Panasonic TX-P50GT50B  50" Freeview/Freesat HD TV - £719.99 inc delivery @ Bennetts Online (John Lewis will price match)
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Panasonic TX-P50GT50B 50" Freeview/Freesat HD TV - £719.99 inc delivery @ Bennetts Online (John Lewis will price match)

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Found 10th May 2013
One of the best reviewed Panasonic TV's with built in Freeview & Freesat HD - effectively on clearance at £719.99 (while stocks last!). May also be available with 5 year warranty with a little work!

EDIT: BENNETTS 10% OFFER EXTENDED UNTIL 31st MAY!!! JOHN LEWIS SOLD OUT ONLINE (MON 20th). (If you paid more at JL then you can still claim the price match within 30days of purchase as long as Bennetts still have stock). Other Panasonic stockists may still have stock and may price match Bennetts - and may offer the 5 year manufacturer warranty.

Bennetts Online currently has this at £799.99 which includes delivery to most UK postcodes, However they also currently have a further "10% off" all older stock - use code "Extra10". That's £719.99.

John Lewis have agreed to price match Bennetts at the £719.99 price, and this includes the JL 5 year warranty. (The Bennetts offer only includes the 1 year manufacturer warranty). A number of folks who recently bought this set from John Lewis at £799.95 have also claimed the price match retrospectively (you have 30 days).

This is an excellent plasma set with built in HD Freeview and HD Freesat tuners and the picture quality is almost as good as the "reference" level of the outstanding VT series.

And before the LED fanatics start poo-pooing that it's a plasma (i) the power consumption is around 180W (2D calibrated), which is not dramatically higher than many big LCD screens, (ii) there isn't really currently a LED set below £1400 that can better this set on 2D and 3D performance. (The Sony HX853 is probably the cheapest - if you can find one!).

Bit of a chance to get a bargain - whilst stocks last!

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Original Poster

Some useful links.

The set at £799.99 at Bennetts - http://www.bennettsonline.co.uk/product/panasonic-tx-p50gt50b

Ts&Cs of the Bennetts 10% promotion at the bottom of this page - http://www.bennettsonline.co.uk/page/how-to-order

Full Specification at Panasonic Website - http://www.panasonic.co.uk/html/en_GB/Products/VIERA+Flat+Screen+TV/Smart+VIERA+Plasma+TV/TX-P50GT50B/Overview/9017152/index.html

John Lewis page for set - http://www.johnlewis.com/panasonic-viera-tx-p50gt50b-plasma-hd-1080p-3d-smart-tv-50-inch-with-freesat-freeview-hd/p231563474?s_afcid=af_47868

Claim a John Lewis price match here - https://www.johnlewis.com/never-knowingly-undersold

Trusted Reviews "Recommended" review - http://www.trustedreviews.com/panasonic-tx-p50gt50_TV_review

AVForums "Highly Recommended" review - http://www.avforums.com/reviews/Panasonic-GT50-TX-P50GT50B-P42GT50-42-50-Inch-Full-HD-3D-Plasma-TV_287/Review.html

What HiFi 5 stars review - http://www.whathifi.com/review/panasonic-tx-p50gt50

smitha's excellent hot deal on this set at £799.95 which includes discussion on the JL price match from page 5 onwards - http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/panasonic-viera-tx-p50gt50b-only-799-95-with-5-year-warranty-john-lewis-1535875#comments

NOTE - this last link (to the JL hot deal at £799.95) includes discussion on 3D glasses and the experiences of people who've just got this set.

Edited by: "qyestionmark" 10th May 2013

Good deal heat

excellent deal for a stunning tv..blows most led's out of the water..only drawback is if you have it set up opposite a window or in a very bright room the picture can become a little washed out and suffer from reflections. IF you dont have these issues absolutely buy this you will not regret it.

What's the pros and cons between led and plasma?

husayn19

What's the pros and cons between led and plasma?



oh god!! please don't!

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At the risk of igniting the whole LED (actually LCD) vs Plasma debate (and upsetting Johnny in the process).....

In general LEDs are brighter, take less power, weigh less and, at first glance, are more "impressive", especially in a brightly lit showroom (they may also have less reflective screens). Plasmas are generally more natural looking (less "processed" look), have better colours, better blacks, more evenly lit pictures, faster response times, wider viewing angles and (especially Panasonic) are generally better built (i.e. robust). (This last point is quite important if you have kids as a cheaper LED set may have a plastic front which is easily scratched).

If you want an easy to use, day to day tv in a bright room then LED may be the easiest/best choice. However if you want to watch films or HD in a "typically" lit room, or in a cinema style setting (i.e. darkened room) then a good plasma will slaughter most LEDs for picture quality.

The above are all general points, and a big part of whether to go plasma or LED is what works for you - i.e. your personal preferences and how you use the set.

If you look at a review site like AVForums (which is professional and seems reasonably independent) then you will see that the only sets getting "reference" grade marks are plasmas (there are no LEDs). Whether that matters though will mainly depend on how big a deal the home cinema experience is for you.

Edited by: "qyestionmark" 10th May 2013

Sat watching this set right now , got it 4 days ago this is an amazing price not much more than I got it for and I had staff discount . Pity the 3d glasses offer finished .

husayn19

What's the pros and cons between led and plasma?



BIG WARNING should be on plasma tv boxes even though people will say "no new plasma is prone to image retention" its a lie. Search on google yourself it is a really big problem sill.

image retention is when you watch something with the same image on for a while channel logos/news channel tickers/gaming huds etc . Watch out.

Very tempting, I've been eyeing this one up for a while although I'll be using a HTPC with xbmc and I don't think this set could cope with the image retention from static images.
It's a shame as it looks great but I think LED is more for me as the worry of how I use the set and whether it could cause burn in or image retention would drive me crazy.
Voted hot.

If you get bad image burn, wouldnt that come under guarantee?

Which tv is better Panasonic TX-P50GT50B or lg-50ph660v-50. hotukdeals.com/dea…516 . I want buy one. Thanks

The Panasonic should be the better of the two. It came out as top 50 inch TV in many tests.

Banned

dexstar

If you get bad image burn, wouldnt that come under guarantee?



If I sit redlining a brand new BMW 320, doing donuts for three hours solid and blow the engine, would that come under the guarantee?

Warnings will be in the manual etc, if you choose to pay attention to them/ignore them, ruining your purchase with misuse is your own fault.

qyestionmark

At the risk of igniting the whole LED (actually LCD) vs Plasma debate … At the risk of igniting the whole LED (actually LCD) vs Plasma debate (and upsetting Johnny in the process)..... :)In general LEDs are brighter, take less power, weigh less and, at first glance, are more "impressive", especially in a brightly lit showroom (they may also have less reflective screens). Plasmas are generally more natural looking (less "processed" look), have better colours, better blacks, more evenly lit pictures, faster response times, wider viewing angles and (especially Panasonic) are generally better built (i.e. robust). (This last point is quite important if you have kids as a cheaper LED set may have a plastic front which is easily scratched).If you want an easy to use, day to day tv in a bright room then LED may be the easiest/best choice. However if you want to watch films or HD in a "typically" lit room, or in a cinema style setting (i.e. darkened room) then a good plasma will slaughter most LEDs for picture quality.The above are all general points, and a big part of whether to go plasma or LED is what works for you - i.e. your personal preferences and how you use the set.If you look at a review site like AVForums (which is professional and seems reasonably independent) then you will see that the only sets getting "reference" grade marks are plasmas (there are no LEDs). Whether that matters though will mainly depend on how big a deal the home cinema experience is for you.

thank you so much!

skyrimKING

BIG WARNING should be on plasma tv boxes even though people will say "no … BIG WARNING should be on plasma tv boxes even though people will say "no new plasma is prone to image retention" its a lie. Search on google yourself it is a really big problem sill.image retention is when you watch something with the same image on for a while channel logos/news channel tickers/gaming huds etc . Watch out.



Thanks for joining just to fill our lives with your perils of wisdom. My Samsung D8000 Plasma has been left with sky news on for hours and no screen burn there. If you enable the screen protection modes, only the stupid will fall foul of it.

Dont forget black levels and viewing angles....plasmas wipe the floor with led/lcds here

Anybody got any recommended links for cheap (compatible) glasses as it doesn't come with any? Cheapest I've seen is £25 for a pair of compatible ones on ebay

Oneday77

Thanks for joining just to fill our lives with your perils of wisdom. My … Thanks for joining just to fill our lives with your perils of wisdom. My Samsung D8000 Plasma has been left with sky news on for hours and no screen burn there. If you enable the screen protection modes, only the stupid will fall foul of it.



Your very welcome. Thought I would give a little warning since my brother had this very model as a gift few months back the image retention was so bad he got a refund for it "not being fit for purpose" watching tv / playing games.

Googling "panasonic gt50 image retention" first link says it all "I've had the the Panasonic TX-P50GT50B for around a month now.
It's only had light use but I'm seeing quite a lot of screen burn."

there isn't really currently a LED set below £1400 that can match this … there isn't really currently a LED set below £1400 that can match this set on 2D and 3D performance.



Its all a matter of opinion.
I have checked our Samsung and Panasonic LED and Plasma's.
I prefer LED

my thoughts...the reviews of this set speak for themselves. ..how many respected sites giving 5 stars do you need?

im sending back a £1300 samsung led for this as I prefer the advantages of plasma over led...but this is very much personal preference and you need to see for yourself. .no one can tell you which is best.

I preferred my panasonic g20 to the 2013 series 6 samsung led so v excited about getting the best plasma of 2012!

oh and please run in ur new plasma properly, makes for longevity. ..3 years on the g20 still giving amazing pic quality and no signs of IR at all

skyrimKING

Your very welcome. Thought I would give a little warning since my brother … Your very welcome. Thought I would give a little warning since my brother had this very model as a gift few months back the image retention was so bad he got a refund for it "not being fit for purpose" watching tv / playing games.Googling "panasonic gt50 image retention" first link says it all "I've had the the Panasonic TX-P50GT50B for around a month now.It's only had light use but I'm seeing quite a lot of screen burn."



Plasma can suffer screen burn yes, however taking time and conditioning the screen, like a good pair of walking boots where you wear them in and it'll serve you well.
Many people dislike Plasma due to Power consumption, Urban Myth the Plasma needs recharged, perception of LED bragging rights in the pub and that's old tech. It won't fir every situation but if you want the Best picture quality its the way to go. As a PC monitor no and the ST50 has faster refresh for gaming too.
Edited by: "Oneday77" 10th May 2013

Superb television, bought when it came down to £900 a few months ago, anyone with reservations about this plasma need not to worry, great tv and im even listening to it through its own speakers which are also pretty good and clear.

Original Poster

Oneday77

It won't fir every situation but if you want the Best picture quality its … It won't fir every situation but if you want the Best picture quality its the way to go. As a PC monitor no and the ST50 has faster refresh for gaming too.


Ha. Have found this great price on a 50GT50 but it's a new 55" set I actually want(!) If you can find me a great deal on a 55" ST50 it'd make my day! I've tracked an ex-dem one down at £970 but would prefer a new one. If there were a 55GT50 I'd be even happier but Panasonic never did one in the UK. Am looking over a L55WT50(!) next week so may end up with that instead. Have also found a new Sony 55HX853 at £1300. And if all that fails, I'm holding my 50GT50 price match offer which lasts 30 days - assuming JL don't sell out in the mean time! Or should I wait for the 55ST60 to drop in price? Ha! Decisions.....

Edited by: "qyestionmark" 10th May 2013

skyrimKING

BIG WARNING should be on plasma tv boxes even though people will say "no … BIG WARNING should be on plasma tv boxes even though people will say "no new plasma is prone to image retention" its a lie. Search on google yourself it is a really big problem sill.image retention is when you watch something with the same image on for a while channel logos/news channel tickers/gaming huds etc . Watch out.


if you run them in properly you should be ok, panasonic also one of the least susceptible

qyestionmark

Ha. Have found this great price on a 50GT50 but it's a new 55" set I … Ha. Have found this great price on a 50GT50 but it's a new 55" set I actually want(!) If you can find me a great deal on a 55" ST50 it'd make my day! I've tracked an ex-dem one down at £970 but would prefer a new one. If there were a 55GT50 I'd be even happier but Panasonic never did one in the UK. Am looking over a L55WT50(!) next week so may end up with that instead. Have also found a new Sony 55HX853 at £1300. And if all that fails, I'm holding my 50GT50 price match offer which lasts 30 days - assuming JL don't sell out in the mean time! Or should I wait for the 55ST60 to drop in price? Ha! Decisions.....

I would not hold on for long as these will be gone soon as these are now old model and jl want to sell the new model for a bigger profit

R6Nick

oh and please run in ur new plasma properly, makes for longevity. ..3 … oh and please run in ur new plasma properly, makes for longevity. ..3 years on the g20 still giving amazing pic quality and no signs of IR at all


Same as me , g20 going great but like you said you have to run them in properly

Ok I've decided I want one (currently have a 37 inch Pana Plasma), how do I secure the JL price match?

check all the links the op kindly provided!

I have already looks at the links thanks but they do not explain how I price match. I am complete novice - please help.

So do I buy the tv first from Bennetts and then submit a price match with JL?

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sgrech

So do I buy the tv first from Bennetts and then submit a price match with … So do I buy the tv first from Bennetts and then submit a price match with JL?



Use the JL price match link in the first message. Basically you are writing to JL telling them where you can buy the item cheaper than they currently have it. You have to give JL a little info but the links I've provided should make it easier.

Once you've submitted the price match request JL will take about 24 hours to write back to you saying if they accept the price match. If they don't they should tell you why and you can argue with them or just supply any missing info.

When you have a price match agreement number you can order the item from JL at the full price. Whdn you receive it just e-mail JL with the price match number and they will refund the difference.

nooo order from jl then submit a price match. ..u buying from jl who will hopefully lower price to match Bennetts...but with a 5 year warranty.

you can price match prior to ordering but given the Bennetts deal ending in a couple of days id order first and get price match request in.

i have the gt30 and its amazing for hd films

qyestionmark

Use the JL price match link in the first message. Basically you are … Use the JL price match link in the first message. Basically you are writing to JL telling them where you can buy the item cheaper than they currently have it. You have to give JL a little info but the links I've provided should make it easier.Once you've submitted the price match request JL will take about 24 hours to write back to you saying if they accept the price match. If they don't they should tell you why and you can argue with them or just supply any missing info.When you have a price match agreement number you can order the item from JL at the full price. Whdn you receive it just e-mail JL with the price match number and they will refund the difference.



by the way qyestionmark thanks for spotting this one. ..you got mentioned on avforums which is where I saw the deal. hope jl price match over weekends!

So if I understand correct it is best to order first and then submit price request? Obviously if I submit a price match request and JL go out of stock then I am b*gered!

By the way - voted hot!!

Ordered from JL and price match submitted, fingers crossed!! Really disppointing thing though that I won't be able to watch the tv for about 3 weeks as building work being done in my lounge soon. :-(

Feel I have to comment, I bought this tv 10 days ago from JL and have experienced no image retention at all.
I use this TV for PS3 gaming and as a HTPC with XBMC and have put some serious hours on and no IR, I can't speak for all plasmas and I was paranoid myself coming from a Samsung 46" D6100 but this tv is amazing.
I've tested all display settings THX, bright room, game mode, professional at probably some risk enabling and disabling the pixel orbiter.......but like i say I have not had any IR at all!
It is definitely a darker set than an LED but the THX settings make you realise i was watching things to bright on an led, but that took a few days to get used to.
Buy it or don't buy it........I did and its the best tv I've had

Anyone know of any reasonably priced decent 3d glasses?
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