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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.

Another good thing about plasma is they are nearly unable to be tipped and the glass is kid proof unlike LCD/LED.

Anyway I would look at Samsung's 2011 plasma models as they are the best I have ever seen and I've worked with T.V's since the original Plasma.
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post #12 of 19
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Hm? I heard Panasonic made the best Plasma TV's, though they are stopping production in 2012; so maybe there is a reason?

Any within my range you can find, with features I described?
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hmm ive had some time with all 3 brands plasma tvs all 50 inches. So far ive owned a Samsung (50 inch plasma from early 2009) and had some time with panasonic (50 inch 2010 at my dads) and my uncles LG plasma tv (LG plasma).

Strictly in my opinion i would say away from the samsung seeing as ive had alot of issues with mine, got it repaired 3 times and almost every board in it has been replaced with in those repairs. Also my uncle had an issue with a samsung before he got his LG and returned it. Although i must say the image quality on the samsung is very good, just its a headache dealing with tech support and the possibility of issues from what ive seen are out there.

Between the panasonic and LG i really do like the Panasonic in overall picture quality.

If i were to choose with what ives seen, i would rank the brands like this
1. Panasonic 2. LG 3. Samsung

Although i am a huge samsung fan , and only (thus far) buy samsung for screens, and probably next going to go with a samsung led in the future for my next tv. But from my experience i tend not to recommend their plasmas .
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I've got a 2011 model Samsung 50", 3D, "600Hz", and it supports DLNA and all that jazz. I love the heck out of it....best TV I have ever seen honestly. I can play my media content off my computer, straight over the network. It also has a GREAT upscaler for standard def content. If I didn't know better, I would have sworn my SD cable is actually HD (its not though).

Burn in IS still somewhat of an issue. But its only an issue if you're using it as your monitor or something, and have a web browser open. It goes away pretty quickly though.
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Yeah, but yours was like 1500$, right?

I'm looking to spend around 800$.
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Yeah, but yours was like 1500$, right?

I'm looking to spend around 800$.

Mine was $800, plus tax and the extra 3 year warranty (it was an open box at Best Buy). Came out to around $1200 or so total.
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Well Open Box, there you go. Can you link it? The only 2011 50 Inch Samsung Plasma model I can find is like 1500$.

I found a 2010 model though with all the features:

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-PN50C550-50-Inch-1080p-Plasma/dp/B0036WT3XO

For 700$, Refurb from Amazon. Tempting...but refurbed is quite different from Open Box as you know...means something was wrong...and they basically had to go in there and fix it...which makes me question the quality.


http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-PN51D550-51-Inch-1080p-Plasma/dp/B004MN8HYW/ref=lh_ni_t

There's that, but no WiFi while the 2010 model DOES have it.
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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?

If you're using a receiver you're never going to need to use an audio output from your TV. You simply route your audio cables from blu-ray, cable box, etc. into the receiver. The only time you would need a seperate audio out from your TV these days is if you're using a built in web app on the TV (for instance Netflix app on a smart TV) and you would like the audio to be routed to your receiver. This can be accomplished with HDMI 1.4 via audio return channel if your receiver supports it, or through the optical out.
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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

This. Plasma is hard to master but it's still improving. The amount of heat it gives off and power draw is improving by a lot. I stood at Sears near a bunch of plasma's last year or two years ago on Black Friday and it felt like I was in a toaster. Now when I stand next to one it's a nice, light, comfortable heat. Sometimes I worry it won't produce enough heat to keep me warm in the winter. tongue.gif

Anyways, LED/LCD (more so of LED) is really close to plasma. I don't trust CNET or PCmag but I looked there recently and apparently they found a LED that had deeper blacks and brighter whites than the legendary Pioneer plasmas (Kudos IIRC) and some of the current best plasmas. Honestly though, I wouldn't believe that unless TFTCentral got the same results.
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