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You guys put me back on the fence! Help with picking TV!

gti303
03-25-2010, 10:37 AM
Long story short, I had a 42" Samsung HPS4273 Plasma from 2006. I had it in a dark room, and it was great, but basically I don't have it anymore, plus I moved.

My original choice of TV was the LG47SL90, I like it because of its 'looks'...and for around $1400 online its not tooo bad...but now, after surfing this forum, it seems the general consensus is that Plasma is still better than LED, especially Edge lit LED.

So here is my question, what Plasma around the 46" mark is kick ass? I seem to only be able to find 50" ones.


Thanks in advance everyone!!!


1. How far away will you be from the display when watching it? (Be as exact as possible. A 5' range difference IS a major difference - Please limit the range to 2')
8"-9" is my living area.
My kitchen and dining room is about 15-17" away, but I will mostly 'enjoy' my tv in my living area.

2. What TV will it be replacing (i.e. 27" tube TV, etc) (include TV age as well)
2006 Samsung 42" Plasma HPS4273

3. What will you be watching on it (i.e. 1/3 movies, 1/3 TV shows, 1/6 Sports, 1/6 gaming console, etc)
65% Movies 35% Downloaded TV Shows DIVx from HDMI on my laptop

4. Will a computer be connected to use the display as a monitor? If so, what percent of the time?
Very rarely will be used as a monitor, if ever. Lets say 2%

5. Will you be getting a Blu-ray player to watch movies and will you be getting any HD service from cable/sat, or will you just be watching SD programming, and an upscaling SD DVD player?
Already have a blu-ray player in my laptop that has HDMI out. I will later get a DLNA blu-ray player so I can stream from my NAS as well.

6. Are you looking for the best in class display, the best bargain display, or best bang for the buck in the middle display?
Middle to Upper

7. What is the room lighting situation? (i.e. can you control the lighting? Can you use light blocking blinds, etc to control it?)
I face directly north, I get no direct sunlight but my room is still very bright from ambient natural lighting. My entire place is white everything, so its pretty bright. I have roller blinds, but they are not black out, they let a good amount of ambient light in.

8. What is your budget range?
1000-1400

9. Will people be watching at multiple viewing angles or just usually one person sitting directly in the center?
Multiple Viewing angles would be ideal, as sometimes I want to watch when I am cooking

10. When will most viewing be done on the display (i.e. Daytime or after sunset)?
80% after sunset (weekdays). 20% daytime (weekends)



After some more surfing...considering the Samsung PN50B860...or the LG 50PK750 , but theres no reviews on the 50PK750

But then again...the SL90 IS SO SEXY!

HiDefRev
03-25-2010, 12:02 PM
No doubt about it. A 2010 Panasonic plasma would be perfect for you. I'm thinking a 50" G20 or G25 would fit the bill nicely. This series has received nothing but raves since it was introduced. Check it out. :thumbsup:

gti303
03-25-2010, 12:22 PM
No doubt about it. A 2010 Panasonic plasma would be perfect for you. I'm thinking a 50" G20 or G25 would fit the bill nicely. This series has received nothing but raves since it was introduced. Check it out. :thumbsup:

Thanks for the reply...I'm not that into panny's simply because of their styling... :(

Loves2Watch
03-25-2010, 12:56 PM
Thanks for the reply...I'm not that into panny's simply because of their styling... :(

Picture quality is much more important than styling because as you watch the TV with the room darkened, the styling becomes invisible. LG may have the style you want but their TV's, plasma in particular are severely lacking and have a very poor service life.

PFC5
03-25-2010, 01:01 PM
Picture quality is much more important than styling because as you watch it, the styling becomes invisible. LG may have the style you want but their TV's, plasma in particular are severely lacking and have a very poor service life.

I agree with this. I would buy what has the best PQ and reliability and that easily leaves LG out of the running.

SantaPimp27
03-25-2010, 01:25 PM
you know how women are though. The OP, obviously has her priorities.

Although i think the new pannys look great

gti303
03-25-2010, 02:23 PM
lol, sorry I should have been more specific with my reply.

Basically I was planning on going 46-47", if I go 50" I'll need a tv with a thin bezel...my place is small, and I really don't want it to be the 'focal point' of my room...
Recently we built an entertainment unit with a 46" TV in mind, so IF 50" is the right size...then it will be nicer if the bezel were a bit thinner

So that's what I actually meant on 'styling'...just a thin bezel thats all...

PFC5
03-25-2010, 10:55 PM
Well the TC-P50G25 is actually only 48" wide so maybe it would fit:

http://www2.panasonic.com/consumer-electronics/shop/Televisions/All-VIERA-Flat-Panel-HDTVs/model.TC-P50G25.S_11002_7000000000000005702#tabsection

pappylap
03-26-2010, 04:18 PM
LG may have the style you want but their TV's, plasma in particular are severely lacking and have a very poor service life.

http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/customavatars/avatar159383_7.gif...Yeah, but they are sooooo Sexy