I'll sit tight until my local JL has the GT60 on the shelf, and then make 'noises' about my GT50 with pixelated picture!
Good to confirm that JL will stock the GT60, as it sounds like the right solution for many forum members.
You jumping in, Gel?
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Not for a while mate, I will demo first and see what people are saying about them, then if I can pick one up cheap I might well do.
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I will, Asuming the price is right.....
......I think Panasoniv have just distributed the GT60 after the others.....not heard of anyone who has one yet?
i'll call JL tomorrow....
a bit jealous of strapped VT65.....it must be the best tv for a long time.....I know I would struggle with the fans....
Sounds like a sensible plan mate. In your position I'd do the same.
My VT65 is quieter in operation than all three GT60s I went through.
Apart from a slight buzz on a full white screen (the GT60 buzzed more), I can't hear any operating noise that I find remotely distracting. (I appreciate this is a very personal thing.) The VT65's fans are quieter than the average Sky box or PS3.
Unfortunately for me, the VT65 was predictably dethroned by the ZT65 early this morning.
We all have to draw a line somewhere.......mines the GT60, yours the VT65....and let's face it, they are cracking TV's!
I.m actually vex they well now be sticking the GT60. I was told they would not be so i ended up with the VT50 2012 which arrives today. Even though i have a 90 day cooling of period, i did not want to go through the hassel of changing another Set.
Let us know how you get on with the VT50. If you want to check for uniformity problems, you can download grey slides from here:
If the set suffers from the dreaded vertical band issue, grey slides will show this up clearly. I'm not encouraging you to look for problems, but at least you'll know if your new TV is afflicted. (Alternatively you can watch some football.)
If the TV is fine, you can rest easy that you got a great set for a great price. The VT50 has a better filter than the GT60. It's not one way traffic in terms of advantages between these two models. You'd be paying more for the GT60, too.
Good luck! Got my fingers crossed for you.
Some very good prices here too:
Panasonic VT65 £1600
Panasonic GT60 £1220
JL say not stocking GT60 at least until GT50's have sold and then may not stock at all.......
strapped: how loud are the fans on your VT65 and are they on all the time? This may be my only option other than refund.....
The fans are always on, but I rarely hear them when watching content with sound. If I mute the TV, or watch content with no audio, I can hear the fans, but they don't bother me. Some may find the sound soothing; others annoying. There's only one way you'll know which group you fall into -- audition the TV (ideally in a dedicated room) and decide whether it's a non-issue or distraction.
Beyond that, I can observe that my VT65 is quieter in operation than a Sky box or PS3. I can also note that my VT65 is quieter than any of the GT50s I owned (I found the GT50's buzzing more distracting than the VT65's fans).
Also bear in mind that operating noise will differ from set to set; and my comments describe my experiences of one TV in a specific environment.
Hope that's some help.
Thanks for the prompt reply strapped!
is the picture a good jump up from the GT50 in your opinion? I think I'll need to get one in my room to know about the fans....
John Lewis are remarkably helpful I must say, they can't seem to do enough to help me which is soooooo refreshing these days!
Yep, it is going to be a while before they stock them, but the online website it said to get the GT60.
Tellingly, I returned three GT50s and I don't want to return the VT65.
There's a noticeable step up in terms of native contrast, detail, image depth and punch. The VT65's picture is also more stable and looks more natural; you'll note that several reviewers have commented on an analogue look to pictures.
The VT65 isn't perfect (no TV is). There's mild dynamic false contouring, though this is much improved over previous models. If I really go hunting for it, I can spot the slightest hint of a thin vertical band on grey slides (Crucially I haven't seen this in actual content and it's nothing like the vertical bands I saw on all three GT50s.) I'll monitor this, but I certainly don't consider it an issue at present.
You really need to see one in action to make up your mind. I paid another £700 for the VT65, but I consider it money well spend. It's the best TV I've owned.
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