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40" Bravia KDL-40S2010 LCD 5 13.51%
40" Bravia KDL-40V2500 LCD 12 32.43%
37" TH-37PX60U Panasonic Plasma 1 2.70%
42" TH-42PX60U Panasonic Plasma 19 51.35%
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Panasonic Plasma vs Sony Bravia LCD?

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Old 11-27-2006, 02:53 PM   #1
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Default Panasonic Plasma vs Sony Bravia LCD?

I'm looking to choose among:

40" Bravia KDL-40S2010 LCD
40" Bravia KDL-40V2500 (1080P!) LCD
37" TH-37PX60U Panasonic Plasma
42" TH-42PX60U Panasonic Plasma

I'm also open to other LCD brands (like the Sharp Aquos or possibly Samsung but prefer either Sony or Panasonic Plasma since I've heard excellent things). Does anyone have any advice to give?

I will be sitting about 6 feet away (small 650 foot 1BR in NYC!). The living room does not have a ton of natural bright lighting, only two small windows so I'd say it's relatively dim most of the time, certainly not bright and sunny. I plan to be using the TV generally in the evenings with perhaps a tall room lamp on, and if I were to watch movies I'd be pulling the shades anyway. However I do plan to have friends over for football games etc, so I'd be turning on all the lights and keeping it bright (maybe Plasma isn't good in that case?). What I'm very concerned about is definitely image quality, being able to have a stunning picture w/ good contrast, very black levels, and so I'm leaning toward the Panasonic. Also I think I might be getting a PS3/Xbox 360 so having two HDMI's might be more convenient (the Panasonic Plasma has 2, Sony has 1 except for the 1080P Sony LCD which has 2). Will the PS3 not look as good on the Panasonic since it's 1024x768 vs the 1366x768 vs 1920x1080? Keep in mind that I'll be about 6 feet from the TV, and I can move a little back if needed but not much. So that's why I'm thinking a 37" might be fine at that distance... or would 40"/42" be more immersive and enjoyable? Price difference between the 2 Panasonics is practically negligible.

Which TV would you get, if you were in my shoes and why? Price isn't too big of a deal, since I am trying to keep it under $1500 and I think I can find both these TV's for that price (will be purchasing after the holidays so expecting more price drops, but definitely am excited and have been doing the research way ahead of time). So I've read almost every single Plasma vs LCD guide that I can find, been to all the Home Theater websites, tried to read as many forums as I can... but I'm not entirely sold on either way completely yet.

Hopefully you guys can give me some guidance and let me hear your thoughts, especially if you own these sets.

Let me know!
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Old 11-27-2006, 03:36 PM   #2
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Old 11-27-2006, 06:34 PM   #3
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Old 11-27-2006, 10:24 PM   #4
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The seating distance jumps out at me. At only six feet, a 1080p TV will be noticeably more detailed than the Panasonic 1024x768 plasmas at that size. And then you mention the PS3, which can output full 1920x1080p. So, in this case, I'd probably go with the Sony 1080p LCD, which is a beautiful TV. The only reasons you might want to go with the plasma instead is for somewhat better black level, and a wider viewing angle. If you view more sports and games than movies, black levels aren't as important. If viewing angle is a problem--and plasmas are fantastic for wide viewing angle--you could scoot the couch up even closer to the TV and put some stools behind it. You could darn near smoosh your face up to a 1080p 40" LCD and have it look nice.
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Here's my 2 cents! We had a 42 Panasonic plasma in a room brightly lit w/ natural light and the picture was awsome night or day. Down side is the plasma failed after 14 months and no extended warranties. We just purchased Sony 40xbr4 1080p and picture is nothing worth talking about compared to the plasma. I know they are not the tv your looking but I wouldn't be all concerned about 1080p on lcd when ours looks worse than a lower res plasma.
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More pixels doesn't equal better picture quality. Get a plasma, Panasonic makes great sets (and so does Pioneer). Stick to them, you get a better picture thanks to their rich black levels.
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Why the Sony 40V2500? That is an older model. The latest is the 40V3000 which works much better.
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I'm with Joe, get a Pioneer or Panasonic (my choice) plasma. The richness of the blacks and vivid picture are in a different league as compared to the other sets mentioned.
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Old 03-07-2008, 07:30 AM   #9
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If you are going to use it with a PS3 or and X-Box-- I'd recommend the higher resolution Sony over the PX series Panny plasmas. And I am a big fan pf Panasonic plasma. If you were to include the PZ series (42"), I'd have voted differently.
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Did any of you see when this thread was first started?

Hopefully the person has made a decision by now.
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