If JL do grant me an exchange, do you think it's worth exchanging for the VT65 and paying the extra?
Sorry to hear things haven't improved.
It's a much better TV, but it's not perfect. I have no issues with DSE/banding on the VT65. Straight out of the box there was one subtle right hand band, but this has now vanished completely.
The fan noise is a bit annoying; and my VT65 has very a minor screen uniformity issue, namely a subtle cyan tint toward the left edge. This is rarely visible. I can only see it on menu screens and in less than one percent of actual viewing. Compared with the banding on the GT50, this is a small issue.
Panasonic has developed a "foam fix" for the fan noise. A series of foam strips are installed around the fans, though there are mixed reports as to how effective this is. I haven't had the fix installed and I'm wondering whether it'll be worth it.
All that said, the VT65 produces a better picture than the GT50. You'll certainly notice the improvement, in depth and detail especially. I'm still blown away by how good the picture is, particularly after professional calibration.
In short, I'd say yes, it's worth the extra; and I'm far happier with the VT65 than the GT50, even if there are minor caveats to that statement. And if you get Gel on the case, I'm sure you'll find the best possible price match!
You might look at the F8500, too. Alternatively, you could cut your losses and ask JL for a refund, even if this means losing a bit of money. You could then consider the GT60, which has no fans.
Hope that's some help.
Thanks for all the info Strapped. I'd like to start the ball rolling with JL now, but I'll be working away from the 23rd, so the chances of getting it all sorted before then are remote, so I'll have to wait until the London job is finished.
I won't be able to do anything before the beginning of November at the earliest, but if I can get JL to agree to an exchange within a few months of starting the ball rolling, there may well be some deals on the VT, so it could cost a little less than it would now.
The aim is an exchange, but I'll certainly not push for one until I've given JL the chance to sort the GT out.
From some info gained on another thread, I understand that it'll be best to report my problem within the first year of ownership, so this is what I'll be doing.
Thanks again Strapped
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In response to your post on the other thread, BBB, I've had a similar problem with my VT65, namely a subtle cyan tint toward the left edge and an occasional rose tint toward the middle of the screen.
I veer between thinking the problem is improving and getting worse, which probably means it hasn't changed and is more noticeable when viewing certain types of content.
I haven't done anything about this for two reasons:
1) I'm really busy and TV problems haven't been top of my list of priorities.
2) I'd need to sure that I'd be happier with another TV. (Experience has taught me that a replacement Panasonic leads to more of the same; and I'm done playing that game.)
Given the choice, I'd have my V20 back (which had perfect screen uniformity) and a full refund on the VT65. I'd have a TV without obvious problems and my bank balance would be healthier.
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It's so frustrating isn't it, and I just know that the guy I sold my Kuro too is still happy as Larry.
He'd had a Kuro, sold it, bought a Pana (I think), then hated it, and bought my Kuro. I should have known.
I don't have a major problem with the restricted viewing angles of leds, so as long as I can find one without any light bleed, I'd be happy, though the F8500 does look like an alternative choice, though not cheap.
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You have my sympathies. If I can think of anything more useful or inspiring to contribute, I'll let you know.
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