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.
Wow! Cheers for the picture. Still can't believe you have a 64 inch TV on it! Makes me a lot more confident about going for the TV now. Thanks.
Main AV Setup: Panasonic 50VT65 TV, Pioneer Bdp-lx71, Pioneer Vsx-lx70, B&W FPM Series, B&W PV1, Optimum AV300 AV Stand, QED Silver Anniversary XT Speaker Cable & Chord Silver Plus HDMI Cables. Gadgets: iPad 4 & iPhone 4S.
.....and additional things on the same shelf.
My Home Cinema Pioneer KRP 500A, Yamaha RX-V1900, MA Radius R225HD LCR, R90HD rears, AW12 sub, Panasonic BD60, PS3, Boxee Box, Sky HD, Boxee Box, Logitech Harmony One, Logitech PS3 Adapter, Sonos ZP90
Bedroom Samsung UE32C6510, PS3 slim white, Apple TV, Sonos S5, Sonos ZP90, Audioengine 2, Oppo OPDV971H
Miscellaneous: Synology DS212J + 2 X WD Red 2TB drives, WD 1TB NAS, Sonos ZoneBridge, BT HH3 as modem & AirPort Extreme router
When I purchased my 50gt60 i spent about half an hour comparing it to a 50vt65 and me and the missus could see any difference lol perhaps we not got the best eye for these things! I went for the gt for several reasons: with the same settings the gt was slightly brighter, the gt was lighter so i wouldnt need a new wall mount and after 30 minutes i thought i could save £400 coz i cant see the any difference and the frame design was quite nice.
I do like the one sheet design of the vt but dont care for the speakers on the side (got a sound system anyway) plus as uve mentioned its heavy.
we watched various stuff but mainly bbc hd motor bike racing, plenty of motion in that and neither tv had any issues, with the added brightness and £400 saving my mind was made up.
but as u've gotta gt already maybe a step up to a vt would be too irresistible.........
Hello j4mm3r, your reasons for choosing the 50gt60 rather than the 50vt65 are probably in the minority here, but nonetheless valid . As various people have now mentioned the weight of the 50vt65, I must check it from the Panasonic site, with and without desktop stand.
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Hi Son_of_SJ, yes its all a bit subjective, as long as your happy with your purchase thats all that matters
ive gone from a samsung led to a panasonic plasma and wish i made this decision last time
Thanks for the feedback. I do like bright TVs too. Something to consider. Cheers.
If you want to go up in screen size, a wall mount sounds like a sensible solution, as Oldboy mentions. It'd be cheaper than a new AV rack/cabinet. If you want a larger TV, this would also render the GT vs. VT debate immaterial, since the largest GT60 is 50", as you know.
If you want to stick at 50", you'll only really know by auditioning. I didn't audition a GT60 before buying, because there were things the VT65 offered that were useful to me, particularly timer record and dual tuner functionality. However, I'm aware that you have Sky, so this is probably less relevant in your case. There's honestly no issue with the VT65 and brightness.
Is there a retailer anywhere near you that stocks the GT60?
If you can make it work financially, I'd go for a 55" VT65, wall mounted, and professionally calibrated.
Hardware: Panasonic TX-P50VT65B (calibrated); Cambridge Audio Azur 651BD; Yamaha RX-A810; Teac PD-H600; PS3; B&W 601 & 600LCR (series 3); Q Acoustics QAV (rear)
Furniture and Accessories: BLOK Classix 3000 Oak AV Cabinet; Atacama Nexus 6 (atabite metal filled); 3D3 A1112
If I was to wall mount the biggest I could go is 50 inches in the space I have, unless I removed a light. I will try and demo the GT60 prior to purchase but no stock close by at present. Shouldn't be long now before I purchase the 55 Blu-ray player so I will see if they now have stock.
They say that the devil makes work for idle hands. I found myself with ten minutes to spare this early evening, and so I thought that I'd explore the weight topic that several folk have mentioned. From the Panasonic UK website, I discovered (the first weight mentioned is in Kg without the desktop stand, the second weight for each television is in Kg with the desktop stand:
50GT60 22.5 26.0
50VT65 26.0 31.5
55VT65 31.5 38.5
65VT65 42.0 50.5
and from the Samsung website, the discontinued product,
Samsung PS64D8000 35.0 38.3
So yes, the VT65 is 4 to 5 kg heavier than the GT60. And the 55VT65 is almost exactly the same weight as my 64" Samsung, so Gel, when you buy your 55VT65, your existing Optimum stand, which will be the same as mine bearing the 64" Samsung, will be just fine. No need to wall mount it, don't listen to that bad boy Strapped for Cash! He's just trying to make you spend (even!) more money!
Another point that arises is how much lighter the Samsung quad or "claw-foot" desktop stand is than the Panasonic desktop stands .... I'll be developing this in a new thread about desktop stands within about a week or so. Lastly, relevantly for only me, perhaps I will after all have to take a little care with my Optimum stand when I replace my Samsung with the 65VT65, because the Panasonic is 12.2 Kg heavier - and no, I won't be wall-mounting it! The wall behind the TV really doesn't seem very solid, so I wouldn't want to hang anything much heavier than a photograph on it, certainly not a £3K television.
I still can't believe we have the same stand! Some things to definitely now consider. Cheers.
This should be my last word about the Optimum AV stand! Here is a closer picture than previously (again, taken on my ancient - 2006 -1.3 Megapixel mobile phone camera) of the stand itself. Unfortunately, my friend Marina Bambino couldn't fly in from Los Angeles to model it this time!:
And this is a side-on picture of the top of the stand.
Ah cheers. It does look the same for sure. You have yours on wheels? Your second tier is the same as my first and second. Mine is big on the bottom and top. You know Optimum told me if you customise it like we have then the weight limit is 70kg. Spoke to them on the phone too.
So mine is taller than yours.
I'd typed in more about the castors, that the Forum software lost when I clicked on save, grrr! Yes, mine is on castors and just now I'm at the limit of what the castors will take, so when I get the Panasonic 65VT65 I'll have to change for the solid (no castors) very bottom legs. I'm sure that the extra 12 kg of the Panasonic will be no problem for the top shelf, but it will be for the castors.
70kg cannot be correct for the total weight of all the shelves, because I have about 50kg on the top shelf, about 34 kg on the middle shelf and about 20kg on the bottom shelf.
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