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Can't decide

N8ture
03-27-2010, 11:01 PM
Any opinions? It's time for a new tv but I'm really not sure. It seems plasma is the way to go,, but who knows.

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')

6-8 feet

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

a sanyo 36" CRT

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)

Movies, Video Games (PS3)

4. Will a computer be connected to use the display as a monitor? If so, what percent of the time?

Nope

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?

I use a PS3 as a HDD for the tv and for movies. Just have basic cable

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

7. What is the room lighting situation? (i.e. can you control the lighting? Can you use light blocking blinds, etc to control it?)
Lighting is only a prob in the early morn. Big bay windows and slider on just one side.

8. What is your budget range?
500-750

9. Will people be watching at multiple viewing angles or just usually one person sitting directly in the center?

Mostly straight ahead, but we have an off set loveseat that may get use

10. When will most viewing be done on the display (i.e. Daytime or after sunset)?

Mostly night. Some day, but def mostly night.






The model I had in mind is the panasonic 42" plasma 1080p. Not sure if the 1080p is worth it at this size or proximity. Thanks for any advice

Loves2Watch
03-27-2010, 11:06 PM
A 50" Panasonic plasma would be in order but i suggest you get HD service from your cable company as SD material from cable looks pretty bad compared to HD and Blu-ray.

N8ture
03-27-2010, 11:17 PM
I probably will get HD service eventually. Right now I download any shows that we watch regularly. Really looking for a good movie and gaming experience. Thanks for the advice. :)

Panasonic - VIERA / 50" Class / 720p / 600Hz / Plasma HDTV
720$

Panasonic - VIERA / 50" Class / 1080p / 600Hz / Plasma HDTV
1250$

The first is in my range but isn't the 720 noticable at 50 inches?

The one I was thinking about is

Panasonic - VIERA 42" Class / 1080p / 600Hz / Plasma HDTV
$720

s2mikey
03-28-2010, 06:29 AM
I probably will get HD service eventually. Right now I download any shows that we watch regularly. Really looking for a good movie and gaming experience. Thanks for the advice. :)

Panasonic - VIERA / 50" Class / 720p / 600Hz / Plasma HDTV
720$

Panasonic - VIERA / 50" Class / 1080p / 600Hz / Plasma HDTV
1250$

The first is in my range but isn't the 720 noticable at 50 inches?

The one I was thinking about is

Panasonic - VIERA 42" Class / 1080p / 600Hz / Plasma HDTV
$720

The 720p at 50 inches isnt neccessairly noticeable. A good image is made up of a lot of different things, not just resolution. The best test is to try and see a 50" 720 set in person at your viewing distance.

I think you'll be fine though. I have a 768p 50" Pioneer plasma and have never had any issues. My viewing distance is about 8 to 9 feet. I also had a 720p Panasonic 42" plasma a while back and never had any issues with that set either. I know 42" is smaller but I figured Id mention it.

PFC5
03-28-2010, 06:33 PM
Is it possible to save up a little more to get at least a 46" 1080p model? I am 8' away with my 50" 1080p and now wish I had a 54-58" display. Better to have patience than to regret the purchase for being too small after you get use to having a display bigger than 36" ;)

I think at 6' that the 720p resolution would be slightly noticeable with a 50" size, so in that case I would avoid that IMO.