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post #1 of 8
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So my 52" Sammy LCD thats only 3.5 years old, and on its second panel is dieing.
I am going plasma as pq is priority 1 for me.
I've narrowed it down to a 55" either a VT50, or GT50.
As of today the GT50 is nearly $1,000.00 LESS than the VT50. It seems the GT50 is being marked down right now by major retailers, VT is not.

I do not necessarily want to start a price discussion, but rather a discussion regarding relative values of these two great sets.
I am fully aware of the spec differences between the two. (Is the VT50the only one of the two that supports 24p Cinematic Playback 96 Hz/48 Hz?)

So here are my questions;

1.) Right now, is the VT50 really worth $900.00+ more than the GT50?

2.) Is there a chance the VT50 could be marked down like the GT50?

3.) If I wait till the Super Bowl sale season instead, do I run a chance of either of these sets not being in stock?

Thanks for your input.
post #2 of 8
See http://www.avsforum.com/t/1386141/official-panasonic-2012-lineup-and-information-thread-no-price-talk#post_21467390

The VT50's MSRP has already dropped $300. Well it drop more? Probably when the 2013 models come out next year. The GT50 is a better value, the VT50 is a better TV. Whether the "better TV" is worth $900 is something you have to answer for yourself. High-end products don't tend to get put on sale as much. My local Paul's TV keeps running promotions where you get "free things" ($500 Visa gift card, Android tablet, etc.) when you buy one of these TVs. Not the same as a sale price.
post #3 of 8
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Originally Posted by SteveHas View Post

So my 52" Sammy LCD thats only 3.5 years old, and on its second panel is dieing.
I am going plasma as pq is priority 1 for me.
I've narrowed it down to a 55" either a VT50, or GT50.
As of today the GT50 is nearly $1,000.00 LESS than the VT50. It seems the GT50 is being marked down right now by major retailers, VT is not.
I do not necessarily want to start a price discussion, but rather a discussion regarding relative values of these two great sets.
I am fully aware of the spec differences between the two. (Is the VT50the only one of the two that supports 24p Cinematic Playback 96 Hz/48 Hz?)
So here are my questions;
1.) Right now, is the VT50 really worth $900.00+ more than the GT50?

How important is that $900 to you? That's a huge premium for the VT50's few extra features/abilities. The big question is: do YOU think they're worth the extra cost? Most of us would probably say no (me included).


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2.) Is there a chance the VT50 could be marked down like the GT50?

There's always a chance, but i wouldn't expect deep discounts

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3.) If I wait till the Super Bowl sale season instead, do I run a chance of either of these sets not being in stock?
Thanks for your input.

Panasonic is more tightly controlling their production and their inventory this year so there is a high likelyhood that the supply will dry up early compared to last year.
post #4 of 8
I'm very tempted to give my 6yo 58" Panasonic plasma to my in-laws and get a new 65" Panasonic plasma. In my personal opinion, I don't think the VT is worth the difference in price right now. That said, I'm not in a major rush to do it so I'm watching to see if the VT price drops closer to the GT. I don't think you can really go wrong with either set.
post #5 of 8
I had a few 65VT50's that had uniformity issues so were returned. I was going to wait for the 2013 models but decided to try a 65ST50. I am not an expert but I think that even the ST50 image looks pretty similar to the VT50, I can't really see a difference at all. Doesn't have some of the tweaks but for the money savings the ST50 is a great bargain. I don't mind the bezel either. The ST50 I just got is more uniform than the VT50's I tried too.
post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by RandyWalters View Post

How important is that $900 to you? That's a huge premium for the VT50's few extra features/abilities. The big question is: do YOU think they're worth the extra cost? Most of us would probably say no (me included).
There's always a chance, but i wouldn't expect deep discounts
Panasonic is more tightly controlling their production and their inventory this year so there is a high likelyhood that the supply will dry up early compared to last year.

thanks Randy,
A well worded response, and the kind I was looking for.
You are right, ultimately it is up to me to decide.

The only features that I fear I may miss are;
24p Cinematic Playback 96 Hz/48 Hz,
and ISFccc Calibration Mode/Advanced Calibration

never having had these features before I don't know if I would miss/use them

especially the ISFccc Calibration Mode/Advanced Calibration
I doubt I would get the funds approved by "the boss" to have that done
post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by TommmyJ View Post

I had a few 65VT50's that had uniformity issues so were returned. I was going to wait for the 2013 models but decided to try a 65ST50. I am not an expert but I think that even the ST50 image looks pretty similar to the VT50, I can't really see a difference at all. Doesn't have some of the tweaks but for the money savings the ST50 is a great bargain. I don't mind the bezel either. The ST50 I just got is more uniform than the VT50's I tried too.

May I ask, what are "uniformity issues" and how did you know of the problem. Has anyone else noticed this (these) issue(s) and whether they have been fixed?
post #8 of 8
Ah, the one had the dark band on the right side and had some kind of vertical thin bands as well. That one was actually replaced by Panasonic(I was given a store credit). Then the next one had a bright spot on the screen maybe an inch to 2 inches in diameter and vertical banding(but not as bad). Might have lived with the second but the brighter dot wasn't going away. The new one has a hint of the right hand side band but nothing major. With the extra money I bought an Onkyo 5010 and sold my Anthem MRX-700. I like the ST50 though and don't really see it as a downgrade really(image wise).
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