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Need help deciding

charvel74
07-09-2013, 09:26 PM
I need a little help deciding on a 60" tv . I am undecided between LED and Plasma. I appreciate any advice you guys can offer me .


Panasonic Viera TCP60ST



I like this tv I saw in the store and the reviews are very impressive. However I am not sure it is right for me.

The tv will be about 8-10 feet away from the seating area. This will be the main tv for the family we watch a lot of movies. However my younger kids love to watch Netflix and Amazon prime from the ps3. I may do a little gaming on it in the future too. I want a nice picture but I am concerned about burn in if we are not careful with a plasma unit. The family room area doesn't have any windows that will be a problem with light issues. I am ok with spending $1500 or so. I am open to LED sets also

Thanks Mark

HiDefRev
07-10-2013, 02:02 AM
Well, the Panasonic ST60 series did receive CNET's first ever 5 star rating earlier this year. And it gets my personal recommendation, as well. . :2cents

charvel74
07-10-2013, 02:06 AM
Ive never owned a plasma should I be worried about burn in with having little kids wanting to watch netflix

dsskid
07-10-2013, 06:50 AM
Ive never owned a plasma should I be worried about burn in with having little kids wanting to watch netflix

The ST60 is an excellent choice for picture quality and price point.

You should take some care, but nothing crazy.

Put the display in Cinema mode, get a calibration disc and adjust the display.

After doing so, you shouldn't have any problem at all watching Netflix of Amazon Prime programming, as long as you don't leave the static menu up for hours. Neither should normal gaming.

Take note of my signature for choosing display size. Trust me, they do tend to "shrink".

charvel74
07-10-2013, 08:57 AM
Thanks for the advice guys. I'll go with the panasonic. Is there links you can direct me to on how to properly break in a plasma tv. I want to get the most out of my new tv life, best color etc..
Thanks again

Armysgt1
07-11-2013, 09:39 AM
I have always gone with LED because they use far less energy and are lightweight which is good for hanging on the wall.

dsskid
07-11-2013, 10:07 AM
I have always gone with LED because they use far less energy and are lightweight which is good for hanging on the wall.

Apparently those two characterists are more important to you then picture quality. Enjoy.

charvel74
07-12-2013, 06:34 PM
As I am reading some more reviews on this tv most are really great. However I came across a few where people experienced burn in very badly with just a few hours of game play. I am worried my daughter will turn on the tv and leave the Netflix menu on too long. She has her own tv but is smart and figures out how to use all our electronic devices. Would I be safer opting for a LED set or am I worrying too much? Any thoughts? I could just lock away the remote lol

IDRick
07-12-2013, 09:27 PM
:) Tough question! With young kids, I would lean toward a LED tv. But, teaching your bright daughter to operate the plasma tv correctly is also possible and allows you to use extra care during the first month or so of operation. Your call: safest bet or a teaching/learning experience for your daughter?

Good luck! :thumbsup:

charvel74
07-13-2013, 01:23 AM
Which LED models should I consider ?

IDRick
07-13-2013, 11:04 AM
Mark,

I have only been considering plasmas for my next tv purchase and have not studied the available LED tvs. I like to use CNET reviews and consumer reports on-line as my initial tools for screening tvs. It is early in the model year and many tvs have not yet been rated. Sorry, I can't give you an informed recommendation...

ADDED CNET has an updated list of top LED tvs: http://reviews.cnet.com/best-led-tvs/

charvel74
07-14-2013, 04:13 AM
i checked out some more tvs yesterday at Sears. The salesman there there was tryng to steer me away from anything plasma lol. Tryng to get me to buy a 60 LED sharp. I wasnt impressed with the picture dispite the good reviews it got from CNET. I more confused than ever now about making a choice on one set.

IDRick
07-14-2013, 10:17 AM
:) Sears does not sell an assortment of plasmas so it is not too surprising that sales was directing you to LEDs... Our local Sears only has one plasma, a Panasonic 50s60 which looks great in their show room. It has a glossy screen with no filter and I was expecting it to look washed out under the bright showroom lights but no, looked great!

Have you looked at the Panasonic LEDs? Our local Best Buy had an E60 series tv on display that looked very good to me. It has pretty good reviews on Amazon and Best Buy. Just a thought...

charvel74
07-14-2013, 01:40 PM
The location that the panasonic plasma was on display wasnt very good there was a lot of glare from the glass almost mirror like. Yes they mostly had LEDs for sale. I will have to check out the LEDs from Panasonic. My daughter is 2 and she knows how to operate all the electronics already. Im afraid she'll leave Netflix on for an extended period of time cause burn in on tv. Im absolutely in love with the plasmas but im probably gonna have to go LED in this situation.

charvel74
07-14-2013, 02:13 PM
http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-TC-L58E60-58-Inch-1080p-120Hz/dp/B00B59NX54/ref=lh_ni_t_mi?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Looks nice

dsskid
07-14-2013, 03:20 PM
The Panasonic LED LCDs leave a lot to be desired. I'd look at Samsung, Sony, or Vizio if you're going that route.

charvel74
07-14-2013, 03:27 PM
Im not sold on anything Vizio lol can you reccomend any LED 60" in the 1000-1500 range?

IDRick
07-14-2013, 08:59 PM
The Panasonic LED LCDs leave a lot to be desired. I'd look at Samsung, Sony, or Vizio if you're going that route.

Just curious what is wrong with the Panasonic LEDs? The one I saw looked very good but then I'm not a videophile and only watched from 8 to 10 feet away (my expected viewing distance). Plus, I was not interested in 3D or alot of "smart apps" so not having those was not a big minus in my book... Motion looked great and screen looked very uniform.

charvel74
07-15-2013, 01:46 AM
Do all the brands of smart tvs have amazon prime available. Imnot seeing it n Sharp for example. Will I only beable to use amazon prime through my PS3 and not on the tv app itself?

IDRick
07-15-2013, 09:00 AM
Not all smart tvs support Amazon prime. Here is the list of supported devices: http://www.amazon.com/gp/video/ontv/devices/ref=amb_link_364494962_9?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-4&pf_rd_r=1HNYQ238R6TWYNPX4KFX&pf_rd_t=1401&pf_rd_p=1578767762&pf_rd_i=1000663511

dsskid
07-15-2013, 09:37 AM
Just curious what is wrong with the Panasonic LEDs? The one I saw looked very good but then I'm not a videophile and only watched from 8 to 10 feet away (my expected viewing distance). Plus, I was not interested in 3D or alot of "smart apps" so not having those was not a big minus in my book... Motion looked great and screen looked very uniform.
When I saw it, the black levels and color accuracy was poor. But if you have a less critical eye and it looks good to you, by all means buy it.

charvel74
07-15-2013, 10:20 AM
http://t.costco.com/Panasonic-TC-58LE64-58%22-Class-%2857.5%22-Diag.%29-1080p-Smart-LED-LCD.product.100057221.html


Looks like a great deal for the price. Just a bought a house so funds are limited right now.

charvel74
07-15-2013, 06:31 PM
http://t.costco.com/VIZIO-70%22-Class-1080p-120Hz-Razor-LED-Smart-TV-E701i-A3.product.100015771.html
After taking a trip to costco today I must take back my thoughts about Vizio lol. There tvs were very nice reguarding the picture. The 58" looks nice but if were goingbto sit 10-12 ft away im thinking 70" is a better size for us. The price of the warranty is a nice perk too.