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About to pull the trigger on a 60" Samsung plasma, advice?

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Alright,

I owned 2 HDTV at this point:

-A Sony mid-range 40" 720P LCD that died after 2 years of panel defect. It still works, but there is a green line of pixels on screen.
&
-A Samsung 40" 1080P-60hz LCD, mid-range again that is fine by me.


Now, I'm about to pull the trigger on this: Samsung 60" 1080p 600Hz 3D Plasma Smart TV (PN60F5500AFXZC)


Honestly, I find the image quality pretty awesome compared to what I have. There is several gizmos that I dont need on this thing....

-WIFI
-3D
-whatever multimedia crap browser...

Anyway, I will use the TV for the living room (at night, so dark room).

-No console gaming, unless I hook up the kid's PS3 for Gran turismo 5 once in a while.
-Watching regular cable HD channels
-Watching BLURAY movies
-NO SPORTS (some people buy big screen to watch the game, I don't)

I'm more of an LCD guy, but I 'm ready to live with the usual plasma drawbacks (careful of burn-ins, shiny screen, needs low-light. light buzzing)
Some owners of this particular TV mention that the TV flashes (dimming???) when someone is watching hockey (lots of clear-bright light). It's annoying to them. Some upgraded the firmware to solve the issue.

Does this look like a train wreck to buy this thing? I'll have a 4 years full warranty coverage BTW.

Opinions?
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My only question is.... "why PLASMA now"?

Kinda like going backwards as far as TV technology is going.... but hey if it makes you happy that's all that matters.

BTW... plasma TVs are so much heavier and use way more electricity than your average LCD/LED TV... so factor that into your decision as well.
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Why Plasma?

Well, I realize your point, cause I just seen that Panasonic (some of the best rated PLASMA are from them) will stop to produce Plasma in 2014.

Why? No particular reason, to be honest. Although, for a big screen LCD, backlight uniformity seems an issue for some panels....Plasma seems more uniform in that regard...

I guess the trend is to phase Plasma out. The only reason I had that TV is that the price was decent (not a steal, but a good avg price) at 1199$ CDN for 60" of screen real estate! I have the option of a 4 years full replacement warranty for $189 (used it before on a Sony TV and effectively got a better TV in exchange after 3 years of use of the SONY).

I picture was awesome to me, getting the possibility of a 3-year no interest ,6 months before first payment. I can order a 55" Samsung LCD under the same conditions for 80$ more (but I lose on the 5" of diagonal). This is thru my workplace....

For the weight issue, my Employer moves me when I move LOL...and the y pack everythying and are responsible for the safe transportation of the flat screens (and everythign else).

For the power usage, good to know!
Edited by delavan - 10/11/13 at 2:30pm
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I just when to the store I purchased the TV from and the price dropped to $1099. I got the difference credited to me, so no complaints...now, that big TV doesn't fit in my car doh.gif
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I got one of the samsung LED tv's a few months ago, a no frills 46" very happy with it, guy at futureshop mentioned in the lower cost end they were a good choice over toshiba. Before you buy you might want to consider getting a credit card with some sort of bonus or purchase rewards for using, then pay off right away. best buy has one I know. and target has one for canadian customers that gives you 5% off at target + cashback.

this is the one i got

http://www.futureshop.ca/en-ca/product/samsung-samsung-46-1080p-60hz-led-hdtv-un46eh5000-un46eh5000fxzc/10197700.aspx?path=f0a0eee48307bda8b52f39be81f1944ben02
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