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Old 04-12-2013, 02:17 PM   #1  
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Question HDTV for Very Bright Room. Plasma or LED?

Hi, I'm looking at a TV for very bright room and I am not sure where to start. The Panasonic ST60 looks great but I am not sure how plasma does in very bright situation. Looking for 55 to 60 inches.

I am looking for one where I will no longer have to play manually with the Brightness/Contrasts and that it could adjust to the lighting condition.

1. How far away will you be from the display when watching it?
100 inches = 8 ft 4 inches

2. What TV will it be replacing (i.e. 27" tube TV, etc)
32 inch Toshiba LCD

3. What will you be watching on it
1/3 movies, 1/3 TV Shows, 1/3 Gaming from connected PC

4. Will a computer be connected to use the display as a monitor? If so, what percent of the time?
Yes, 100%, XBMC and Games

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?
1080p from PC

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 Bang for the Buck, so it must meet the minimum of operating very well in a bright room and maybe dynamic adjustment

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

8. What is the room lighting situation? (i.e. can you control the lighting? Can you use light blocking blinds, etc to control it?)
Extremely bright, direct sunlight during the afternoon into the screen (behind the viewer). 1/2 the room are windows with shades that let's most light in.

9. What is your budget range?
Up to CAD$2000

10. Will people be watching at multiple viewing angles or just usually one person sitting directly in the center?
Usually directly, 60 degrees, 1-2 times a year from multiple angles.

11. When will most viewing be done on the display (i.e. Daytime or after sunset)?
Equally daytime and after sunset
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Old 04-12-2013, 02:43 PM   #2  
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LED - Plasmas are darker in PQ and need a dark room/enviroment/40" and up will sufice
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Old 04-12-2013, 11:27 PM   #3  
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My living room is brightly lit, and faces East/West ( morning sun and evening sun ). I've never had a problem viewing my Panny plasma at any time of day. I often wonder at statements saying that plasmas must be placed in a darkened room, as this is not the case in my home, nor in the home from which I moved 2 years ago. .
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Old 04-13-2013, 07:27 AM   #4  
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Normally, for extremely bright rooms, I'd agree with Quad, but this year's Samsung and Panasonic plasmas are said to produce quite a lot of light output.

I won't have a chance to play with a new Panasonic St60 in a home environment for another 2 weeks and give you first hand experience, but you may want to give Robert Zohn of Value Electronics a call.

He has both in his shop, and can tell you first hand how the new plasmas do, and I'm sure he could set you up with a good deal on one.
No one beats Value Electronics on service, and his prices are competitive.
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My living room is brightly lit, and faces East/West ( morning sun and evening sun ). I've never had a problem viewing my Panny plasma at any time of day. I often wonder at statements saying that plasmas must be placed in a darkened room, as this is not the case in my home, nor in the home from which I moved 2 years ago. .
Everyone's results will vary on this. Some people do not mind (or do not see) reflections or they do and it does not bother them. Also the type of video that is being viewed during the day when the light is high matters greatly. If one watches sports, game shows and other bright material during the day, the video will overcome most all ambient light. However, if one watches a lot of movies, for example, with a lot of dark scenes (like say, The Dark Knight) then the added black performance of plasmas tend to deteriorate in bright rooms very definitely. For more on this see: Plasma Glare?

Now getting a LCD set that does not have as much glare as plasmas these days is going to be difficult as well. Most LCD TVs have pretty much the same reflective surface as the plasmas. The only advantages the LCD may have over a plasma in brightly lit rooms are the increased brightness which could help to overcome the reflections and the lack of burn-in possibilities.

So any TV will look better in a darkened room when viewing video with dark scenes, the plasmas will look the best. Plasmas do best in darkened rooms for sure.
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Old 04-21-2013, 02:06 PM   #6  
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I think LED is the way to go for a brightly lit room. In a dark room, plasma will have a slightly better picture because of the better contrast ratio but in a well lit room, LED will have a slightly better picture because of the additional brightness. I'm one of the few on here that prefers LED. I recently bought my third one.
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i read your post which is very informative i personally go with LED tv for bright room because i have a large room and my wife use to watch movies alot thats why we try plasma as well but its not as bright as LED tv.
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