"Great to hear your enjoying your new VT60. Your review of East Coast TV's seems pretty spot on. You can without a doubt save a large chunk of money making a purchase with ECTV's but I'm just not into that type of hassle. I don't have the time to deal with aggressive morons trying to push insurance charges and who know what else on me. Face to face I'll deal with that stuff all day but over the phone and being at the mercy of them returning calls & emails it's just not worth it. If you can tolerate you can save big. I just want to make one call and the tv show up on my doorstep. I'll deal with ABT or any of the others. Plenty others offer no sales tax, free shipping and competitive pricing. Still waiting through Thanksgiving before I purchase. Good luck and I appreciate the review of the VT. Maybe I won't rule that one out after all."
I completely agree with you about trying to avoid the hassle of pushy salesmen. Eastcoast's sales crew still use 'old school' sales techniques that seem out of place in the modern world of internet retailing. I'm not sure if they realize they're just driving away sales with their tactics. They remind me of the stereotypical used car salesman. However, I have a significantly reduced income now since having a stroke in 2009 and being forced to retire and am currently receiving only Social Security and private disability insurance. Therefore, I was willing to put up with the hassle and save $500 because that amount of money is more dear to me than it was when I was employed.
I watch a lot more tv now than I used to so a very good tv is more important to me now, sort of my 'portal to the world' since I don't get out much anymore. I wasn't in the market for a new hdtv until I went to Best Buy with my son several weeks ago. When I wandered over to check out the latest hdtvs, it was obvious to me what I was missing out on. All of these tvs were clearer and beat out my 5 yr old Sony 50". I made the decision on the spot that I needed a new one even though it meant dipping into my savings to do so.
Now, I just had to figure out which one to get. I was initially swayed by a $5,000 50-60" Samsung 4k unit that was playing a special demo recorded at 4k.. But I knew 4k content is currently very rare and I'd be viewing, at best, 1080i or 1080p from my satellite service, blurays and Netflix upconverted to 4k. Some of the led/lcd sets. a Panasonic 58",a Samsung f8000 60", 2 Sony units and even a Samsung f8500 plasma, all looked very good but were a bit too bright for my tastes. When I saw the 65vt60 in the more light controlled Magnolia section, I knew I had found my next tv. It was just as clear and detailed as the others but had a more natural look that looked more realistic and impressive. But the quoted price of $3,699 was a little too steep for me so I left empty handed.
Next, I began researching all the current crop of hdtvs on the internet. I read and watched numerous reviews and forum discussions. I learned that the better picture quality I noticed on the VT60 was probably the result of its better contrast ratio caused by the plasma's superior 'black levels'. I also learned that oled technology is capable of matching, or even exceeding, the black levels and picture quality of the best plasmas. However, oleds are currently more expensive and restricted to 55" and smaller screen sizes. I am too impressed with the impact of the 65" screen size to settle for less. I'm also too cheap to spend the extra $$ for a smaller picture that, in my opinion, is only marginaly better than the VT60's. So, I'm very satisfied with my choice thus far and will be monitoring oled and other developments in hdtv technology as I enjoy this awesome tv.
As far as your decision, I'm not sure which hdtvs your considering. But I definitely suggest you do not rule out the VT60s. Like I mentioned earlier, if you're concerned about the picture quality or brightness levels of this unit, then you have no concerns.
Let me know if you, or anyone else reading this thread, have any questions either via this thread or via a pm. I'm no expert on the VT60s yet but I'll do my best and let you know my honest opinion or tell you if I don't know.