for 65".
post #2032 of 2673
Im 11 to 12 feet away from my 65VT50. I would go for the 65inch.
post #2033 of 2673
7 to 13 ft for me for 65 inch vt that I just got. Seems really big but I know I will get used to it. 55 was too small.
post #2034 of 2673
I have looked at the different guides for viewing distance and it is interesting how they vary. I totally agree with the view that I could/should go with a bigger TV. But, I would like to keep the price below $1600 and (this may upsetting to some) we don't watch a lot of TV. We actually don't have cable or satellite but only a strong HD antenna, a BD Player and a Wii. We actually get about 35 channels with the antenna. I just want the best picture and a TV that will last for years for unde 1.6K. This is the forum where I have found the answers to my question so far.

Thanks for all the input,
Tom
post #2035 of 2673
Pauls TV or rather their shipping company HomeDirect delivered my 65TV50 today not without some hassle. To start off, I got an e-mail confirmation early last night that I would be contacted in the next few days that the TV would be delivered. At about 10pm I got voice mail that my delivery was scheduled for *today* between 3 - 6pm which wouldn't have worked out for anyone being here at that timeframe. But I couldn't get ahold of anyone at any of the HomeDirect numbers, I just kept getting bounced back to the answer menu - not good. So I made arrangements to be home after lunch and as I was driving home, I get a call at noon that they were in my area and would be dropping off within 15 - 30 minutes which caused a bit of a panic. I made it with minutes to spare before the truck pulled up.

The guys brought it boxed up into the house and were ready to leave when I insisted I wouldn't sign until I at least had it unboxed, powered up and could see that there were no issues with at least viewing some media I have on a thumb drive. At that point, the guy was going to install the base by laying it at a really dangerous angle between my couches and I said I could handle it, just lean it gently against the wall and lets plug it in. All was well and I signed off on it and that was that. Basically, for those at least in the SoCal area ordering from PaulsTV, insist the delivery people give you even half-ass "white glove" treatment as they appear to be happy dropping off a big box and nothing more.

Initial observations... I was very surprised how flimsy and cheap the supplied base is for what is a unexpectedly heavy tv (and I know heavy - this is replacing a 2001 40" Sony XBR700 300+lb CRT - which still works fine, btw). It doesn't even appear to sit 100% level and is very wobbly, imo. I dread our next mild earthquake if it happens before I get a better mount for this.

I actually think I could have gone with the 55" as my viewing distance is only 9' - 10' but I'm sure I'll adjust, heh.
post #2036 of 2673
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Originally Posted by Partyslammer View Post

Pauls TV or rather their shipping company HomeDirect delivered my 65TV50 today not without some hassle. To start off, I got an e-mail confirmation early last night that I would be contacted in the next few days that the TV would be delivered. At about 10pm I got voice mail that my delivery was scheduled for *today* between 3 - 6pm which wouldn't have worked out for anyone being here at that timeframe. But I couldn't get ahold of anyone at any of the HomeDirect numbers, I just kept getting bounced back to the answer menu - not good. So I made arrangements to be home after lunch and as I was driving home, I get a call at noon that they were in my area and would be dropping off within 15 - 30 minutes which caused a bit of a panic. I made it with minutes to spare before the truck pulled up.

The guys brought it boxed up into the house and were ready to leave when I insisted I wouldn't sign until I at least had it unboxed, powered up and could see that there were no issues with at least viewing some media I have on a thumb drive. At that point, the guy was going to install the base by laying it at a really dangerous angle between my couches and I said I could handle it, just lean it gently against the wall and lets plug it in. All was well and I signed off on it and that was that. Basically, for those at least in the SoCal area ordering from PaulsTV, insist the delivery people give you even half-ass "white glove" treatment as they appear to be happy dropping off a big box and nothing more.

Initial observations... I was very surprised how flimsy and cheap the supplied base is for what is a unexpectedly heavy tv (and I know heavy - this is replacing a 2001 40" Sony XBR700 300+lb CRT - which still works fine, btw). It doesn't even appear to sit 100% level and is very wobbly, imo. I dread our next mild earthquake if it happens before I get a better mount for this.

I actually think I could have gone with the 55" as my viewing distance is only 9' - 10' but I'm sure I'll adjust, heh.

don't most online stores end up contracting to the lowest bidder for these type of deliveries? Or is amazon better in this regard? It also makes BB delivery sound reliable. My 51" samsung stand also feels flimsy...I think its the result of the newer thinner designs. On your last point, first world problems lol.
post #2037 of 2673
I just bought the 55" VT50 from Paul's TV for $1599. Great deal, though I kind of wish I had gone bigger, too bad there isn't a 60".

I also had mine delivered through HomeDirect, but they were good. Brought it in, took the box top off, plugged it in and let me check the pic out. No complaints.
post #2038 of 2673
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Originally Posted by huntingbears View Post

That's what I was leaning towards. BB warranty seems like a rip off. Thanks

You may still decide an additional warranty is not for you, but read the fine print on both plans. IR coverage is not the only difference.
post #2039 of 2673
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Originally Posted by huntingbears View Post

One bb only came down to $2650. They said btt is not a legit site. I purchased and went to another bb with my receipt and they gave me back $270. They matched the $2399 price. All depends on the manager.

So a manager from another best buy can price match a tv you bought from a different best buy earlier?
Interesting system.
post #2040 of 2673
Hey guys, I'm kinda having regrets about getting the 65vt50. To me it seems overly large for my bedroom. My distance is 7 to 13 ft from the edge of my bed to the headboard. I was thinking of returning and waiting for 60 inch vt60. I'm trying to convince myself that it is ok since this 65 I got is probably cheaper than the 60 inch will be. I posted this pic already but just in case no one saw it I'll post again. My bedroom is 13x13, the tv looks smaller in the pic than in person. Please help haha, I've had since Friday but am not getting use to the size.
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