Originally Posted by cklim55
1st time post on this thread--I'm in the market for a 50 inch HD plasma and have reduced my choices to the Panasonic 50PZ700U and the Pioneer models 5080 and 5010 with all 3 being offered a great prices by Invision . I went to a local Magnolia HiFi and a salesman showed me all 3 products but the Pioneers weren't hooked up for sound. When I mentioned this forum and complaints about audible buzz with the Pioneers he responded with how this forum was just filled with negative people and whiners. Also he stated that the people who complained about the buzz probably worked for Sony or Panasonic. ...... Why can't tv decisions be easy?
I heard the same thing from the Best Buy guys. "The avsforum is filled with complainers" and other comments along those lines. I think this is probably true in some cases. There's no such thing as an internet forum that has no extreme posters on it. Then again, most of the guys at the Magnolia store didn't know what I was talking about with respect to the break-in disc.
If you're in the market for a television that costs more than $1000.00, you're probably going to research it carefully. I'm dropping close to $6000 on the 110 after owning the 1150. Why? The difference is worth it to me. Why do I keep sending back 110s? Because the difference is worth it to me. I'd have a silent Kuro panel so it's extremely difficult for me to accept one that isn't.
Why do I and others post about our troubling experiences? To find out if there are other people who share our experiences and to give prospective owners a heads-up.
Here's where I'm at.
1. I love the Pioneer Kuro line. It is the state of the art. I'm thrilled by what I've seen on my first 1150 and then even moreso my first 110. But that 110 buzzed too loudly during quiet scenes in movies. My second 110 (currently installed) is worse in that it not only buzzes audibly from 10 feet away during not so quiet scenes, it also exhibits the streaking issue.
2. The buzzing thing is not a trivial issue. I've spent nearly two hundred dollars on return/exchanges because of the buzz issue with the 110. My 1150 was inaudible from my listening position; it buzzed, but not in a way that was detectable unless I was very close to the panel or had my head behind it. My first 110 was quieter, noticeably, than my second. I'm still well within my return period thanks to Best Buy's extension to the end of January for product returns/exchanges. I'm sure some online vendors would be better than others about arranging for exchanges, but I'm still glad I went with a B&M for this big purchase.
3. My third 110 is on the way. I consider this tv to be worth the inconvenience and additional expense that it's apparently going to take to secure a model that performs as it should.
I hope that posting about this issue is helpful to people. I'm sorry if it bothers others. Honestly, I don't understand why it would bother owners of kuros that don't buzz.
btw, HAPPY NEW YEAR!