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Plasma selection help for primary use with PS3, and I read the sticky! ;)

allend
04-11-2010, 05:22 PM
Hi all. I've been lurking for a bit and joined up yesterday on the cusp of ordering a UN46B8500 from east coast TVs (yes, my trepidation led me to the super-thread).

Since I was really kinda hoping for the 55" anyway (which is about impossible to track down now), I figured I should see what my options were (for reasons unknown, I only researched LCDs, which led me to the 8500). I had been researching the 8500 series for a little over a month now.

Never really looked at plasmas, and I don't have any local friends that own one. It seems the majority of this board is smitten, though, and I'll take that to be worth something, given the material.

So, I guess it comes down to I'm looking for a plasma, unless someone can convince me of an LCD that beats the 8500 for a reasonable price.

I filled out the questions from the sticky, and pasted below. Not sure what other information would be helpful, but please let me know.

I welcome any suggestions you guys might have, as you clearly spend way more time thinking about these things than I do (prior to last month =)

1. How far away will you be from the display when watching it?
-- The front edge of my couch is ~9' from my wall, so depending on how I mount/stand the TV, between 8.5'-10'

2. What TV will it be replacing?
-- None, directly. I haven't had a TV in my living room for years, but I think it's time. I currently have a 32" off-brand LCD in the bedroom for some light TV watching, and a 24" off-brand edge-lit LED TV in an arcade seat (http://www.highdefforum.com/gaming-systems/111439-my-gt5-racing-setup.html) for PS3 playing.

3. What will you be watching on it?
-- The vast majority (~75%) will be PS3 gaming. I also tend to watch a lot of History Channel and Discovery Channel. Some random netflix movies, and maybe 4 hours of other TV a week.

4. Will a computer be connected to use the display as a monitor? If so, what percent of the time?
-- Possibly infrequently, but only for use with streaming video (no computer use).

5. Will you be getting a Blu-ray player to watch movies and will you be getting any HD service from cable/sat?
-- I'll use the Blu-Ray on the PS3, and will almost certainly get whatever is required for Discovery Channel HD.

6. Are you looking for the best in class display, the best bargain display, or best bang for the buck in the middle display?
-- Not really looking for a bargain, I want the wow factor with gaming. I've been bending over backwards to pay $3k for a samsung UN55B8500 (backlit LED LCD), but the market has more or less dried up. I'm leaning towards plasma, the more I read n this forum. I'm comfortable up to about $2k without batting an eye (but obviously I'm happy to spend less), and I understand a great plasma can be had.

7. What is the room lighting situation?
-- I can get the room fairly dark, TV won't ever be in direct sunlight, and I'll have the TV before I have any lamps/lighting (because I'd rather accessorize to optimize for the TV, than the reverse).

8. What is your budget range?
-- Thrilled to get out for under US$1500, fine with $2k, willing to push $3 if there were a really compelling argument.

9. Will people be watching at multiple viewing angles or just usually one person sitting directly in the center?
-- For gaming I'll likely be dead center, for watching movies, the girl and I will probably be just off to the side. No extreme angles (~25* max).

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

Thanks in advance!
-Allen

SantaPimp27
04-11-2010, 05:51 PM
If you really want the wow factor something like the Panasonic 58" VT25 would be a great display. Its not on the market yet, but it should be soon. You can probably get it for around $2800, maybe a little less.

If you want to spend less, i would recommend the Panasonic 54" G20/25

allend
04-11-2010, 07:21 PM
How do you think a 58" would look at those distances? I really have no basis for comparison, because I haven't had a living room TV for years, I just have one wall-mounted in my bedroom that I watch from bed.

I'm gathering that Panasonic is a well-liked brand, I'm liking what I see about the V10 models so far.

allend
04-11-2010, 07:53 PM
Well, sort of an impulse buy, but...I just pulled the trigger on a 58V10.

The little checklist I responded to really helped me sort out what to look for, and after searching this forum (and google) for user experiences, I think it looks like a sound buy. Not the exhaustive research I did for the Samsung 8500, but I'm pretty confident I'll be happy.

Now I just have to get something to put it on...it's supposed to be here Tuesday :/

HiDefRev
04-11-2010, 07:58 PM
Congrats on your purchase. Be sure to let us know how much you like it !! :yippee:

SantaPimp27
04-11-2010, 08:07 PM
Well, sort of an impulse buy, but...I just pulled the trigger on a 58V10.

The little checklist I responded to really helped me sort out what to look for, and after searching this forum (and google) for user experiences, I think it looks like a sound buy. Not the exhaustive research I did for the Samsung 8500, but I'm pretty confident I'll be happy.

Now I just have to get something to put it on...it's supposed to be here Tuesday :/

I have the 65" V10 and it is a great TV. Deep blacks, great contrast and handles motion flawlessly. Its a great tv for gaming on.

allend
04-11-2010, 08:30 PM
Congrats on your purchase. Be sure to let us know how much you like it !! :yippee:

:D Thanks! I'm super-psyched. The girlfriend is moving up in 2 months and has long lamented my lack of a central TV. I have some new games coming in this week, too, so it's gonna be a great Saturday coming up.

I have the 65" V10 and it is a great TV. Deep blacks, great contrast and handles motion flawlessly. Its a great tv for gaming on.
Awesome. I read everything that was returned by the search on this forum, and as much as I thought I needed to from google before I felt comfortable. I'll have trouble sleeping tonight, y'all may be making an HD nerd out of me (though the software nerd will always win!).

In semi-related news, I'm going to document my experience with the vendor here (http://www.highdefforum.com/flat-panel-tvs/92023-anybody-deal-east-coast-tvs-104.html#1551), in hopes that other similarly skittish buyers will feel more confident (either buying or staying away, depending on what I find). One strike against east coast already, but price is still king for now.