I can NOT believe my BEEP, BEEP, BEEP 50VT50 2012 has an issue after a week..! Just like me my GT50, there seems to be a smokey small spot on the screen. It's only visible when the set is switched off. I'm so vex.. I don't know what to do.
Is this a problem if it doesn't interfere with viewing? Some pics, if you can post them, would give us a clear sense of what you're dealing with.
Ultimately it comes down to what you can live with, as there isn't a perfect TV. (My VT65 isn't perfect, but any small issues are far more tolerable than problems with last year's Panasonics.)
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Strapped it doesn't interfere with my viewing. I can only see it when the set is switched off against the black screen. I Lost out on £100 for this set..I wish i hadn't bothered. any suggestions on what i should think about buying?
What's your price limit going to be? The new tvs are all just out so at peak price, hence my asking if you have your old one still and can wait 6 months?
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As little as possible. Lol. I think i may follow strapped and go for the model he has. Strapped please confirm that's the correct way to go...The gt60 is a model that i may have gone for, but JL aren;t sure when they well stock this.
At the moment, none of the dealers are readily stocking the GT60. Once others start selling, there will be more clarity on whether JL will stock it or not. May be worth speaking to them & hold on for 2-3 weeks.
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I can only observe that I'm keeping the VT65, as long as no obvious issues develop.
Whether it's worth the extra is down to individual requirements. Have you ruled out another VT50? A replacement may be free of the "smokey spot," though you might get a TV with vertical banding. It's a tough decision. You might get a defect free set, or end up with more problems than you have now.
JL should give you a refund, no questions asked, since delivery of the replacement marks the start of a new contract of sale. I don't think JL will stock the GT60 (their 2013 brochure lists just the X60, VT65, and ZT65 for sale). The GT60 represents the sweet spot in terms of price vs. performance, so should be a strong contender for your next TV, especially if the VT65 looks too expensive.
At the very least, try to see a GT60 and VT65 in action before making any decision. If you have specific questions about the VT65, I'll do my best to provide answers.
i did not think about replacing the set for the same model..I assumed they would be out of stock now. I found it very difficult getting this one. I guess ill have to call up and arrange something. It's very annoying. I just want to sit back and enjoy the set..Missing out on formula one , footy, games... ARGH! I
i thought you only see it when it's off, can't you still watch it?
What i meant by missing out was.. Mentally i cant enjoy it if i know there's a problem.
Ah ok, I was getting confused, it doesn't take much unfortunately
What can cause a 'smokey spot' when TV is off? Is the panel split or something?
JL don't have anymore VT50, so i can't exchange for that again. Such a shame, it's actually a stunning set bar this one issue. Just watching F1 on it, the motion is far better then the GT50... I'm limited on what i can do now, refund or purchase the VT65.. GT60 was an option but i got told yesterday that JL would not be stocking it until another 6 weeks or so. I'm not sure i can wait that long. Strapped, Is there a considerable difference between the VT65 and VT50..? Any faults that occurred on the GT50 ECT, ECT?
P.S. RS are doing VT65 for £1700, Can i get JL to better that from anywhere else?
Sorry to hear you're still having a nightmare Civilian.
The VT65 produces deeper blacks and brighter whites than the VT50, especially in Professional modes, which were capped on last year's models.
The VT65 has other advantages over the VT50 (better uniformity, better sound, dual tuners, and more intuitive smart features, if that's important). However, the removal of the brightness cap is most important, since this means you can now have outstanding contrast performance and perfect colour.
Again, I can't advise you which TV to buy, but I'd highly recommend auditioning the VT65, especially since you've now seen a VT50 in action. You'll be better positioned to compare the TVs than myself.
True. I was watching Formula One today on my set..Amazing. I can only imagine VT65 to be special. I just read VT65 is wider then last years model...? If so, is the difference a lot? I wish to put R100 next to the set , finally moving away from my celestion sl600, space is key for me, as i haven't got a lot to play with.
Starpped how much did you purchse your set for? and from where?
£1.699 from John Lewis, price matched with Direct TVs. (I'm still on the look out for a better price match before my 28 days is up.)
Attached to the stand, the 50VT65 measures 120 x 79cm.
Just to be clear on a point in my previous post, the VT50 can produce reference greyscale and colour accuracy, but only at the the expense of contrast performance (due to the luminance cap in Professional modes and limited calibration options in other presets). This point is only worth noting if you ever plan to get your TV professionally calibrated. If not, stick it THX mode and away you go...
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