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post #21 of 30
Avoid Panasonic.

Panasonic said that they will be withdrawing completely from the TV business and other unprofitable businesses. This means warranties on Panasonic TV's will be voided in the future and any problems will mean unreliable and costly repairs:

http://www.engadget.com/2013/03/17/nikkei-panasonic-may-end-plasma-hdtv-production-soon/

Go with the Samsung E8000 Plasma Series instead. Samsung E8000 plasma's have superior screen uniformity and have more reliable after sales service, customer service and warranties will be 100% guaranteed. Warranties are extremely important.
post #22 of 30
Panasonic VT series is the best plasma on the market, and about them not wanting to make TV's their not going to "NOT" support the ones who own them. Samsung and LG also make very good TV's
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Panasonic VT series is the best plasma on the market, and about them not wanting to make TV's their not going to "NOT" support the ones who own them. Samsung and LG also make very good TV's

No the ZT is THE best plasma there is but its only in 60 inch size so far
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Avoid Panasonic.

Panasonic said that they will be withdrawing completely from the TV business and other unprofitable businesses. This means warranties on Panasonic TV's will be voided in the future and any problems will mean unreliable and costly repairs:

http://www.engadget.com/2013/03/17/nikkei-panasonic-may-end-plasma-hdtv-production-soon/

Go with the Samsung E8000 Plasma Series instead. Samsung E8000 plasma's have superior screen uniformity and have more reliable after sales service, customer service and warranties will be 100% guaranteed. Warranties are extremely important.

Pretty sure that rumor has been busted.

http://www.engadget.com/2013/04/12/panasonic-buries-rumors-of-plasma-tv-death/
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post #25 of 30
A plasma is alway right. Especially with the low power consumption of today's plasmas!
    
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I'm kind of in the same boat man. Looking to buy a plasma as well.

Here's the price history on the st50. Snip (Click to show)
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I'm thinking of this one though... 2013 vt50

The ST60 is now available for the same price. A lot of reviews say it's about on par with last year's flagship the VT50. The main drawback is the lower quality filter.
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Whatever your choice, just keep in mind that there are 3 technologies on the verge of becoming mainstream:

1. OLED: significant improvement to color, contrast, blacks, and lower power consumption for LCDs
2. 48p: current films are recorded at 24 frames per second, save The Hobbit. This higher frame rate will begin to become more common-place.
3. UHD: higher resolution than 1080p

New tech is good to keep in mind, but I wouldn't say it's a bad time to buy a TV. It will be a couple years before UHD and OLED TVs become what most people consider affordable. 48FPS could be supported through a firmware update.
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Avoid Panasonic.

Panasonic said that they will be withdrawing completely from the TV business and other unprofitable businesses. This means warranties on Panasonic TV's will be voided in the future and any problems will mean unreliable and costly repairs:

http://www.engadget.com/2013/03/17/nikkei-panasonic-may-end-plasma-hdtv-production-soon/

Go with the Samsung E8000 Plasma Series instead. Samsung E8000 plasma's have superior screen uniformity and have more reliable after sales service, customer service and warranties will be 100% guaranteed. Warranties are extremely important.

If Panasonic were to stop producing plasma TVs they wouldn't void the warranties. They will likely keep a couple in stock just for replacement purposes. Most manufacturer warranties are only a year anyways. Third party warranties usually pay for a repair service.

Also why recomend the E8000 when the F8500 is out and superior in every way.

As for this year's plasma lineup goes: The ST60 is a good mid-range plasma. There are plenty of people over at AVS that prefer the F8500 over the VT60. Verdict is still out for the ZT60 since the comparisons were mostly made against the aging Kuro.
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post #27 of 30
I'll be buying a 55 inch ST60 in the next couple weeks. I have sifted through countless reviews, read every thing I could get my hands on, been to the tv shop many times to view the products and person and by a fair margin I've decided on the ST60. Hope you enjoy yours:thumb:
post #28 of 30
I ended up getting this for $600

I'll just use this until OLED is out. I just couldn't justify the plasma prices
Edited by exzacklyright - 4/26/13 at 5:49pm
post #29 of 30
Unless you mainly use your TV to watch movies, then you'll see the advantage of a plasma screen. But otherwise, LED is probably a better choice. You don't need to worry about TV station logos burn in, you don't need to worry about game HUDs burn in, and you don't need to worry about watching videos with letterbox bars.
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post #30 of 30
always wanted a plasma happysmiley.gif

saw my friends cheap £500 42" a few years ago and couldn't believe how black things were and solid, watching futurama was a lot of fun when they travelled through space
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