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Noob wants a TV for Christmas

11-14-2010, 10:25 AM
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')

11-12', based on the easy chair and couch in our living room.

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

Panasonic TC-32LX60 32" LCD (Spring, 2007)

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)

Half sports (college, pro FB), 1/4 network shows, remainder streaming video (netflix) Bluray and Wii gaming.

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?

Charter HD via TiVo premiere, would switch to Uverse if AT&T ever builds it out. We'll probably pop for a Blu-ray with the new TV.

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

Would like to keep it under $1k, so bang-for-buck.

7. Are you interested in seeing 3D with the new 3DTVs? If not, what about next year since TVs are usually kept for many years so consider that?

No interest in #d for the forseeable future.

8. What is the room lighting situation? (i.e. can you control the lighting? Can you use light blocking blinds, etc to control it?)

The TV will be mounted on a wall at the dark end of the room, the room has fairly large windows, with horizontal blinds. There's a fair amount of ambient light during the day, but I don't notice much glare from the current panel.

9. What is your budget range?

<= $1K

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

Typically two people, each ~15 degrees off-axis.

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

Since we're primarily into sports, I've been leaning plasma. Reading the forum, I suspect the answer will be a Panasonic G25, but $1K only gets us 46", pending holiday markdowns. My wife likes the looks of the LG 50PK750, which is 50" and sub $900. Also considering the Samsung PN50C550, again a 50-incher. I notice some members of the forum aren't in love with LG, but I can't quite get a feel for why.

I have to say I haven't been completely wild about the current Panasonic. It's started doing a weird thing when powering up- some solenoid clicks audibly, then the power LED flashes red and the picture doesn't come up. When this happens, the only way to wake it up is to unplug the power cord for ~10 seconds (while trying not to power-cycle the TiVo in the process.) This used to happen once a month, but is lately a weekly ordeal. My last tube TV was a Quasar (panasonic) 19-incher, and it had the opposite problem- when you hit the power button on the remote, it'd click off then come back on, with no audio, and the only way to turn it off was to unplug it...

Anyway, I'm just starting to research this purchase and would appreciate any help to make some headway against the choices. Thanks, in advance.

11-14-2010, 11:35 AM
On my second Samsung plasma(PN58C550 -for $1190) and they offer huge bang for the buck with outstanding color accuracy, spot on flesh tones and decent black levels . If you live anywhere around the NJ area Electronic Expo has deals even online retailers can't beat in the ad below .


11-14-2010, 11:26 PM
the lg pk550 is cheaper and better than the 750. i have bought in the past from electronics-expo and the deal was great and i had no problem. you could find a 50 inch pannie s2 and for a slight bit more a 54 s2.