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Old 12-08-2008, 12:58 PM   #1  
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Hi y'all, first post here-

Have been doing nonstop research for the past few weeks to figure out a Christmas replacement for my 42" Sony LCD Projection that I got 4 or 5 years ago.

Here are the final two sets that I have landed on after much research... (Budget of 1k or under)


Panasonic TH-42PZ80U or Panasonic TH-42PZ85U

Not sure if the contrast ratio improvement from 20k:1 to 30k:1 is worth spending more money on, but my budget allows for both. Was just turned on to plasma after being turned off several years ago by horrors of burn-ins. From what I hear, anti-burn in technology has improved greatly.

Also, I use my TV for gaming mostly and this seems like a logical choice due to no response times and great picture/refresh rate.

Toshiba REGZA 42RV535U

Was my first choice for a long time until I was turned onto Panasonics. SRT features and value attracted me to this set. However, I am very concerned about video gaming with LCDs due to input lag and the 8ms response time. Unsure if I'm sensitive to response times, but i'd like to just skip that and not find out.


I can get both for almost exactly the same price on BeachCamera with free shipping. $888 and $889 respectively.

Bottomline:

What set is better overall?
What set is better in the long run?

But most importantly, which set will produce better picture/performance for HD video gaming??

Thanks a bunch!
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Old 12-08-2008, 01:18 PM   #2  
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Both are excellent displays IMO and will produce a great picture. But if I had to pick I would go with the Panny 80u/85u.. For gaming, plasma is awesome wih no lag issues at all. I have been gaming on my plasma for over 3 years now (360/PS2 and PC) and Looooooove it. But either way you go my guess is that you will be quite pleased.
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Both are excellent displays IMO and will produce a great picture. But if I had to pick I would go with the Panny 80u/85u.. For gaming, plasma is awesome wih no lag issues at all. I have been gaming on my plasma for over 3 years now (360/PS2 and PC) and Looooooove it. But either way you go my guess is that you will be quite pleased.
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Old 12-08-2008, 01:35 PM   #4  
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I had just run into the same question/issue this weekend. I went with the 42" Panny plasma. It seems like the better choice for gaming and sports.

Costco has a 42" 720p panasonic for $629 right now.

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product...74671*&topnav=

They also have a 46" 1080p for $949.

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product...74670*&topnav=


I know that yesterday, when I got mine, it had free shipping, but I am not sure if that applies any more.

The good thing from Costco, is that they extend all manufacturers warranties on TV's to be 2 years.
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Also, from what the stickies say, don't pay too much attention to the Contrast ratios. Then again, if they are from within the same company, there must be something to it.

I would/did go with the Plasma.
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Alright guys, thanks a bunch for the info. Seems plasma is going to be better for what I require out of a TV.

However, the Toshiba has some form of SD upscaling, from someone who owns it, how do SD channels look?

That, and I can't find whether the Panasonics have a QAM tuner, which the Toshiba has. I could really do without, but it's a nice feature to have along with SRT.
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Alright guys, thanks a bunch for the info. Seems plasma is going to be better for what I require out of a TV.

However, the Toshiba has some form of SD upscaling, from someone who owns it, how do SD channels look?

That, and I can't find whether the Panasonics have a QAM tuner, which the Toshiba has. I could really do without, but it's a nice feature to have along with SRT.
All fixed panel displays upscale to their native resolution. The Panasonic plasma TV's do a much better job with SD than most LCD panels do. As for comparison between the plasma and the Toshiba SRT, you would have to see that for yourself but I would assume that for your needs the plasma would still be a better choice in any case.
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Yeah, that's what I thought.

As for the QAM tuner, does anyone who owns these sets have knowledge of this? Can't seem to get reliable info about this subject on the Panasonic.
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Yeah, that's what I thought.

As for the QAM tuner, does anyone who owns these sets have knowledge of this? Can't seem to get reliable info about this subject on the Panasonic.
I own the 50pz80u and it definitely has the QAM tuners. Ditto for all their current year displays I believe.
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Alright, thanks for the info man. Just read the Panasonic data sheet and saw the QAM tuner hidden in there.
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Oh yes, I was wondering what type of response times LCD projection tv's have, just to compare with my old TV.

Also, I plan on using the TV as a monitor, not all the time but it would be great as I was planning on getting a Blu-ray drive for my computer, would plasma be suitable for that?

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CC has 42 inch samsung 720p plasma with Xbox 360 arcade for $750, it is a very good deal and sammy plasma is also very good.
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Yes, I saw that. But i'd really like to get a 1080p TV, but I do need an Xbox with HDMI one of these days, wish Elites weren't so darn expensive.
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Im also considering the Panasonic TH-42PZ80U...this will be my first hdtv, so should suffice for a few years till the newer technology gets a bit cheaper, then it can be moved to a bedroom. Any idea of the best price/place to get one?

The 42" sammy and xbox arcade for $750 sounds like a smoking deal also, as my fiancee and I are buying an xbox for out Christmas present to each other...any thoughts on this setup? If I were to get a extended warranty, Id be afraid of CC tanking though. That and there site seems to be acting a bit screwey with the package deal.
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Haven't done the research in the Sammy Plasma department, but the Panny sounds pretty damn good.

As for the TV+Xbox deal, can't go wrong there.

Try Newegg, or Beachcamera. Newegg's reliable but not an awesome selection. Not sure about Beachcamera, but i'm trying them out at the end of the week and they have phenomenal prices.
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