Well, after a week at the repair depot, panasonic declared my 2nd 55st50 a bag of crap. They authorized the dealer to exchange it. This unit had 2 vertical bands near the right bezel and 2 more fainter ones near center left. They were very noticeable during slow and fast pans. This unit which was an Oct. build had, what I can only describe as horrific IR. I will not bore you with the details, but even after 1500 hours, the IR was insane.
I shared my tales of woe with the dealer, and he told me I could get any set I wanted with my credit. He let me play around with all the models and I spent a few hours in his store. I was so fed up with IR that I seriously considered an LCD set, but after playing around with models in my price range, I couldn't do it. The only ST50 he had was a display model which also had a vertical band near the right edge but not as bad as mine. Still, I was not going to chance it again.
I was able to get a new 60ut50 and enough money left over for a nice sound bar. So far everything looks great. Even though it has some screen reflection, I am happy to be rid of the AR filter. It never won me over.
I am using Anikuns cinema setting and they look very good. Once the panel ages abit I will try the white balance.
Edited by Frank Spizzirri - 2/13/13 at 8:14am