Originally Posted by theblademan
you saying I should take another look? they gave me a pretty good price on the 64" plasma
the video playing was just too dark like something was wrong with the set
so I went ahead and placed a reservation for a 60es8000, eventhough the size
of the 64d8000 is what I NEED for watching movies in total darkness
how about the buzzing, the higher energy consumption, IR ?
These are the other issues that concerned me
Taking another look in the store doesn't really help. What I'm saying is the TV will look totally different in your home theatre room. My 60GT50 is super bright, in fact in THX Bright Room setting it's too bright for my room. Of course I'd never know it seeing it in the store as it does indeed look drab and uninviting compared to LCD/LEDs. My post was strictly in response to brightness and pop seen in store. IMO, those are not the reasons to avoid plasmas, certainly not the 2012 models especially from Panasonic.
Buzzing, higher energy consumption and IR? Yes, those are legitimate issues with plasmas and I would totally understand avoiding plasma if any or all those factors are things you don't want to put up with. Buzzing is sadly a part of plasma TVs, all plasmas I've owned buzzed but the 60GT50 I have buzzes a lot more, especially noticed when viewing bright content with low volume. I exchanged it once and the new one is the same. Some people swear that theirs is silent but I have yet to see a non-buzzing plasma. I think some people can't hear it as well while others can put up with it. Unfortunately I'm cursed with zero-loss hearing which is why my second 60GT50 is going back.
Energy consumption on my set peaks at the high 400 watts range (all white background) but averages in the 150-300 watts during normal viewing. Still very high IMO but not a deal breaker for me. Ditto for IR. It happens but it's all non-permanent (I watch a lot of CNN and channels with bright logos and game a fair bit on a PS3). You do have to take care not to leave a static image overnight as that might lead to severe IR or even burn-in which is permanent. Thankfully, the Pansonics at least (I'm sure Samsungs have a similar feature) have a setting in menu that turns off the TV if in three hours there was no activity.
Sadly, the only LED/LCD TVs that I've seen that came close to matching my 60GT50's image were the Elite and the Sony HX929, both of which are double the price, not to mention that neither match the GT50 in viewing angles. It seems there is no perfect TV, everything is a compromise. The question is, which compromises are you most willing to live with?
FWIW, I'm a little excited about the upcoming Sharp 945 series. It looks to have most if not all the Elite features (full array with local dimming, RGB+Y etc....) at a lower cost. If it does end up matching the Elite in PQ, with its price, the only compromise there might then be the viewing angle and that IMO would make it one of the best overall TVs.