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Hello, I am looking to buy a new flat screen TV. I would be upgrading from a 32" tube TV that I have had for 15 years.

1. Budget
My absolute maximum is $1000 including tax, but I would rather be in the $800 range.

2. Seating distance
Currently 8 feet, but that may change in the future.

3. Size/placement limitations
I was looking at the 46" to 55" range. This TV will not be wall mounted.

4. Uses and sources
This TV will primarily be used for movie watching from a Blu-Ray player, HTPC, and Xbox. I game occasionally on the Xbox and HTPC. Will invest in a better sound system later.

5. Room lighting
Currently the TV will be in the basement, but I will be moving out in the near future and it will most likely be in the living room.

TVs are not really my thing, so I will probably not be the most difficult to please. However I am looking to maximize my money and was hoping to get a good deal on a new TV around the time of the Super Bowl. I am looking mainly for the best picture quality, with 3D and smart TV being a nice addition. I have been to HHGregg, Best Buy, and Costco this past weekend, but nothing really caught my eye. I am leaning towards LED LCD since I feel that give me the most long term flexibility. Thank you for you help.

My current list that I was looking at:
LED:
LG 47LM6700 (open box at Best Buy)
LG 47LM4600
Panasonic TC-L55ET5

Plasma:
Panasonic TC-P55UT50
Samsung PN51E550D1FXZA
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I vote for the panasonic plasma. I have a 50" panasonic plasma 1080p and it's been going strong 16 hours a day for 3 1/2 years now.
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I vote for the panasonic plasma. I have a 50" panasonic plasma 1080p and it's been going strong 16 hours a day for 3 1/2 years now.

This.

For your budget, you aren't going to do better picture quality wise than the Panasonic TC-P55UT50.
 
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That Samsung plasma you listed doesn't have any Anti-Glare coating (My girlfriend and I have that model). You mention you'll be moving it into your living room at a future date - take into account whether or not your windows will be a problem. The TV doesn't have a problem with light, but if the windows face it directly, it might be an issue for you.
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IF you can find a deal on an ST50 get that..then stepping down is the UT50 then the U50

Panasonic beats Samsung plasmas in 2012 for sure (i've owned both the ST50 and Samsung E6500) - maybe the 2013 Samsung might take the crown with its F8500..but thats in the 4k range most likely
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I bought this one for 9.50 out the door , It was on sale for 899 last week.
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/VIZIO+-+E-Series+60%22+Class+%2860-1/25%22+Diag.%29+-+LED+-+1080p+-+120Hz+-+Smart+-+HDTV/7172045.p?id=1218832134467&skuId=7172045

Its great. but I hooked up my htpc with one of the HDMI s and the volume lever wes all over the place , so then i added pc speakers and its so great, I love it.

the picture was nice in the store but after i adjusted the color settings its unreal..thumb.gif
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Sorry for not replying sooner. Thank you for your replies, I am continuing to look around and search for the best deal. I keep finding "false" deals that seem really good only end up not being on the right item or just not existing.
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So I ended up getting Amazon to price match a Panasonic TC-P50ST50 from Sears. It just arrived today and I have been running the break in slides for a couple of hours (had to let it warm up after being on the truck). Will I run into any problems with watching some Blu-Ray movies during the break in period?
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Awesome buy! Why didn't you get it at Sears?
I didn't put mine through any break in period, just turned on the ps3 and watched movies/played games. Then hooked up htpc, xbox360, cable box, netbook......all in a few days..Been going strong ever since. Once a month or so i run the vertical bar anti-image retention function. Usually when htpc has been left on menu for a while and i happen to notice. biggrin.gif Other than that all has been working fine for 3 1/2 years now. Older model Panasonic tcp50u2, couple steps down from yours.
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Awesome buy! Why didn't you get it at Sears?
I didn't put mine through any break in period, just turned on the ps3 and watched movies/played games. Then hooked up htpc, xbox360, cable box, netbook......all in a few days..Been going strong ever since. Once a month or so i run the vertical bar anti-image retention function. Usually when htpc has been left on menu for a while and i happen to notice. biggrin.gif Other than that all has been working fine for 3 1/2 years now. Older model Panasonic tcp50u2, couple steps down from yours.

I didn't get it at Sears because the cost to transport it and taxes would have been more expensive than having Amazon deliver it, don't think delivery was an option for me. I was also hoping they would waive the $50 enhanced delivery fee. I also find Amazon's customer service to be top notch so I'd rather work with them instead.
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