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post #31 of 71
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Originally Posted by Compulov View Post

We've got pretty bad lighting in our living room, including a torch lamp right behind the couch. I've only noticed the glare to be an issue in movies, and even then, only in darker scenes (as you pointed out). I don't notice it at all while watching normal tv. My workaround has been either to use "Light" mode (don't recall the exact setting off the top of my head) and/or to turn out the lights. I like to watch movies in the dark, anyway.

Our tv is in the main family room, and with kids running around, there's no way we could keep the room dark, especially during the day.

With regards to the deal at Costco, it started today. They've also dropped the shipping charge, so it's $749 + tax. Sears and Best Buy still have it for $849, if they have it in stock
post #32 of 71
The price now is 750 + tax. I think this is the best price I have ever seen, plus its Costco so you have 90 days to return just in case something happen or you don't like the picture. This is one good TV that I just ordered it on line delivery free.
post #33 of 71
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Originally Posted by salvador93063 View Post

The price now is 750 + tax. I think this is the best price I have ever seen, plus its Costco so you have 90 days to return just in case something happen or you don't like the picture. This is one good TV that I just ordered it on line delivery free.

So there's no restocking fee or anything if you return it? I think I'm gonna try it. Can't justify $400 more for the ST's daytime filter, when we rarely watch tv on a sunny day.
post #34 of 71
I ordered the set from Costco yesterday. I added white glove delivery which costs an extra $27 but its still a very good price. I went to the warehouse and played with the remote and I think it will work out. If you can control reflections then I think its a very good TV. I also stopped at Best Buy to look at the ST50 model and decided I do not want to spend hundreds for the louvre filter that supposedly improves light room performance. The louvre filter blocks reflections from above but does little to block reflections from the side It also darkens the screen non uniformly if viewed from above.
post #35 of 71
Thats correct no restocking fee or any other fee, exact amount you pay including tax.
post #36 of 71
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Originally Posted by salvador93063 View Post

Thats correct no restocking fee or any other fee, exact amount you pay including tax.

thanks. I checked out the UT at Costco today, and this time it had a much brighter picture (cinema mode?) - there was no remote, but I found the glare tolerable in costco's harsh light. Gonna buy it as soon as I can get a vehicle tall enough to fit it. smile.gif

the couple next to me was deciding what to buy, and didn't like the UT50 cause it was "only $50 off" - I told them it was a steal, originally $1400, but I think they were going for an LCD. smile.gif
post #37 of 71
I was at Costco again today and looked at the UT50. I cycled through the various picture modes and I can say that standard and cinema modes were way too dim for the store lighting. Vivid mode showed the best under the Costco lights and wasn't as bad as I expected it would be I think the Panasonic vivid mode is better than the Samsung E550 vivid mode.. They were playing Star Wars, which has a bunch of dark scenes. I think you must assume that the room must be dim to enjoy the benefit of accurate color that is reportedly available in cinema mode. Custom mode is brighter but reviewers have found the colors to be less accurate (but probably ok for most casual viewing).
post #38 of 71
I agree the picture looks dim, but comparing to the
tv besides it like led samsung and vizio, I find the 55"ut50 have a sharper picture. The edges
of led looks like its blurry. I can't wait for the delivery date, if only I have a van to haul it, this baby would be
in my house. No regret for 814 total (taxed).
post #39 of 71
I was in Costco today 02/13/13 and the 55ut50 is now 700. I asked the lady if she could give me adjustment to the 750 I paid online, she said no on line price is different than warehouse price. So I have to return this TV I bought last week.
post #40 of 71
Just picked up the 55ut50 for 700 at Costco. Went in thinking that it was going to be 750 but to my suprise they had another 50 off. No where else has them in stock. Going to be put in basement rec room so hopefully the reflections will be at a min. if not will be put in bedroom to good of deal to pass up.
post #41 of 71
Let me know how it works in basement. want bigger but at $700 seems like great deal.

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post #42 of 71
Its probably going to be a couple weeks before getting it up still painting and have to put floor down and finish trim work. Would like to get it up a going now but better wait. I have a dedicated theather room with a 120 inche screen and a panny 8000u, so the plasma is going to before casual watching.
post #43 of 71
Price drop to $699 w/free shipping + Costco extended 1 year warranty

http://www.costco.com/Panasonic-55%22-1080p-Plasma-HDTV-TC-P55UT50.product.100027872.html

Also Confirmed at my local Costco. I purchased at $799 about a month ago and they refunded the difference between the sale price and the purchase price.
post #44 of 71
it is now $699.99 after $100.00 instant rebate until 2/24/2013. great reviews for 2500 FFD. the extra $59.99 gets you a 5 year warranty.
post #45 of 71
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it is now $699.99 after $100.00 instant rebate until 2/24/2013. great reviews for 2500 FFD. the extra $59.99 gets you a 5 year warranty.

Was all set to do this deal, had the TV packed up on a flat bed along with some other grocery items from Costco's only to get up to the register and be told that the only credit cards they take are AMERICAN EXPRESS! And, of course, I had a Mastercard on me frown.gif

I'm either going to try and haggle BestBuy for their floor display 55in ST50 or go and buy $700 worth of American Express gift cards and head back to Costco.

Smh.
post #46 of 71
You can buy from Costco.com at $699 with free delivery and most credit cards.
post #47 of 71
Not here in Tallahassee, FL. They only accept cash, debit and American Express. I checked online and they do accept Visa, MasterCard but I wanted to take the set home instead of waiting on delivery.

Either way, I've purchased this set and it IS in fact awesome! smile.gif
post #48 of 71
Just ordered one online with a visa. $699 + tax, free shipping. Very pleased.

They go back up to $799 after tomorrow, so hurry up!
post #49 of 71
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Originally Posted by xneox View Post

Just ordered one online with a visa. $699 + tax, free shipping. Very pleased.

They go back up to $799 after tomorrow, so hurry up!

Gratz xneox, I doubt you'll be unsatisfied (especially at that price!) I've been watching mine all last night and most of today (got it yesterday) and I love it. By the way, the default setting is VERY dim but a quick change to "Cinema" mode makes it show it's potential very quickly.
post #50 of 71
The Costco.com promotion for the 55UT50 is now extended through 3/10/2013. I was at Costco the other day and they had plenty of stock. Plasma TV's are a hard sell in a store like Costco. If you check the Costco website you will see that Samsung LED's have hundreds and sometimes thousands of consumer ratings whereas the Panasonic 55UT50 is the only plasma offered and it has only 6 consumer ratings.
post #51 of 71
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Originally Posted by Alan K View Post

The Costco.com promotion for the 55UT50 is now extended through 3/10/2013. I was at Costco the other day and they had plenty of stock. Plasma TV's are a hard sell in a store like Costco. If you check the Costco website you will see that Samsung LED's have hundreds and sometimes thousands of consumer ratings whereas the Panasonic 55UT50 is the only plasma offered and it has only 6 consumer ratings.

Which is great news for us. Still cant believe I got this tv for $700!
post #52 of 71
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Originally Posted by VarmintCong View Post

Which is great news for us. Still cant believe I got this tv for $700!

Really! My wife is now considering getting another one.
post #53 of 71
I just picked up this set, and have it mounted on the wall in my basement. Now I need to get an HD cable box and upgrade everything else. Any suggestions on settings? What to do/not do?

Looking to add a Denon 1913, some sort of BR, and an HD cable box along with the miriade of cabling...
post #54 of 71
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Originally Posted by NittanyDoug View Post

I just picked up this set, and have it mounted on the wall in my basement. Now I need to get an HD cable box and upgrade everything else. Any suggestions on settings? What to do/not do?

Looking to add a Denon 1913, some sort of BR, and an HD cable box along with the miriade of cabling...

For settings:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1412033/the-official-panasonic-ut50-settings-issues-thread
post #55 of 71
We still have six of these left in my local Costco. We are moving into a new house this week and we have a room I'd like to put this tv into. It is a loft, but only has one window which would be perpendicular to the tv. I has blinds so it can make it fairy dark. This would mainly be for movie and game playing - any suggestions or recommendations?
post #56 of 71
I have owned this TV (purchased from Costco) for about 3 weeks and can say it is outstanding for the price. No buzzing or IR problems. My room has many windows but with light blocking shades that provide enough light control for excellent daytime viewing. At night I have lighting behind the panel to minimize eyestrain. This week I have been watching basketball and golf during the daylight hours and find the picture very good even with moderate daylight through shades partially open. Reflections can be a problem but is a non issue in my setup. I don't care about 3D and cannot comment on that performance. The streaming apps are OK but I don't need them as I have a WD TV live streaming player that does a better job. I cannot see spending big bucks to get the louvre filter on the more expensive plasma models. If the room is really very bright you are better off with LED. I use cinema mode for my viewing with a very modest change to default values for contrast and brightness.
post #57 of 71
Is the ST50 PQ noticeably better than the UT50? Debating if I should get this TV, or get an ST50 from Paul's or ST60 from Panasonic EPP.
post #58 of 71
[QUOTEIs the ST50 PQ noticeably better than the UT50? Debating if I should get this TV, or get an ST50 from Paul's or ST60 from Panasonic EPP.][/QUOTE]

Depends on your budget and the viewing environment. I have a light controlled room and I find it hard to believe that the ST models are significantly better in that setting. The picture quality on my 55UT50 is sufficiently good that my enjoyment of the content will not be affected by a slight improvements in image quality.
post #59 of 71
Considering driving out to Costco tomorrow to check and see if they have any of these in. I think they're 749.00 now? A couple questions:

-How much difference between this and the U series? I've seen mention of some deals on the 60" U series for around the same price and would prefer bigger unless the the UT series is that much better.

-Are floating and or rising blacks an issue? Buzzing?

-Is there much info on the 2013 models yet? Sorry, can't do too much searching at the moment due to some RSI issues. I know they'll be more, but if we've seen a substantial quality jump and/or resolving of some PQ issues I'm open to going that route.

Thanks!
post #60 of 71
Re: U50 versus UT50 - I don 't think the picture quality in 2D is very different. The reviews I have seen on the internet and in Consumers Reports lead me to think the 2D PQ is almost identical. I purchased the 55UT50 rather than a 60 inch set because I have the set on a rolling cart and can adjust my viewing distance. If it is wall mounted and viewed from a distance I would probably opt for the larger set. This assumes you don't need/want 3D and internet streaming . My unit has no buzzing that I can hear and I don't know what rising black level means. The black level on my set is excellent.
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