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HDTV model help

05-05-2010, 11:42 AM

I am researching flat panel TV models to purchase in the near future. I would like to have a good handle on what is recommended in the 2010 line-up so that I can watch for deals this Memorial Day weekend.

I am not sold on LCD or plasma, but am probably leaning plasma. I do not have any brand loyalty but plan to buy the best for my budget.

Here are my answers to the questionnaire:

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')

12 - 14 ft

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

no tv

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)

90% movies and Netflix streaming, 5% sports, 5% TV

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


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 will be getting a Blue-ray player

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

best in budget

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 can be controlled. It will be in a walkout basement with windows on the right as you face the TV. The windows have good blinds on them to block most light.

8. What is your budget range?

$1000-$1500. I am hoping that during the holiday sales I can get a substantial discount so don't discredit a TV if it slightly above this range.

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

mostly from the center

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

after sunset

I am not overly concerned about the sound as I plan to purchase a separate surround system. Sound should be adequate since I may not get the sound setup right away.

If anyone has thoughts on that as well I would appreciate the help. This may not be the correct forum for that so I can repost the sound information elsewhere. From some research I was looking at for sound:

Onkyo TX-SR508 receiver
BIC America F12 or Yamaha YST-SW315 sub
Energy Take Classic 5 speakers

Thoughts or other recommendations appreciated.

Thank you in advance for any and all help.

05-05-2010, 01:06 PM
I think a 58" would be the best size for your viewing distance and given your usage/environment it is ideal for plasma as well.

You should look at the 58" Panasonic or Samsung plasmas as the best choice or a 54" Panasonic like the P54G20 or P54G25. Since Samsung jumps from 50" to 58" with no 54-55" plasma size available if budget only allows 54" size that would leave only Panasonic for a plasma.

I prefer Panasonic plasmas over Samsung plasmas for the more resistent image retention and better reliability history as well.

05-05-2010, 05:43 PM
I second the suggestion on the Panasonic plasma. I would look at the TC-P58S2 and the TC-P54G20 or G25 models. The Onkyo is a great choice for audio ( I just got the Onkyo 608 last week ). IMHO, I would go with the BIC sub rather than Yamaha, though. Once you get everything up and running, you're going to have one awesome system !! :thumbsup:

05-05-2010, 06:02 PM
Great input, thanks. Looking at the specs on panasonic's website. I cannot see any discernible differences between the G20 and G25. Can you shed some light on that?

I would like to have LAN connectivity, so I think that leaves out the S2. Do either the G20 or G25 have wireless standard?

Thanks again.

05-06-2010, 08:18 AM
This past weekend best buy had 58 samsungs for 1399. that a hell of a deal. try to see if there still avialable.

05-06-2010, 09:17 AM
It is now $1499.99:


This is also a 2009 model not the new 2010 model which is $1799.99