Originally Posted by stansbrand
hey guys im thinking about either the 7100 or the panasonic gt50. has anyone compared these two sets? both are currently the same price roughly. please help me decide:)
I was looking at the ST50 and really leaning towards a plasma to replace my Sony 50A3000. The one thing I was not looking forward to was the heat output from a ST50. My TV is in a small room (8.5' X 14') and the A3000 was a nice space heater in the winter but a cooling problem in the summer (don't forget the added fan noise to keep the bulb cool). The 55ST50 would be putting out more heat than the 50A3000. I was a bit surprised at this and confirmed this by going to BB and running my hand around the back of a 55ST50 that was mounted on a wall. Also looked up the watt usage for these TVs from the CNET reviews. I would still have to worry about the 'buzz' issue but the final straw that killed the ST50 was IR. Because the 2012 Pannys were brighter than before this seemed to increase the potential for IR problems. I just did not want to have to baby the ST50 for the 1st 500 hours in hope of preventing IR.
Since viewing angles would not be a problem LCD became an option along with the greatly reduced heat output. At the current price for 55ES7100 ($1500) the value proposition goes from 3 stars to a solid 4 maybe even 5 stars.
PQ the GT50 should beat the 7100 but as you can see there are other variables that one looks at in making a decision. I am not happy with the 7100 but I am satisfied.