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post #2041 of 2673
65" is not too big for your distances. In fact, for 13', you can go even bigger, like 70". Many people on this forum wish they had bought a bigger one, but not the opposite.
Edited by nolava - 1/29/13 at 7:44am
post #2042 of 2673
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Originally Posted by huntingbears View Post

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.

My viewing distance to the 65VT50 is 10-11 feet and that feels just about right to me...it was the same for a 65" HP DLP set that I had for seven years. If anything, I wouldn't mind even being a foot or two closer.

Presumably you don't typically sit on the end of the bed to watch the TV (seven feet away) so it looks like your viewing distance is probably in the same range as mine. If you have the luxury of time, I'd suggest living with it longer to see how you adjust to the TV. According to this calculator, you are actually over the recommended SMPTE and THX viewing distances to achieve the best immersive viewing experience, but of course personal preference matters too:

http://myhometheater.homestead.com/viewingdistancecalculator.html
post #2043 of 2673
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Originally Posted by nolava View Post

65" is not too big for your distances. In fact, for 13', you can go even bigger, like 70". Many people on this forum wish they have bought a bigger one, but not the opposite.

It is an interesting, but very real phenomenon that your 65" will "shrink" over time as you get used to it. Assuming you do most of your viewing closer to the 13' range, I agree that 65" is not too big.
post #2044 of 2673
Thanks guys, I'm a silver reward member at best buy so I got 60 days to make a decision. I'll hold out longer to see if I adjust
post #2045 of 2673
im at 11' and love it..watching a movie you will emerse yourself...
post #2046 of 2673
powersellernyc.com has the 65 for $2450 and the 55 inch for $1557 with the savenow coupon code
post #2047 of 2673
Hey guys I'm new to AVS, but your information has been great! I just bought a 65" VT50 from Best Buy. I was unsure about buying a Plasma until reading all of these post. I think I got a great deal. I told them that I saw this tv on sale online at Paul's last week for $2500. The Magnolia Manger joined the conversation and he agreed to $2499! They are delivering this Saturday, just in time for the Superbowl. The wife has no idea why I am so thrilled about this product and price. I hope this thing knocks her socks off. Anyway I thought I would pass this on for those looking for a deal. I will follow up when I set up the new 65" VT50....Thanks all again.
post #2048 of 2673
^^^^ Congrats, and wise decision! The good news is you should really enjoy the Superbowl on your new Panny, AND it will only get better as you put more hours on it!
post #2049 of 2673
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Originally Posted by Nathan729 View Post

Hey guys I'm new to AVS, but your information has been great! I just bought a 65" VT50 from Best Buy. I was unsure about buying a Plasma until reading all of these post. I think I got a great deal. I told them that I saw this tv on sale online at Paul's last week for $2500. The Magnolia Manger joined the conversation and he agreed to $2499! They are delivering this Saturday, just in time for the Superbowl. The wife has no idea why I am so thrilled about this product and price. I hope this thing knocks her socks off. Anyway I thought I would pass this on for those looking for a deal. I will follow up when I set up the new 65" VT50....Thanks all again.

Grats Nathan. Where in the USA are you?

The Best Buys by me in Bay Area, CA wouldn't budge so I went direct to Pauls.
post #2050 of 2673
Anybody think we will see the 65vt50 under 2,000 after the Super Bowl?
post #2051 of 2673
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Originally Posted by Stumbo View Post

Anybody think we will see the 65vt50 under 2,000 after the Super Bowl?

No...rolleyes.gif
post #2052 of 2673
I originally got the tv on 12/31 for $2599 from Best Buy with a Paul's price match plus local tax. Today, I took a printout of the Paul's price of $2499.99 with the Save500 coupon applied at checkout.The salesman went and found the manager to approve it. The manager was nice enough and accepted it. and refunded 100 plus the tax incurred on the 100. The manager was the guy who sold me the TV iast month. So he remembered me. And i get a new clock ticking on the warranty 30 days after i bought it. It brought me 1 penny under the 2500 for silver(I guess silver does not take tax into account?) So i went to the retail and bought a piece of gum to go over.

The Magnolia salesman delgated to do the final checkut was kind of annyoying in pushing the Extended Warranty at 350(no tax charged. the manager probably advised him to push it once he price matched the extra 100). Considering their profit margin was very low at that price, I dont blame them for trying to get some easy revenue on the warranty. Since he went through the trouble of locating the manager to get me the price match in the first place, i felt no harm in humoring the poor sales guy and getting the warranty., I can always cancel it within 30 days for a full refund and later for a prorated refund. So what do you guys think? Is 350 Best Buy warranty worth it over that Square Trade or whatever warranty at 100 plus? And how reliable is this TV? My VISA Signature will double the warranty. Keep in mind, this store already did an inhome exchange 2 weeks ago because the first TV may have had a faulty power supply. What are the chances of getting two faulty TVs in a row? I never buy EWs except for when I bought the SONY SXRD XBR1 which paid off for me handsomely as that was a troublesome TV. But in this case, there is no bulb to replace. So I just have to assess whether there is more than a 10% chance of this TV failing, especially after I returned another one.

P.S.: what is the etiquette for delivery? I used to tip delivery guys but they were usually some grunts. In this case,it was a free delivery and the guy delivering didn't seem like a full time delivery guy. He seems like an inhouse employee where delivering things via the Magnolia truck was one of his duties. I didn't have more than 4 dollars in cash ready. I didn't want to insult him with such a tip even if he accepted one. I think he does various things around the best buy store storage area.. It didn't occur to me at the time. But now I think about it, I probably should have money ready to tip him. I am planning on giving him 5 or 10 bucks the next time I see him at the store. He helped me set up the TV where we swapped the monitor and I retained all the other old stuff including the stand. So he just placed the old monitor in the new box and took that with him and gave me the new serial number stickers off the box. The whole thing went by so fast I didn't have time to look around for cash in the house.

On a closing note, I am very happy with the deal. Brick and mortar stores have to make money and while I can probably wring a better deal by a few dollars, I had no wish to even try the Buytvtoday pricing as a price match. The way Best Buy is price matching online stores is a classy and wise move. I don't think they are obligated to price match any of the really buytvtoday type offers. If you got pricematched for that, I feel good for you. But for those of us who paid 50-200 more, let's not feel resentful that others got a better deal at 2399 or whatever.
Edited by mantar - 1/29/13 at 7:26pm
post #2053 of 2673
How are you guys able to get BB to price match Paul's TV deal? I tried several BB in the houston area with no luck. I even tried the panasonic work place discount price with no luck.
post #2054 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.

Good to hear. How long were your videogame sessions, what game were you playing?

I am at around 300 hours. Clean screen after a retention wash, one hour of gaming i can see the scoreboard, and turbo bar on the players, playing NBA Jams Ps3. (set on thx cinema)

Now it is only visable running slides. i have not checked it in last few days. Trying not to OCD about it.

Good luck all on your VT!
Edited by Shagz - 1/29/13 at 9:01pm
post #2055 of 2673
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Originally Posted by Stumbo View Post

Anybody think we will see the 65vt50 under 2,000 after the Super Bowl?

Not a chance.
post #2056 of 2673
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Originally Posted by ChinaCat View Post

Grats Nathan. Where in the USA are you?

The Best Buys by me in Bay Area, CA wouldn't budge so I went direct to Pauls.
I am in the Chicago Suburbs. We don't even have Paul's around here, I just said I saw it online. Good Luck.
post #2057 of 2673
My longest gaming session was 2 hours on mario bros for the Wii U. No image retention that I noticed.
post #2058 of 2673
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Originally Posted by sandtrapppp View Post

How are you guys able to get BB to price match Paul's TV deal? I tried several BB in the houston area with no luck. I even tried the panasonic work place discount price with no luck.

That's my experience too in the Bay Area of California. It appears pretty obvious that each Best Buy around the Country has a certain amount of flexibility in accounting for its sales & profits. I tried 4 best buys and finally said to myself; "the heck with them. it's a TV. Paul's earned it any way". Delivery is expected this Monday and BB can kiss my you know what.
post #2059 of 2673
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Originally Posted by ChinaCat View Post

That's my experience too in the Bay Area of California. It appears pretty obvious that each Best Buy around the Country has a certain amount of flexibility in accounting for its sales & profits. I tried 4 best buys and finally said to myself; "the heck with them. it's a TV. Paul's earned it any way". Delivery is expected this Monday and BB can kiss my you know what.

Ordered from Paul's as well today. Got a better deal and customer service was great to deal with. Cant wait for it to be delivered.
post #2060 of 2673
Sandtrapppp, I don't know how you feel about Open Box items at Best Buy, but I got myself a fine specimine(65VT50 of course) of a TV at the Best Buy on Ih-10 west bound katy freeway past 610.

$1850 before taxes/2-yr warranty. $2260 with taxes/2-yr BB warranty. You might want to look around and see what some of the stores near you has in the open box section. They went 50% off the retail price and about $1100 less than their "sale" price.

Took the TV home, watched "Watchmen" on my blu-ray and squeed with delight at how beautiful it all looked.
post #2061 of 2673
got my 65vt50 delivered yesterday from PaulsTV $2499.

Thanks to everyone here for keeping everyone in the loop!!

First impression, it is BIG (on my dining room table at least) and i LOVE it.
post #2062 of 2673
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Originally Posted by Basketballer34 View Post

First impression, it is BIG (on my dining room table at least) and i LOVE it.

Until I mounted mine on the wall above the fireplace it seemed to dominate my room. I moved my 60" to the bedroom and now because of room size the 60" "feels" bigger than the 65" in the living room.
post #2063 of 2673
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Originally Posted by scirica View Post

Until I mounted mine on the wall above the fireplace it seemed to dominate my room. I moved my 60" to the bedroom and now because of room size the 60" "feels" bigger than the 65" in the living room.

What mount did you end up using on your 65VT50? I have a mount, but have only used it for a 47" LED Samsung. Kinda worried that it may not be able to adequately support the weight of my new panny. And I'd prefer not to buy panasonic's suggested mount. That thing's over $300 from everywhere I've looked so far.
post #2064 of 2673
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Originally Posted by Bennyscrap View Post

What mount did you end up using on your 65VT50? I have a mount, but have only used it for a 47" LED Samsung. Kinda worried that it may not be able to adequately support the weight of my new panny. And I'd prefer not to buy panasonic's suggested mount. That thing's over $300 from everywhere I've looked so far.

Sorry I'm not much help there. My A/V installer made the purchase and did the install (was originally for my Samsung 60" LED).
post #2065 of 2673
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Originally Posted by Bennyscrap View Post

Sandtrapppp, I don't know how you feel about Open Box items at Best Buy, but I got myself a fine specimine(65VT50 of course) of a TV at the Best Buy on Ih-10 west bound katy freeway past 610.

$1850 before taxes/2-yr warranty. $2260 with taxes/2-yr BB warranty. You might want to look around and see what some of the stores near you has in the open box section. They went 50% off the retail price and about $1100 less than their "sale" price.

Took the TV home, watched "Watchmen" on my blu-ray and squeed with delight at how beautiful it all looked.

Thanks Bennyscrap. I will go check it out. I got the 2499 OTD from Paul's so I'm happy with the deal.
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Originally Posted by Basketballer34 View Post

got my 65vt50 delivered yesterday from PaulsTV $2499.

Thanks to everyone here for keeping everyone in the loop!!

First impression, it is BIG (on my dining room table at least) and i LOVE it.

How long did it take Paul's to deliver it from the time you placed the order?
post #2066 of 2673
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Originally Posted by Bennyscrap View Post

What mount did you end up using on your 65VT50? I have a mount, but have only used it for a 47" LED Samsung. Kinda worried that it may not be able to adequately support the weight of my new panny. And I'd prefer not to buy panasonic's suggested mount. That thing's over $300 from everywhere I've looked so far.

Take a look at the Sanus LL11, I've used them on my TV's and they are excellent for a low profile design, very easy to install. $65 shipped from B&H.
post #2067 of 2673
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Originally Posted by sandtrapppp View Post

How long did it take Paul's to deliver it from the time you placed the order?

Ordered on 1/18, it shipped on 1/21, delivered on 1/29.

Delivery guy said the TV was in the cold for quite a while and NOT to power it on for 2 hours. They (HomeDirect delivery) said you have up to 24 hours to reject the delivery. This exactly contradicts what Pauls TV confirmation emails state. (wife accepted the delivery)

I was just reading tech bargains and it appears the $2499 price is back at Pauls TV.
http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/334101
post #2068 of 2673
This one worked great and is only 27 bucks!

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=108&cp_id=10828&cs_id=1082801&p_id=4174&seq=1&format=2

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Originally Posted by Bennyscrap View Post

What mount did you end up using on your 65VT50? I have a mount, but have only used it for a 47" LED Samsung. Kinda worried that it may not be able to adequately support the weight of my new panny. And I'd prefer not to buy panasonic's suggested mount. That thing's over $300 from everywhere I've looked so far.
post #2069 of 2673
Paul's coupons are working again on 55 and 65".
post #2070 of 2673
struggling with the decision to go with Paul's deal for the 65VT50 or wait for the VT60. I don't necessarily mind the wait or the extra cost if the VT60 is better...but if the VT50 is on par with it and I can get it cheaper and now I'd buy it. I'm upgrading from a 58s1.

Need one of them fancy time machines.
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