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50" Pioneer Pro Elite 1150HD vs. 50" Panasonic TH-50PZ700U

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Old 01-24-2008, 11:51 AM   #1  
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Default 50" Pioneer Pro Elite 1150HD vs. 50" Panasonic TH-50PZ700U

Trying to decide between two 50 plasmas. Pioneer Pro Elite 1150HD and Panasonic TH-50PZ700U.

As you all probably know, the Panasonic was ranked #1 in Novembers Consumer Reports, and the Pioneer was up high too. Actually the Pioneer version ranked in that and other magazines is the PDP-5080HD when I compare the specs on that and the Elite, theyre virtually the same except for the extra features the Elite has, like the Home Media stuff, additional options for viewing preferences, etc.

Anyway, the Pioneer was ranked #1 by Home Theatre mag, with the Panasonic #2. The Pioneer was ranked #1 by Perfect Vision mag too.

Forgetting all the rankings for a moment, the picture on the Pioneer to me is outstanding. Ive read all the info I could about the 1080p vs. 768p (like the Pioneer) and even though the picture is so good, I still feel like its better to go with the 1080p. Weird, huh? The Pioneer also has capabilities to be hooked up to the Windows Media center has anyone done that? Wonder if its worth it.

The Panasonic picture, to me, is darn good too. Im sure Id be happy with either.

Price-wise I can get the Pioneer for $2850 at a local place, which is a great price as compared to the online prices I see. But I can get the Panasonic for around $2300. Big difference.

I'm pretty much an old fart, will just be using the TV for shows and movies, not games or other stuff (although the Wii sounds pretty cool...).

Anyway I know Ive seen these two discussed in other posts too, Ive read as much as I could, but would appreciate any additional info you have.

Next month, Consumer Reports is supposed to rank these things again, well see what that brings.

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Old 01-24-2008, 03:15 PM   #2  
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You could not go wrong with either one. If it were I, I seriously look at the TH-50PZ750U -- it's about $2400 on line, just a notch up the Panisonic chain . . .
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I would choose the Panasonic you mentioned or the one that Rick-F mentioned as I do see a difference between 720 and 1080, especially is a set that large. You certainly can't go wrong with a Panasonic.
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I would get Panasonic for $2300 and then buy a onkyo htib see below.
https://www.shoponkyo.com/detail.cfm...il=1&ext_war=1
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Without a hesitation I'd go with the Pioneer Elite. CNET also gave the nod to the Pioneer this past 2007. I like the fact that the Pioneers components are manufactured in Japan and the TV is assembled in the good ole USA.
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