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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 503099 7-Aug-2011 20:51
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Keep in mind that NZ panels are different from those in the States and through out Europe...

My NZ 50" V10 suffered rising blacks just like the US and European counterparts. Its a design flaw and is not region specific.

Your 50V10 is/was now 2 generations behind the current model, time to compare the most recent TV's don't you think?

I was only responding to your initial comment that blacks won't suffer. That isn't proven to be true and regardless of how negligible a rise may be, its important not to talk in absolutes. Everyones expectations are different and what may be invisible or a minor annoyance to one person, may be a dealbreaker for someone else.

TBH, black level rise is the least of my concerns with the 2011 Panasonic plasmas. They have a few other issues that need to be dealt with first. None of which prevent me from recommending the ST30 here, but like all current displays (or tech in general), the new owner needs to decide for themselves what is or isn't objectionable. Buying from an understanding retailer is well advised.

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  Reply # 503312 8-Aug-2011 13:30
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Wow, thanks everyone...some very comprehensive insights here. Sounds like the Panasonic is on top, with the VT30 top of the wish list (monies pending), followed by the GT.

Hope to make a purchase in the next couple of weeks - will keep my eyes peeled for specials on these models.

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  Reply # 505848 13-Aug-2011 00:28
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Most NZ retailors put absurd margins on low volume items so be careful. The lowest price I see for the P42VT30Z is $2899, which is higher than the $2622 it was available for last week. Big chains want another $400 on top of that so see if you can get them to price-match if you're geographically far from the best deal.

Ideally a plasma television should be kept upright when transporting as they're less likely to break in that position.

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