It is unusual for them to specify max weight for the entire system. There's a massive difference between putting 70kg on 1 shelf, & 70kg distributed between the shelves.
Why don't you ask them directly?
I will be really surprised if the stand supports a 50-inch TV but not a 55-inch one!
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This year the VT range got 1.5kg more heavier! This is my stand:
And I have it customised with bigger legs for my B&W centre speaker. 70kg the max limit.
I think that 70kg is the maximum limit per shelf. I also have this exact Optimum stand, but modified so that there is 320mm, not the default 230mm, between the top shelf and the middle shelf so that my Denon receiver has more ventilation. On the top shelf is my Samsung PS64D8000 television, with the quad foot stand, and my centre speaker, and about 8kg of other stuff. On the middle shelf are my 19 kg Denon AVR-4810 receiver and Denon 4010UD Blu-Ray player, and about another 5kg of HDMI switches and leads. On bottom shelf are a fairly large old-fashioned stereo amplifier, Sony DVD recorder, Sanyo VHS recorder. All this comes to way more than 70kg, maybe not far off twice that. So, gel, your stand could certainly take the weight of the Panasonic 55VT65. Go for it, you know you want to! When funds permit, I'll certainly be getting the 65VT65, and that will replace the Samsung plasma, and I have no concern about the weight.
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70kg for the TV or entire system? What all have you got there?
7.2 centre speaker
5.5 stand for speaker
5.7 Blu-ray player
Total 66.9kg without Sky HD box. But I am getting the 55 Pioneer Blu-ray player so that should drop by 2 kg.
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I have called them before and they said 70kg when modified for the entire system.
That is what I have too:
You can see some of the stand here.
Have you got a picture of it?
I do have an image of the stand, but for some reason tonight I can't get it from Photobucket.
Son_of_SJ's TV is of the same weight as the 55VT65 gel.
You might have to copy and paste it, I did last time I did it.
That TV would look seriously big on this stand. It is quite high already.
Are you inextricably wedded to your current stand?
As you note, the 50VT65 is a fair bit heavier than the 50GT50. I managed to unpack several 50GT50s with little effort. The 50VT65 proved more of a struggle.
I bought a BLOK AV cabinet I'm extremely fond of. My system looks very neat with the centre speaker tucked away behind a grille. Cable management is also easy. (There are several slots that toward the rear of the BLOK cabinet you can feed cables through.)
I agree that the VT65 should be you main TV, if that's the way you go. You were lucky (admittedly after two replacements) in getting a GT50 without obvious problems, but the VT65 is undoubtedly the better TV. Having owned both I can state this unequivocally.
Maybe it's time for a new stand, if you can afford it? Your current stand could be relegated to the second room, along with the GT50. Just an idea.
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LOL gel you just can't help yourself can you...!
I can say from experience mate that the VT65 is better in every regard over the GT60 and more than justifies the extra outlay. I demoed both on my trip to the local Panasonic store but very quickly ruled out the GT60 as it just didn't stack up in terms of performance. I didn't find it as dull with contrast as the ZT65 but it was certainly lacking punch compared to the VT and there were obvious differences in black detail and black levels with the VT really digging deep into those blacks to reveal the last ounce of detail. In comparison the GT60 just looked gloomy during the same scene and couldn't go quite as deep or reveal as much black detail.
The GT60 performed well with colour though and was comparable to the VT but it wasn't quite as smooth with motion with some slight instances of judder when compared to the silky smooth nature of the VT65. It's a no brainer mate and if it was me I would go for a 55 inch for full effect, you know it makes sense
I would rather buy a new stand and have a 55 inch VT65 than go for the 50 inch. It's unusual your stand in that most glass units I've seen and indeed owned have a thicker top shelf to take the load of the tv, can you not wall mount it then?
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Well, Son_of_SJ's TV is 64 inches!
As photobucket is still refusing to play ball tonight, despite my doing exactly what I had done recently with success, I've had to open an account with ImageShack. Here is my 3-tier Optimum stand, modelled by my friend Marina Bambino from Los Angeles in June 2012. It's a shame that you can't see the components on the bottom shelf more clearly - an old Sony integrated amplifier, a Humax Freesat HD recorder, a Sony DVD recorder and a Sanyo VHS recorder.
Not really, just never managed to find another stand to accommodate all my equipment. If you could find me a stand, I would look at it.
I know! Ah cheers for the feedback, the VT65 it is. I could possibly wall mount, but hadn't previously considered it. It is an option though! Cheers
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