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Plasma worries

coldfusion11
03-23-2009, 11:43 AM
I am currently moving and I wanted to get a new TV. I can get deals at abc warehouse like I can get stuff at cost. My salesperson wanted to sell me a 42" panasonic TC-P42S1 for 800 out the door, retail is 1200, and I was wondering if I shouldn't buy it becuase plasma is getting phased out or anything...I dont want to be obsolete in the near future.

thanks.

PFC5
03-23-2009, 11:53 AM
First of all. Display types are not subject to obsolescence like formats are. Second, Plasmas will be around for years and in many/most circumstances will provide the best PQ and usually will be cheaper also.

The new Panasonic TC-PxxS1 line of plasmas just came out but have received very good initial reviews, but we are still waiting for in depth pro reviews on them. They look to be better than the 2008 models they replace and at a cheaper MSRP than the 2008 models as well.

I think you will love this model and truly be astounded by the PQ with it especially with it's superior black levels, smooth natural motion with fast moving scenes, and superior viewing angles.

As long as you do not plan to use it as a computer monitor for more than about 5% of it's on time, and do not have it in direct sunlight, I think it would likely be a better choice for you IMO.

Hope this helps & welcome to the forum! :hithere:

coldfusion11
03-23-2009, 12:00 PM
First of all. Display types are not subject to obsolescence like formats are. Second, Plasmas will be around for years and in many/most circumstances will provide the best PQ and usually will be cheaper also.

The new Panasonic TC-PxxS1 line of plasmas just came out but have received very good initial reviews, but we are still waiting for in depth pro reviews on them. They look to be better than the 2008 models they replace and at a cheaper MSRP than the 2008 models as well.

I think you will love this model and truly be astounded by the PQ with it especially with it's superior black levels, smooth natural motion with fast moving scenes, and superior viewing angles.

As long as you do not plan to use it as a computer monitor for more than about 5% of it's on time, and do not have it in direct sunlight, I think it would likely be a better choice for you IMO.

Hope this helps & welcome to the forum! :hithere:

Thanks for the help.

Do you think I should wait for the 2009 models to come out so I can get a better price? Not sure if the cost price will go down or just the retail will go down closer to cost. Either way I liked this TV for an entry level plasma.

PFC5
03-23-2009, 12:19 PM
The S1 line IS the new 2009 model. I think for the 50" model the initial MSRP on the 2009 model is down about $700.00 lower than the 2008 model was when it first came out.

The longer you wait the more likely the price will go lower as a general rule, but there are rumors that the major mfg are going to be actually increasing prices a little. That seems crazy to me in this economy but who knows? I do know that sales on newer models uisualy take a month or so to happen after they are released.

coldfusion11
03-24-2009, 01:42 PM
Thanks for the replies. Im going to buy that panasonic tv, it seems like a quality product.

coldfusion11
03-25-2009, 07:30 AM
This sucks becuase I still get alot of people telling me not to get plasma becuase they say LCD is much clearer. I dont think it is.

If you go to this forum and you look at all the members sig's, I think majority of them have plasma so it should be good....

Im still confused about the whole debate.

Oh yeah, they said something about plasma needing to be recharged??

mobiushky
03-25-2009, 08:37 AM
This sucks becuase I still get alot of people telling me not to get plasma becuase they say LCD is much clearer. I dont think it is.

If you go to this forum and you look at all the members sig's, I think majority of them have plasma so it should be good....

Im still confused about the whole debate.

Oh yeah, they said something about plasma needing to be recharged??

Those people are lying to you. No way areound it. The "recharging" comment proves it. There is no way to "recharge" a plasma TV. Plasma TVs generally have a rated half-life of 60,000 hours, some more. That means after 60,000 hours of tv watching at factory settings, the tv will be half as bright as day 1. At 6 hours a day it will take you 27 years to get to 60,000 hours.

Plasma is the way to go if you want clarity and vivid HD. I have both. The LCD is good, almost as good as the plasma.

Razor05
03-25-2009, 09:21 AM
This sucks becuase I still get alot of people telling me not to get plasma becuase they say LCD is much clearer. I dont think it is.

If you go to this forum and you look at all the members sig's, I think majority of them have plasma so it should be good....

Im still confused about the whole debate.

Oh yeah, they said something about plasma needing to be recharged??

Just let your eyes be the judge. Most people I've talked to will tell you in a side-by-side comparison, plasma wins hands down. In the end, you're the one who decides and pays...you'll be happy either way. ;)

PFC5
03-25-2009, 12:44 PM
Just let your eyes be the judge. Most people I've talked to will tell you in a side-by-side comparison, plasma wins hands down. In the end, you're the one who decides and pays...you'll be happy either way. ;)

The problem is that the ultra bright stores heavily favor CLD due to them being brighter than plasmas, but if you ran those settings in your normal home lighting they would burn your eyes out or give you headaches. :lol:

Brightness at home would be fairly equal once both are properly adjusted, but that does not show this in those bright stores. I tell people to find a store with a dim viewing section to compare them in more normal lighting and even better would be a dim room to see the difference in blacks/viewing angles like how you might watch a movie at home.

tripod
03-25-2009, 01:26 PM
Thanks for the replies. Im going to buy that panasonic tv, it seems like a quality product.
Jump on it! I have both lcd and plasma and recommend the plasma highly.
:hithere:

coldfusion11
03-25-2009, 08:46 PM
THANKS for your help guys!