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So my TV (56" Samsung LED DLP TV) died on me again. It was bad capacitors on the power supply, again. I fixed it, again. But now I'm just tired of it.

I went to a few B&M stores last night to look at tv's in person with the intent on purchasing online. I already knew that I wanted a 3D ready plasma that was no smaller than my 56"er.

The two that I have been leaning to the most are the Samsung PN59D7000 and the Panasonic TC-P60GT30 (so 59" and 60"). Both of which can be found online for between $1700 and $1900 from reputable dealers.

So I started talking to the sales guy about them and then the manager walks by and overhears us. He says, "You know, I have a 65" Panasonic GT30 in the back that is unused, but still open box. Someone got it to their house, got the box open, and the wife said "No way, way too big, take it back." So it is brand new, but I can't sell it as new. I'll give it to you for the price of the new 60" GT30, so $1999...our normal sale price is $2799."

So, I came home and did some more research and the cheapest I can find it online from a "reputable" sell is right around $2300 shipped. If I finance this one that is open box, I get an additional 5% off...plus sales tax, and I am out the door for under $2030. I think I even have them talked into free delivery as well.

I really didn't plan on getting a tv so soon, but this deal just seems solid and I'm having a hard time passing it up. Any opinions?
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Love mine, and I wish I could have bought it that cheap. Mine cost me $2300 + tax (no delivery.. I'll handle my own plasma; thank-you), only due to a price match that Best Buy did from a price I found on Amazon.

I've had it for about 3 months. It replaced a Panasonic 50" 7th gen plasma that relegated itself to bedroom duty. There was nothing wrong with the 50, I just got upgrade-itis. I had looked at the VT30, but I could not justify the additional $ for the upgrade to the VT series. I didn't see enough of a difference. The GT series blows away the ST series in PQ, even though most reviews say the ST and GT are more similar, and the VT is the different one.

I got to see all 3 side by side at a local Panny dealer. Then when I bought, I ended up at Best Buy for the price. They actually had to get the Plasma from Magnolia in California, because the GT series is not a Best Buy stock item.

The Picture, once calibrated is exceptional. Blacks are dark and silky, and as good as they were on the old Panny, the black detail on the new panel is night and day.
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Thanks for the experience. I'm leaning more and more towards picking it up tonight...just hoping someone responds to my craigslist post for my current TV in the mean time.

Anyone else have any experience with the GT30 serires tv's?
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Got it...this thing is amazing.



Had to do a quick (and very poor quality) photoshop to remove the shadow to show the actual thinness of the TV.






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post #5 of 8
Congrats on your new "baby". You may come to hate that window during the day, on the left.

Without professional calibration, the THX settings are fairly accurate for overall watching of the TV. If you can swing it after a few hundred hours, have the set professionally calibrated.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by turbocharged View Post
Got it...this thing is amazing.



Had to do a quick (and very poor quality) photoshop to remove the shadow to show the actual thinness of the TV.



Hey you're watching sons of guns.


Great looking TV.
I wish I could have one as big.
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yeah that window may piss you off at points lol

Awesome deal though. I got my Samsung PN58B550 two years ago for more than that. My how times change and prices drop....

I wish I would have went with a 65"
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Thanks everyone...it really is amazing and I couldn't be happier with it.

And yes that is Sons of Guns...glad to see someone else around here is a firearms enthusiast.

As far as the window is concerned...my previous tv was in the same spot and it wasn't much of a problem because it a wall on the west side of the house and we have a bunch of bushes. Since it is a plasma, we are considering putting it on a different wall, but that is only if it really becomes a problem.
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