New tv around 50" advice

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  1. rik81h

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    Hi all, i'm in the market for a new set somewhere around 50" to replace my Loewe R37 Masterpiece. From a recent avforums newsletter i was looking at the fabled vt50 which i took a look at today in a Richer Sounds store. As i read since on a couple of samsung threads on here, i too was not impressed by the pq, of course i acknowledge the shop surroundings and the lack of calibration let alone source material but compared to (what i thought gave a better image in shop), a samsung es7000 the picture on the vt50 was very dull and soft with poor blacks where as the 7000 seemed a good all rounder compared to the rest in the store with nice levels of colour, contrast and great black, yes a bit bright as you'd expect but nonetheless it "appeared" better than the vt50. I've now sourced another local store with a vt50 which is a panasonic dealer, i doubt the set will be calibrated but i'm sure it will be better than in richer sounds, even having played a little with the settings in store did not improve things.

    So anyway any thoughts or advice would be welcome, as i say looking around 50", max price around £1500. I've seen the top 10 of 2012, the es8000 looks like it could be a contender not sure of any others.

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    Having seen a calibrated and uncalibrated VT50 in a more home like environment I can safely say its stunning with bluray, no set has the same depth and colour richness IMO.

    I've also seen two lower range ST50s in homes and that too is fantastic with HD.
    Black level wise nothing on the market can compete with the VT, not a perfect set but most definitely the champ with blacks and HD material.
     
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    Thanks for the reply scooby. Have you or anyone else been able to compare a vt50 to say an 8000 led in a home or home like environment? If so how do they compare. Interested to hear how sharp the panny is in real use due to the softness i saw in store along with the contrast.
     
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    In the respective owners threads, I should think there'll be people who've swapped between the two as they are the flagship models

    I was mightily impressed by the WT50 but I think the smallest is 55"
     
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    Yeah i'm hoping some of those people stop by here :) save trashing there threads lol.

    There is a 47" WT50. Hopefully the store i plan on going tomorrow has a WT as well as the VT. Shame the loewe reference is such a silly price, that's nice in person although lacking in some areas, nice pq though.
     
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    Owners tend to hang in the owners thread - so I would ask there actually
     
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    Ok thank you, i'll stop by there as well then :)
     
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    Have you also read all the reviews in the review section?
     
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    I couldn't say all but i'm working through them for many sets, following them up with various threads and other sources too. I'm all excited, wish i could pick one now but that's never gonna happen, it's just not me.
     
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    Hmm, well just to warn you, the perfect TV doesn't exist - and current models are soon to be replaced. I wouldn't procrastinate too long or you'll make a decision and then find it's out of stock or the price has gone up!

    The VT50 has all the plaudits and reference scores. I'd get to a proper retailer like TPS with a demo room and calibrated TVs if I was spending that much

    And buy with a 5 year warranty from a decent retailer...
     
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    O i know the perfect tv doesn't exist and love the looks of the upcoming zt60 but the expected price is too much for us any time soon. Already looked at dealers with 5 yr warranty that's pretty high on the list of requirements. I was thinking the prices may drop a little actually soon ish with the new models coming.

    Well my friend actually has a shop synergyav but they recently closed the shop a don't stock too much now else i'd usually demo stuff they, in the past they were panny and loewe dealers.

    TPS as in ashton, manchester? If so i may make a trip there i'm only in cheshire. Are there any other good demo shops who calibrate?
     
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    TPS are meant to be top notch - I'd go there if close. No idea on other retailers up there :)

    Prices are already at around 50% of launch RRP, don't think they'll fall much more, perhaps for ex display ones
     
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    Thanks very much for your input vickster, with any luck i'll make a trip to tps tomorrow. Are all there sets calibrated do you know?
     
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    I think so, ask the chaps in the plasma forum :)
     
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    No I'd have no LCD over a VT50 myself, on balance I prefer plasma.
     

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