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Own Panny TH50PZ800U, Add TH46PZ80U?

goodnews
02-24-2009, 11:00 AM
I love my 50pz800u, which gets a lot of use by our family. I want to add a 46inch panny in our master bedroom. Costco has started stocking the th46pz80u ($990+tax=$1067). The th46pz800u is $1500 at Amazon. Do any of you out there own both models (any size) and notice any significant differences? The 80u has lower contrast and of course, no THX. I'm wondering if I'll be disappointed if I choose the 80u. I do wish the 80u had a swivel base, which would be very useful in my bedroom, but I'm willing to do without if the picture is satisfying. Any thoughts? Thanks!

Bigloww
02-24-2009, 11:12 AM
Man, the 80u onsale at Costco for $999 is an outstanding deal.. I didn't see it at my local Costco the last time I was there (or online), so I will have to check it out. From what I have seen between the 50'' 80u and 800u, the PQ is a bit better over all, But it is also THX calibrated out of the box I believe. For a $500 price diff with a bedroom set, I would take the $500 and Costco 2 year warranty and run with it IMO. Amazon (Tiger Direct) has the Panasonic TH46PZ85U onsale for $1099 ($1148 shipped)... Another great option to confues you..:D

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3921396&CatId=3653

PFC5
02-24-2009, 11:18 AM
I have the 50pz80u and I have a great picture on it. The THX mode on the pz800 series is very nice, but i think I have adjusted my picture to near perfect settings and everyone seems to love my settings when they try them.

I think you will be very pleased with the 46pz80u as long as you use good settings.

goodnews
02-24-2009, 11:31 AM
Man, the 80u onsale at Costco for $999 is an outstanding deal.. I didn't see it at my local Costco the last time I was there (or online), so I will have to check it out. From what I have seen between the 50'' 80u and 800u, the PQ is a bit better over all, But it is also THX calibrated out of the box I believe. For a $500 price diff with a bedroom set, I would take the $500 and Costco 2 year warranty and run with it IMO. Amazon (Tiger Direct) has the Panasonic TH46PZ85U onsale for $1099 ($1148 shipped)... Another great option to confues you..:D

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3921396&CatId=3653

Thanks for your thoughts! I totally agree that the price at Costco is great! As we all know, Costco often carries tvs with different model numbers (not that it completely matters), but when I saw the 80u, I was ready to jump on it. Then I came home and started comparing it (at least online) with my 800u. You mentioned that the picture quality is a little better on the 800 series. I've read somewhere that the 80u is dimmer than the 800u. Is that what you're referring to? If I put aside the THX issue for a minute, could I adjust the 80u settings to pretty much match the 800u?

goodnews
02-24-2009, 11:34 AM
I have the 50pz80u and I have a great picture on it. The THX mode on the pz800 series is very nice, but i think I have adjusted my picture to near perfect settings and everyone seems to love my settings when they try them.

I think you will be very pleased with the 46pz80u as long as you use good settings.

Thanks! You are always very helpful. I'm using the settings you recommended for my 800u, and it's great! Do you think I can get settings on the 80u to match the 800u? I've read that the 80u is dimmer. What are your thoughts?

Also, if I do go with the 80u, is there a swivel base that I can purchase elsewhere. In my bedroom, we can sit directly in front of it on a loveseat, but if we want to watch from our bed, we'll be off to the side.

Bigloww
02-24-2009, 11:46 AM
The TV only wieghs around 75 pounds.. So you should be able to find a new stand that swivels and supports that TV without much problem I would think. Just do a search. I had one that supported my old 200 pound CRT a while back.. Or just do an articulating wall mount like I did.... It was pretty easy and looks/works great..

http://www.homedecorators.com/detail.php?parentid=35081&aid=nxtg

PFC5
02-24-2009, 12:31 PM
Thanks! You are always very helpful. I'm using the settings you recommended for my 800u, and it's great! Do you think I can get settings on the 80u to match the 800u? I've read that the 80u is dimmer. What are your thoughts?

Also, if I do go with the 80u, is there a swivel base that I can purchase elsewhere. In my bedroom, we can sit directly in front of it on a loveseat, but if we want to watch from our bed, we'll be off to the side.

Thanks for the kind words.

I do not think the pz80u series is any dimmer per say, but since I do not own both I cannot say how much different there may be in that regard.

As far as swiveling stands, I think you might be better off just getting a swiveling disc to put under the stand like this:

http://www.amazon.com/TV-Swivel-Base-Solid-Finish/dp/B0000V07Z2

It says it can hold up to 250lbs and seems to be a low profile so it should work for you.

Hope this helps!

goodnews
02-24-2009, 12:36 PM
Thank you both very much!

RandyWalters
02-24-2009, 02:15 PM
Thanks! You are always very helpful. I'm using the settings you recommended for my 800u, and it's great! Do you think I can get settings on the 80u to match the 800u? I've read that the 80u is dimmer. What are your thoughts?

Also, if I do go with the 80u, is there a swivel base that I can purchase elsewhere. In my bedroom, we can sit directly in front of it on a loveseat, but if we want to watch from our bed, we'll be off to the side.While the PZ800U does look a little better than the Costco model (higher CR and more shades of gradation, etc), i don't think it's worth the extra $500 as a secondary set.

Here's another popular source for inexpensive swivel bases, and they can custom make one to your specs if you like:

http://www.bestvaluetvswivels.com/index.htm

goodnews
02-24-2009, 04:19 PM
While the PZ800U does look a little better than the Costco model (higher CR and more shades of gradation, etc), i don't think it's worth the extra $500 as a secondary set.

Here's another popular source for inexpensive swivel bases, and they can custom make one to your specs if you like:

http://www.bestvaluetvswivels.com/index.htm

Thanks! I'm gonna keep that swivel base in mind. Looks good!