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Sammy or Panny for around $800, recomendations?

Birddog06
12-13-2010, 06:41 PM
Wishing to upgrade our old Panasonic 42" EDTV plasma to a nice Hi-Def 50" or ?. We will be using the Flat Panel for HD satellite and some xbox 360 , we have a projector dedicated for movies but we may hook up a DVD player for 'quick' movies for the kids. We will be sitting aprox 10 feet away so I am comfortable with a 50" TV. Now the real question, my current budget is around $800 which I feel is more than adequate for an everyday type of use TV and there are a plethora of TV's out there and have narrowed it down to these:

Panasonic TC-P50U2 - $699

Samsung PN50C550 - $899

Samsung PN50C450 - $699 ( 720p )

Panasonic TC-P50C2 - $649 ( 720 P )

Panasonic TC-P50S2 - $869

Any recommendations of thoughts? I have included the 720P in my choices based on price and price alone, and since most of what we watch on satellite is broadcast in 720p anyway I am not opposed to getting a 720P panel. Thanks for your help guys, much appreciated :)

neoshredder27
12-13-2010, 06:52 PM
Samsung PN50C550 or Panasonic TC-P50S2. If you can upgrade, I would go with the Panasonic TC-P50G25. G25 is a big improvement over both the C550 and S2. It's on Amazon for $1080 I believe. Might be out of your range.

PhilipC
12-13-2010, 08:45 PM
Stay away from C550
Its Horizontal line banding seen below takes away quality viewing.
http://i51.tinypic.com/14xikc2.jpg

S2 would be the better choice but as Neo posted G25 is a big improvement.
Bestbuy & Sears carry's G20 which is a G25 without Network Camera feature so you may want to check that out as well.
It cost a little less giving same quality picture & performance.