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Poll Results: Which of these is the best choice?

 
  • 18% (16)
    46" Sony Bravia (W Series) LCD
  • 55% (48)
    46" Samsung Series 8 LCD
  • 26% (23)
    50" Panasonic Viera Plasma
87 Total Votes  
post #1 of 48
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I am currently debating between a 46" Sony Bravia Series W LCD, a 46" Samsung Series 8 LCD or a 50" Panasonic Viera Plasma. Which of these will provide superior picture quality? It will be used for movies and TV (no real gaming). All of them are similarly priced.

Poll added. Please don't reply based on your monitor experience. This is a big investment...I'm trusting you guys
post #2 of 48
i got a 42" panasonic plamsa and i'm not looking back. it kicks ass.

the only big big thing you have to worry about with plasma's is image retention/burn in. you have a 100 hour break-in time before you can set your TV to THX optimized settings. within that 100 hours it has to be in full screen for 80% of the time + rarely any video games. after the 100 hours you're good to go though. i play blu-ray/ps3 games on mine nearly 24/7!
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post #3 of 48
Plasma are prone to burn in and they consume more electricity than LCD but Plasma image quality provide superior image quality over LCD.
post #4 of 48
I currently own a 40" Samsung LCD 7-series and LOVE it.

I have only heard better things about the 8-series.

and if you ever want to use this as a monitor, I suggest not buying plasma's for burn-in problems.
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post #5 of 48
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Originally Posted by JTD92 View Post
Plasma are prone to burn in and they consume more electricity than LCD but Plasma image quality provide superior image quality over LCD.
u need to read up on image retention and burn in. with the new plasma technology out now, its pretty much done away with unless you let your tv set there on one image for hours.

you just have to worry about break-in time its torture

this is off of panasonic's website
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Originally Posted by panasonic
5. I've heard that plasma TVs can "burn-in" over time. What is "burn-in" exactly, and is it really a concern?
"Burn-in," or image retention, is an uneven aging of the phosphors in a display device, can occur on any display that uses phosphors to generate an image, including tube TVs, projection TVs that use CRTs, and plasma TVs. Such uneven aging happens when bright, static images are left onscreen for an extended period of time, which can leave a visible "shadow" effect.

Improvements in panel service life to over 60,000 hours have minimized the risk of image retention. In addition, screen savers, pixel shifting, and brightness level adjustments can dramatically reduce any chance of image retention. Use common sense when it comes to your plasma TV; don't pause video games or watch TV stations with station logos onscreen for long periods of time, and use one of the many display calibration DVDs available today for properly setting brightness and contrast.

The rule of thumb: if you don't worry about your traditional tube TV, you don't have to worry about a Panasonic plasma TV.
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post #6 of 48
The Viera is an absolutely beautiful tv, have you considered their lcd line up?
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post #7 of 48
My parents just bought a samsung 46" 5 series for dirt cheap like $1000. It is really nice, it is a lot brighter than alot of the others we saw at the store.
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post #8 of 48
also here's a link to maybe help you in your decision on TV purchases.

http://tv.suite101.com/article.cfm/lcd_vs_plasma_vs_dlp
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post #9 of 48
I think from the voting it's safe to say all three of these are excellent TV's
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post #10 of 48
Make sure the Viera is native 1920x1080. My 50" Viera is only 1366x768, even though it says 1080p right on the TV. If it is actually 1080 then get it, otherwise go with the Sony. They have way better quality than even Samsung.
    
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