PANASONIC VIERA TXP50VT50B  £1099.95  @ Richersounds
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PANASONIC VIERA TXP50VT50B £1099.95 @ Richersounds

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Found 11th Apr 2013
Panasonic should consider its flagship 50-inch TV blacklisted. Among home cinema aficionados the talk is always of the importance of a TV's ability to produce pure black.
And while there can be too much emphasis on this, there's no doubting how much more nuanced, detailed and believable a well-made film appears when viewed on a top spec plasma. And this 50-inch Panasonic VT50 Series plasma is exactly that. -TechRadar

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I have the 42 version of this and very happy with it the picture is amazing

think the new panny plasmas out later this year are the first to be truly conparabke to the pioneer kuro as the ex pioneer staff have been working closely with the panny staff

I emailed John Lewis on a price match for this TV a couple of days ago. They sell it for £1799 but will price match Hughes Direct for £1099 in case any one wants the free five year warranty from John Lewis. Free delivery as well. Only thing is it must be ordered through the John Lewis website and not instore.

Free 5 year warranty with Richer Sounds too

royals

think the new panny plasmas out later this year are the first to be truly … think the new panny plasmas out later this year are the first to be truly conparabke to the pioneer kuro as the ex pioneer staff have been working closely with the panny staff



They're out, hence the price reductions. Look incredibly impressive:
hdtvtest.co.uk/new…htm

I think I'd rather have this years GT60 than last years VT50, but since you can't get a GT60 for £1100 yet this is still a good buy.

archer1204

I have the 42 version of this and very happy with it the picture is … I have the 42 version of this and very happy with it the picture is amazing


The VT range is only available in 50" and larger screen sizes.

SaltyCDogg

They're out, hence the price reductions. Look incredibly … They're out, hence the price reductions. Look incredibly impressive:http://www.hdtvtest.co.uk/news/panasonic-tx-p50gt60-201304052795.htmI think I'd rather have this years GT60 than last years VT50, but since you can't get a GT60 for £1100 yet this is still a good buy.



It's a shame that these will be the last of the Panasonic plasmas, as they've confirmed their exit from the plasma TV business.

"The VT range is only available in 50" and larger screen sizes." are you sure Pindi read this
hdtvtest.co.uk/new…htm

I only know because iam staring at one in my lounge now and very happy with it

archer1204

"The VT range is only available in 50" and larger screen sizes." are you … "The VT range is only available in 50" and larger screen sizes." are you sure Pindi read this http://www.hdtvtest.co.uk/news/panasonic-tx-p42vt30b-p42vt30-201104231092.htmI only know because iam staring at one in my lounge now and very happy with it


42" VT30 not VT50 you have.

Pindi

It's a shame that these will be the last of the Panasonic plasmas, as … It's a shame that these will be the last of the Panasonic plasmas, as they've confirmed their exit from the plasma TV business.



They're not exiting the big screen TV business though, this years 55" 1080p plasma is next years 4K 56" OLED, I'm prepared to give them the benefit of the doubt that what they're working on will be very impressive.

SaltyCDogg

They're not exiting the big screen TV business though, this years 55" … They're not exiting the big screen TV business though, this years 55" 1080p plasma is next years 4K 56" OLED, I'm prepared to give them the benefit of the doubt that what they're working on will be very impressive.



OLED and 4K TVs are very expensive, and there's hardly and 4K content. Also, it'll take years for OLED to mature as a product, plasma technology is better than ever. Hopefully Samsung will continue to develop plasma TVs, as their F8500 range is getting some pretty impressive reviews.

archer1204

"The VT range is only available in 50" and larger screen sizes." are you … "The VT range is only available in 50" and larger screen sizes." are you sure Pindi read this http://www.hdtvtest.co.uk/news/panasonic-tx-p42vt30b-p42vt30-201104231092.htmI only know because iam staring at one in my lounge now and very happy with it


I meant the VT50 range.

Pindi

[OLED and 4K TVs are very expensive, and there's hardly and 4K content.



I imagine that 4K will allow much better 3D though as current panasonic plasma's use half the res for the active 3D.

Anyway, Panasonic will have a bunch of new TV's out this time next year, at similar price points, either more plasma's or OLED's, I personally can't see them being a big step backwards or they wouldn't sell, but we'll have to wait and see.

What good large OLED TV's are currently available?

This is also on Very.co.uk for the same price - new customers get 10% off AND buynow pay later making it a mere 996 :O

MojoUK

This is also on Very.co.uk for the same price - new customers get 10% off … This is also on Very.co.uk for the same price - new customers get 10% off AND buynow pay later making it a mere 996 :O



Can't see it on the Very site. Do you have a link?

One thing to note is the 2012 Panasonic plasma range were calibrated really well out of the box, so is great for most people. The 2013 range need calibrated before achieving the kind of quality they are capable off (using a colorimeter + calibration software). Can read the review on this website for more information which details calibraion as part of there reviews: TX-P50VT50B & TX-P55VT65B. Simply put better picture quality may be actually better in this version unless you are familiar with calibrating them.

50" GT50 for £799 is a better deal imo, it's the exact same as a VT50 apart from a different filter and slightly more contrast on the VT. If you think those 2 changes are worth £300 then get this otherwise get a GT50.

Vt50 comes with 3dglasses
Gt50 extra

As far as i can see Very do not sell the 50vt50 or indeed any high end Panasonic plasma.
John Lewis also sold out of this tv weeks ago.

fireman1

As far as i can see Very do not sell the 50vt50 or indeed any high end … As far as i can see Very do not sell the 50vt50 or indeed any high end Panasonic plasma.John Lewis also sold out of this tv weeks ago.



The thread is over 2 weeks old - perhaps they sold out during that period.

Like you I just checked because I have a discount code from them ...

PsychoSonny

50" GT50 for £799 is a better deal imo, it's the exact same as a VT50 … 50" GT50 for £799 is a better deal imo, it's the exact same as a VT50 apart from a different filter and slightly more contrast on the VT. If you think those 2 changes are worth £300 then get this otherwise get a GT50.


I have the 50" g20 , which I think is great , do you think this or the gt50 is a lot better or should I wait

http://www.hdtvtest.co.uk/news/panasonic-tx-p50gt60-201304052795.htm



I think we finally have a reasonably priced reference quality TV.
I always felt that LCD TV tech would catch up and surpass plasma, but after reading that review, I don't see how this is possible, now.

The review also addressed the LCD vs Plasma argument:

The use of Plasma display technology – specifically Panasonic’s NeoPlasma … The use of Plasma display technology – specifically Panasonic’s NeoPlasma technology – puts it a healthy distance in front of the competition, most of which is LED LCD. LCD-based HDTVs are far from bad, and we always recommend them over plasma for very bright environments, but we feel plasma’s inherent strengths and weaknesses are a better match for most normal rooms.



The review gave it a "reference" quality rating, which I guess is basically 10/10.

One thing that amazes me is that LCD supporters still seem to believe that that LCD offers a superior image quality, when the evidence suggests the opposite. My sister bought a Samsung LCD TV 6 months ago and she is very unhappy with it, due to the problems it has with motion handling. Her friend has a larger version of the same TV and she reports the exact same issue. If only she'd gone for plasma - unfortunately, she was taken in by the marketing BS.

Regarding this deal - its a good deal. Good price. I'd go the John Lewis or Richer Sounds route, though.
However, if you can wait, going from the review, I suggest waiting for the GT60 to become available. The review suggests that you won't find a better TV than the GT60 without spending huge sums of money.

Another review confirms the excellence of the GT60:
avforums.com/rev…tml

The P50GT60 delivers one of the best and most enjoyable 2D pictures that … The P50GT60 delivers one of the best and most enjoyable 2D pictures that we have seen to date.



I'd definitely wait for the for the GT60. I wouldn't want to spend £1k+, when the GT60 can now be had for around £1250.
appliancesdirect.co.uk/p/t…-tv
Edited by: "sunama" 28th Apr 2013

Plasma. Lol.

MojoUK

This is also on Very.co.uk for the same price - new customers get 10% off … This is also on Very.co.uk for the same price - new customers get 10% off AND buynow pay later making it a mere 996 :O

Sadly, according to Very's internal search engine, it only stocks the ST (and X ) models, not the VT model being discussed here.
very.co.uk/ele…end

moses019

Plasma. Lol.


Move along troll

snoopy18

I have the 50" g20 , which I think is great , do you think this or the … I have the 50" g20 , which I think is great , do you think this or the gt50 is a lot better or should I wait



it really depends on your own circumstances.

you already have a 50" tv so moving from one 50" to another imo is a waste of money, even if the panel is better.

personally if i was you i would go for a 60 or 65" set, but again this is likely to cost you 3 times as much as a 50" GT50 if you were to buy now.

then you also have the issue of panasonic who are going to stop producing plasma panels and focus on oled. i think next year their will only be 2 models of plasma, they have already got rid of the UT range this year, next range they are getting rid of them all and only having the ZT and VT if all the rumours are correct.

therefore this year is the last year you will be able to buy any of the other models if rumours are true.

if i were you and you really badly wanted an upgrade for me only the ZT65 is going to be the one which truely stands out as an upgrade.

i upgraded from a 42" PZ85B to a 50" GT50 and imo the difference in PQ is not that much, simply because panasonic's have had absolutely great PQ in their plasma range for the past 5 years across all their models. so i am glad i opted to a much bigger screen which makes the upgrade more worthwhile.

so i would say stick with the G20 it's only 2 generations older than a GT50 and the differences are minimal not HUGE because panasonic have always made the best since pioneer dropped out, but if you really felt the need only the ZT65 is a proper upgrade imo, anything else and you won't really see the difference.

PsychoSonny

it really depends on your own circumstances.you already have a 50" tv so … it really depends on your own circumstances.you already have a 50" tv so moving from one 50" to another imo is a waste of money, even if the panel is better.personally if i was you i would go for a 60 or 65" set, but again this is likely to cost you 3 times as much as a 50" GT50 if you were to buy now.then you also have the issue of panasonic who are going to stop producing plasma panels and focus on oled. i think next year their will only be 2 models of plasma, they have already got rid of the UT range this year, next range they are getting rid of them all and only having the ZT and VT if all the rumours are correct.therefore this year is the last year you will be able to buy any of the other models if rumours are true.if i were you and you really badly wanted an upgrade for me only the ZT65 is going to be the one which truely stands out as an upgrade.i upgraded from a 42" PZ85B to a 50" GT50 and imo the difference in PQ is not that much, simply because panasonic's have had absolutely great PQ in their plasma range for the past 5 years across all their models. so i am glad i opted to a much bigger screen which makes the upgrade more worthwhile.so i would say stick with the G20 it's only 2 generations older than a GT50 and the differences are minimal not HUGE because panasonic have always made the best since pioneer dropped out, but if you really felt the need only the ZT65 is a proper upgrade imo, anything else and you won't really see the difference.


Thanks for the reply . Not desperate for an upgrade and I think your right , a bigger screen would certainly seem like a proper upgrade .

Flipd

Sadly, according to Very's internal search engine, it only stocks the ST … Sadly, according to Very's internal search engine, it only stocks the ST (and X ) models, not the VT model being discussed here.http://www.very.co.uk/electricals/panasonic/televisions/e/b/4294957984,4743.end



Ah - It must have been pulled since - I ordered it a couple of weeks ago:
http://i.imgur.com/AID4gPS.png

It arrived a few days ago too

MojoUK

Ah - It must have been pulled since - I ordered it a couple of weeks … Ah - It must have been pulled since - I ordered it a couple of weeks ago:It arrived a few days ago too

That's a genuinely storming price, but I would prefer to forgo the 1st order discount and BNPL option from Shop Direct and instead have the cushion of 5 year warranty via RicherSounds.
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