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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2011 8:13 am 
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So I had a talk with the wife last night, and she agreed to let me use some money we'd set aside for a new TV. I'm NOT going 3-D, but I have my eyes on the 50 inch Panasonic Plasma with the Kuro panels (I believe that's the G series?). Anyway, I'd like to stay around $1000 or less, and I figure that I should be able to swing that model for that price, but has anything changed as to a more recommended model? Film fest patrons will be very happy to hear that we'll be watching fest 20 on a beautiful new screen! :thumbs:

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2011 8:46 am 
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Amazon currently has the TC-P50GT25 on sale for $999.98 (free standard shipping no tax), that is a fucking bargain. I'm very sorry that it also has 3D, but hopefully you can overlook that flaw.

The Pioneer 'Kuro panels' are dead, the tech that helped make them awesome is currently being used in the '10 and '11 Panasonic models (who bought the 'Kuro tech' rights). The one above is a '10. They are not considered to be as good as the Pioneer Kuros were, but the differences are so minute you would never in a billion years of naked eye study ever notice it.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2011 8:53 am 
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I'm figuring if that model is on sale for a grand, I should be able to get a non 3-D model for $800 or so. The wife can't see 3-D, and frankly I could care less about it, so it's not really worth it to me to spend the extra cash for a technology I won't use. I'd rather spend that money on a region free dvd Blu-Ray like the new Oppo 93 or one of the well reviewed (and significantly cheaper Sharp region free BD players).

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The equivalent is this model, TC-P50G25, which I haven't been able to find for under $1000, but maybe you can. The disadvantage to going with lesser models than that is you lose VieraCast which gives you built in Netflix amongst other things. If you go under the S series (TC-P50S2), the picture quality suffers (different panels), but you can probably find the S model for around $800-$900 if you get lucky.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2011 9:04 am 
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The other advantage to the GT over the G is that it plays back AVCHD/MPEG2 files natively, meaning you can plug in a USB drive and play back any AVCHD/MPEG2 videos that may be on it. No need to use a PC or other machine between them.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2011 10:49 am 
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Not really the best time to buy a Panasonic TV. The new models have run through their clearance sales, and new stock is only just arriving at stores. The GT25 has been replaced by the GT30/31. Anyway, if you can find a great deal on a GT25 (or G20/25), get it (it's cheaper than the non-3D model it replaced). Check your local Sears. If you want some reputable online links, let me know.


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Kimfair wrote:
So I had a talk with the wife last night, and she agreed to let me use some money we'd set aside for a new TV. I'm NOT going 3-D, but I have my eyes on the 50 inch Panasonic Plasma with the Kuro panels (I believe that's the G series?). Anyway, I'd like to stay around $1000 or less, and I figure that I should be able to swing that model for that price, but has anything changed as to a more recommended model?

This is a good question, Kimfair. Unfortunately, now is not really the best time to buy a Panasonic TV. you see, the new models have run through their clearance sales, and new stock is only just arriving at stores. Recently, the GT25 has been replaced by the GT30/31. But I'm rambling; my point is, if you can find a great deal on a GT25 (or G20/25), get it (it's cheaper than the non-3D model it replaced). My advice is to check your local Sears. Let me know if you want some reputable online links.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2011 11:14 am 
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Not really the best time to buy a Panasonic TV. The new models have run through their clearance sales, and new stock is only just arriving at stores. The GT25 has been replaced by the GT30/31. Anyway, if you can find a great deal on a GT25 (or G20/25), get it (it's cheaper than the non-3D model it replaced). Check your local Sears. If you want some reputable online links, let me know.


I'm not going to be buying it tomorrow, just in the near future. We have Paul's TV at a local furniture store, and they always seemed to have the best brick and mortar store prices on the Vieras (as you know I've been eyeing tham for a while). I'll have to check at Sears (though I have no idea where the closest Sears is anymore). Send me the online links if you could. Obviously the 3-D model can show non-3-D programming, so if that's the best current model I'm sure I could talk the wife into it (even though she hates the idea). Thanks for the info everybody, well everybody but Shoe.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2011 11:21 am 
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Kimfair wrote:
...We have Paul's TV at a local furniture store, and they always seemed to have the best brick and mortar store prices on the Vieras ...
That's were I bought mine, the one up in Nashua.

They have the GT25 in stock for about that same price ($999.00), you can talk them down. They no longer have any G25 or S2 in stock, and the S30, ST30 and G30 are more expensive.

Just get the fucking TV, Kimfair, I'm still in denial about you not even having an HDTV yet, my mind can't handle that fact. OUCH, . . . brain . . . hurts . . .

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Kimfair wrote:
Thanks for the info everybody, well everybody but Shoe.

I offered a detailed post packed with information and I get shit on for it. :mad:

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2011 11:24 am 
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Kim, just remember the 3D feature is an on/off switch. I would argue it's an even better TV when you forget the functionality even exists.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2011 11:29 am 
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OK now with Chris Knight and Show having the same avatar, I'm fucking confused.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2011 11:36 am 
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Kim, just remember the 3D feature is an on/off switch. I would argue it's an even better TV when you forget the functionality even exists.


It seems like this is the best TV available now for my needs. I would assume that since it is a 3-D set that it will be available for a while? Does it come with one pair of glasses? Not that I care much, but if I have the capability, I could see myself watching something in 3-D by myself.

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Do you mean the GT25? If so, they will not be available for too long, it is a discontinued model, like all Panasonic 2010 models, and places are just selling off existing stock. Get it while you can.

Yes, it does come with 1 pair of glasses. If you have Comcast, they have a lot of free 3D content on demand, most of which sucks, but hey, it's free. If you have HBO there are 3 3D movies available on demand right now, Clash of the Titans, Monsters vs. Aliens and I think Alice in Wonderland or Coraline. Also, if you have ESPN, ESPN3D is free and is now broadcasting 24/7, although it's mostly the same stuff shown over and over again. Anything else and you'll need a 3D Blu-ray player, or a PS3/XBOX 360.

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Also, 3D makes you gay. Not that there's anything wrong with that.


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Also, 3D makes you gay. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

That's rather offensive, Shoe.


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Also, 3D makes you gay. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
True, something they wish they knew before launching ESPN 3D. Coming soon BRAVO 3D!

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Squirt videos look great in 3D so long as you have the wife tossing water on you at the same time the porn chick cums.

Unless you hate looking at pussy.

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Shoe wrote:
Also, 3D makes you gay. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

That's rather offensive, Shoe.

Yes, Shoe. It is.

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So, if it takes me a bit to buy a TV (and it won't be purchased for a month or two) will there be a better TV than the Panasonic Viera to get (3D or non-3-D)? I have a friend who keeps hounding me to buy the Samsung TV she has (and it does get fairly good reviews).

Also how huge is the drop off in video quality for the S series? I see a new for 2011 S series Viera in the Paul's TV ads for around $900.

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Samsung plasma TVs are very nice, except that at the very top .5" of the screen (on the 50" and 55" models that are out now), there's this dark gray line that spans the width of the screen. Very weird, but I notice it on every Samsung plasma at Best Buy...I think Pender had a similar issue with his last Samsung purchase.

Stick to Panasonic, and tell your friend to shut the fuck up. :)

The Panasonic S series looks fantastic...you lose a few of the calibration controls, and the SD memory card slot isn't as useful. Also, no internet connection, so no Netflix built into the set. Not a huge deal-breaker. Most importantly, I don't think the screen gets as bright as the Kuro panels - so if you're in a room with a lot of sunlight, you may be cranking the settings. Not a concern if you're a controlled room.


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Chris Knight wrote:
Samsung plasma TVs are very nice, except that at the very top .5" of the screen (on the 50" and 55" models that are out now), there's this dark gray line that spans the width of the screen. Very weird, but I notice it on every Samsung plasma at Best Buy...I think Pender had a similar issue with his last Samsung purchase.

Stick to Panasonic, and tell your friend to shut the fuck up. :)
I think she has an LCD or LED Samsung anyway. I've seen it, it looks nice, but I liked how the Viera plasma looked anyway (which I've only seen in the store).

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The Panasonic S series looks fantastic...you lose a few of the calibration controls, and the SD memory card slot isn't as useful. Also, no internet connection, so no Netflix built into the set. Not a huge deal-breaker. Most importantly, I don't think the screen gets as bright as the Kuro panels - so if you're in a room with a lot of sunlight, you may be cranking the settings. Not a concern if you're a controlled room.
I don't need the internet connection (I don't even use Netflix DVD rental, nevermind streaming), and the SD card slot isn't a deal breaker either. My room is fairly sunny, but the sunlight doesn't shine onto the screen (window behind the TV, and three to the left of the TV, none of which shines directly onto the screen. Almost all of my TV watching happens in the evening anyway, and when I'm watching TV alone during the day (if I have a day off from work for example), I tend to pull the shades on those windows anyway, since I prefer watching in a darkened room.

I just wanted your opinion on the Samsungs, and on the S series, should that be what's available to me by the time I get the set.

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Feel free to make the exhausting 1:15 hour drive to my home and see one in action whenever you want, Mr. Drugpusher.

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You should know my opinion on LCD TVs, regardless of brand. a 5 year-old plasma is better than anything that uses LCD.


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You should know my opinion on LCD TVs, regardless of brand. a 5 year-old plasma is better than anything that uses LCD.


Oh, I do know your opinion, I just like poking your cage every once in a while.

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Chris Knight wrote:
....I think Pender had a similar issue with his last Samsung purchase.

Nope.

I had a more severe problem with the first TV - granted, it had been turned upside down (not that we told them that) and I have a very distinct feeling that was not healthy for it.

Our current replacement was treated much more kindly and is about the best thing I could ever hope for.

We ended up paying $680 for it when all was said and done.

58" crisp, clean, sweet, ejaculation-worthy plasma from Samsung.

It does not have 3D, but watching Avatar on it the first night, it really did not need it.

I love it for gaming too.

I have nothing but joy for it and Samsung.

But, I have heard other complaints about the gray bar, some sort of hum and other things - personally, I think it is a very loud minority making noise. The majority of owners are too content to zone out looking at the beauty that is a modern plasma.

And, I think that is my main point, plasma is the way to go.

Samsung or Panasonic - just make it plasma and make it 50+ inches.

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Our Samsung plasma is beautiful. And I think my dad finally sees why that Sony LCD set he bought really was a waste of money. If only because all NFL teams have the proper colors on the plasma straight out of the box, but on the LCD, they were always off, no matter how much calibrating was done.


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I just bought an LCD TV today. I love my 50" plasma for regular TV viewing, but I wanted something to watch in my bedroom late at night. Chris will probably tell me I made a bad choice, but I didn't want something bigger than 32" for my bedroom. That meant LCD. Picture quality isn't such a big deal for this TV because I don't really ever intend to do much with it except some streaming Netflix and the occasional episode of SportsCenter. Got a 32" Toshiba for only $279. Looks good to me for what it is.

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My daughter has a 32" Panasonic LCD in her room, and it looks fantastic, and I love my LCD PC monitors (granted, they are IPS). I just think LCD falls apart at larger sizes, especially when you're watching movies (as opposed to TV shows or video games).


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I just bought an LCD TV today. I love my 50" plasma for regular TV viewing, but I wanted something to watch in my bedroom late at night. Chris will probably tell me I made a bad choice, but I didn't want something bigger than 32" for my bedroom. That meant LCD. Picture quality isn't such a big deal for this TV because I don't really ever intend to do much with it except some streaming Netflix and the occasional episode of SportsCenter. Got a 32" Toshiba for only $279. Looks good to me for what it is.


Getting a TV like that for $279 is great. My dad spent $1400 on a 40-inch LCD, which is what I found foolish, and tried talking him out of it.

14 years ago, I spent $200 on a 20-inch RCA CRT TV which would emit a high pitch whine unless you'd smack it. That would shut it up for about 10 minutes.


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Looked long and hard before got my 46-inch LCD Samsung. Looks great when the room is dark and the brightness is notched up, but the kids have trouble watching their videos in the daytime, especially anything that's dark. Plasma's supposed to be brighter, but the burn-in factor worried me, with two young 'uns. I think your place is dark enough to make an LCD worthwhile, Kimfair.


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Chris Knight wrote:
I wanted to post a funny response, but I can't stop staring at Manphibian's avatar...


Manphibian is a righteous dude (and a long time friend), with a bitchin' (if a bit small) avatar.
I'm going plasma (no young un's to worry about), and will have it in time for fest 20.

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OK, hold onto your seats. I have a 50 inch Panasonic Viera plasma TC-P50GT25 arriving at the house on Thursday sometime! We are currently looking for a new bed, so we were in Jordan's furniture today, and we stopped in the Paul's TV section. They had one of these sets left. It's an open box (returned after 48 hours due to the buyer saying it was too big), but looks perfect in every other way, it's guaranteed to be in the same condition when it arrives, or I can refuse it, and it still comes with the manufacturer's warranty. I was talking to the guy there, and they said they had no idea when they were getting any 2011 models due to the situation in Japan. They were hoping for late April. Plus the list on the newer model will be $1700. No glasses, but I don't care. $899 plus tax.

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