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50 inch + 3D tv but which ?

Ralphy1981

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Evening all and merry xmas.

Sold my Samsung tv today so now I have £1,200 to £1,500 to spend on a new tv. Must be 3D and at least 50 inches.

I'm looking at the Panasonic VT30, GT30. The Samsung D6900, D8000 plasmas and will also consider a Samsung LED set.

HELP !
 

Ralphy1981

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I have the 59" and it's a great TV for the price. Would defiantly recommend it. :)

Any buzzing with your set ? Whats SD content like on it ?
 

aholgate

Novice Member
I am on my 2nd set and it does have a buzz. However you only hear it when close up to the TV.

My 1st set had a buzz not as bad as this one and only took it back because it had dropped £300 in price. I tried 55" LED Samsung for a week in between but the picture and brightness pops where really bad.

If you are buying an LED you need to invest In top of range.

I have no issue with PQ on my 59" in all SD, HD and 3D. Plus it upscales to 3D which I use when playing Xbox and some films.
 

Ralphy1981

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Ok thanks for the reply.

All these issues with different tv's are making it so hard for me to choose :(

The Panasonic VT30 gets great reviews but the green tinge fault is putting me off.
 

aholgate

Novice Member
You will never find a perfect tv and even when you get a good one it's out of date within 12months!

I would recommend buying from JL or Costco both have great customer service and free 5 warranty. Costco also includes 90day full refund which is good of you do chose the wrong tv at 1st.
 

Ralphy1981

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What about Richer Sounds or Sevenoaks sound and vision ? I'm going to both Oxford stores tomorrow.
 

vickster

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Panasonic warranty from Sevenoaks, RS have their own
 

Ralphy1981

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Customer service good from both ??

What are the main differences between the D6900 and D8000 Samsung plasmas ?
 

vickster

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Yes, not that I have ever had an issue

Can do a side by side on Samsung website and there are reviews of both in the review section I think
 

Ralphy1981

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I'm going to hopefully demo a few sets tomorrow. The Panasonic GT30 and VT30 interest me most along with the Samsung D6900 and D8000. It's just worrying parting company with so much cash and not being happy with your purchase.
 

vickster

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Sevenoaks will be better I reckon - but you'll need to book the demo room in advance however.

I cannot see RS being as helpful on the 2nd day of the sale - their shops are small and often rammed - that said, the Oxford one looks a bit newer and with a demo room Welcome to Richer Sounds Oxford
 

Ralphy1981

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Ok many thanks. I'm in no rush to purchase anyway, the money can sit in the bank and gain abit of interest !

I would rather make sure I buy the tv i'm happy with.

The question is, 50 inch or bigger though ?
 

owen021173

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Hi mate, starting at the top I had a 4 yr panasonic 50"px60. I loved this tv and SD viewing was near on perfect but wanted to get into 3d since the vt20 came out.
Took the plunge and got the 59" samsung d6900 from comet for what I thought was a cracking deal at £1400. When I first set up I was over the moon and the sheer size for what I had paid was unbelievable ! Then the issues started :(
Problems with Sd content with my viewing distance (2-2.m depending), some motion issues with football and movies especially crouching tiger, that film was just a blurry mess ! Most importantly the buzz was horrendous in my environment , kids in bed low volume the buzzing was annoying to say the least . Swapped it out for another from comet and it was just the same so returned it for a refund :(

Now maybe a bit of brand snobbery crept in so I went for a panasonic again and got the 50gt30. At first it was amazing but then noticed a few problems with this one also mainly a funny fizziness to the picture every so often mainly on sky sports news. Then the green tinge issue, this was bearable with a few tweaks but I still wasn't happy for some reason and also the fact I wanted a bigger screen to replace the 50" I already had.

Now the best bit :) had a word regarding the issues with my retailer who agreed I could exchange it for the vt30, the 55" version and haven't looked at a single tv review since :)
Of course I had to pay a lot more than originally planned but for me the vt30 is amazing 99.9% of the time, a slight green tinge now and again but nothing like the gt30, crickets have all but disappeared and picture on pro modes(with tweaking) is superb , I couldn't be happier now.

Thus is my own opinion and maybe I'm
trying in myself to justify the price tag, I don't know but 'i' can say this is the best tv on the market for outright picture quality :)
 

Ralphy1981

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owen021173 said:
Hi mate, starting at the top I had a 4 yr panasonic 50"px60. I loved this tv and SD viewing was near on perfect but wanted to get into 3d since the vt20 came out.
Took the plunge and got the 59" samsung d6900 from comet for what I thought was a cracking deal at £1400. When I first set up I was over the moon and the sheer size for what I had paid was unbelievable ! Then the issues started :(
Problems with Sd content with my viewing distance (2-2.m depending), some motion issues with football and movies especially crouching tiger, that film was just a blurry mess ! Most importantly the buzz was horrendous in my environment , kids in bed low volume the buzzing was annoying to say the least . Swapped it out for another from comet and it was just the same so returned it for a refund :(

Now maybe a bit of brand snobbery crept in so I went for a panasonic again and got the 50gt30. At first it was amazing but then noticed a few problems with this one also mainly a funny fizziness to the picture every so often mainly on sky sports news. Then the green tinge issue, this was bearable with a few tweaks but I still wasn't happy for some reason and also the fact I wanted a bigger screen to replace the 50" I already had.

Now the best bit :) had a word regarding the issues with my retailer who agreed I could exchange it for the vt30, the 55" version and haven't looked at a single tv review since :)
Of course I had to pay a lot more than originally planned but for me the vt30 is amazing 99.9% of the time, a slight green tinge now and again but nothing like the gt30, crickets have all but disappeared and picture on pro modes(with tweaking) is superb , I couldn't be happier now.

Thus is my own opinion and maybe I'm
trying in myself to justify the price tag, I don't know but 'i' can say this is the best tv on the market for outright picture quality :)
Cheers for your lengthy and detailed reply! My budget cannot quite stretch to the 55 inch VT30 but I could probably get the 50 inch. This is my main concern, I've read on here that the 50 inch model seems to be the worse for the green tinge fault.
 

owen021173

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No I know mate , what about trying a refurb from somewhere like hyperfi ? If it's not right just send it back :)
Although I can't remember where, probably due to the amount of vodka I've consumed over the last few days :), I'm sure the vt30 50" can be had for 1299..,,,, just can't remember where I saw it lol !
 

owen021173

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Would also just like to comment on build quality. The samsung was a doodle to fit to the stand and place on top of my unit.
The panny been a massive 4" smaller was a bit trickier , it nearly put my back out !!!!
 

Ralphy1981

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Lowest I've seen is 1400 on the Richer Sounds site but they've now taken the price down and put 'CALL'.

Why is purchasing a new tv so stressful ?!
 

Ralphy1981

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What people's views on the Samsung UE55D7000 ? The plasma sets seem to have so many problems
 

vickster

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IIRC the 7000 and 8000 are pretty much the same other than aesthetics and cost - review here of the D8000 Samsung D8000 (UE-55D8000) 3D LED LCD TV Review | AVForums.com - UK Online (there is also a review of the 40D7000)

I would say backlight bleed/screen uniformity is the most likely issue with an LED, and looking at the review big input lag with these TVs (especially compared to plasma)
 

Scooby2000

Distinguished Member
My local Sound and vision are fantastic, highly recommend Sound and vision from my experiance.
As I think you know, I have no green issue with my GT, its a fantastic set, stunning, gaming is the best, 3D detailed with great depth, colour is fantastic and you get pop. SD is as good as it can be IMO, 50hz bug I just dont see and bluray is stunning. When looking take,a look at photo mode, seems better than THX and nice and bright.
 

Ralphy1981

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Off to Oxford Sevenoaks and Richer Sounds now.
 

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