Opinions wanted on a possible plasma upgrade

Discussion in 'Displays' started by Duane R, Dec 12, 2013.

  1. Duane R

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    I currently have a 2012 Panasonic 55" GT50 that is pretty good. The semi recent news of Panasonic plasmas no more has me wondering if it would be worth it to upgrade to a 60" (biggest size I can fit) in either a VT or ZT model while I still can get one. Any thoughts on the subject would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Robert Crawford

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    There have been deals if you want to go with a larger screen on the VT models. I think you can get a 60' VT model for around $1600-1800. I have the 2012 65' VT, so I can't really justify buying this year's model or the ZT model.
     
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    i would consider upgrading if you want the additional size, but not for increased performance.

    BTW, I have worked on a Sony 4K LED and an older Sharp elite LED this week. Both looked frkn awesome.
     
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    Duane,

    If you do consider upgrading there isn't much difference between the VT and ZT series plasmas.

    Being a ZT 65" owner, I don't think it even keeps reflections at bay any better than other plasmas I own.

    Think the black levels on the ZT are tremendous, but I also feel it is a bit dim, perhaps due to its screen filtering.

    I would only recommend you consider upgrading if you need to get into a larger sized display.
     
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    Well I pulled the trigger 2 weeks ago while I still could get one. As noted, there's not much of a performance increase over the GT50, but the additional screen real estate is a welcome addition. It's a real shame that Panasonic is exiting the market. Thanks to all for the responses to my query.
     
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    Did you get the VT or the ZT?What do you think of the brightness level?And...oh...of course...congrats on your new display.
     
  7. Duane R

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    Sorry for not clarifying earlier, but I ended up with the VT. From everything I read, the ZT has an edge in extremely bright conditions, which is a non-issue for me. I ended up getting it at Best Buy after price matching Paul's TV for a good price of $1749. The bightness of the panel is perfectly fine to me, as I've been running it on the THX cinema setting since day one.
     

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