I have been working with an internet vendor on an order I placed a month ago. I originally ordered the 50PZ700U .I called them today and they said that item is still back ordered. They mentioned that they would be willing to sell me the 50PZ80U for an additional 75 to my order. They told me that the PZ700U is currently a discontinued model and it's direct replacement is the PZ80U. Panasonic has confirmed this. What I can't get is that there are no reviews or information on the new anti glare screen. All the other specs minus the sound seem to be superior.
3 hdmi ports
However , power consumption and screen height is less. There are also is no woofer on this model only left and right speakers. Although speakers don't really matter to me since I will be using a 6.1 system.Should I wait or take the deal? I am a little hesitant to take it since this model just shipped and there are no reviews on it yet. But , I can't wait any longer . I placed this order over president's day. I am thinking about cancelling and going with another vendor. Panasonic and the internet vendor said that the anti reflective screen is an improvement over the 77U that was released earlier this year. What I couldn't get info on is whether the screen is dull like an LCD. I have heard alot of complaints from users on this forum that the anti reflective screen on the PZ77U somewhat makes the picture less appealing to the 700u. Any advice or info on the PZ80u would be greatly appreciated.
Here is panasonic's product comparison between PZ700U,PZ77U, and the PZ80U.
Is the 80u available now?
I'm in a somewhat similar situatuion in tha t I'm returning a 2nd 50pe700u with bad pixels and there may be no exchange available when I can do it later this week.
I agree most of the specs do look better, the pixel shifter, game mode and 24p playback would be cool. But the sound really looks weak with 2 fullrange speakers instead of the woofers and tweeters on 700. The sound is an issue for me because there is no way my much better half is going to go for a external system(going for the clean, understated look). The sound is pretty good on the 700u anyway.