Picked up my VT50 yesterday and all i can say is WOW!, put it up on the wall last night, looks stunning when off and even better when on, fingers crossed to trouble free tv problems from now on.
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As for the ST50 i think you should seriously consider it...ok it doesn't have some of the extra bells and whistles of the GT50 and isn't a 3D tv but from all i have read it does seem like a really good tv that's sensibly priced for a large screen tv, it still has a really good panel fitted to the tv and it's alot of tv real estate for the money. It might not look as stylish as the GT and VT50 models but performance wise it's gathered impressive reviews and if anything seems the best value per pound plasma you can buy this year, the features that you lose are more than made up for in the screen size you get for the amount of money you pay. I was tempted myself but as i do alot of gaming i went the LED route in the end after having issues when gaming with my last 2 Panny plasmas, if i wasn't a gamer i would have bought one though for sure.
Just to clarify, the ST50 IS a 3D TV.
A friend bought a 50ST50 yesterday, I'm looking forward to seeing it
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Yep guilty as charged! I knew my mistake after posting it...i even auditioned the tv in 3D so no excuse just a mistake, DOH and was too late to edit the comment, still think that the ST series is the best plasma bargain this year though.
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Nice one beater i hope you are happy with the tv for years to come, enjoy the tv and happy viewing...glad you got there in the end
Ah nice one, congrats! Show us some pictures then.
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Watching the England game last night my new tv seems to have vertical banding across the right side of the screen, it is more noticeable on the low contrast i am using at the moment but can still be seen on normal settings, i have phoned Richer Sounds customer service who phoned Panasonic and they said it will go in time, i'm not so sure. Can anyone give me any advice on my next steps, i am gutted as i really like this tv.
Sorry to hear that beater...seems you aren't having much luck with tvs at the mo.
I have never heard of any tv that suffers with banding miraculously clearing up given time that's for sure, infact every instance i have known of on these very forums the tv has been returned for a replacement or refund. To my mind it's a fault and should be treated as such and therefore i would return the tv for a replacement, it's only a few days old so you are within your rights to reject it.
No clear time frame was given to you on how long it may take to clear up so return it for a replacement, it's the only logical thing to do...your eye will be constantly drawn to it now and if it (as i suspect) fails to clear up in time then you have lost your right to reject it and it will be treated as a repair.
Once again thanks for your advice Oldboy, i will ring Richer Sounds to arange a replacement.
No problem at all beater, let me know how you get on. Hope you get a no hassle replacement very soon.
Picked up my 2nd vt50 on saturday same problem banding on the screen, this time it's in the centre of the screen, i have phoned Richer Sounds and they said to give it 100 hours or so and see if it improves, if not i will get another one, what i will say is every one at Richer Sounds has been EXCELLENT up to now.
Again?? You must be gutted and frustrated, as I've said before I seriously doubt it will go away with any amount of run in period but I guess it's at least worth a try so I would leave the tv on as much as possible and clock up that 100 hours asap so you can get a replacement if the banding fails to disappear.
It's very strange as there has been very little mention of this issue with the VT50 that I can find, keep us updated with your progress and I hope that it clears after the run in period on this tv...fingers crossed.
Just to let you no Oldboy, the banding on my 50VT50 did'nt improve so i took it back and swaped it for the 55VT50, and it all looks good so far.
I didn't think it would...poor advice given there, banding normally indicates a problem with the screen that is permanent and won't just go away after use so I'm not surprised to learn that's exactly what happened with you. Great news about the new tv though beater, you must be really upset that you had to get a bigger tv eh I'm sure you won't get any more issues and must confess to being a little jealous of your tv real estate as it must be lovely to have a screen that big, I wish you happy viewing for years to come, enjoy the tv
Thanks Oldboy, i must say it's a nice looking tv on and off, only running on low contrast at the moment but picture still looks amazing, i'm hoping the next time i go to Richer Sounds is to buy a new piece of kit, and not about my tv.
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