It is strange with mine I hear no buzzing from the front but when I went around the back of it just then I did notice some coming from the back of the TV, it certainly isn't a problem though.
Buzzing is usually from the transformer. It is more obvious from behind because of the ventilation. Put on a fully white screen like the snow scenes in Starwars Episode V, buzzing should get louder if its present. My Samsung does it in bright white scenes, not enough to bother me though. Maybe best not to go hunting for problems though, what is seen cannot be unseen!
I agree, though the buzzing was louder on my first GT50 (assuming the very new second one doesn't develop a louder buzz).
I think it's really a question of finding a set where this inherent plasma trait doesn't become obtrusive to enjoying the TV.
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Where are you getting the number from? On the box or on the back of the TV? On AVForums they were reading the numbers and noticing there were different batches.
The number is on the back of the TV, near the middle, and on the box as well (on the white label on either end). I'd be interested to hear if your GT50 has an FE prefix.
I'm reserving judgement on the new set for the moment. Obviously it's got less than two hours clocked up, and I've spotted very mild DSE a few times so far. I can see it more clearly if I look at a uniform grey screen (my AVR's screen saver). That said, if it hardly ever shows up on actual content, I won't consider it an issue.
I have got the big Panasonic black sticker in the middle at the back and to the left a smaller white sticker, not sure which one it is on, can't see at the moment.
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It's the smaller white sticker (the number is at the very bottom). Anyway, don't worry, it's not worth breaking your back lifting the TV, or straining yourself trying to see round the back!
Think I might need a magnifying glass.
I saw the number while lifting the TV onto the stand. Not sure I'd stand a chance now without lifting it off my AV cabinet.
I'm getting seriously tempted by the GT50 now. £989 is the best price I've found (RGB Direct), I'm going to try price-matching from JL. Think I'll make a visit to RGB on Saturday and take a good look.
Ooh, JL do it in-store for only £999 (online is £1049), so even if they don't end up price-matching for some reason only a tenner in it. JL here I come tomorrow to check it out in person
Strange that the online price is now higher than a month ago (albeit the same if you buy in store).
I'd recommend buying from John Lewis if you decide on the GT50, as the five year warranty and after sales service are definitely worth it.
I recall when I was looking at JL a month ago, all the clearence offers on the web page were ending on the 22nd of Jan. I think the prices will probably have gone up due to clearance ending.
Paul's system thread
(where the photos live) Paul's Flickr page
RGB also do a 5 year warranty (direct from Panasonic) included in the cost, but the JL after-sales service is what moves it to the top of the list.
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