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post #1 of 11
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Me and my wife will be buying a new tv within the next 3 months but I feel, from what I read, I am buying at a time when new technology(OLED) is coming out and my plasma will be sub par. The initial price for these units will be high so it does not make sense to buy immediately. I was set on buying a plasma(65"+) as I was given advice(on this forum) that that was the best way to go out of plasma, LED or LCD. Do you think my Panny Plasma is a bad buying choice at this point? Also I see positive talks about the Panny GT series...I thought the 3D technology really did not take off due to lack of interest. Are people buying this set mainly for the 3D? Thanks.
Edited by horsegoer - 3/2/13 at 1:38pm
post #2 of 11
I don't understand your dilemma. Everything you mentioned supports that "now" is a "great" time to buy plasma.

2012 Panasonics use G15 panels which was a big leap from last generation. Plasmas are generally cheaper with better picture quality. Currently 2012 plasmas are selling at blow-out prices. 2013 models, although no one has reviewed them, don't seem to offer much more (except ZT60 which will be pricy anyway).

4K TV and OLED will be sold in 2013 but at insane prices, and content will be scarce anyway. This is great time to buy a Panasonic plasma.
post #3 of 11
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I don't understand your dilemma. Everything you mentioned supports that "now" is a "great" time to buy plasma.

2012 Panasonics use G15 panels which was a big leap from last generation. Plasmas are generally cheaper with better picture quality. Currently 2012 plasmas are selling at blow-out prices. 2013 models, although no one has reviewed them, don't seem to offer much more (except ZT60 which will be pricy anyway).

4K TV and OLED will be sold in 2013 but at insane prices, and content will be scarce anyway. This is great time to buy a Panasonic plasma.

Thanks. The Vt50 looks nice. Question, would it be a waste to buy a 3D tv if we would never use it or do the VT&GT have best non 3D pic qualities.
post #4 of 11
All the best plasmas are 3d tvs the 2d is top of the line on both the vt and the gt

Whether or not you use 3d youll still get the best picture quality in a plasma
post #5 of 11
I agree, now should be a pretty good time to buy a 2012 model. The Panasonics and Samsung Plasmas are very nice. I was told by the retailer where I got mine that Samsung just released theire price restrictions on the 2012 so good deals should be had on remaining stock. Do not be shy about haggling.
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Is the Panny VT 50 better than ANY Samsung model? Thanks
post #7 of 11
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Is the Panny VT 50 better than ANY Samsung model? Thanks
There are numerous threads debating Panny vs. Sammy. I prefer Panny due to better blacks and (IMO) better reliability and better customer service. The VT50 won the VE shootout against all other displays, including Sammy plasmas and top-of-the-line LEDs. You can't go wrong with that choice, unless you want to wait for the VT60 coming out soon. As others have said, OLED will be VERY expensive for many years.
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.....Do you think my Panny Plasma is a bad buying choice at this point?

No, unless the new models' features and abilities are important to you and you're willing to spend more money in order to get them. The outgoing 2012 models are still excellent choices and current prices on them are pretty attractive. Aside from the flagship ZT60, the other new models are re-using the 2012 Plasma Panels and reportedly have only a slight improvement in PQ over the 2012s (via software and a slightly revised filter). No word yet on if there are any real improvements to black levels or color accuracy or image sharpness since they're not out yet and haven't been professionally reviewed or examined by calibrators etc.


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Also I see positive talks about the Panny GT series...I thought the 3D technology really did not take off due to lack of interest.

Well despite the lack of widespread interest in 3D, manufacturers are still going full steam ahead with it and marketing it heavily. It does seem to be gaining in popularity compared to a few years ago, but most people still aren't interested in it.


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Are people buying this set mainly for the 3D?

No, i'm sure 3D is not the priority with the people choosing the GT50 over the other 3D models (UT50/ST50/VT50) or even the non 3D models (X5, U50). There are various reasons why people choose the GT50 over the other models, but 3D surely isn't one of em.

Based on previous polls here and elsewhere and general discussion in numerous threads, the vast majority of people buying the models that support 3D do not use the 3D feature. The only Plasmas that are not 3D capable are the lower end models. If you want a decent to good Plasma, it will be 3D capable but most of us just ignore the 3D mode, just as i ignore the Vivid picture mode and Zoom stretch mode and Internet mode. The good thing about a 3D TV is that it has a better panel and better processing than the non-3D models so regular 2D viewing is better across the board.


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The Vt50 looks nice. Question, would it be a waste to buy a 3D tv if we would never use it?

No. Unless you want to spend less money and/or you're willing to settle for a bottom-of-the-barrel entry-level model with reduced picture quality compared to the 3D models.


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.....or do the VT&GT have best non 3D pic qualities.

That depends on various factors such as viewing environment and content and also you particular feature requirements. There are threads comparing the pros and cons of VT50 vs GT50, but basically the VT50 only has a few features/abilities that the GT50 does not have and those features/abilities only appeal to a very narrow group of movie watching enthusiasts. I have absolutely zero use for the VT50's extra features, and the ST50 is lacking a few features that i wanted or needed so for me the GT50 was a no brainer. I have absolutely zero interest in 3D so that had no bearing on my decision.
post #9 of 11
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Is the Panny VT 50 better than ANY Samsung model? Thanks

There's no clear winner both have strong points
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There's no clear winner both have strong points

The Samsung actually has a crisper picture (which i'd prefer) and apparently better processing on 720p signals, but the Panasonic has the overall better image quality, with the biggest advantages being a brighter picture, much better contrast ratio, much better black levels, all of which are pretty important.
post #11 of 11
As far as 3D goes, you are not going to find a high end HDTV without #D. All models without 3D also have cheaper panels, less anti glare if any, fewer features. It is just how they are packaged. I do not care about 3D myself but I bought an E7000, love it!
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