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Old 04-07-2008, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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The Television we purchased is more than enough size for the Den (19x19 with 12 foot ceilings).

I put the old Plasma in the Bedroom. Now, we have 3 30+" flat screens in both ends of the house. I had an old (20 year old 19" in our bedroom and a 9" TV in my parent's room).

My parents are moving in with me so I can take care of them.
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Old 08-17-2008, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Oregon
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Well 5 weeks later and endless reviews read, I made my decision. I was almost convinced to get the 52" or 47" Sony XBR4 120 Hz LCD, then I considered the Sharp Acquos 52" 120 Hz LCD. I walked into a home theater specialty store and made the decision for plasma, instead.

I just bought the TV base which ran a little over $1k. I decided against mounting it - given the fact that the Wii, karaoke, PS3 (soon, very soon), and Digital Cable receiver will be attached.

A 50" Plasma by Panasonic that was just released this month.

Panasonic TH50PZ85U

TH-50PZ85U - VIERA¬ģ Plasma HDTVs - Shop and Compare at Panasonic

It has a native contrast ratio of 30,000 : 1 and a Dynamic of 1,000,000 : 1
1080P
100,000 hour life
Anti-reflective Filter (like the LCD)

The 850 series is coming in the Fall but I don't need the wireless connectivity or THX certified sound since it is going into the den.

So how do you like this tv now that you've had it for awhile? Or anyone else who has this Panasonic model? I'm looking at this one, or a Samsung LCD. I do have a very bright room, which makes me lean toward the LCD, but I heard the anti-glare was good on the Panasonic? Also, I mostly will be watching movies, hopefully on Blu-ray - LOL. Any thoughts? I love the Sony LCD's too, but they are more spendy than the same Samsung, which looks good too.
But given the bright room, and mostly movie viewing I would be interested in any feedback from you all.

Thanks!
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Old 08-18-2008, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I'm looking at replacing the Plasma and the LCD that were stolen from my house. For now, I'm starting with the big screen one. I have two models that were recommended to me but I'm not sure which one is better. Can any of you recommend either of these two to me?

Samsung PN50A550s 50" 1080p plasma 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio
Philips 52PFL7403D 52" 1080p LCD 120HZ

It will go in my very large living room. It is very bright during the day but I would use the TV mainly at night. I mainly watch regular TV on it--sports no more than once a week and movies about once a week.

Any advice would be great!
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Old 08-19-2008, 09:16 PM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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So how do you like this tv now that you've had it for awhile? Or anyone else who has this Panasonic model? I'm looking at this one, or a Samsung LCD. I do have a very bright room, which makes me lean toward the LCD, but I heard the anti-glare was good on the Panasonic? Also, I mostly will be watching movies, hopefully on Blu-ray - LOL. Any thoughts? I love the Sony LCD's too, but they are more spendy than the same Samsung, which looks good too.
But given the bright room, and mostly movie viewing I would be interested in any feedback from you all.

Thanks!
If there is sunlight in the room, there is a glare that I notice but the TV is not positioned to get hit by light for a majority of the day. Only if the blinds in the living are open will it cause and issue for me.

I recommend bringing a flashlight (at an angle from a distance) or something equivalent and have someone shine it on the screen as you are looking at it.

LCDs still have a slower 'response time' compared to Plasma. Panasonic and Pioneer are the top 2 Plasmas, for now.
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Old 08-19-2008, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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I'm looking at replacing the Plasma and the LCD that were stolen from my house. For now, I'm starting with the big screen one. I have two models that were recommended to me but I'm not sure which one is better. Can any of you recommend either of these two to me?

Samsung PN50A550s 50" 1080p plasma 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio
Philips 52PFL7403D 52" 1080p LCD 120HZ

It will go in my very large living room. It is very bright during the day but I would use the TV mainly at night. I mainly watch regular TV on it--sports no more than once a week and movies about once a week.

Any advice would be great!
Will you have high def signal from Cable? If yes, then proceed.

Samsung is not notable for its plasmas. The million to 1 contrast ratio is likely dynamic not static (static is lower).

Phillips is not high end either for LCD - so I recommend comparing the picture over the specifications of the TV.

There is a home theater forum called AVS forum that may help you with details.
If you watch during the day and the light is reflecting where the TV sits, you are better off with LCD.
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Old 08-20-2008, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
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I'm looking at replacing the Plasma and the LCD that were stolen from my house. For now, I'm starting with the big screen one. I have two models that were recommended to me but I'm not sure which one is better. Can any of you recommend either of these two to me?

Samsung PN50A550s 50" 1080p plasma 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio
Philips 52PFL7403D 52" 1080p LCD 120HZ

It will go in my very large living room. It is very bright during the day but I would use the TV mainly at night. I mainly watch regular TV on it--sports no more than once a week and movies about once a week.

Any advice would be great!
Forget plasma or LCD. Instead, go with a much bigger screen via Samsung LED DLP, like the 61" model. I just got one and sure do love it, especially for the Olympics in HD. And for $1689, one hell of a bargain. DLP RULES! Plasma and LCD just suck big time.
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