Richer Sounds is a fantastic retailer and you can buy with confidence. I'm sure other forum members will echo this view.*
Be sure to check that your local RS has VT50 models in stock, if that's the way you decide to go. Richer Sounds will not transfer stock between stores.
Personally, I'd be looking at this year's models, even if that means arranging a refund and buying from elsewhere. Shame that JL is only stocking higher end plasmas this year.
*EDIT: BB beat me to it! I've bought many items from Richer Sounds and they've consistently been fantastic to deal with. Exemplary aftersales service is the mark of a good retailer. In this regard RS is right up there with John Lewis.
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RS fine by me too!
Still seems bizarre you can draw on it, given the image retention problems Panasonic have had with their plasmas.
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 Air & iPhone 4S.
Interesting YouTube video of it:
Here's his VT50:
A few reports from the US about vertical banding on the ST60.
I was ready to pull the trigger on a VT65, but this has given me pause. As the GT60 and VT65 use a new panel, this may be isolated to the cheaper range. I really hope so. If this problem occurs across the more expensive sets, I've basically run out of options...
If reviewers still have the 55VT65, could you please run some tests for screen uniformity problems. I can't contemplate spending even more money and ending up in the same situation.
Yeah I saw that. Must be a bit of a nightmare to know what to do. Are you definitely buying with John Lewis? If there were issues can't help but think the cheaper options would be the best route. I personally would hate to spend a lot of money only to find issues.
Forgot to ask what size did you settle on?
Not had time to follow TV threads for a few days, what are the details of these problems / any links?
HiFi / A/V / Bedroom
I read about this over at AV and then found this thread:
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1450484/official-panasonic-tc-pxxst60-series-t... (pp. 61-66)
As I say, I've seen no reports of problems with the GT60 or VT65. JL are calling me back soon as I was ready to buy at 50VT65 (as long as they price match Direct TVs). I'm honestly not sure what to do now.
At least I'm on safe ground buying from JL, in that I'll be able to get a refund/replacement. What bothers me is that there isn't a TV I can feel confident buying.
In theory I'm going for 50", though I'm honestly not sure what to do now.
Option 1) Take the risk and by the VT65 in the hope that all will be OK
Option 2) Keep the GT50 and live with the vertical bands
Option 3) Get a refund and live without a TV
I have never had an issue with my plasma.
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Bedroom - Sony KDL-40W2000 + Archos 7 streaming from Windows Home Server 2011, Altec Lansing inAir 5000.
Dining Room - Sonos S5.
Music - HP Proliant Server running WHS 2011 ¦ streaming FLAC to Sonos ZP90 and OPPO 95 via SC-LX85.
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WHF team, if you still have the VT65, could you please check for this issue (see p. 61 & p. 66 of the above-linked thread).
I've concluded that if JL will price match I'll explain that I'll hang on until Monday and audition the TV in store.
You're lucky, I have to be careful with mine. At a guess I will have to use that image retention tool sometime in the future, hopefully it will clear up any nicely.
At the moment I would take the 55 VT50 at around £1500 because at least it will give you another 30 days, and in that time they will have probably come down a bit more.
Or I suppose the Sony 55 inch.
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