Originally Posted by dmaul1114
To the above statement, I'd also add almost no risk of IR or buzzing--both things that have drove me batshit insane the two times I've tried plasmas.
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I just want a TV from a decent brand with a clear, bright picture that I can use with no worries about IR (tons of ESPN and video games), buzzing and other annoyances. So plasma isn't for me. Gave a Panny UT50 a chance recently and it went back after a couple of weeks for IR and buzzing annoyances just like the last time I tried plasma.
I'm with you. Was upgrading from a 3-year-old Samsung LCD and bought a Samsung UN60ES6500. Unfortunately,
the uniformity issues drove me insane. Flashlighting on the corners, and cloudiness/splotchiness in the center of the screen. Sure, when there was bright content it looked pretty good, especially once calibrated, but if the scene was dark, I'd get clouds on the sides and in the middle of the screen. I thought the first unit I got was defective, so I swapped it out, but the replacement was even worse.
So I came here, read reviews, and even though I (1) watch a lot of sports and (2) play a lot of video games, decided to give the GT50 a try. I have not set it up yet, but I'm aware of the buzz issues and potential IR and burn-in issues. I'm hoping that these are, in fact, just gearhead concerns and no more, and am looking forward to a solid TV that performs on all fronts. We'll see how it does in video gaming, which is really my number one concern.
But let's say the GT50 has issues that also drive me insane. Short of dropping $4K to buy an Elite, why is there not a single mid-range 60-inch LCD/LED that I could get for $2K that will give me a decent picture, no flashlighting/cloudiness, and the suite of Smart Apps that are now de rigeur on all TVs? It seems like you have to compromise: (1) buzz/IR/burn in, or (2) cloudiness/uniformity problems.