Originally Posted by fierce_gt
oh, my mistake then. i thought the panel from last years vt was used by both.
nevertheless. there are some feature that are less than useless for me, so even 10bux savings would be appreciated. or even if it's not about savings, i mean removing the speakers should make the tv a little sleeker right? removing the wifi and smart features should make it a little more stable? i'm one of those guys that likes as little computing as possible. i'm not looking forward to the day i need to install anti-virus software on my tv... haha.
i just want a display. nothing more.
I can actually answer some of this because I've disassembled it a bit.
Removing the speakers wouldn't slim the design in the slightest. For example, the "woofer" speaker is mounted right next to the power supply. The power supply has caps, power coils, and such, that make the board actually taller than the back speaker. The speaker faces outwards, towards the wall, which is actually kinda bad design as bass frequencies will get soaked up by the walls.
The "tweeter" speakers are mounted right along the metal panel. Terrible design choice. They have to actually push sound through metal, printed circuit boards, and the plastic bezel. Oh, and there are no speaker grills, so you'll get tons of frequency loss this way. However, I believe on the VT and ZT series, it appears the tweeters are mounted against a grill on the sides of the set and not the bottom. I believe this is like, maybe half an inch or so added to the left and right side width of the display, and as far as depth, they'll still be shorter than the PCB's mounted on the back.
I've operated the TV without the WIFI dongle. No difference.
Smart features? Maybe I'll give ya that, as it seems Panny's design is a single processor to push all the image processing and handle smart features. In this case, I would agree 100% I'd rather all that be dedicated to image processing instead of Smart apps I'll never, ever use.
You're scared of AV on your TV? I'm terrified of the day TV manufacturers decide to move our TV's to the DLC model. What's that? You want to have red control options in your menu? $50 for saturation. Oh, you want red tint options, too? $50, but we're developing that to be released a month later, to increase hype longevity of our displays! Next month, we'll give you a contrast DLC menu item!!