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For mainly movies, TV, ect, but I also plan to hook up my old computer down stairs so my father can use it, and I can play stuff off the HDD.

I'd like to try to keep price reasonable; I've been looking around and I'm confused, because the reviews are quite all over the place for ALL TV's.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16889187203

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Samsung+-+Factory-Refurbished+50%22+Class+/+Plamsa+/+1080p+/+600Hz+/+HDTV/2623294.p?id=1218340596088&skuId=2623294


http://www.bestbuy.com/site/LG+-+50%26%2334%3B+Class+/+Plasma+/+1080p+/+600Hz+/+HDTV/3471944.p?id=1218404050430&skuId=3471944

I'd like to keep it within 800$ and under; if possible. I want to buy some bookshelf speakers to add on to it, so I want to try to keep the whole package under 1000$ or on that.


One of the above TV's @ BestBuy

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Panasonic+-+50%22+Class+/+Plasma+/+1080p+/+600Hz+/+Smart+HDTV/2120201.p?id=1218310004114&skuId=2120201
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post #2 of 19
my brother has that panasonic and they do look pretty darn good
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plasmas are great tvs especially for movies. I would recommend the LG one because Samsung plasmas have this weird reddish tone so peoples skin are more red than usual and whites are reddish too. ( im not sure if the model you listed has that problem but most Samsung plasma ive seen have it) I own a 42PJ550 which is one of the cheapest lg plasmas out there and it is amazing so i cant imagine how good the 50PV400 is.
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I second the LG. I wouldn't touch a Panasonic. Have they fixed the fading blacks issue on those? By the way, I hope you have some adequate space because plasmas run quite warm.
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There's no issues with the Panasonics anymore. That S30 you linked is a steal, great picture quality. Not the deepest blacks in the world but you have to spend considerably more to get that. Also, the S30 doesn't do 3D, while the ST30 does. Not sure if that's of any importance to you, they're practically the same set. One has 3D one doesn't.

I have a 55GT30 and it is just awesome.

The S30 just got reviewed by Home Theater Mag and made their "Top Picks" list...check it out here
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3D does not matter. As long as it requires glasses, I won't use it. IT bothers me to much, I keep fiddling with the glasses, and never get comfortable with them, so I do not care about 3D.

Panasonic one is looking nice. 800$...

If there was -1- thing I could argue about is that I don't see an Optical Out, which, in the other thread, for Receiver & Speakers I picked, I believe it needed?

http://www.overclock.net/t/1177029/planning-to-buy-a-new-tv-want-some-cheap-speakers-to-replace-default/20#post_15834828

Would this no longer be viable?
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Why plasma? I have always been told to stay away from them. Never was told exactly why.
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Plasma has superior picture quality, deeper blacks, 0.01ms response time, more accurate color reproduction.

However;

They are heavier than a LCD / LED. They use more power than a LCD / LED. They USED to have a "burn-in" issue, which has been basically solved and not even an issue if it happens anymore.

The debate is endless; LCD / LED are catching up to Plasma, but they aren't there yet. Plasma still puts put better pictures, and deals with fast motion far better. It's due to the tech used in them.

http://www.ehow.com/about_5379396_plasma-vs-led-tvs.html
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Originally Posted by Mkilbride View Post

Plasma has superior picture quality, deeper blacks, 0.01ms response time, more accurate color reproduction.
However;
They are heavier than a LCD / LED. They use more power than a LCD / LED. They USED to have a "burn-in" issue, which has been basically solved and not even an issue if it happens anymore.
The debate is endless; LCD / LED are catching up to Plasma, but they aren't there yet. Plasma still puts put better pictures, and deals with fast motion far better. It's due to the tech used in them.
http://www.ehow.com/about_5379396_plasma-vs-led-tvs.html

Ok thanks for the info thumb.gif ... I guess i should have got a plasma then mad.gif

Edit: Didn't mean to hijack your thread
Edited by Boi 1da - 12/7/11 at 11:01pm
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LCD / LED is fine; but for me, I tend to notice small details really easy; and I've seen alot of LED TV's in stores like BestBuy next to Plasma and I can notice less banding and better blacks on the Plasma, which confirms what sites like that say.

For the mass public, LCD / LED is fine; they are light, don't use alot of power, and ultra-thin.
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