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Panasonic TH58PZ700U or 750U or a Sony?

10-16-2007, 09:14 AM
I have narrowed it down to the TH58PZ700U, the Pioneers are a little too expensive...... Except the salesman at bestbuy, told me to go for the Panny 750U, as it had 3HDMI ports..... IS this the only difference? or can you guys tell me something more that justifies the price difference? .......They have the TH58PZ700U at $3475, which is less than sears $3775.... so I think its a great price...... Everywhere else it's around $4400.... even the internet places are more expensive! Am I missing something here?......

And again, is there a SONY TV that would be a better buy? .......
If so can you tell me which model I should look at.....

Hopefully this week is my last week of searching for 3 TV's..... and I can move on to researching other stuff!!!!

Everyone on this forum has been great, I would be completely lost, if it wasn't for all your help... So Thank-You all....

10-16-2007, 09:28 AM
Seabreeze you can buy a hdmi swith box for around 35 to 75 bucks so dont spent 1k on set just to get 4 hdmi. check it out.

10-16-2007, 09:35 AM
Personally, after being an LCD supporter until I got my plasma, there's no other way to go but plasma. Sony only makes LCDs. There's your answer.

Get the PZ700U. An extra $1000 for another HDMI input is foolish. The 750U is the "higher-end" model with very little difference. If you're worried about glare from the screen, get the 58PZ77U with the anti-glare screen.

Save the money or invest it into HD-DVD or Blu-ray and theater components/speakers.

10-16-2007, 11:26 AM
I agree. I asked the Panny rep (not salesman) about the 2 tv's and his answer was the extra HDMI was the main diffence... I'm looking into the 700u when the price drops some more...

10-16-2007, 08:23 PM
Codes20......sorry for sounding so ignorant, especially when I thought I was making good progress with my research......PZ5877U? Which model is this? I haven't come across it and no one mentioned that Panasonic make a Plasma with Anti Glare.... I thought it had a coating of Anti Glare on the 700U? Is the 77U something special and is it a lot more money and are there any other differences? Also are you saying that the Panasonic is better than an XBR Sony because the Sony is an LCD? And the panasonic is not 120Hz, the Sony is, does that mean anything? Thanks everyone....... You are have been so helpful......

10-16-2007, 08:38 PM
Seabreeze if your kids are going to be playing games alot you should get a LCD or sure, just to make sure there is no problems.

10-17-2007, 12:49 AM
The 77U is not 1920x1080. Go 700U.

10-17-2007, 01:53 PM
z28Rod, this is the 58 inch model for my bedroom..... the kids are getting the LCD, Sharp 42 or Sony 40..... this is the 58 Panasonic 700U or the 750U or a sony equivalent......and Jim.... I wasn't thinking of the 77U......advice needed on the 700 or 750 and codes20 said it wasnt worth it for the extra HDMI port.... so that's Okay....I agree....

Now its between the 58PZ700U or if anyone can tell me that there is a better Sony out there instead?...... Thanks again...

10-17-2007, 02:04 PM
There are some very nice Sony flat panel LCDs but I don't think any of them actually are much better then the Panasonic TH-58PZ700U

In the Panasonic's price range you would get the Sony KDL-46XBR4 which is very nice highly regarded LCD, so I still would say the Panasonic is a better value, larger size for same price range and maybe even better black scale. :D

10-17-2007, 02:17 PM
those are great tv's but why not consider a pioneer plasma? you can get a brand new pioneer plasma for less then your stated ammount. you can get 4 HDMI porst and what is being called the best flat panel tv ever by every reviewer who has tested these kuro bad boys. send me a p.m. and i will send you a link on where to get the new pioneer plasma for the same price.

here is a few links to check them out,


here is the closing comments to that link above,

Bottom Line
Waiting on the newest generation of Pioneer plasma TVs has become an annual ritual that I look forward to. As in past years, Pioneer's latest and greatest 50-inch doesn't disappoint. Quite the opposite, really: The Pioneer Kuro PDP-5010HD 50-inch plasma HDTV's crisp high-def picture, clean upconversion of standard-def programs, cutting-edge video processing, and impressively deep, detailed shadows make it a serious pleasure for watching movies. If you're the kind of person who values quality and performance as much as anything else, the 5010FD's $4,000 street price a small premium over LCDs of the same size makes it the best flat-panel TV deal going.

this one is not the 5010FD but the difference between the elite models and lower model is very close this year. the elite is said to have more adjustments and better colors out of the box. but once you turn down the color on the 5010FD it is almost as good as the elite models. and for the price difference the gap might not be worth it unless you need to have the top of the mountain model.

Honey, How Much Can We Get for the Kids?
At $5,999 the Pioneer Elite is roughly twice as expensive as a 50-inch Panasonic plasma or Sharp LCD. However, as you've seen, the performance is well more than twice as good. But before you call that loan shark, consider this, the $3,500 Pioneer PDP-5080HD is the same size and will have nearly identical performance as in the KURO line as well (You can read a review of that plasma here at UltimateAVMag.com). The catch? It's "only" 768p; but from where you're sitting, you probably won't be able to see that difference anyway.

It's rare that I'm impressed by a display, and I don't think I've ever been this impressed by a flat panel. A jaded reviewer I may be, but even I can't help but be impressed by this plasma. The PRO-110FD measures, performs, and looks better than any other flat panel on the market, and it's one of the best displays of any type available now. No matter what type of TV you're looking to buy, you owe it to yourself to see how one of these looks, just for comparison. On second thought, maybe that's a bad idea. . .

10-17-2007, 05:07 PM
sent you the PM..... Thanks